Finch Named T20 Captain
Aaron Finch has been named as Australia’s new Twenty20 captain, taking over from George Bailey who stepped down from the post in an effort to play more first-class cricket.
The 27-year-old Victorian will lead the Australian team in one T20 international against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October before the teams clash in three one-day internationals and then two Tests.
“Aaron is the world’s number-one ranked T20 International batsman and thoroughly deserves this opportunity,” said national selector Rod Marsh.
“He has gained quality leadership experience through his role as captain of the Melbourne Renegades and the Pune Warriors. He also captained Australia A against the England Lions last year and excelled when given that chance.
“When George indicated that he was stepping down from the position, we thought Aaron was the obvious choice to succeed him. We know he will relish the opportunity to lead his country.
“He has a task ahead of him. He is taking on a young side that is currently ranked fifth in the world. His first challenge will be building consistent performances as they head towards the ICC World Twenty20 in 2016.”
The powerful opening batsman made his T20 international debut in 2011 and averages 41.25 with a strike rate of 156 in 18 matches in the format for his country.
“Having the honour to captain your country in any form of the game is something that all young cricketers dream about. It came as a big surprise but it was a very nice phone call to receive from Rod Marsh,” Finch said.
“I never imagined when captaining in the past that it would lead to national responsibilities. I’ve just set out to be the best player that I can and luckily an opportunity like this has come my way.
“I have been fortunate enough to play under some fantastic captains, including Michael Clarke and George Bailey and I have learnt a lot from them.
“It goes without saying that I will do my utmost in this role as we lead into the ICC World T20 in about eighteen months’ time. It’s going to be very exciting.”
Story Courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald