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Australia batsman George Bailey believes that opening batsman Aaron Finch would be the best candidate to replace him as Twenty20 captain.
Bailey quit as Twenty20 captain on Sunday since he wants to focus on the 2015 World Cup, and on playing more first-class cricket for Tasmania in order to regain his spot in the Test team.
“I think there’s plenty of candidates,” Bailey said. “It’s a bit speculative, but I think Aaron Finch would be really good. I think he’s someone who has done it really well domestically [for Melbourne Renegades] and I think he thrives on it.
“I think he’s going to have a lot of opportunities to play. He’s someone who would do it really well. But whoever the selectors go with I’m sure will do it really well. They will know the challenges that come with it. But I think it will be someone of the age where they really embrace the T20 culture.”
Bailey led Australia in two World Twenty20 campaigns, but the Baggy Greens failed to reach the final on both occasions. However, despite that, he thought that the national team did extremely well in the 2012 edition of the tournament in Sri Lanka.
Bailey added that if Australia are going to have any chance of winning the World Twenty20, they need to find a specialist spinner who can thrive in spin-friendly conditions.
“I think we did really well in Sri Lanka,” Bailey said. “I think we probably got further than perhaps we should’ve, on the back of some wonderful individual performances, which sums up T20 in some respects. Bangladesh was really interesting because I actually thought we played really good T20 cricket in the two games that knocked us out, and then we were out. That’s the nature of the game. That was difficult to swallow.
“Given where the last two World Cups have been, given where the next World Cup is, from my conversations with Pat Howard, I honestly think our challenge as a T20 team is to find a world-class spinner. That is what’s going to take us to the next level.”