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Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch has been appointed as the country’s new Twenty20 captain after his predecessor George Bailey resigned from the post on Sunday.
Bailey decided to step down as Twenty20 captain 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.
Bailey also stated that he thought Finch was the best man for job.
Finch was named as Bailey’s successor since he has plenty of experience captaining teams in domestic Twenty20 tournaments. He has captained the Melbourne Renegades in the last two Big Bash League (BBL) seasons and has also led the now defunct Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Having the honour to captain your country in any form of the game is something that all young cricketers dream about,” Finch said. “It came as a big surprise but it was a very nice phone call to receive from Rod Marsh. 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.”
Australia national selector, Rod Marsh, added: “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.”
Finch’s first assignment as Twenty20 captain will be the one-off Twenty20 International against Pakistan in Dubai on October 5.