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Aaron Finch has been named as Australia’s Twenty20 captain for their upcoming series against Sri Lanka in February.
While Finch’s appointment as captain means that he will definitely be part of the squad, the rest of the team will be announced on Wednesday and is set to feature a number of fresh faces since the Test team will be in India preparing for a four-Test series, which begins just a day after the third and final Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka on February 22.
As a result of that, many of Australia’s high-profile players, including regular skipper Steve Smith, opener David Warner and left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc, will not be available for selection.
With that in mind, Finch remains optimistic about the series and admitted that he is excited to be leading his country in the shortest format once again after being replaced by Smith a year ago.
“It’s very exciting to be back and leading the side in Steve’s absence,” Finch said. “It’s been a rollercoaster from being captain leading up to the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2016), being injured and then Steve taking over the reins for that tournament but it’s something that, any time you get the chance to captain your country in any format, you’re very chuffed about.
“We’ll be missing some big names, some of the biggest in world cricket, but you can’t dwell on that and it will be a fantastic opportunity for guys who’ve performed well in the KFC Big Bash League to push their case for further inclusion, and inclusion in the other formats too.”
Interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns added: “In the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner amongst others, we believe Aaron is the logical choice to lead the side. He’s done it before and he has a great deal of experience in the format as both a captain and a batsman.
“When the squad is selected for this series we, as selectors, will obviously have one eye on the present and also one eye on the future, with the next ICC World Twenty20 scheduled to take place in Australia. The KFC Big Bash League has given us the opportunity to see plenty of exciting talent and it means we will have plenty to consider when we chose the players to join Aaron in the squad.”
Australia’s three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka will get underway on February 17 in Melbourne.