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Opening batsman Aaron Finch has expressed his desire to captain Australia in ODI cricket, and at the 2019 World Cup.
Finch’s comments come in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal, which saw Cricket Australia impose bans on regular captain Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and opener Cameron Bancroft.
It is understood that Warner played a leading role in the scandal, which occurred on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, as he told fellow opening batsman Cameron Bancroft to alter the condition of the ball with sandpaper.
As a result, Warner and Steve Smith were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith won’t be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.
With Tim Paine set to captain Australia in Tests, Finch is willing to do the same when it comes to the 50-over format.
“I’d definitely put my hand up for it but I haven’t thought about it to be honest,” Finch told cricket.com.au. “It’s obviously a really difficult time and some changes are going to be made in the next couple of months with the England ODIs and the Dubai Tests (against Pakistan later this year).
“If the opportunity came up I’d love to take it but it’s not something that I’ve thought about.”
Since Warner will not be permitted to hold a leadership role in the future, while Smith will be banned from captaining the national team until March 2020.
While the duo will be allowed to play for Australia by the time the 2019 World Cup gets underway, there is still the question of who will captain the team during the event.
“You are taking two of the best players in the world out of out of the side … the only way you can deal with it is to put a real positive spin on it,” Finch said. “It’s obviously really unfortunate what’s happened, but there’s going to be a couple of spots open up and I’ve got no doubt the guys who are next in line can come in and do a fantastic job.
“It will give whoever is there a real opportunity to put their hand up and make sure they’re at the forefront of selectors’ minds when it is time for that World Cup.
“England are a fantastic one-day side, they proved that in Australia, they’ve had some great results over the last few years in one-day and T20 formats.
“It will just give guys a real opportunity to measure their games against arguably the best, along with India, sides in the world.
“I don’t think that should be a daunting prospect, it should be something that’s really embraced.”