Finch ready to take up the mantle of captaining Australia in limited overs

Australian opener is ready to take up the mantle of leading his country in while ball cricket if the selectors offered him with that responsibility. With Steve Smith and David Warner serving one year bans, the selectors will have to name new captain when Australia travel to England in June for five ODIs and a one-off T20I.

Finch had lead Australia in T20Is in 2014 but was stripped of the responsibility ahead of the 2016 T20 World Cup in India. “I’d definitely put my hand up for it but I haven’t thought about it to be honest,” Finch told cric.com.au on Sunday (April 15). “If the opportunity came up I’d love to take it but it’s not something that I’ve thought about.

“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).”

Finch acknowledged that Smith and Warner will be missed but also stressed on opportunities for other players.

“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,” he pointed out. “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.