As both captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner are absent from the team, due to injury and rest, Aaron Finch is ready to lead Australia in the T20 series with Sri Lanka. The T20 tournament with Sri Lanka is scheduled ahead of the Test tour to India. Selectors at Cricket Australia named Finch as the captain for the upcoming series and are presently working on further squad selection. The rest of the team will be announced on first of February. The team is formed in such a way that the Test tour to India have the best players in the squad. The schedule of the tournaments will also offer a good time for the team to practice for the tour.
Presently, several players of Team Australia have been preparing for the upcoming Test series with India. The unavailable players in the team are Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh. Thus, the prime members of the team are being rested. In this condition, there is a high possibility of new players being inducted in the T20 squad to play with Sri Lanka. The series ends on February 22, and the test tournament with India is to begin in February 23. With absence of almost half of the squad, Cricket Australia is in an awkward situation.
Per Warner, the T20 tournament is a "very, very poor scheduling." Apparently, several players in the team are unhappy on the fixture including the batsman. For Finch, the captainship has arrived after a year. Last time, Finch lost his captainship to Smith when Cricket Australia decided to keep a single captain for all the formats. The player said it is exciting to be back on the position after he headed the team in the first ODI of Chappell Hadlee tournament in New Zealand. He said, "it's very exciting to be back and leading the side in Steve's absence." For the ODI, Mathew Wade was named as the stand it captain, but was injured leading to his absence in the match.
Per the interim national selector, Trevor Hohns, Warner is the logical choice to lead the team in absence of both the captain and the vice-captain. He acknowledged Flinch's previous experience as a captain and as a specialist in the format. The selectors hinted about their plans for the next T20 World Cup, which will be held in Australia. The focus on new players is also a priority. The Big Bash League enabled the selectors to find new players form the domestic circuit.
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