Aaron Finch is expected to be unceremoniously dumped as Australia’s T20 captain after Australia’s poor showing in the recently concluded T20 series against India.
According to reports in the Age and the Daily Telegraph, Steven Smith is set to be announced as the new T20 skipper, in addition to his test and ODI responsibilities, when the squad for the World T20 is announced on Tuesday.
Finch suffered a hamstring injury during the second game in Melbourne that had Shane Watson assuming the stand-in leadership for the final match in Sydney.
Shane Watson cited a lack of continuity in Australia’s T20 side as a major stumbling block in the team’s success in the shortest format of the sport. Installing Steven Smith as a leader will create a sense of stability and continuity in Australia’s T20 setup, something that has been missing for years.
The removal of Finch as skipper will mean that the Australian captaincy is unified under the leadership of one player for the first time since Ricky Ponting quit T20 internationals in 2009 in order to prolong his career in other formats. It was a move repeated by Michael Clarke in 2011 at the outset of his captaincy career with Cameron White and George Bailey taking over the reins at certain points in time.
Finch’s removal as T20 captain raises question marks regarding his place in the side, given Shane Watson’s glorious announcement of his return to form with an imaculate display of hitting in a fine century at the SCG against India.
Watson has always stated his desire to bat up the order, and with him coming back into form, Finch seems the obvious candidate to be dropped in order to squeeze Watson into a top order boasting the likes of David Warner, Stevem Smith and the swash buckling Usman Khawaja.