Australia’s campaign in the 2016 ICC World T20 was simply mediocre, as the Kangaroos crashed their way out of the Super 10, after a loss to hosts India at Mohali. Australia, never played like a champion side in that tournament, as they even failed to chase down a relatively small total against New Zealand at Dharamsala.
Controversy had engulfed the team much before the tournament began, when skipper Aaron Finch was suddenly replaced by Steve Smith, with barely time left for the tournament to commence. As a matter of fact, Finch, who was then the world’s number one T20I batsman, was not even a guaranteed starter in the playing XI.
In his recent interaction on the sidelines of the IPL, Finch opened up about his disappointments regarding his ouster from Australia’s T20I captaincy. “I got a quick phone call from Rod Marsh (Chief selector), I think he was in New Zealand at the time,” Finch said. “It’s not something I saw coming, to be honest. We’d had a good couple of months lead-up chatting about the side and the squad, the make-up of the team and how we were going to look to play in that time. “I was very disappointed and I was looking forward to leading an Australian team into a world tournament. “Disappointing and frustrated but at the same time I totally understand why they did it.”
Finch though, admitted that it was difficult for the selectors to ignore Usman Khawaja for the World T20, considering his form prior to the tournament. “Of course I felt like it his spot in the XI was under threat,” Finch said. “But similarly with the captaincy, they (the selectors) pick a team they think can win the game. “I hold nothing against anyone for making that decision. “It’s just part of the game; when you’ve got a lot of good players they can’t all fit into one batting line-up. “When you’ve been out through injury and guys come in and do well – ‘Uzzie’ (Usman Khawaja) had an unbelievable Big Bash and deserved to play some role in the batting line-up.”