Sport Finch wary of unfancied Sri Lankans
A return to captaincy for Smith? CA boss talks up Paine, Finch
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts intimated that Steve Smith was not guaranteed to automatically grab the captaincy back as soon as his leadership ban expired. Roberts reiterated that Smith was not eligible to become an Australian captain until March, as a condition of the fallout from the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa last year, and flatly ruled out any chance of him assuming a leadership position this summer.
The bookies have written Sri Lanka off, but Australia captain Aaron Finch can think of at least two reasons not to as they prepare for a Gabba rematch on Wednesday.
Australia were almost faultless in the 134-run mauling that was their three-match Twenty20 international series opener in Adelaide on Sunday.
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Australia are as short as $1.12 with some bookies to seal the series in Brisbane, with the tourists out to $6 ahead of Friday's third game in Melbourne.
Australia captain Finch fit for T20 opener
Australian captain Aaron Finch has been cleared of injury and will play against Sri Lanka in Sunday's Twenty20 game in Adelaide.But paceman Andrew Tye will miss the three-game series against the Lankans, and the following three fixtures against Pakistan, because of an elbow injury.
Finch, who blasted 64 off 36 in Adelaide, was having none of the suggestions of complacency though as the world No.4 side eyed improvement ahead of next year's T20 World Cup.
The skipper said Sri Lanka's comeback 2-1 series victory in a 2017 visit to Australia, plus a recent whitewash of world No.1 side Pakistan was worth remembering.
"If we can play as complete a game again I'll be bloody happy," he said.
"But no, not at all (are we complacent); we saw last time they came here, beat us 2-1 and played some great cricket.
"They're such a dangerous side; they've just beaten Pakistan in Pakistan 3-0, they've got guys who can destroy a game in overs, with the ball and the bat."
Finch said the squad's flexibility, particularly in their middle-order batting, would remain on show in Brisbane after Glenn Maxwell's promotion ahead of Steve Smith paid off on Sunday.
And he tipped off-spinning all-rounder Ashton Agar to establish himself as a late-innings finisher with the bat to ensure the side remained well-balanced.
"His batting is still developing and something he's been working on is becoming that real finisher towards the back-end of an innings in T20 and one-day games," Finch said of Agar.
"If he can keep developing that then it does give you a lot of options to play that second spinner or go with four quicks, or another all-rounder - it actually just balances the side really well."
Australia-Pakistan T20 opener abandoned due to rain .
Wet weather wreaked havoc in Sydney, where Australia and Pakistan were unable to secure a result. Australia were 41-0 from 3.1 overs in the revised 15-over contest after Pakistan set the hosts 119 for victory, when the rain arrived again in Sydney.