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Sport Clarke questions Finch's Australian captaincy

03:08  27 january  2021
03:08  27 january  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Aaron Finch's Australian limited-overs captaincy is under "serious pressure", according to former skipper Michael Clarke.

Finch, 34, just completed a miserable BBL campaign in which he failed to reach 50. From 13 innings, he scored 179 runs at 13.76 with a best of 39.

He also struggled through the IPL and has been axed by the Bangalore franchise, while he made 35 and 0 against India in T20 internationals last month.

Australia has a five-match T20 tour of New Zealand starting next month. Clarke said that Finch was in "deep trouble" leading into the series.

"I will tell you who is out of nick, Finchy," Clarke told Sky Sports Radio on Wednesday.

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"Finchy is in deep trouble, I reckon. He got dropped from Bangalore IPL, he's had a horrible BBL.

"His one-day form was good in Australia but I tell you, there's some serious pressure on Finchy in short-form cricket as captain."

a baseball player holding a bat: Australian captain Aaron Finch bats during his century in the first ODI against India at the SCG. © Getty Australian captain Aaron Finch bats during his century in the first ODI against India at the SCG.

Finch has played 66 T20 internationals for Australia, scoring 2,149 runs at 37.70 with two centuries. He would have led the team into a home T20 World Cup last year if not for the COVID-19 pandemic; his leadership for the postponed tournament this year now looks in some doubt.


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"If Aaron Finch is going to captain the Twenty20 World Cup, keep him as captain now. If he's not, he's got to go now so the new captain has the opportunity to get some leadership under his belt before he goes to India for a World Cup," Clarke said.

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Finch's ODI form against India was excellent, with scores of 114, 60 and 75 in a three-match series. He has played 132 ODIs for Australia, scoring 5,232 runs at 41.85 with 17 centuries.

Should Finch be dropped from the Australian T20 team, selectors would have to decide if having three different captains across formats is acceptable. If not, his ODI captaincy would be endangered. Test captain Tim Paine is also currently facing heavy scrutiny over his future, after a home series defeat against India.

Clarke said that he believed superstar paceman Pat Cummins could captain Australia in all three formats if Paine and Finch had their reigns ended.

Finch, the Melbourne Renegades BBL captain, admitted that he'd had a dismal Big Bash tournament. He finished with just six in Tuesday's defeat of Hobart Hurricanes.

"Myself, I had an absolute shocker with the bat. The harder I trained, the worse I got, which is the opposite of what everyone tells you to do. It was just one of those seasons," Finch said, per Nine Newspapers.

"My wife worked it out the other day, it was something like 20 days or 21 days since April that I haven't been in lockdown or in a bubble. It's not a huge amount.

"I'm going down to the beach for a few days, relax. My kit bag won't be coming out of my car, I can tell ya."

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Australia badly needs an A tour this year .
The summer so far has highlighted five dilemmas facing our Test side. In no particular order, the first four are: • No in-form Test quality opening batsmen to replace David Warner or Will Pucovski • No batsmen ready to replace Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head or Cameron Green • No obvious Test captain candidate • Question marks over the successor to Nathan Lyon When looking at the squad to tour South Africa, it’s scary that we have only three batsmen considered capable of replacing any of the top seven – Marcus Harris (Test average 23.77), Moises Henriques (Test average 23.42) and Alex Carey.

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