Aaron Finch has been named Australia’s new T20 captain after George Bailey stepped down from the role last weekend, Sky Sports report.
The opening batsman will become just the seventh man to lead the Aussies in the shortest format of the game when he makes his debut as the country’s coin caller in their solitary T20 International against Pakistan in Dubai on October 5.
Australians will be hoping that the burden of captaincy will not hinder the batting form of Finch, who currently tops the world batting rankings for T20 Internationals.
It was the prospect of adding to his five Test caps that largely drove Bailey’s decision to resign from the position of T20 captain.
The 32-year-old - who led Australia on two unsuccessful World T20 campaigns - made his five-day debut during last winter’s Ashes series.
Bailey played in every Test as the hosts were rampant 5-0 winners over England, and now the batsman wants to experience the traditional format of the sport even more.
However, his resignation as skipper of the T20 side doesn’t signal his retirement from three-hour spectacles. With the next T20 International tournament still two years away, Bailey hasn’t ruled himself out of competing in India in 2016.
With Bailey stepping aside, Finch has come to the fore, just as he has been doing in their batting order for some time. The opener has made a name for himself in fast-paced limited-overs cricket with his big-hitting.
The expansive batsman has nailed down his place in the side since making his international debut in 2011, and recorded his best-ever score of 156 from just 63 balls against England at the Ageas Bowl in the summer of last year.
If he continues to score at scary strike rates, then the 27-year-old can lead by example at the top of the order and hope that his team mates can follow suit.
Lowly world ranking
Finch takes the reins with his nation currently languishing in the lowly position of fifth in the ICC T20 rankings. He will now be charged with improving that and preparing his side for the next World T20 competition.
Australia will enter the sixth version of the short-format tournament still vying to lift the trophy for the first time. Their previous best was as runners-up in the Caribbean in 2010 when England defeated them by seven wickets in the final.
But with a young side behind him, Finch will be confident that he can fire Australia to T20 glory in the future.