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Australia focuses on upcoming T20 World Cup, process of next ODI captain set to take place later on: Andrew McDonald

Australia men's team head coach Andrew McDonald said on Monday, that Aaron Finch's replacement as ODI captain will be decided after the T-20 World Cup.

By wasmulhaq 
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Melbourne: Aaron Finch decided to step down as the ODI captain of the Australian team during the series against New Zealand. Currently, the Australian side is gearing up to defend the T-20 World Cup, which will be held on their own land.

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Australia men’s team head coach Andrew McDonald said on Monday, September 12 that Aaron Finch’s replacement as ODI captain will be decided after the T-20 World Cup, which is around the corner. 

On Sunday, Aaron Finch announced his retirement from one-day internationals after leading Australia to a thumping 3-0 clean-sweep of New Zealand in the ODI series held in Australia. Finch, however, is set to lead the national side in the T-20 World Cup, starting on October 22 in Down Under.

Three players are in the running to replace Finch as ODI captain.The names which are floating for the ODI captain are Steve Smith, David Warner, and Test captain Pat Cummins, who can lead the side in the next World Cup scheduled to be held in India.

However, McDonald said there is still time to weigh up options and the team management is not focused on ODI captaincy at the moment. At present, the entire focus is on the upcoming World Cup in the shortest format of the game.

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In fact, Aaron Finch came in support  of David Warner to take over from him as ODI captain. Former skipper Steve Smith’s chance to replace Finch is bright. He had to suffer a one-year suspension for the ball-tampering case in South Africa in 2018.

However, a lifetime ban from leadership roles has been imposed on Warner for his role in the ball-tampering scandal that brought disrepute to Australian cricket.

 

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