T20 World Cup: Australia have ready replacements for T20 skipper Aaron Finch, says Josh Hazlewood

264
T20 World Cup: Australia have ready replacements for T20 skipper Aaron Finch, says Josh Hazlewood
T20 World Cup: Australia have ready replacements for T20 skipper Aaron Finch, says Josh Hazlewood

T20 World Cup: Australia have ready replacements for T20 skipper Aaron Finch, says Josh Hazlewood

T20 World Cup: Australia have experienced T20 players ready to slot in “seamlessly” in place of captain Aaron Finch if required for the World Cup, pacer Josh Hazlewood said on Wednesday.

Before Australia defends its World Cup title at home, Finch’s position in the team is being questioned due to pressure and poor bat form.

Teammates and selector George Bailey have encouraged Finch to turn around his recent form and skipper the nation in the international competition, but Hazlewood refrained from calling the opener’s role a must.

Hazlewood responded that the team had veteran players prepared to step up when asked how challenging it would be for Australia to have a new captain for the World Cup.

T20 World Cup: Australia have ready replacements for T20 skipper Aaron Finch, says Josh Hazlewood
T20 World Cup: Australia have ready replacements for T20 skipper Aaron Finch, says Josh Hazlewood

“All teams at the moment really feel like they’re quite senior. And there’s a lot of guys who sort of take the leadership upon themselves when they’re out there in the middle doing their chosen skill,” he told reporters at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

“There’s quite a lot of experience out there in the middle. And I think it would be quite easy for the next captain to come in and just seamlessly transition.”

Finch played his last ODI against New Zealand over the weekend, and Australia is already searching for a replacement.

Since wicketkeeper Tim Paine stood down from the Test team last year. Fast bowler Pat Cummins has served as the team’s captain; nevertheless, Hazlewood said that Australia might want to seek outside the quicks for a new white-ball leader.

“With the quicks, we’re probably going to rest (from) white ball here. And there so it’s not like, I guess, Patty with the test matches playing every game,” Hazlewood said.

“That could create a reshuffle of captaincy and vice-captaincy all the time.