Recently married Australian opening batsmen who is currently plying his trade for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018, has thrown his hat among the probable candidates who can be the next Australian limited-overs captain after Steve Smith stepped down from the post following the ball tampering scandal in the recently concluded Test series against South Africa ahead of the IPL.
“I’d definitely put my hand up for it but I haven’t thought about it to be honest,” Finch was quoted as saying by the official Cricket Australia website. The 31-year-old was the captain of Australian T20 side between 2014 and 2018, besides filling in as ODI skipper on a couple of occasions.
“It’s obviously a really difficult time and some changes are going to be made in the next couple of months with the England ODIs and the Dubai Tests (against Pakistan later this year),” the big-hitting opener said while talking to the Australian website from India where he has recently joined Kings XI Punjab franchise for Indian Premier League following his marriage.
“If the opportunity came up I’d love to take it but it’s not something that I’ve thought about,” he added.
The other contenders include Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head and Peter Handscomb, who all are captains of their respective state sides.
With next ODI World Cup only a year away, Australia are currently without a captain. However, a new captain is expected to be named early next month when Australia pick a squad for their limited-overs tour of England.