Veteran opener David Warner is open to captain the national side and ready to talk to Cricket Australia about ending the leadership ban imposed on him for his role in the ball-tampering scandal.
Australian cricket was shaken to the core after cameras had caught Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball during the Cape Town test in 2018. As a result, then captain Steve Smith and his deputy Warner were handed 12-month bans while Bancroft copped a nine-month suspension under Cricket Australia's Code of Conduct.
Moreover, a lifetime leadership ban was also put on Warner by Cricket Australia.
With Aaron Finch recently retiring from ODI cricket, Australia now have a leadership position vacant for the 50-over format. Since Finch is not in the best of form lately, there is no guarantee whether he will continue as a T20I skipper following the T20 World Cup 2022.
“Any opportunity you get asked to captain or whatnot, it’s a privilege,” Warner told Fox Sports on Tuesday (September 13).
“For my circumstances, that’s in Cricket Australia’s hands and I can only concentrate on what I have to do, and that’s using the bat and trying to get as many runs as I can.
“My phone’s here. At the end of the day, what’s done in the past is done. There’s a new board and I’m always happy to sit down and have a chat about anything.”
As per the reports, Test skipper Pat Cummins is the favorite to take charge of the ODI side while some former Australia players want Warner’s ban to be lifted.
Warner said it is not certain that Finch would quit T20I cricket following the World Cup.
“He hasn’t said if he’s going to finish after the World Cup from Twenty20 cricket,” the southpaw added.
“Obviously, we all back him and support him 100%. He loves the short form of the game as well. I’m sure he’ll go back to the nets and work hard and work out what he needs to do to put runs on the board.”
Australia will begin their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign against New Zealand in Sydney on October 22.