Former skippers David Warner and Steven Smith lost their place in the team due to ball tampering scandals. They may return to the team by World Cup 2019 but will not have a chance to lead the team.
When looking for their replacement, Aaron Finch is the first name that comes to the mind. This Victorian batsman had a poor start in the IPL as he was dismissed for a golden duck in his first game for KXIP in IPL 2018.
This just married player missed out the first game of IPL on account of his wedding. Tim Paine, the captain for the Test Cricket team of Australia has fewer chances to become the full-time captain, as the contract was given to Alex Carey and there is uncertainty about his place in the team in the ODIs. Finch was the captain of the Australian team in all formats before he was replaced by Steven Smith in 2016. Finch is the first player to represent 7 IPL teams so far.
Finch has to compete with Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Alex Carey, and Peter Handscomb. Mitchell Marsh, Peter Handscomb, and Travis Head has the experience of leading their state teams earlier.
Finch said that Andrew Mc Donald, coach for Melbourne Renegades can be accredited for improvement in his leadership qualities. The KXIP encountered CSK in the game 12 of IPL on Sunday. Finch spoke to the press when he was asked about the possible leadership chances for the Australian team for World Cup 2019. He expressed interest to lead the team once again when he was asked by the reporters about this.
“I’d definitely put my hand up for it but I haven’t thought about it to be honest,”
“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). If the opportunity came up I’d love to take it but it’s not something that I’ve thought about,” he added.
“You are taking two of the best players in the world out of out of the side … the only way you can deal with it is to put a real positive spin on it. It’s obviously really unfortunate what’s happened, but there’s going to be a couple of spots open up and I’ve got no doubt the guys who are next in line can come in and do a fantastic job.
“It will give whoever is there a real opportunity to put their hand up and make sure they’re at the forefront of selectors’ minds when it is time for that World Cup,” he said expressing his disappointment about the ban on Steven Smith and David Warner on account of the ball-tampering saga.
“When I first started out I was a little bit, just throw caution to the wind. You’d have your plans and sometimes they go out the window and you just have a gut feel. It’s great when it goes well (but) in time I’ve probably learnt to be a bit calmer out on the field, take a bit more of the planning that you have pre-game.
“Andrew McDonald, he’s been unbelievable. He’s probably the most thorough coach I’ve ever played under.
“He never leaves any stone unturned in terms of preparation and possible scenarios that will come up in games. He’s taught me a huge amount over the last couple of years in terms of captaincy and leadership in general,” Finch concluded about coach Andrew Mc Donald.