Caretaker manager Andrew McDonald backed out-of-form captain Aaron Finch to lead Australia to the defense of this year’s Twenty20 World Cup title.
- Aaron Finch’s struggles with the bat continue, with Australia’s ODI captain scoring just 23 runs for the series against Pakistan
- Australia will look to defend their T20 World Cup title in October
- Interim team coach Andrew McDonald says there’s no conversation about Finch’s absence and the team ‘is built around him as captain’
The veteran flyhalf is coming off back-to-back ducks to end Australia’s three-game ODI series against Pakistan.
Finch also struggled for consistency in the five-game T20 series against Sri Lanka in February.
He will have one last chance to impress on Pakistani soil when Australia take on the hosts in a single T20 in Lahore on Wednesday.
But McDonald, who played alongside Finch for Victoria, believes the 35-year-old can bounce back in time for the World Cup in Australia in October.
Finch overcame many challenges and questions about his future over the course of his career, to respond and cement himself as one of Australia’s greatest hitting hitters.
“There is no conversation around the [possibility] that he won’t be here,” McDonald said.
“His form can come and go – like most players – and his ability to work through those patches has been important in his career.
“We had the same conversation about David Warner leading up to the T20 World Cup last year, so all those conversations are going to happen.
“It’s a pretty big pillar to discuss not being at the T20 World Cup.”
Finch averaged 28.68 in T20I in 2021 – statistically the worst year of his international career.
In five games this year, Finch is averaging just 15.6 with a best score of 35.