Aaron Finch sees no problem with Steve Smith or David Warner getting captaincy

Finch believes that Warner and Smith would probably be the right candidates to succeed him.

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Aaron Finch, after announcing his retirement from the ODI format, has opened up on his views about the cricketer who can be his successor to take the captaincy role in the team. there should be no excuse for Steven Smith or David Warner to not succeed him as Australia's ODI captain now that the wounds from Sandpaper-gate have long since healed.

When Cricket Australia appointed Pat Cummins as the Test team's captain last summer, the administrators decided to return certain leadership duties to Smith as he was named Cummins' deputy. Finch’s retirement has got CA to think of a deserving candidate and appoint him soon because the ODI World Cup is less than a year away.

Cummins made it obvious that he had no interest in serving as the captain of Australia's white-ball teams during the press conference where his appointment as Test captain was made public. Finch remarked on Saturday that he thought Cummins could play many positions, but the pacer has missed 28 of the 65 ODIs since 2018, making him an unlikely candidate.

Alex Carey, who served as Finch's replacement last year and previously served as the vice-captaincy in the ODI side, would be another candidate after him. After Australia's final ODI match against New Zealand on Sunday, officials will have two months before choosing a new ODI captain. Mitchell Marsh and Adam Zampa might also be candidates.

Aaron Finch backs Steve Smith and David Warner for ODI Captaincy

None, though, possess Smith's experience, who led all teams in all formats prior to the ball-tampering incident of 2018 and was still aiding with field setting upon his return. Smith still had a number of years ahead of him, thus Finch stated he had no inclination towards anyone but could not understand why the Cape Town 2018 saga should get in the way of him.

"I don't think [it would be an issue]. He captained a Test match in Adelaide after Pat was out with Covid. So I think that's all been put to bed," said Finch

Warner would give CA a different problem. He still has a lifetime leadership ban as a result of the affair, but there have been many recent signs that it might be reconsidered now that Warner has committed to the BBL. Finch said on Saturday that his opening partner would be a wise choice and that he thought the ban should be overturned.

"He [Warner] is someone I have played under a few times for Australia when he has had the opportunity to captain. He has been fantastic. He is an unbelievable tactical captain and someone at the time the lads loved playing under. Would I like to see [his ban] overturned? Yeah, absolutely. What he can offer not just now as a player but going forward for him to be able to coach and help the next generation of players coming through is so important. You do your time, and he has well and truly done that," Finch said on Triple M.