We’ll support whoever becomes captain in Aaron Finch’s absence: Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc also opened up about how the experienced players in the side try to be in touch with the youngsters.
Updated - Jul 19, 2021 8:38 pm
Australia hasn’t had a good outing recently after having lost the T20I series to West Indies. The team seemed to struggle to make mark and bounce back in the series. However, Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh were seen as some hopes for the team to change the fortunes. Now ahead of their ODI series against the West Indies, Australia has to deal with a blow as their captain Aaron Finch is likely to miss the series owing to an injury. Speaking about it pacer Mitchell Starc has stated that the team will support the stand-in captain.
The Men in Yellow would have wanted Finch to open the innings, but the batter picked up a knee injury in the 5th T20I as he twisted his knee and was seen struggling while running between the wickets. Now that it is speculated that he wouldn’t be available, Mitchell Starc asserted that the side has quite a few experienced players. Starc also stated that whoever takes the mantle of responsibility will be supported by the whole team.
“It makes for an interesting question. We’ve got Alex there, Josh Hazlewood was vice-captain for a period of time there, Matthew Wade has captained before, Moises has captained plenty of games in the past, so you’ve got plenty of guys with leadership experience. Wade said it the other day, it makes it easier captaining in international cricket when guys know their roles. If Finch was to miss, I’m sure whoever takes on the role will do a good job and we’ll get behind them.” Starc was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au
‘You keep yourself accessible to them’ – Mitchell Starc on guiding the youngsters in the side
Australia would be keen to seal the holes and get back stronger in the ODIs against the West Indies. On tours like these when the team hasn’t got to convincing starts, keeping the players in the right space becomes important. Especially the youngsters who haven’t played a lot of international cricket before.
The pacers Wes Agar, Riley Meredith, and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson haven’t played an ODI yet and thus Starc opened up about how the experienced players in the side try to be in touch with them. Starc also stated that as it is not possible to leave the hotel it becomes possible to spend some time in groups.
“We’ve got guys who have got a little bit of experience in international cricket now. For Josh, Zamps and I are potentially playing a bit more white-ball cricket than the rest. You keep yourself accessible to them and check how they’re going around training. Those ongoing discussions happen quite naturally anyway around a cricket tour,” said Starc.