Selector George Bailey on Sunday insisted under-fire Aaron Finch would be Australia’s captain in this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, with growing criticism of his leadership and “white noise”. Finch sparked a debate last week against New Zealand in his opening two games with a score of one and 12, with the recent failure to fire in the Big Bash League whether he is the right man for the job. But Bailey told the Melbourne Herald Sun that there was no doubt in his mind that the 34-year-old opener would lead India in October.
One of three selectors, along with Trevor Hohns and national coach Justin Langer, Bailey said, “He has got a fantastic average, he is the captain of this side and he will be the captain of this side in the World Cup.”
He said, “It’s completely white noise for me.”
Doubts have erupted around Finch under the leadership of former selector Mark Waugh.
Pandit said, “Their job is to score runs. No batsman is devastated by being run out when you are not scoring runs, no matter whether you are the captain or not.”
Australian media has also stated with the Sydney Morning Herald that Finch was “running out of opportunities to book his tickets for this year’s T20 World Cup”.
Bailey – the only selector on tour in New Zealand – accounted for Finch’s poor form at the Big Bash, where he averaged 13.8 spent five months playing cricket in a biscuit bubble.
“He was very zonked,” Bailey said. “But he tried to do the right thing and go back to helping a young (Melbourne) Renegades.
“His reflection on her was that maybe he should sit for a long time and come back a little fresher.”
He said Finch was doing well at the nets in New Zealand and pointed to his illustrious record as the world’s premier limited-overs batsman.
“He will be in the top five or 10 leading run-scorers, and if he doesn’t have the highest strike-rate, he will be absolutely close,” he said.
“And they have done it very consistently for Australia for a very long time, and will continue to do the same in the future.”
Australia’s third T20 against New Zealand is in Wellington on Wednesday.
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