Australia will wait until after the T20 World Cup to appoint the new ODI captain

Australia will likely wait until after the T20 World Cup to announce Aaron Finch’s replacement as one-day captain, trainer Andrew McDonald said.

Finch left the ODIs after leading Australia to a 3-0 win over New Zealand in Cairns on Sunday, but the opener remains in charge of the T20 side.

According to McDonald, staff were more focused on Australia’s T20 World Championship defense on home soil than deciding on Finch’s successor.

“That’s probably the end of the (T20) World Championship, isn’t it?” he has told reporters.

“We have a little time to consider what those options are.

“We’ve got the (T20) World Championship ahead of us, so at this stage that’s more urgent than filling the captaincy gap.”

Batsman Steve Smith and current Test skipper Pat Cummins are considered strong candidates to replace Finch.

Smith managed the Test and one-day teams before being suspended from international cricket for a year and banned from managerial roles for two years following the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

Paceman Cummins took over the test side after Tim Paine stepped down from his role in the run-up to the Ashes. He has helped place Australia at number one in the ICC Test World Rankings.

Australia’s next ODI games will be at home against England from November 17, a few days after the T20 World Cup final on November 13.

Reuters Australia will wait until after the T20 World Cup to appoint the new ODI captain

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