DROPPED batsman Peter Handscomb says it is unfair for Test legend Shane Warne to call for Aaron Finch to captain Australia this entire summer of cricket.
Warne this week publicly threw his support behind Finch to captain Australia across all three forms of the game — following his impressive debut series against Pakistan.
Finch is already cemented as Australia’s Twenty20 captain following Steve Smith’s ball-tampering suspension.
Warne has now called for him to replace Paine as captain of the Aussie test team and one-day team.
Paine guided the Aussie side to a 5-0 ODI series hammering against England in June.
“To me, he (Finch) should be captain. I’d like to see him captain all forms for the game,” Warne told The Herald Sun.
Debutants Travis Head, Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne.Source:Getty Images
“His one day and T20 cricket is outstanding and if he can seize his opportunity in the Test team, I believe he has a lot to offer in red ball cricket.
“He’s a must pick and captaincy is a crucial element of the World Cup. I think he could do a great job and I like his captaincy style.”
Handscomb, however, has thrown cold water on Warne’s big call, declaring the demands of captaining Australia across all three formats would be too much for Finch, who has played just two career tests.
“Finch is an unbelievable captain and I’ve played under him as captain a few times and he seems to read the game very very well,” Handscomb told SEN Breakfast.
Shane Warne wants Aaron Finch to run the show.Source:News Corp Australia
“I think in terms of white ball, he knows what is going on and knows sort of what the batters are thinking, what the bowlers are thinking and is able to adjust the field accordingly.
“I would like to see him, in terms of Test cricket, just let him play, let him go about his job of making runs for Australia and then maybe sometimes well down the future that he could be a chance to captain them.”
Finch has never played a test on home soil but momentum is building for him to replace Paine if Australia’s woeful form continues.
Paine led the Aussies to a 5-0 ODI series hammering at the hands of England in June and a 1-0 test series loss to Pakistan.
Finch was the only batsman Warne last week declared is a certainty to play in the First Test against India on December 6 in Adelaide.
Before then, however, Finch will lead Australia in its three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan, starting Thursday, before the Aussies host South Africa in a three-match ODI series and a one-off Twenty20.
The Aussies also play three T20’s against India before the First Test.
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