Aaron Finch endorses David Warner as Australia’s next ODI captain after announcing retirement, series against New Zealand

Outgoing captain Aaron Finch has openly endorsed David Warner to become Australia’s next one-day skipper after announcing he will retire from the format following Sunday’s match against New Zealand

The backing from Finch comes despite Warner’s lifetime leadership ban for his involvement in the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal.

Then-vice captain Warner, then-captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were all found to have played central parts in ‘Sandpapergate’.

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As punishment, Smith received a two-year leadership suspension and Warner accepted a lifetime leadership ban on all positions in Australian cricket.

The lack of consistency between the two sanctions has been heavily debated after Smith was appointed vice captain under Pat Cumminsfirst Ashes Test.

“I think CA (Cricket Australia) are revisiting what that looks like,” Finch told Tripe M’s Dead Set Legends.

“He’s an unbelievably tactical captain and someone who, at the time, the guys loved playing under.

“What he can offer, not just now as a player in that leadership space, but going forward, for him to be able to coach and help the next generation of players coming through would be so important for Australian cricket.

“You do your time, and he’s well and truly done that.”

Finch’s retirement from ODIs comes as he became the first Australian in history to record five ODI ducks in a calendar year, when his disastrous run of form continued in the second one-day international against New Zealand.

Speaking on Nine’s Sports Sunday, Mark Taylor said Finch made the right call to retire.

“This year has no doubt been a tough one for him and I think he’s made the right decision by stepping aside,” he said.

“He’s just not moving at his very best and in 50-over cricket you get found out more than you do in T20 cricket where you can go hard all the time.

“That suggested to me that it is time for him to go, [his form] is not quite there and you don’t want to finish on a bad note.”

The opening batter, who turns 36 in November, will remain captain of the national T20 side to defend the World Cup title on home soil next month.

Finch has captained Australia on 54 occasions in the ODI format, winning 30 matches as skipper.

“[Aaron’s] one-day career first and foremost is outstanding – 17 hundreds (in ODI cricket) averaging just under 40, strike rate in the 90s – he’s been a terrific player and a very good captain of Australia in white ball cricket for a number of years,” Taylor said.

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