Steve Smith confirmed yesterday that he’s not Australia’s captain in the shortest form of the game and it was just because of Aaron Finch’s unavailability that he led the side in the one off Twenty-20 versus England the other day.
Finch has not been included in the Australian limited-over squads versus England as he is on a comeback trial after injury and it was Smith who’s named the captain of both the 20-over as well as the 50-over teams after which there were some talks that the Aussie selectors might have decided to ditch the theory of split captaincy and have just one captain from here onwards considering the fact that Smith is an automatic pick in the playing XI in all formats of the game.
But, addressing the press following a 5-run defeat at the hands of England in Cardiff, Smith said, “Aaron Finch is our skipper as far as Twenty-20 Cricket is concerned. We will be moving forward under him in this format. I was in charge tonight just because he’s not here. I will be handing over the reins to him once he is back fit.”
Twenty 20 is the priority of most of the teams at the moment as the next World Championship, which is going to be organized in India, is not too far ahead.
That is one ICC tournament that Australia has never been able to win so far in their 5 attempts.
Their best outing was in West Indies in 2010 when they had reached the final only to be smashed by the arch rivals England.
This time around, the Kangaroos would be desperate to win the title. The conditions would not be that easy for them though especially if one takes into account that the World Championship is going to be played at the end of the season there in India and thus, the pitches will lack freshness.