The veteran Australian cricketer, David Warner has opined that he would love to take the leadership role in the international arena following Aaron Finch’s retirement from ODIs. Warner had been banned from captaincy by Cricket Australia but has expressed the desire to take the leadership role and have the ban get overturned.
Ever since Aaron Finch has retired from ODIs, the slot for Australian skipper remains open with no outright contenders. With the ICC World Cup 2023 fast approaching, Cricket Australia will need to quickly find an immediate solution and recruit a new skipper to adapt the team to his methods.
With Tim Paine’s exodus from the Test squad leading to Pat Cummins being named Test captain, the latter can become the captain in the fifty overs format as well. However, prolific opener David Warner believes he deserves another shot as well, despite his colored past. The veteran was found guilty of spearing a ball-tampering incident against South Africa in Newlands in 2018 when he was vice-captain and has since been banned permanently from leadership roles by CA.
Describing his urge to lead, David Warner said, “Any opportunity you get asked to captain or whatnot, it’s a privilege. For my circumstances, that’s in Cricket Australia’s hands and I can only concentrate on what I have to do, and that’s using the bat and trying to get as many runs as I can. My phone’s here. At the end of the day, what’s done in the past is done. There’s a new board and I’m always happy to sit down and have a chat about anything.”
Aaron Finch himself has backed Warner, labeling him an ‘unbelievable tactician’ and urging Cricket Australia to overturn their ban. It remains to be seen whether he hangs up his boots in T20Is as well following the ICC World T20 next month on home soil given his extended run of poor form, considering it could open up an opportunity to name a separate white-ball skipper altogether.
Talking about the captaincy, David Warner said, “He [Finch] hasn’t said if he’s going to finish after the World Cup from Twenty20 cricket. Obviously, we all back him and support him 100%. He loves the short form of the game as well. I’m sure he’ll go back to the nets and work hard and work out what he needs to do to put runs on the board.”