Australian skipper Aaron Finch is keen on leading Australia in the next T20 World Cup at home for the title defence.
In July, Finch suffered a knee injury in the middle of the West Indies T20Is and was subsequently ruled out of the series, followed by the Bangladesh tour.
I’ll wait and see over the next couple of weeks: Aaron Finch on BBL 2021/22
The Australian captain was doubtful of playing the World T20 tournament, but he rushed back to training after undergoing knee surgery.
Finch, who has stepped down from the Melbourne Renegades captaincy role in BBL, admitted that he rushed his rehabilitation programme and will take a call on the upcoming BBL season.
“If I can get there, absolutely. I probably need a little bit of extra time to get my knee right now. I pushed the rehab really hard and probably paid the price for it a little bit throughout the tournament. So yeah, maybe a little bit more time off at the moment to just make sure I get that right,” Finch was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“I’ll wait and see over the next couple of weeks and not sure when our first game is for the Renegades [against] Adelaide but we’ll wait and see to see if I’m right,” he added.
Australia defeated trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand to emerge as the champions of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
The Australians were not considered the favourites before the tournament, and even their group stage defeat to England had made it difficult for them to qualify for the knockout round.
Finch admitted that his side’s approach against England was timid against England, and they bounced back really well to lift the title.
“I was really proud. That the commitment that we made to keep being really aggressive as a team was the most important thing. And especially after the England game, we felt as though we were a little bit timid and got outplayed,” Finch asserted.
“And once we were on the back foot we never transferred the pressure back to England at any point. So the fact that we committed to playing our way and being as aggressive as we could be, I think played a really big part in that,” he added.
Justin Langer took all the advice on board from the players: Aaron Finch
There was a disturbing environment in the Australian dressing room since they lost the Test series to India at home.
There were fingers pointed at head coach Justin Langer by the players for his coaching style, and Cricket Australia had to intervene to resolve the conflict.
Finch appreciated Langer’s calm approach, which allowed the players and different coaches to do their jobs with free will.
“It was a great feel amongst the coaching group and the playing group for the whole World Cup. I think JL took all the advice on board from the players and no doubt it was really tough. It was confronting and that goes both ways,” Finch mentioned.
“You have some really honest conversations which aren’t always the easiest ones to have. But he took that all on board and probably handed the reins over a little bit more to the playing group and his assistant coaches in their various areas,” he added.
Australia will host the 2022 T20 World Cup in the October-November window, with the final scheduled to take place at MCG.