Aaron Finch’s participation in the upcoming three-match ODI series has come in jeopardy after the right-handed opener aggravated his right knee injury issues while fielding in the fifth T20I against the West Indies.
With Finch’s availability in doubt, questions are being asked about his potential successor.
The possible options in the Aussie touring party are the wicket-keeping duo of Alex Carey and Matthew Wade.
While Carey served as a deputy to Finch in the last ODI series that Australia played (against India last November), Matthew Wade led Australia in the final T20I against India in the absence of Finch.
There are other options in the form of Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, and Mitchell Marsh.
“It makes for an interesting question. We’ve got Alex there, Josh Hazlewood was vice captain for a period of time there, Matthew Wade has captained before, Moises has captained plenty of games in the past, so you’ve got plenty of guys with leadership experience,” Mitchell Starc told cricket.com.au.
“Wade said it the other day, it makes it easier captaining in international cricket when guys know their roles. If Finch was to miss, I’m sure whoever takes on the role will do a good job and we’ll get behind them,” Starc added.
‘You keep yourself accessible to them and check how they’re going around training’- Mitchell Starc on helping out the youngsters
With the likes of Wes Agar, Riley Meredith, and Mitchell Swepson yet to feature in a One-day International, Mitchell Starc said that the senior pros in the squad are guiding the lesser experienced players.
“It naturally comes about chatting around training and off the field. It’s the nature of these hubs — you can’t really leave the hotel so you spend a bit more time together as a group. Whether it be chatting after play or chatting through days around the hotel,” he said.
“We’ve got guys who have got a little bit of experience in international cricket now. For Josh, Zamps and I are potentially playing a bit more white-ball cricket than the rest. You keep yourself accessible to them and check how they’re going around training. Those ongoing discussions happen quite naturally anyway around a cricket tour,” said Starc.
The three-match ODI series between hosts West Indies and Australia will kickstart on July 21 in Barbados.