Former Australia cricketer Jason Gillespie has backed Aaron Finch as the country’s new ODI skipper when the selectors announce the ODI squad for the series against South Africa.
Meanwhile, Finch is likely to replace Tim Paine, who filled the leadership void left by the suspended Steven Smith and David Warner. However, after a poor run in the ODI series against England and the emergence of Alex Carey, Jason Gillespie feels Paine’s ODI days are over.
“I think at this point Aaron Finch is in the frame to do that role should that (dropping Paine) happen, and I sense that would happen,” Gillespie said on The Unplayable Podcast. “And I also sense it’s probably the right thing to do as well.
I think Tim, in a short space of time in very, very challenging circumstances, has done an amazing job with the Australian cricket team in Test cricket. I personally would be in favour of him continuing to lead the Australian Test side and have that role moving forward,” Gillespie added.
Selectors should endorse Aaron Finch as ODI skipper
Lauding Alex Carey, Jason Gillespie shared high praise for Alex Carey and hoped that he will take over Tim Paine as the Test wicket-keeper.
“I think we’ll see a situation where there will be at some point in the future, a year or two down the track, there’ll probably be a natural handover of the wicketkeeping gloves from Paine to Carey and in that time a successor as Test captain would evolve in that period.
“Certainly, from the one-day perspective, I don’t see any reason why Australian selectors wouldn’t endorse Aaron Finch to lead the Australian one-day side,” Jason Gillespie concluded.