Shane Watson (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shane Watson (Image Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: October 4th, 2022 at 01:30 pm

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson feels Australia should stick with Aaron Finch as captain for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Watson said that young all-rounder Cameron Green should play in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup if a key player gets hit by an injury.

Marcus Stoinis has been ruled out of Australia’s two T20Is against the West Indies due to a side strain. Cameron Green, who has been included in Australia’s 16-man squad against the Caribbean side, could also get another chance at the top of the order.

Cameron Green (Image Credits: Getty Images)
Cameron Green (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Green should Be Coming Into The Squad If Someone Gets Injured – Shane Watson

Watson is a huge fan of Green, but he prefers Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh ahead of the 23-year-old as long as they are fully fit.

“The only time I think he should be coming into the squad is if someone gets injured or they do not recover from their injury,” Watson said in ICC Review on Monday.

Shane Watson (Image Credits: IPL)
Shane Watson (Image Credits: IPL)

“Marcus Stoinis, if he does not recover fully from his injury or Mitchell Marsh for example, if they do not recover from their niggles that they have had in the lead-up to this T20 World Cup, then absolutely (Green is) the first one picked,” he added.

Finch Is Important Part Of Australian Team – Shane Watson

Finch has only two fifty-plus scores since the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021, and he recently retired from ODIs after a string of low scores to focus on the upcoming T20 World Cup.

With Finch in a lean patch over the past year, Shane Watson wants Cricket Australia (CA) to back captain Aaron Finch to defend their T20 World Cup title. The former all-rounder said the 35-year-old opener’s value to the team extends way beyond his runs.

ICC T20 World Cup: Cameron Green Should Only Feature In World Cup If Key Players Get Hit With Injuries - Shane Watson
Aaron Finch. PC- Getty

“Finch is such an incredibly important part of this Australian team being the captain. He has been given the full support of the selectors and coach as well. So for me, everyone’s got their fingers crossed that it is all able to click for him during this T20 World Cup because, firstly, it is such an important role that he plays in the Powerplay opening the batting and, secondly, as a leader, as the captain making decisions under pressure,” he said.

“It is very important that there is no innuendo or pressure around him in terms of his position in the team … from an Australian point of view, I have got my fingers crossed that he will be fit and firing,” he added.

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