England whitewash Australia 6-0 in what is Australia’s biggest defeat ever. But it seems the entire team is standing behind newly-made captain Tim Paine, as he is new to this role. Finch has backed Paine saying his leadership ‘Was Second to None’. Also Read - England vs Australia Series to End on September 16, IPL-bound Players Can Only Play From September 26
Adding further he said, “If the role is there, I’d love to do it,” Finch told Sky Sports after the T20I. Also Read - Australia Announce 21-Man Squad For England Tour; Uncapped Trio of Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe and Daniel Sams in Line For International Debuts
“At the moment, Tim is the captain and he led the team fantastically well. It was disappointing that we couldn’t back him up with performances as a team. His leadership around the group was second to none. If he’s got the job, things are going to be good for Australia,” he said. Also Read - England vs Pakistan 2020: Jos Buttler is The 'Whole Package', Should Always be in England Test Side, Says Shane Warne
Justin Langer, also new at his job as the head coach, also hinted that there might be a rethink on the ODI captaincy.
“One of our huge priorities is to make sure we get the leadership and the captaincy right,” Langer told SEN Radio. “No doubt Tim has had a tough time here. He’s done a brilliant job since South Africa in steadying the ship. He’s an outstanding young man.
“He’s also tough. You saw him get hit in the face in the second game, he had stitches all in his face, it’s reminiscent to me of a lot of the great Australian captains.
“We’ve got to work out whether he’s going to play his best cricket in white-ball cricket and if he does he’s a chance, and if he doesn’t then we’ll probably have to look somewhere else. We’ll have a really close look at a whole number of things when we get back from England and Zimbabwe next week and we’ll move from there.”
It was an inexperienced Australian team that went to England, missing Smith and Warner as well as Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, all of them nursing injuries.
Their performances might not have been up there, but Finch feels that the youngsters have learnt their lessons well.
“It’s been a really good learning curve for some of the young guys, especially coming off a bit of a break,” he said. “We’ve had four months since the end of the season back home, so for them to walk straight back in and perform against the best in the world, you can’t come in one per cent off the boil.
“They will learn a lot about their preparation, you have to hit the ground running otherwise it’s a long road.”
(With inputs from ICC)