Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes Aaron Finch is the man to lead the team at this year World Cup.
This is despite Finch having an indifferent series with the bat in India scoring 0, 37, 93, 0, and 27 in the five match ODI series.
But Ponting insists that Finch’s 93 in the do-or-die third ODI match was critical to Australia winning the series, after being 2-0 down after the first two matches.
The return of opener David Warner and former skipper Steve Smith, along with eye-opening returns of top-order players Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb as well as Ashton Turner, has ramped up competition for batting spots ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
Despite this, Ponting says Finch has been Australia’s best performed ODI batsman in the last couple of seasons, ‘making more hundreds than anyone else’.
It has been a rollercoaster last few months for Finch himself, who made his Test debut, lost his Test spot, led Australia to ODI and T20 series wins in India, suffered two series defeats at home and captained the Melbourne Renegades to their 1st BBL title.
And despite the ups and downs, his teammates in India have praised him for his composure, as has coach Justin Langer.
His 93 in the 3rd ODI against India was his first score of 50 or more in 12 ODIs.
But the selectors would keep in mind Finch’s 11 ODI hundreds – the most of any current Australian aside from David Warner and Steve Smith.