Aaron Finch is ready to stand and deliver in the T20 series. Picture: Getty
Aaron Finch is ready to stand and deliver in the T20 series. Picture: Getty

Warne’s massive triple-threat Finch call

SHANE Warne has thrown his support behind late-blooming Aaron Finch to captain Australia in all three forms for the game.

Finch, 31, will this week lead Australia in three Twenty20s against Pakistan after an 18-month period of domination which has catapulted him to the top of the International Cricket Council's T20 batting rankings.

He's also the world record holder in the shortest form of the game, having bashed 172 against Zimbabwe in July, beating his own record of 152, scored in 2013.

His stunning white-ball form, which also includes four one-day-international hundreds in his last 11 innings, catapulted him in to the Test team under new coach Justin Langer's policy that runs in any form count towards national selection.

In an otherwise dismal series loss to Pakistan, Finch showed his readiness for test cricket knocking out 181 runs at 41.25 opening the batting.

Warne, who famously missed out on his dream of captaining Australia but was revered for his cricket nous, has declared Finch, who has been the long-time skipper of the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash, is the right man in a time of much tumult in the sport.

Aaron Finch is carrying serious white-ball form. Picture: AAP
Aaron Finch is carrying serious white-ball form. Picture: AAP

Warne said that with a World Cup on the horizon next year, Finch should take the reins of the one-day team straight away.

And should he continue the form he showed his opening two games in the baggy green, there was the potential for him to replace Tim Paine as Test captain too.

"To me, he (Finch) should be captain. I'd like to see him captain all forms for the game," Warne said.

"His one-day and T20 cricket is outstanding and if he can seize his opportunity in the test team, I believe he has a lot to offer in red-ball cricket.

"He's a must pick and captaincy is a crucial element of the World Cup. I think he could do a great job and I like his captaincy style."

Finch's white-ball skills will limit his red-ball practice before the opening Test against India in December.

With ODIs and T20s against first South Africa then India, following the matches in Pakistan, during November Finch won't get to play a Sheffield Shield game before the four-Test series begins.

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