Having lost the T20I series 4-1, the Australian team is dealt with another major blow as skipper Aaron Finch is likely to miss the upcoming ODI series against West Indies after suffering a knee injury. Finch’s injury is concerning for Australia who are already without the services of David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell. If ruled out, Australia will have a hectic task of naming the new skipper as Pat Cummins, who is the designated vice-captain of the Australian team is also not on the tour. The first ODI will be played on July 20 in Barbados.
Matthew Wade was named as the vice-captain for the T20I squad but it’s not clear whether he will carry the tag during the ODI series as well. Wade has previously led Australia in a T20I match against India in Sydney earlier this year. However, Wade is not a first-choice player for the ODI format, which was the case in the T20Is.
“It’s a bit of a moving thing, the vice-captaincy. Going forward in the one-dayers I have no idea what will happen there. I am probably not expecting to play, especially if Finchy plays, but if he doesn’t there might be an opportunity for me to play,” Wade said to cricket.com.au. Wade is one of the most experienced players in the touring contingent, but hasn’t played a single ODI since 2017.
Interestingly, Alex Carey, who is part of the squad and will be starting as the wicket-keeper in the first-choice ODI XI for Australia, has previously served the role of vice-captain of the ODI team. There’s Mitchell Marsh in the ranks as well, who is experienced, in form and has previously held the role of being the deputy skipper of the Australian team. Apart from that, Moises Henriques is a part of the team, who is again an experienced campaigner and consecutive BBL-winning skipper.
Wade though has maintained that he would love to be named the captain if the opportunity comes while acknowledging that there are a few leaders within the current Australian team.
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