David Warner to replace Aaron Finch as ODI captain of Australia?

Former Australia vice-captain David Warner, who was ousted from his duties due to the ball-tampering incident in 2018, is set to meet the Cricket Australia chief to discuss about overturning the lifetime leadership ban.

Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch, on Saturday, retired from the ODIs owing to his poor run with the bat. With the 50-over World Cup scheduled for next year, the Aussies are looking for a new captain, and David Warner is one of the top contenders, along with Test skipper Pat Cummins.

However, when Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were found guilty of ball tampering against South Africa in 2018, Warner was handed a lifetime ban.

Several players, including Test skipper Pat Cummins and Aaron Finch, have urged Cricket Australia to change its stance on Warner. Reacting to the same, Warner revealed that he would soon meet CA CEO Nick Hockley in a week or two.

“I don’t know what the meeting is about, but if it’s about lifting the captaincy ban, it would be my privilege.”

The 35-year-old further revealed that he feels his lifetime ban wasn’t just due to ball tampering but a lot of other stuff as well.

“The penalty I received was because of stuff happening before the ball-tampering incident. The MOU stuff and all that.”

Warner concluded by saying that he feels that Cummins would be the first one to be approached for the captain’s role.

“Pat has Test captaincy experience. The board will approach him first, and rightfully so. But I am grateful to those who endorsed my name.”


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