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Aaron Finch is open to captaining Australia through to the next World Cup in 2023, with figures showing him to be among the country’s best ever openers in Asia.
Finch’s unbeaten hundred in Tuesday night’s big win over India drew him level with Mark Waugh for the most centuries by an Australian opener in Asia with four.
The right-hander has hit 1335 runs at 53.05 on the turning Asian wickets, which stands as his best record around the world and the third best of all Aussie openers.
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He will have two more chances to add to his record this week, beginning with Australia’s second ODI against India in Rajkot on Friday.
That record could be crucial to Australia’s success in upcoming big tournaments given how much white-ball cricket will be played in India during the next three years.
There is a Twenty20 World Cup in the country next October, while Australia will return in February 2023 for the one-day tournament.
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Finch will be 36 by the time of that 50-over tournament but has said he would still like to be playing when Australia goes in pursuit of the trophy.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much. I would love to play in the 2023 World Cup but it’s a long way away,” he said.
“I enjoy batting here. When I get in I have probably got hundreds recently.”
If Finch isn’t still around, Alex Carey or Pat Cummins would shape as the likely leaders for that World Cup.
The Aussies play plenty of white-ball cricket this year but they have put their main focus into Twenty20 planning before worrying properly about 2023.
England won last year’s tournament based on a four-year revolution of the one- day game, changing the way it approached its batting innings. Australia has always maintained the best strategy is to build a solid foundation before exploding late.
The Australians were first for the majority of the round-robin stage of last year’s tournament but were flogged by England in the semi-final at Birmingham. And Finch said at this stage he still believed they had the right approach to be successful in the one-day game.
“I feel as though the strategy and game plan we had was good enough to win the World Cup but it just didn’t come together at Birmingham,” Finch said. “We’re still with two or three years until the World Cup.
“There is plenty of time to change if we think we need to.
“We’ve still got the T20 World Cup coming up, with so much T20 cricket I think there will be an opportunity after that to really nut it out.”