Finch: Continuity in selection key in T20 World Cup prep

Aaron Finch (Getty Images)
Aaron Finch (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch believes continuity in selection will be key as they kick off their preparations for the T20 World Cup that will be played Down Under next year.

The Aussies will start the T20 World Cup build-up with a three-match series against Sri Lanka, starting in Adelaide on Sunday, followed by another three games against Pakistan at home.

Finch wants Australia to settle on a group of 14-16 players over the course of the next year so specific roles in the team can be identified.

Australia will play up to 21 internationals in the shortest format leading up to global tournament that will contested in October-November 2020.

Finch said: "It's great that we've got 21 games of T20Is over the next 12 months leading into the T20 World Cup.

"That's probably the first step, having that continuity of selection in the T20 format. We've probably not had that in the past.

"It's been a process of managing players on the back of a Test series or high workload tours.

"It's going to exciting to be able to have a similar squad over the next 12 months to two years with the two T20 World Cups back-to-back.

"The 50-over World Cup was exciting and certainly didn't pan out the way we wanted it to. We fell two games short.

"But as the lead-up went, from about December right up to the end of that World Cup, we got a lot of things right."

Steve Smith and David Warner returned to Australia's T20 squad that was named on Friday.

The former captain and vice-captain were both banned for a year for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal but have rejoined their country's Test, ODI and now T20 sides.

Australia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa

- TEAMtalk

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