David Warner’s short stint as T20 captain could refresh Australia as they desperately try to avoid another series defeat, says Aaron Finch.
Warner, Finch’s opening partner, is in charge for the three matches against India, with regular skipper Steve Smith to head home due to a shoulder injury.
Australia lost the first game under Warner’s leadership in Ranchi on Sunday, making Tuesday’s clash in Guwahati a must-win.
“I think it can be a totally different job when you’re filling in for someone as opposed to when you’ve got the job yourself,” Finch said.
“There’s obviously a lot more expectation and a lot more scrutiny around Steve as a leader because he does have the job in all three formats full-time.
“I think it can be quite refreshing when another skipper comes in that probably doesn’t have to worry about the off-field stuff quite as much as the regular skipper does.”
Australia’s latest defeat came after they were thrashed 4-1 in the one-day international series.
While Warner’s first game at the helm for the tour didn’t manage to change the team’s fortunes, rain severely shortened the contest.
“I thought Davey did a fantastic job under the circumstances,” Finch said.
Australia limped to 8-118 from 18.4 overs before nearly two hours was lost.
India chased down their revised target of 48 from six over with three balls to spare, but Finch said the Australian bowlers had performed well.
“I thought the way Jason Behrendorff started the match on debut against some of the world’s best players was fantastic,” Finch said.
“He swung the ball so I think that was a real positive to come out of the game.”
As for the batsmen, aside from Finch’s match-high 42 it was a familiar tale of woe.
The middle order again cracked under pressure as six players had their stumps rearranged by India’s ruthless attack.
“Unfortunately we just kept losing wickets and that’s a real part of Twenty20,” Finch said.