Opening batsman Aaron Finch is open to the idea of captaining Australia in the shorter format of the game once again, if the selectors ask him, ESPN report.

With senior cricketers David Warner and Steve Smith given lengthy suspensions after the ball-tampering incident in South Africa, Australia need to find a new captain for one-day internationals and T20’s.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has been elected as Australia’s 46th Test captain last month and finished off the disappointing Test tour of South Africa.

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However, with a ODI tour of England fast approaching in June and a World Cup next year, Finch admitted he would happily consider taking on the role, if asked.

I’d definitely put my hand up for it, but I haven’t thought about it to be honest, it’s obviously a really difficult time and some changes are going to be made in the next couple of months with the England ODIs. If the opportunity came up, I’d love to take it but it’s not something that I’ve thought about.

Explosive hitter Finch has had previous experience of leading his country, when he was appointed Australia’s full-time T20 captain in 2014.

However, after just six matches, Cricket Australia decided to have one captain for all three formats of the game and gave the reins to Smith.