HYDERABAD, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Cameron Green of Australia celebrates after scoring a fifty during game three of the T20 International series between India and Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Hyderabad, India. (Photo by Pankaj Nangia/Getty Images)

In the wake of recent news with Aaron Finch stepping down from his international duties in the shortest format, it leaves a gaping hole with the captaincy job now remaining up in the air for the taking.

A host of candidates worthy of being tasked with the role spring to mind, but with an ageing squad in the T20 department, a long-term replacement becomes a difficult proposition.

With the month of August marking Australia's next scheduled T20, a three-match series against South Africa (organised as apart of the future tours program), it buys time for a decision to be made.

A mix of experienced campaigners and a touch of the rawness of youth makeup our handful of hopefuls jostling for a spot in the top job, as far as the captaincy role goes in the shortest format.


1. Pat Cummins

Holding down the fort as captain in the red ball format, as well as the longer of the two coloured clothing setups, Patrick Cummins is arguably an option to oversee all three disciplines.

The Australian fast bowler added the captaincy title to his long-winded resume after assuming the role from the outgoing Tim Paine, who handed in his resignation prior to the 2021-22 Ashes.

With the test cricket captaincy badge sorted, Cummins then controlled proceedings in the 50 over competitions, following Finch walking away from the One Day Internationals earlier this year after a storied career.

Cummins has had a successful opening stanza in the role, notching up victory after victory, however, the problem arises when running an eye over the packed schedule confronting the Australian's.

As for the 29-year-old, who remains a family man, time away from the game will be of short supply, with commitments traveling all around the world with each team apart of the job description.