Ben McDermott has lit up the BBL with some big hitting. Image: cricket.com.au

Australian limited overs captain Aaron Finch has backed Hobart Hurricanes batter as someone who could play T20 cricket for Australia this year. even as soon as next month against Sri Lanka

Australia’s Men’s T20 captain, Aaron Finch said he would be surprised if Hobart Hurricanes blaster Ben McDermott wasn’t included in the upcoming white-ball games for Australia against Sri Lanka in February.

On the back of a handful of impressive performances throughout the BBL, the Australian selectors have a tough job on their hands trying to fit in some of the in-form talent alongside the championship-winning side from the 2021 World Cup.

Amongst the names Finch mentioned were McDermott, Matthew Wade, Mitch Marsh, Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis, and Glenn Maxwell, who all look set to secure a spot in the provisional side when it is announced later this year.

Finch confirmed there are still spots up for grabs in the team and noted that the selectors will have a wide variety of players to look over during the upcoming series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the coming months.

“If you look at how well Mitch Marsh bowled throughout the Big Bash, Maxi’s [Glenn Maxwell] bowled quite a bit and they’ve both done a great job,” Finch said.

Finch remained tight-lipped on any players set to be named in the upcoming white-ball series against Sri Lanka, aside from one, Ben McDermott.

The Queensland native has been in sensational form for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash, notably hitting back-to-back centuries earlier in the season, lifting an inconsistent Hurricanes side to a finals spot.

McDermott leads the Big Bash in runs (571) with a notable 103 run lead on his nearest opponent, Glenn Maxwell with 468.

“Ben McDermott, who’s been in super form, he’s obviously been the leading run-scorer in the Big Bash and has got some big hundreds which dominates games, I’d be very surprised if he’s not there [in the team].” Finch said.

Finch is eager to repeat the success seen by the Women’s side, who won the 2020 Women’s T20 world cup on home soil and hopes to carry over the form that saw the Men’s side take out the trophy late last year.

Coming off an incredible world cup win in 2021, the reigning champions were given their schedule for the upcoming tournament and were drawn in Group 1, alongside England, New Zealand, and Afghanistan.

The iconic MCG was announced as one of seven host venues, including being the venue for the final – a ground where the Australian women’s side was victorious in the 2020 T20 World Cup.

Finch, a Victorian native, is keen to replicate the success of the women’s side and is eager to retain the trophy on home soil.

“It’s going to be something very special for Australia, particularly on the back of how successful the women’s T20 world cup was, hopefully, we can replicate how successful Australia was there,” Finch said.

“Our planning was ultra-detailed last time and again knowing what the groups look like nine months out is really helpful, because it can help our level of detail in that planning phase.”

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The skipper also threw his full support behind out-of-contract head coach Justin Langer and heaped praise on the back of the 4-0 victory in the Ashes.

“He’s done a fantastic job, to win the world cup when no one really gave us a chance and then to dominate the Ashes 4-0… it was super impressive,

“I’m not going to comment on what Cricket Australia’s process will be, but he’s done an amazing job over the last few months in particular.”

“I’ve never really been in a leadership where the coach’s contract is up, but like I’ve said he’s done an unbelievable job and to see how good the environment has been throughout the T20 world cup and then throughout the Ashes, it’s a credit to everyone involved.”

The national side now shifts their focus to the upcoming limited-overs series against 2014 T20 world cup champions Sri Lanka, before wrapping up the summer of cricket and heading to Pakistan.

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