By Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia
Polarising batsman David Warner has received support to become Australia’s next one-day captain – despite his central role in the infamous sandpaper scandal of 2018 over in South Africa.
Warner, 35, could replace the retiring Aaron Finch, and the man they call ‘Bull’ has been endorsed by all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.
‘He’s (Warner) a great leader among our group,’ Marsh said.
‘As far as all the decisions go, I certainly steer clear of all those conversations. But he’s a great man to have in the squad.’
Marsh himself was considered for the role, but ruled himself out of contention.
‘Probably not to be honest, I’m out of the race,’ he told AAP. ‘The (T20) World Cup is such an exciting prospect for all of us, to worry about that sort of stuff (one-day captaincy) is just not on my radar at the moment.’
David Warner has been backed to become Australia’s next one-day captain – despite his central role in the infamous sandpaper scandal of 2018 over in South Africa
Teammate Mitchell Marsh has endorsed Warner as Aaron Finch’s potential replacement as Australia’s next ODI skipper
If Warner is to assume the position, the veteran would need Cricket Australia to overturn his lifetime leadership ban largely stemming from the 2018 ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
In shocking scenes which resulted in Warner, then captain Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft all being issued bans ranging from nine to 12 months for bringing the sport into disrepute, Warner was viewed as the chief instigator on the field at Newlands.
Bancroft was caught red-handed on TV cameras using yellow sandpaper in his pocket to alter the movement of the ball.
The images went viral, with Warner also vice-captain at the time.
Finch also believes Warner’s lifetime ban from CA should be lifted.
Warner was issued a lifetime leadership ban from Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa (pictured, with wife Candice)
Smith and Warner returned to the international stage after their ban but have not led the team
‘He (Warner) is someone I have played under a few times for Australia when he has had the opportunity to captain,’ he told Triple M.
‘He has been fantastic. He is an unbelievable tactical captain and someone at the time the lads loved playing under.
‘Would I like to see (his ban) overturned? Yeah, absolutely.
‘What he can offer not just now as a player but going forward for him to be able to coach and help the next generation of players coming through is so important.
‘You do your time, and he has well and truly done that.’
Other candidates include Test skipper Pat Cummins and wicketkeeper Alex Carey.
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