Aaron Finch will look to lead Australia to their maiden T20 title © Getty Images
Aaron Finch will look to lead Australia to their maiden T20 title © Getty Images

Australia T20 International (T20I) skipper Aaron Finch has asked the Australian players to perform well in the Big Bash League (BBL), which will warrant them a place in the upcoming ICC World T20 2016, which begins in India from March 8. With so many selection dilemmas, Finch has asked the players to “jump out of the pack” and grab their opportunities. “I think it’s just going to have to be a ‘wait-and-see’ in the Big Bash and see who jumps out of the pack,” Finch told cricket.com.au at the Melbourne Renegades Family Day on Sunday. “There’s so many highly-skilled guys that there’s plenty to choose from. So it’s just a matter of getting guys in the right form. “We’re going to have to wait and see.” READ: Aaron Finch, Cameron White axed by Victoria for Sheffield Shield 2015-16 opener

Kane Richardson of the Adelaide Strikers along with Sydney Sixers duo of Sean Abbott and Doug Bollinger have recent T20I  exposure and will be firm favourites to make the cut. Ben Cutting an John Hastings too could be a useful addition to the fast bowling department during the ICC World T20 2016. But the question of who the spinner for Australia will be the major question. Finch says that even Nathan Lyon cannot be ruled out as he is the best spinner they have in the country at the moment. Lyon started off as a T20 specialist but ironically has not played a single T20I for Australia yet. READ: Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade fined for inappropriate behaviour in Matador Cup 2015-16

“There’s some quality leg-spinners going around and some very good left-arm orthodox bowlers too,” Finch said. “So there’s plenty of good options there. Nathan Lyon is the best spinner in the country and started out his career as a T20 player. I think we have all bases covered for potential selection, it just comes down to how the side matches up [against our opponents],” said Finch.

Having won so many trophies over the years, Australia have never won the World T20 title although they have made it to the final onn one occasion. Looking at the individuals, who have represented Australia in the tournament in the past, Finch believes that it is hard to believe as to why Australia have not won the title yet. READ: Aaron Finch ready for cricket after ‘tough’ injury lay off

“It’s a great question because you look down the list of individual players that Australia’s had, it’s outstanding,” he said. “So it’s tough to put your finger on what it’s been.

“Last time in Bangladesh [in 2014] we were just outplayed. We had a tough group and we probably lost a few crucial moments in the Pakistan game, we got outplayed by India but then we should have beaten the West Indies. We got ourselves in a position to but just couldn’t get over the line. So there were two or three overs here or there that cost us a semi-final spot. And that hurts,” said Finch.

“It’s going to be a tough draw [next year]. To beat the subcontinent teams over there is so tough, so we’re going to have to make sure we’re on our game,” he added.