Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (AFP Photo)

Australia ODI captain Aaron Finch is enduring a lean run in that has seen him going without a half-century in 21 innings in limited-overs cricket. (READ: Australia need victory to avoid series loss)

There have been called for him to be dropped with former Australia captain Ian Chappell saying his form has been a major concern and it could lead to Finch being dropped midway through the ICC World Cup in England.

However, former Australia coach Darren Lehmann has backed Finch to keep his spot for the marquee event drawing on what the opener did during the previous edition.

“The World Cup’s not now, is it. I’d give him plenty of time prove he’s right and once he’s in form I’m having him at the top of the order,” Lehmann said.

He added, “I’m picking Aaron Finch every day of the week … people forget what happened in the last World Cup. They [Finch and David Warner] dominated.”

Lehmann has returned to coaching since stepping down as Australia head coach last year in wake of the ball-tampering scandal resulting in the banning of Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for different periods.

On Thursday, he wad confirmed as the head coach of Big Bash League franchise Brisbane Heat.

“I’ve fallen in love with the game again, so I’m really looking forward to getting back working with some young guys with a lot of talent,” Lehmann said.

He also backed Bancroft for making the Ashes squad after returning to first-class cricket with a century for Western Australia in the ongoing Sheffield Shield.

“I’d have him in my Ashes squad. One thing he does do is bat time and that’s what they’ll need in England to negate [Stuart] Broad and [James] Anderson and the like,” he said.