Opening batsman Aaron Finch will lead Australia in the absence of regular captain Steve Smith in next month's three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka, scheduled to start on February 17, the country's cricket board said on Tuesday
With regular skipper Steven Smith leading Australia's Test squad in the tour of India at the same time, Finch, who captained Australia in six T20Is between 2014 and 2016, has been handed the job for a second time.
Finch was also named the captain of the Australia ODI team on Monday for the first match against New Zealand in Auckland after wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was ruled out due to back spasms.
With players like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Matthew Wade unavailable for selection due to the Test tour of India, Finch -- who captains the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League -- will have make do with virtually a second string team.
"There's not many bigger names in world cricket than that handful, especially in T20 cricket, there's so much experience there," Finch said upon his appointment.
Finch is not the only change in the Australia T20 squad, in terms of leadership, for the series against Sri Lanka, with Justin Langer named head coach and his former Test teammates Ricky Ponting (batting) and Jason Gillespie (bowling) named as his assistants.
The first match of the T20 series starts will be played on February 17 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before heading to nearby Kardinia Park in Geelong - fittingly, Finch's old stomping ground - two days later, and rounding out in Adelaide on February 22..