Finch: Age no barrier for T20 hopefuls


Australia T20 international captain Aaron Finch insists age will not play a part in selection for this year's World Twenty20.

Veterans Brad Hogg and Brad Hodge are still going strong in Australia's Big Bash League this season, despite being well into their 40s.

Spinner Hogg, 44, has helped Perth Scorchers to back-to-back BBL crowns, while 41-year-old Hodge is averaging 55 in six games with the bat for high-flying Adelaide Strikers in 2015-16.

And with the World T20 set to get underway in March in India, Finch is refusing to rule anyone out, whether young or old.

"If we think they can help win a game for Australia, I don't think there's any reason not to consider them," Finch told reporters.

"I'm not saying that any of them will be selected. But at the same time, you have to look at everyone.

"We are trying to win a World [T20] tournament for the first time, and we would be silly not to have a look at the make-up and see if you can fit whoever it is.

"Whether it's an 18-year-old kid or a 45-year-old Brad Hogg - I think you have to look at that option. But it doesn't necessarily mean it will happen." 

However, Finch's first port of call is Australia's one-day international series against India, starting in Perth on Tuesday.

ODI cricket has taken a back seat to the 20-over game recently, with 80,000 spectators packing the MCG to watch Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades in the BBL last week.

Over 40,000 then witnessed the Renegades and Stars lock horns again at Etihad Stadium on Saturday but Finch does not believe ODIs are on the decline.

"I think the World Cup we had here proved the game is in great hands," he added.

"The amount of people that showed up for that World Cup was phenomenal. The amount of support all the teams had from around the world. People travelling from all the around the globe was pretty special, so I think ODI cricket is still going unbelievably strong."