Australia’s white-ball skip per Aaron Finch has backed interim head coach Andrew McDonald to take over from Justin Langer as full-time coach of the side, saying the 40-year old former all-rounder “brings a lot of respect from the players”.

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Langer had stepped down as the Australian head coach recently following Cricket Australia (CA) assuring him only a fresh six-month contract after his previous contract expired in June this year. According to reports, Langer’s position as coach had become shaky in August last year after players and support staff had made their dislike known of his “volatile micromanagement style”.

Ahead of Australia’s opening T201 against Sri Lanka on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Finch was quoted as saying by smh.com.au that McDonald was regarded highly by the team and had all the characteristic of a good coach.Two day earlier, Test captain Pat Cummins had urged CA to appoint a coach who would bring a “calm and collaborative” approach to the team.

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