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Aaron Finch adds to Australia’s injury concerns post defeat in the 1st T20I

December 5, 2020

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Australia has already lost quite a few important players to injury. With Warner and Stoinis out, there is news that Aaron Finch is also doubtful for the upcoming games for Australia. The Australian skipper is set to undergo a scan regarding a hip or glute problem. Apparently, this occurred during the 1st T20 against India.

This was clearly evident as he was struggling to bat. With the next match on Sunday, things could get troublesome for Australia. The hosts have already lost the 1st T20I by 11 runs. In the post-match presentation, Finch said the pain exacerbated over time and that nothing is certain regarding his return.

Finch might add to Australia’s misery

Several Australian game-changers are out of the squad as of now. The Aussies are already feeling the absence of David Warner. The opener provided Australia with some solid starts in the first 2 ODIS against India. However, after his injury, Australia has relied on Finch most of the time. Labuschagne failed to impact as an opener, as he got out for just 7 runs in the 3rd ODI.

Stoinis, meanwhile, is suffering from the side strain he endured in the 1st ODI. He is on the road to recovery, yet his return is uncertain. Ashton Agar was rested for the T20I series on account of a calf strain. Instead, Mitchell Swepson, who initially was part of the Australia A squad, got to play the 1st T20I against India.

If Aaron Finch does not play, Mathew Wade would probably be the captain of the Australian T20I team. Wade was the vice-captain of the team in the 1st T20I against India. Pat Cummins, who is the regular vice-captain, will not play the series, while the former vice-captain Alex Carey is not included in the playing XI. Surprisingly, Smith has not been considered for captaincy even though he can now serve as captain of the team.

Labuschagne and Cameron Green are some of the batting options available for the T20I team. With Finch likely to be rested, it will be interesting to see the opening partnership for Australia. Australia is 1-0 down in the T20I series. The hosts would be eager to bounce back. However, with some of their key players absent, it would be quite a challenge to defeat the men in blue.

Finch will move to BBL prior to finishing his international duties. Finch will play for Melbourne Renegades, who will face Perth Scorchers on December 12.

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