Australia received a big jolt ahead of their last ODI match against West Indies as opening batter Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the game and also the team’s following series against Bangladesh. The Men in Yellow are set to travel to the sub-continent to play a five-match T20I series against the 'Tigers' starting on August 03.
The limited-overs captain of Australia was dealt with an untimely injury in the knee while playing the fourth T20I against West Indies. Although the CA initially ruled him out for just one ODI, now they have confirmed he is out of the team’s series against Bangladesh too. Finch will now return home and serve a mandatory 14-day quarantine before undergoing surgery to mend his knee.
Australian selectors and CA are optimistic about Finch regaining full fitness ahead of the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
“I am extremely disappointed to be heading home,” Finch said in an official release. “This was considered the best course of action rather than traveling to Bangladesh, not being able to play, and losing that recovery time. I will have the surgery if required and start the recovery process ahead of the World Cup.” He added, as told to Times Now.
The Australia team is set to depart for Bangladesh on July 29 before they play their first game on August 3 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka. Meanwhile, Australia have not enjoyed favourable outings in West Indies. They lost the T20I series 4-1 before bouncing back to beat the hosts by 133 runs in the first ODI. However, another poor show in the second ODI saw them lose the game by 4 wickets.