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WI vs AUS: Aaron Finch ruled out of 1st ODI, Alex Carey to lead

By Bet Barter

July 20, 2021

After being annihilated in the T20Is, Australia will be hoping for better results in the ODI series. However, there is some bad news coming from the Australian camp as skipper Aaron Finch has been ruled of the first ODI due to injury. Cricket Australia, on Monday, revealed that Finch had suffered a knee injury while batting in the fifth T20I and will miss the opening game of the ODI series. In the absence of Finch, Alex Carey will lead Australia.

Carey has previously served as the captain for Adelaide Strikers, the South Australian Redbacks and Australia A.

Alex Carey delighted to lead Australia

“I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers. To captain Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive,” Carey was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.

“Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards. To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity,” he stated.

Australia looked completely off-colour in the T20Is and were thrashed 4-1. The visitors are already without the services of their ace players, including David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and the loss of Finch makes the batting look even more vulnerable. Apart from Mitchell Marsh, none of the batsmen was in any sort of form in the T20Is. However, West Indies too cannot be taken for granted and can be hot and cold on their day.