Australia skipper Aaron Finch was ruled out of the West Indies ODIs and the following T20I series against Bangladesh due to a knee injury. The opener had sustained a cartilage injury ahead of the T20I series against West Indies but decided to continue playing. He, however, aggravated the same in the final game, ensuring surgery to mend his knee.
Finch is currently serving isolation in Australia post which he will undergo surgery to fix his knee. With just months to go before the T20 World Cup, many are wondering if Finch will regain full fitness before the showpiece event. The Australian skipper, however, is confident of leading Australia in the T20 World Cup.
“I had a little injury just doing a fielding session before I left – I’ve never had any knee problems – and it just started to get a bit sore. The more that we trained and played… stopping and starting and turning, that kind of thing was causing it some issues.”
“So I had a couple of scans in the West Indies and there was a little bit of cartilage, a bit of meniscus damage. Hopefully, it will be a quick cleanout once I’m out of quarantine and it’ll have me back up and running with plenty of time left for the T20 World Cup,” added Finch.
Finch has been out of form for a while now and the break could well turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the star batsmen. Even though all the big names will return for the World Cup squad, runs from Finch at the top will help Australia go a long way.
Further, reflecting on Australia’s dismal outings in the T20I series against West Indies, Finch rued lack of experience in the team but added the series was evenly fought, even if the scoreline suggests 4-1. He reckoned had Australia capitalized on crunch moments, the results could have been different.
“It’s not a flattering scoreline but the West Indies have got a very experienced side… and some brute power But I think the fact we were in three of those games was a real positive. We should’ve got over the line in the first one – that was a really ordinary batting display chasing 140,” said Finch.
“So with a really inexperienced group, the fact we were able to match the West Indies for a lot of that series – and we just got blown away in a couple of different parts, which when you’ve got a group that is still developing (is going to happen) – was a real positive,” added Finch.
Australia are currently in Bangladesh where they will play a five-match T20I series. In the absence of Finch, Matthew Wade is likely to lead the visitors.