Australian limited overs skipper Aaron Finch has undergone a surgery to mend his knee. Finch had suffered a cartilage tear in his right knee during the West Indies T20Is and missed the ODI leg of the tour and following five match T20I series against Bangladesh. Finch returned from West Indies and served a mandatory two weeks of quarantine before undergoing the surgery, which will take at least 10 weeks to heal.
“His recovery is expected to take 8-10 weeks meaning he should be available for the opening games of the World Cup in mid-October,” CA said in a statement.
Finch’s recovery phase will end in the third week of October, just around the start of T20 World Cup. Australia are likely to play their first game in the final week of October which means that Finch, if he recovers as expected, will be available to lead Australia. The ‘Men in Yellow’ are placed in the same group as West Indies, England, and South Africa wherein two other teams will qualify later.
The absence of Finch along with several senior players have hurt Australia. After a 4-1 thrashing in the T20I series against West Indies, Australia were bamboozled by Bangladesh 4-1 in their first bilateral T20I series against the Tigers. In Finch’s absence, Matthew Wade led the team. Australia have lost their last five T20I series, against England, India, New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh, having previously reached No. 1 in the rankings.
With main players back, Australia will be eyeing their maiden T20 World Cup. The best Australia have performed in the T20 World Cup was in 2010 when they reached the final.
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