Australia skipper Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the final ODI against West Indies and the following five-match T20I series against Bangladesh. Finch suffered a knee injury in the build-up to the T20I series and aggravated the same during the penultimate T20I, which ruled him out for the final T20I against West Indies.
Finch also did not take part in the first two ODIs of the series. The opener will now return home and serve a 14-day quarantine before undergoing surgery to mend his knee. Cricket Australia (CA) is optimistic that Finch will return to full fitness before the T20I World Cup in UAE and Oman.
“I’m extremely disappointed to be heading home,” Finch said on Sunday (July 25). “This was considered the best course of action rather than travelling 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.”.
Alex Carey will continue to lead Australia in the final ODI while a new skipper for the Bangladesh tour will be announced over the course of time. Matthew Wade is the T20 deputy of Finch and is likely to captain Australia against Bangladesh. The ‘Men in Yellow’ will depart for Bangladesh on June 29 before they play first game of the five-match T20I series on August 3 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
Meanwhile, the absence of key players has hurt Australia against West Indies. The T20I series was a disaster for Australia which they lost 4-1. In the ODIs, they started well with a crushing win by 133 runs but couldn’t back it up with another decent performance as they lost the second ODI by 4 wickets. The final match of the series will be played on July 26.
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