Just after tasting a horrible 4-1 series defeat against England at home, Australia has got a blow as dynamic opener Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the T20I tri-series opener against New Zealand at the SCG on Saturday.
Australia’s T20I captain David Warner said on Friday: “He (Finch) didn’t feel like he was up. He went through some run throughs yesterday with the medical staff, he said he sort of felt it a little bit. We didn’t want to risk him going into this tri-series with this first game. He’s going to be on ice definitely.
When asked who will open with Warner: “That was a tough chat we had the other day. When you pick these teams you’ve got guys in form but they’re in the same positions as well which is always quite challenging. D’Arcy and Lynny lead by example in their own teams respectively,” he added. “Come tomorrow it will probably be (Short or Lynn) opening with me depending on match-ups with the bowlers.”
Warner added: “We have to keep improving, we’ve said that about the last 12-24 months improving overall how we’re playing in this format,” he said. “The positive is that everyone is in form, the team that has been picked is in serious form. I couldn’t be happier how we’re travelling as a team heading into tomorrow’s game.”
About leading the side: “It’s a great opportunity to lead a younger team,” Warner said. “You need some form of experience around the young group. It’s going to be tough and challenging when you play all three forms… but you are always going to give 100 per cent. I can’t be happier how we have prepared,” he added. “With the new fresh faces, it is exciting.”