Aaron Finch survives a major injury scare ahead of South Africa ODI series
Aaron Finch, the belligerent opening batsman and also the skipper in the T20I version for Australia is all geared up to skipper the side in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa.
Finch would be looking forward to giving his best shot against a side that is capable of overpowering any opposition when on the song. It is a good challenge for Aaron Finch to try and test the formula against Proteas. Ahead of the series, Aaron Finch’s tactical plans and ideal preparations were put to a halt as he was hit on the right-hand by Mitchell Starc during Australia’s centre-wicket practice session at the WACA in Perth on Friday.
Following this, he left the venue which raised questions over his participation. However, it was cleared of any serious injury as the scan reports revealed that there is no damage. The current Australian team has been in tough situation for a while now as two of their top batsmen, Steven Smith and David Warner, are serving one full year ban from International cricket, while Cameron Bancroft is serving his 9-month ban, for attempting to tamper the condition of the ball in a Test match in South Africa previously this year.
Aaron Finch who has a fair bit of experience will be guided by two vice-captains namely- Josh Hazlewood and Alex Carey. It has been learnt that Alex Carey will also keep wickets for Australia.
On the other hand, Tim Paine has come under fire recently as his captaincy record of late was a major let-down. It is cognisance of the fact that Australia got whitewashed in the series against England this year mounting searing pressure on Tim Paine’s shoulders. So he handed over full responsibilities to Aaron Finch who will be leading the team from the vanguard.
As far as the bowling department is concerned, the team is expecting positive news as their star fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, and the recovered-Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are likely to make a stellar rebound into the side.
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (VC), Josh Hazlewood (VC), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Darcy Short, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.
Faf du Plessis (c), Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.