Wat­son to lead Aus­tralia for fi­nal In­dia T20

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

All-rounder Shane Wat­son will lead Aus­tralia in the third and fi­nal Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional against In­dia on Sun­day in the ab­sence of Aaron Finch, who was ruled out af­ter dam­ag­ing his left ham­string dur­ing Fri­day's se­cond match in Mel­bourne.

Finch suf­fered the in­jury while bat­ting dur­ing the team's 27-run loss at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground, which saw In­dia take an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the three-match se­ries.

Left-handed bats­man Us­man Khawaja has re­placed Finch in the squad for Sun­day's match and has also been in­cluded in Aus­tralia's one­day in­ter­na­tional squad for the tour of New Zealand. "It is an hon­our to be asked to lead the side on Sun­day, al­though the cir­cum­stances are far from ideal," Wat­son said in a Cricket Aus­tralia state­ment.

"We may have lost the se­ries but there is a great deal to play for with the ICC World Twenty20 com­ing up and you can be sure we will be de­ter­mined to do well in Syd­ney."

The 34-year-old Wat­son has pre­vi­ously cap­tained Aus­tralia in a lone Test and nine ODIs and is the coun­try's se­cond most ex­pe­ri­enced player in T20 in­ter­na­tion­als be­hind open­ing bats­man David Warner.

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