Finch to stay with squad

Sport360 - - News - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Bats­man Peter Hand­scomb has been added to Aus­tralia’s ODI squad in In­dia as cover for the in­jured Aaron Finch, Cricket Aus­tralia an­nounced.

Finch ag­gra­vated his right calf dur­ing Aus­tralia’s warm-up on Thurs­day and pulled out of the rest of the train­ing ses­sion to ice the dam­aged mus­cle. The opener will not be avail­able for the open­ing games of Aus­tralia’s five-match ODI se­ries against In­dia this month.

“Aaron has had a scan in Chennai and al­though we be­lieve it is not a se­ri­ous re­cur­rence, he will not be avail­able for the first few one day matches in In­dia,” team physio Alex Koun­touris said in a state­ment.

“He will re­main with the squad whilst we as­sess the in­jury and es­tab­lish his re­turn to play time­lines.”

Mean­while, for­mer pacer Ja­son Gille­spie has urged Aus­tralia to avoid a ver­bal bat­tle with Vi­rat Kohli. The Aus­tralians have a che­quered his­tory with the In­dia skip­per, who has a good record against them. In 23 ODIs against Aus­tralia he has amassed 1,002 runs at 55.60 with five tons.

“Kohli is an amaz­ing player,” Gille­spie was quoted as say­ing by the Times of In­dia. “Once the field spreads, he can bat safely. I don’t think Aus­tralia need to get into a ver­bal bat­tle or get into star­ing com­pe­ti­tions with Kohli.

“I would like to see the Aussie quicks bowl bounc­ers throat-high to get him on the back foot. The fol­low-up ball re­mains the key; make him come for­ward, invit­ing the drive. If there is move­ment off the wicket or in the air, then the edge comes into play.”

Back-up: Aussies called up Hand­scomb.

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