Finch to stay with squad
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.