Captain’s World Cup fate revealed
Australia’s white-ball cricket captain, Aaron Finch, has undergone successful knee surgery and will be available for the ICC T20 World Cup.
Finch damaged cartilage in his right knee during Australia’s T20 series against the West Indies last month but managed to play all five matches.
After he reaggravated the injury in the final game, he was forced to fly home from the Caribbean prematurely.
He completed two weeks of hotel quarantine on arrival in Australia before going under the knife in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Finch’s wife, Amy, posted an Instagram story that showed her husband in good spirits following the surgery.
Aaron Finch is recovering from his surgery.Source:Instagram
Cricket Australia told NCA NewsWire that Finch will spend 8-10 weeks recovering from the surgery but should be available for the opening games of the World Cup in mid-October.
The injury forced Finch out of Australia’s one-dayers with the West Indies that followed on from the T20 series, as well as the side's tour of Bangladesh, which wrapped up this week.
Alex Carey assumed the captaincy in Finch’s absence from the ODIs, while Matthew Wade got the nod for the Bangladesh series.
On social media, Finch said he was unable to watch his Aussie compadres do battle with Bangladesh, but he may have needed to avert his eyes had coverage been readily available – Australia went down 4-1 to Bangladesh, who sits in 10th place on the ICC men’s rankings for the 20-over game.
The lowlight of the series came in the final match, when Australia slumped to its lowest-ever T20I score. After less than 14 overs, the visitors were all out for just 62 runs – barely half of what Bangladesh scored.
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Australia will hope for a better outcome in the upcoming World Cup, set to take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman during October and November.
The Aussies have drawn a tough pool for the group stage – they’ll tussle with England, South Africa, the West Indies and two yet-to-be-determined qualifiers in the hope of clinching one of two semi-finals spots.
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