18/04/2024

Aaron Finch has suffered a knee injury, ruled out of the remaining matches in the West Indies and the Bangladesh tour. Image: @ICC. Twitter

Australia's men's ODI captain Aaron Finch will return home after a knee injuries has ruled him out of the remaining tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.

Australia’s men’s One-Day International captain Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the team’s remaining touring fixtures of the West Indies and Bangladesh with a knee injury.

Finch will return to Australia where, after a mandatory 14 days of quarantine, he is expected to undergo surgery on his knee which he tweaked in the fifth T20 game against the West Indies last week.

With the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman scheduled for mid-October, Finch will be in a race to ready himself for the event, although selectors and the Cricket Australia medical team are optimistic.

Finch expressed his dismay to be cutting his tour short and heading back to Australia however understood the process of recovering in time for the World Cup.

“I’m extremely disappointed to be heading home,” Finch said.

“This was considered the best course of action rather than travelling to Bangladesh, not being able to play and losing that recovery time. I will have the surgery if required and start the recovery process ahead of the World Cup.”

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The 34-year-old first felt an injury in that area during a practice session leading into the T20 series against the West Indies in St Lucia, further aggravating the injury in the final game of that series.

In that T20 series, Finch averaged 25.4 runs at a strike rate of 108.57 after a shaky start of scores of four and six in the first two matches, before his highest score of 53 runs in the fourth game.

Stand-in skipper Alex Carey will continue to lead the side for the final match in Barbados after becoming the 26th man to captain Australia ahead of the first One-Day International which Australia won comfortably, courtesy of a stellar bowling performance from Mitchell Starc who claimed his 8th 5 wicket haul in the format.

It has been a dramatic few days for tourists after a COVID-19 scare in the West Indian camp threatened to derail the remainder of the Caribbean tour and the upcoming tour to Bangladesh as a support staff member returned a weak and most likely historical positive case.

The matches got back underway on Sunday morning Australian time where the West Indies tied up the series with a 4 wicket victory after another clunky Australian batting performance.

Australian selectors will be still be looking to decide on a T20 captain for the five-game series against Bangladesh in Dhaka, starting August 3. Matthew Wade was the vice-captain in the T20 matches against the West Indies earlier in the month.

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