Knee injury rules Finch out of Bangladesh tour
Published: 04:30 PM, 25 July 2021
Australia skipper Aaron Finch
Australia skipper Aaron Finch has been ruled out of Bangladesh series following his knee injury, it was confirmed on Sunday (July 25). Finch suffered the injury while practicing in the build-up to the T20Is against West Indies, which he aggravated in the fifth game of that series. He hasn't featured in either of the two completed ODIs with the tour set to culminate with the deciding one-dayer at Bridgetown, Barbados on Monday.
The decision to send Finch back to Australia was taken after the extent of the injury revealed the possibility of the 34-year-old needing surgery to mend his right knee. Australia will want their captain to undergo the procedure, if needed, and have sufficient time to rest and rehabilitate before the T20 World Cup in October. Finch though will have to serve out a 14-day quarantine upon landing in Australia before he can undergo the surgery.
"I'm extremely disappointed to be heading home," Finch said on Sunday (July 25). "This was considered the best course of action rather than traveling 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."
Alex Carey will captain the side in the final ODI in West Indies while a new T20 captain will be named over the course of time. Matthew Wade is the designated vice-captain of the T20 side and even led a game against India in Finch's absence last year.
Australia are set to fly out of Barbados on Wednesday with the five-match T20I series in Dhaka set to begin on August 3.