Australia vs India 2018: Who Can Open The Innings For Australia If Aaron Finch Is Ruled Out Of Series-Opener After Injuring His Hand
Australia have suffered a big injury scare ahead of the much-awaited first Test against India, starting Thursday in Adelaide. Their opening batsman Aaron Finch suffered a nasty blow on his right-hand while facing his teammate Mitchell Starc in the nets.
Australia’s Test squad sweated it out for more than three hours on Tuesday as their pacers kept the batsmen on their toes with some hostile bowling.
With India being the top-ranked Test side in the world, Australia will have their task cut-out. And the hosts are making sure that they enter the series with full preparation. The fierce net session at the Adelaide Oval very much proves that. Australia’s fiery pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Patt Cummins gave their teammates a tough time in the nets.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 3, 2018
But amidst the friendly hostility, Finch coped a nasty blow on his right hand. The right-handed batsman was soon assessed by team doctor. The hand was strapped and Finch was cleared to continue batting. However, if the injury aggravates, Australia will have to find a new opening combination.
A bit of a scare for Aaron Finch at training, struck on the right hand by a Mitchell Starc short ball in the nets. He got some tape on his right index finger and is continuing to bat #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/BqGGXg68g4
— Martin Smith (@martinsmith9994) December 3, 2018
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A fit Finch is likely to open the innings with either of uncapped Marcus Harris or Usman Khawaja. However, if he is ruled out of the series-opener, Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja are more than likely to open the innings for the hosts. It will also pave the way for Peter Handscomb to get a place in the playing eleven. Handscomb is likely to sit out if Finch is declared fit to play. But in case Finch fails to play the game, Harris and Khawaja will partner each other at the top while Handscomb will find a place in the middle-order.
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