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Australia Squad, Schedule, Date, Time, And Venue For T20 World Cup 2021

Australia will be led by Aaron Finch in the T20I World Cup 2021 event. Australia is placed in group A of the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 which many experts refer to as ‘Group Of Death’. Notably, Group A is a comparatively stronger group as it consists of teams like West Indies, England, Australia, and South Africa and all the teams have full potential to dominate the league. Especially teams like England and West Indies will be a major threat for everyone.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed the fixtures for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 which will be played between October 17 and November 14. At first, it was scheduled to commence in India. However, due to the Covid-19 scare in the country, it was shifted to UAE and OMAN. Meanwhile, Team Australia which is going through a rough patch will be the team to watch out for in the upcoming marquee event.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

Australia Has Lost All Of Its Last 5 T20Is Series

Team Australia is going through a very bad phase lately, as they have been consistently underperforming and have received massive criticism from fans and experts. Notably, Australia has lost the last 5 T20I series they have played against New Zealand, India, England, West Indies, and Bangladesh.

Aaron Finch, AFP
Aaron Finch, AFP

Australia will be commencing its journey in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 with a clash against South Africa. With the return of big names like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, and Pat Cummins the Aaron Finch-led side will be looking forward to gaining back the momentum. Notably, team Australia has never won a T20 World Cup and they will have an eye on lifting their first-ever T20 World Cup championship.

Australia’s Squad For ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Among the 15-member squad, the most surprising name is Josh Inglis. Uncapped to this stage at the international level, Josh Inglis is a wicketkeeper-batter adept at playing both as an opener and in the middle order.

Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

Steve Smith
Steve Smith- Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Australia has named a star-studded squad for their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign, with captain Aaron Finch and Steve Smith among a host of big names returning to action.

Aaron Finch (knee) and Steve Smith (elbow) have been backed to return from injury for the tournament, with David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson also set to be back in action after sitting out the team’s tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh in July-August.

Australia’s Complete Schedule For ICC T20 World Cup 2021

October 23, 2021: vs South Africa, Abu Dhabi (03:30 PM IST)

October 28, 2021: vs Qualifier (A1), Dubai (7:30 PM IST)

October 30, 2021: vs England, Dubai (7:30 PM IST)

November 4, 2021: vs Qualifier (B2), Dubai (03:30 PM IST)

November 6: vs West Indies, Abu Dhabi (03:30 PM IST)

Justin Langer
Justin Langer
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Justin Langer Confident Of Becoming A Better Coach After Emergency Meeting Between CA And Players

Justin Langer, Australia head coach reflected on the meeting with the national team’s top players and Cricket Australia bosses. Justin Langer has been under scrutiny after Australia’s dismal T20 tour of Bangladesh as reports of a rift with the players emerged.

It triggered an emergency meeting among Justin Langer, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings, CEO Nick Hockley, Test skipper Tim Paine, white-ball captain Aaron Finch, and vice-captain Pat Cummins. They gathered to discuss the issues impeding the team’s progress and the board gave Justin Langer a vote of confidence.

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Justin Langer Confident That He Will Become A Better Coach After The Results Of The Meeting

Speaking to the West Australian newspaper, Justin Langer revealed they discussed everything openly in the meeting. The former Test opener thinks he would emerge as a better coach as a result of this meeting.

“We all got a lot off our chests. I think we are all in a better place now. The situation at the moment is very tough, but I am confident that I will become a better coach from it.”

Steve Smith
Steve Smith Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Justin Langer’s role has been under the microscope in the wake of heavy T20 series defeats against West Indies and Bangladesh and amid media reports that some players had become disaffected by his intense coaching style.

Australia sent second-string white-ball sides to the Caribbean and Bangladesh after a slew of senior players(David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams) opted out of the tours while injured Steve Smith wasn’t considered for the elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

Justin Langer: Criticism Will Stop When The Winning Results Come

Justin Langer understands that criticism will stop when the results will come. The 50-year old reminded everyone of Australia’s Ashes retention in England and the side’s number one ranking in the T20 format as his achievements. He hopes to return those to winning ways to silence the critics.

“When you win, everyone is happy and gets on with things but when you are losing, that is when the finger-pointing starts, and people look for excuses. We have had a rough trot in recent times but we retained the Ashes only a little while ago and were ranked No.1 in Test and T20 cricket not that long ago. Get back to winning and you won’t hear about anything else.”

Australia Team
Australia Team (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia was thrashed 4-1 by the West Indies and 4-1 in Bangladesh, their first-ever series loss to the South Asians, raising alarm bells ahead of the T20 World Cup in October-November. Cricket Australia announced their World T20 squad a few weeks ago that saw all their first-choice players return to the fold. The players will likely depart for the UAE in early October. A few of them will leave earlier to participate in the IPL.

Australia recently announced their 15-man squad for the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in the UAE. The uncapped player, Josh Inglis, received his maiden call-up. Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, and Pat Cummins made a return to the side after having opted out of the away tours of Bangladesh and West Indies.

Steve Smith has recovered from his elbow injury and will also join the squad. Regular skipper Aaron Finch will lead the side which also includes three travel reserves – Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, and Daniel Sams.

Australia Squad For T20I World Cup

Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

Justin Langer
Justin Langer
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Tim Paine Backed Under Fire Coach Justin Langer Despite Losing T20I Series Against Bangladesh And West Indies

Tim Paine, Australia Test captain has backed under-fire coach Justin Langer and vowed the players will work with former opener over the next six months following a “robust” emergency zoom meeting between Cricket Australia’s leaders on Wednesday.

Justin Langer’s role has been under the microscope in the wake of heavy T20 series defeats against West Indies and Bangladesh and amid media reports that some players had become disaffected by his intense coaching style.
Tim Paine backs embattled coach Justin Langer. (Reuters Photo)
Tim Paine backs embattled coach Justin Langer. (Reuters Photo)

Tim Paine Supports Justin Langer Despite Heavy T20I Series Losses To West Indies And Bangladesh

Test skipper Tim Paine said he and other senior players had cleared the air with Justin Langer and that the coach was not to blame for the team’s recent setbacks in the West Indies and Bangladesh.

“It was important that myself, Aaron Finch, Pat Cummins, and the leaders of Australian cricket got around him, discussed things that needed to be discussed, and then got around him and supported him to move forward,” Tim Paine said on radio station SEN Hobart on Friday.

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

“The last few days we’ve really been able to galvanize around him, to have some really robust discussions on where we want to take this cricket team, what we expect of him, and what he expects of us, ” said Tim Paine.

Tim Paine’s captaincy and his wicket-keeping standards have come under severe criticism ever since India thrashed Australia 2-1 in the recently-concluded 4 match Test series. Tim Paine has led his country to 11 wins, four draws, and eight defeats. Under Tim Paine’s leadership, Australia has retained the Ashes and won 11 of 23 matches, but has lost two successive home series to India.

Cricket Australia boss Nick Hockley this week said Justin Langer was contracted through to mid-2022 and praised him for helping rally the team when he took over in the wake of the Newlands ball-tampering scandal in 2018.

“It’s been a bit of a shame the last week that a lot of the failings around Australian cricket have been pinned on JL (Langer).”

“That’s certainly not the case. We haven’t lived up to our own standards on the field.”

Australia sent second-string white-ball sides to the Caribbean and Bangladesh after a slew of senior players(David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams) opted out of the tours while injured Steve Smith wasn’t considered for the elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

Matthew Hayden Defended Coach Justin Langer, His Former Opening Partner

They were thrashed 4-1 by the West Indies and 4-1 in Bangladesh, their first-ever series loss to the South Asians, raising alarm bells ahead of the T20 World Cup in October-November.
Justin Langer’s former Test opening partner Matthew Hayden launched a spirited defence of the coach and blamed the players for leaking team issues to the media.

“A lot of the content coming out about this is downright disrespectful to a bloke that’s played over 100 Test matches,” he told Melbourne radio station SEN.

Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)

“Even this facetious discussion amongst senior players last night …. Umm, hello! What about meeting about the fact you’re number three in test cricket and number three in ODI rankings, and number six in T20 rankings?”

Bangladesh won the first T20I match by 23 runs, recording their first-ever win in the format against Australia in five attempts. Bangladesh then won the second T20I by five wickets, and the third T20I by ten runs.

Therefore, Bangladesh won the series with two matches to spare and recorded their first-ever series win in any format against Australia. Australia won the fourth T20I by three wickets, to avoid a whitewash. However, they lost the final match by 60 runs, with Bangladesh winning the series 4–1. A lot of the batting numbers make for grim reading, even factoring in the tough conditions in Dhaka.

Moises Henriques (135 runs at 13.50), Matthew Wade (129 runs at 12.90), Alex Carey (57 runs at 8.14), Josh Philippe (33 runs at 6.60), Ben McDermott (66 runs at 13.20), and Ashton Turner (51 runs at 10.20) didn’t have trips to remember.

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Ricky Ponting Questions Depth Around Australia Cricket After 1-4 Series Loss To West Indies And Bangladesh

Ricky Ponting has questioned the depth in Australian cricket after the poor T20 results on the recent tours of West Indies and Bangladesh but believes the team can still pose a challenge for the forthcoming 2021 T20I World Cup if their strongest side is available.
Australia ended the twin tours with a 2-8 scoreline losing both the series by a margin of 1-4 across the two T20 contests which was capped off by being skittled for 62, which was their lowest T20 total, in the final match in Dhaka.
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)

Ricky Ponting: Depth Around Australia Cricket Is Not Where It Needs To Be

While Ricky Ponting acknowledged the conditions were challenging in Bangladesh, he was concerned that performances got worse as the matches went on. Only Mitchell Marsh emerged with an enhanced reputation with the bat although the bowling attack largely performed creditably.
“The lack of knowhow and skill in those conditions brought us undone again,” Ricky Ponting told Tim Paine on the Test captain’s SEN radio show.
“It’s been the achilles heel for Australian cricket for as long as I can remember – more so in Test cricket, but we’ve always found a way to be very competitive in Sri Lanka and India in white-ball cricket. Just goes to show the depth around Australia cricket is not where it needs to be so there’s some work to do there.”
“The T20 World Cup is not far away so hopefully we get all the boys fit and healthy because I still think with everyone fit and healthy in the UAE that the Australian team can push really hard to win the title. Let’s keep our fingers crossed we can put our strongest XI on the field.”
Mitchell Marsh cut loose in the Powerplay
Mitchell Marsh cut loose in the Powerplay © Getty Images
Captain Aaron Finch was ruled out of the Bangladesh series with a knee injury which meant Australia was missing up to eight players who could be considered among first picks including David Warner, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis from the batting order.
“There were a lot of names not there…but it almost seemed they got worse during that series,” Ricky Ponting said. “There’s no doubt those conditions were really difficult, but that’s the worry for me.
“They’ve been there long enough and done some training on wickets you’d have thought were quite similar to what they played on yet the further the series went, whether a lack of confidence or skill or game awareness, I’m sure they would have been shattered.”
Australian allrounder Mitchell Marsh played three ODIs and five T20Is against West Indies last month. In the T20Is, Mitchell Marsh scored 219 runs with a strike rate of 152.08 and took eight wickets with an economy rate of 6.76, making him the lead run-scorer and wicket-taker for Australia in the series. He was the leading run-scorer against Bangladesh too scoring 156 runs in 5 T20I games averaging 31.2.

Ricky Ponting Waiting For Confirmation On Whether Injured Steve Smith Is Available In The IPL 2021 And T20I World Cup

Ricky Ponting, the head coach of Delhi Capitals, said he was still waiting for confirmation on whether he would have experienced batsman Steve Smith, who is recovering from an elbow injury, and Marcus Stoinis available but sees it as their best opportunity to be tuned up for the World Cup.
“There’s no doubt it’s their best preparation, in those exact conditions playing probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world,” he said. “I’m not saying it just because I want some of the Australian players there with Delhi, but it sounds like our domestic season will be pushed back so they’ll be no domestic cricket here before the T20 World Cup, so preparation wise it’s spot on.”
Steve Smith Image Source : TWITTER/DELHICAPITALS
Steve Smith Image Source: TWITTER/DELHICAPITALS.
“Not sure if they’ll be any restrictions on the bowlers going there, there may well be, but certainly the guys like Smith, Davey, Maxi, Stoinis who have been out of cricket for three or fourth months they need to get back into the groove.”
The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series and Bangladesh series.
Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL. It now seems likely that a number of the Australia players will prepare for the World Cup by returning to the IPL for its resumption next month although Pat Cummins is not expected to be available due to the birth of his first child.
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
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Aaron Finch Aims To Be Fit For The 2021 T20I World Cup After Successful Knee Surgery

Aaron Finch, Australia’s limited-overs captain has undergone knee surgery with the recovery expected to take eight to 10 weeks as he aims to be fit for the T20 World Cup.
Aaron Finch missed the recent Bangladesh tour having suffered cartilage damage ahead of the series in West Indies. He managed to play the five T20Is in the Caribbean but aggravated the injury in the final game.
Australia's Aaron Finch ©Reuters
Australia’s Aaron Finch ©Reuters

Aaron Finch Missed Bangladesh Tour Where Australia Was Beaten 4-1 And Was Bowled Out For Their Lowest T20I Total Of 62

Having completed his mandatory two-week quarantine upon returning to Melbourne, Aaron Finch had the operation on Thursday with a Cricket Australia statement saying it was successful.
“His recovery is expected to take 8-10 weeks meaning he should be available for the opening games of the World Cup in mid-October,” the statement added.
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
Bangladesh (AFP Photo)
The longer end of that timescale will push things tight for Aaron Finch with Australia’s involvement in the tournament due to begin in the final week of October. It is expected that tentative plans for warm-up matches against Afghanistan and West Indies will be cancelled due to logistical challenges with some players returning from the IPL which will be also be staged in the UAE ahead of the World Cup.

Bangladesh won the first T20I match by 23 runs, recording their first-ever win in the format against Australia in five attempts. Bangladesh then won the second T20I by five wickets, and the third T20I by ten runs.

Therefore, Bangladesh won the series with two matches to spare and recorded their first-ever series win in any format against Australia. Australia won the fourth T20I by three wickets, to avoid a whitewash. However, they lost the final match by 60 runs, with Bangladesh winning the series 4–1.

The likes of Nasum Ahmed (8 wickets), Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, and Shakib Al Hasan (7 wickets each) were successful with the ball for Bangladesh.

Aaron Finch Was One Of The 8 Players Australia Missed In Bangladesh

Aaron Finch was one of eight potential first-choice players Australia was missing in Bangladesh where they were beaten 4-1 (the same margin they suffered in West Indies) including being bowled out for their lowest T20I total of 62 in the last match. If fit, Aaron Finch will be expected to open alongside David Warner at the World Cup.
The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies and Bangladesh series. Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.
In Aaron Finch’s absence, Matthew Wade captained the side in Bangladesh where, like many of the batters, he had a lean time. Pat Cummins, the official Australia vice-captain, will be part of the World Cup squad. Australia has lost their last five T20I series, against England, India, New Zealand, West Indies, and Bangladesh, having previously climbed to No. 1 in the rankings.
Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)
Their planning has been disrupted by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on player availability but the results have also raised questions about the depth available especially in batting. Australia has never won the T20 World Cup with their best performance being a runners-up finish in 2010 when they lost the final against England in Barbados.
Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard(Getty Images)
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Kieron Pollard Blames Barbados Pitch After Losing 3rd ODI Against Australia

Kieron Pollard, West Indies captain came down heavily on the pitch at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, terming it ‘absolutely ridiculous’ after his side slipped to a six-wicket defeat in the third and deciding ODI of the series.

After the high-scoring T20Is at St Lucia, the ODI series began with Australia posting 252. Subsequent all-out scores in the series read 123, 187, and 152. The last of this sequence of scores was what West Indies managed today despite opting to bat on a surface that was expected to progressively get worse.

Kieron Pollard After Losing His Wicket To Mitchell Starc © AFP
Kieron Pollard After Losing His Wicket To Mitchell Starc © AFP

Kieron Pollard Blames Pitch Where Both Teams Struggled Which Is Unacceptable For International Cricket

The wicket was occasionally two-paced and shot through at times, leaving batsmen dumbfounded. Its dry nature was also perfect for spin bowling, evidenced by Australia’s use of the recalled Ashton Agar as early as the seventh over in Monday’s decider.

Kieron Pollard, who resorted to bowling off-spin himself, acknowledged the batting from his team had not been up to the mark but apportioned significant blame on the surface which he said had been ‘unacceptable for international cricket’ as clinical Australia thrashed West Indies by 6 wickets to win series 2-1.

“Coming here to Barbados, I think both teams struggled on the pitch and I think that’s unacceptable for international cricket,” Kieron Pollard said at the presentation.

“We’re not going to make excuses. We accept that we batted badly but I don’t think the scores that we have gotten in this three-match series, for two top international teams, I think that’s very embarrassing for us as a people. Coming from St Lucia to this, I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Kieron Pollard.

Matthew Wade guided Australia's chase home AFP
Matthew Wade guided Australia’s chase home AFP

Kieron Pollard elaborated that the West Indies as a whole, including the regional cricket, needed to buck up in all facets in order to move forward with their cricket.

“It was plain for the world to see. If I continue going on about it, it’s going to be headlines, ‘Pollard this, Pollard that.’ That’s fine with me,” Kieron Pollard added.

“But the reality is, we as players sometimes get the brunt of the accusations and all the bad stuff. But give guys the opportunity to come and play on some good cricketing wickets. It goes back even to our regional cricket as well.

“I think as a whole we need to do better, and we as individuals need to do better as well. So we’re not going to cast blame. We’re going to accept responsibility as well. But I think as a holistic approach and holistic view to move forward,” Kieron Pollard further added.

Australia’s trio of spinners – the recalled Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa, and Ashton Turner – shared five wickets with the tally matched by Mitchell Starc(3/43) and Josh Hazlewood as West Indies could only muster 152 having had the chance to bat first. Evin Lewis, who returned after retiring hurt in the fourth over after a blow on the helmet, was the only batter of West Indies to pass 18.

Led by a collective bowling display from their quicks and spinners, then finished by Matthew Wade’s half-century, a significantly depleted Australia took the ODI series against West Indies with a four-wicket victory in Barbados on a surface where batting was a challenge throughout.

Ashton Agar Admitted That The Conditions Were Difficult

Meanwhile, Ashton Agar, who picked up the Player of the Match award for his 2 for 31 on his return to the XI offered a positive spin on the ‘difficult conditions’ that kept his ilk in the game right from the start.

“It’s pretty favorable conditions for a spinner,” Agar said. “You just had to get your length right. As long as you were hitting the stumps for the right-hander and pitching the ball to a left-hander, where it’s spinning in and hitting the stumps to bring all modes of dismissal into play, that’s all you can do and you let the pitch go to work.”

Ashton Agar File Photo
Ashton Agar File Photo

“Really difficult conditions, really interesting style of cricket that was played. You don’t get many pitches like that and I hope we end up seeing a lot more like that in the future.”

The Aussies’ three-pronged spin attack had dominated the Windies in a middle-order collapse of 5-34, with only a brave return to the crease from Evin Lewis (55 not out off 66 balls) after he had been forced to retire hurt saving the home side from complete capitulation.

It was Australia’s most complete bowling performance of the series, with the return of Ashton Agar (2-31 off 10 overs) from a hamstring injury and Josh Hazlewood (2-18 off eight) after a calf niggle, along with extended bowling run for off-spinner Ashton Turner (1-23 off eight) all proving decisive in their victory.

Australia 153 for 4 (Wade 51*) beat West Indies 152 (Lewis 55*, Starc 3-43) by six wickets

Australia's Aaron Finch ©Reuters
Australia's Aaron Finch ©Reuters
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Australia To Be Without Aaron Finch On Bangladesh Tour

Australia will be without their regular white-ball skipper Aaron Finch on the tour of Bangladesh, it was confirmed on Sunday (July 25).

Aaron Finch suffered a knee injury while practising 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.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)

Australia Skipper Aaron Finch To Head Home For Surgery

The decision to send Aaron 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. Aaron 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.”

Aaron Finch hasn't played either of the two completed ODIs versus West Indies.
Aaron Finch hasn’t played either of the two completed ODIs versus West Indies. © AFP

Aaron Finch could be in a race to be fit for the 2021 T20 World Cup as he faces knee surgery after being ruled out of the remainder of Australia’s tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh.

Due to the complexities around travel arrangements and biosecure bubbles, Australia won’t call up a replacement for Aaron Finch. They have two reserve players on the tour, but paceman Nathan Ellis and legspinner Tanveer Sangha only provide bowling cover.

Alex Carey To Captain Australia In The Final 3rd ODI In West Indies

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 Aaron Finch’s absence last year. Australia is set to fly out of Barbados on Wednesday with the five-match T20I series in Dhaka set to begin on August 3.

Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
Alex Carey will be Australia’s 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
When Aaron Finch missed a T20I against India last season, Matthew Wade led the side. Alex Carey is not a certain starter on the T20I side, unlike the ODIs. Other options could include the in-form Mitchell Marsh or the experienced Moises Henriques. Aaron Finch’s injury leaves Australia without another senior player on a trip to West Indies and Bangladesh where they are already missing David Warner, injured Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis from a likely first-choice batting line-up.
In the 2nd ODI, Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder rescued West Indies from more top-order troubles to level the ODI series in Barbados in the match that was delayed by 48 hours after the Covid-19 scare in the home side’s camp.
In the end, it was Australia’s collapse that proved decisive when they crumbled to 45 for 6 as left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein claimed three wickets in six balls.
The last four wickets turned the innings around by adding 142, which included a 59-run ninth-wicket stand between Adam Zampa and Wes Agar. West Indies too slipped to 72 for 5 – with Mitchell Starc again being brilliant as there was the chance of a remarkable resurgence.
West Indies 191 for 6 (Pooran 59*, Holder 52, Starc 3-26) beat Australia 187 (W Agar 41, Hosein 3-30) by four wickets
West Indies and Australia
West Indies and Australia (Image Source: Twitter)
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West Indies-Australia 2nd ODI Suspended After Covid-19 Case

Australia won the toss and decided to bat against West Indies in the 2nd ODI but the match was suspended. The second ODI in Barbados was suspended moments before the first ball was due to be bowled after reports of a positive Covid test emerged.
A short while later a CWI spokesman confirmed the match had been “postponed”. The toss had already taken place with teams named when the situation began to unfold. Australia captain Alex Carey had been able to take the same route as the opening game as he won the toss and opted to bat first.
Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
Alex Carey will be Australia’s 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images

Australia’s Stand-In Skipper Alex Carey Wins Toss And Opted To Bat First But The Match Was Postponed After A Positive Covid-19 Case Was Confirmed

Alex Carey was again leading the side in the absence of injured Aaron Finch. Australia handed an ODI debut to fast bowler Riley Meredith in place of Wes Agar. West Indies has been boosted by the return of wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope after an ankle injury kept him out of the opening match. He will open the batting in place of Shimron Hetmyer and take the gloves off Nicholas Pooran.
Shai Hope's return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images
Shai Hope’s return is a bonus for West Indies AFP via Getty Images

The second ODI between West Indies and Australia was postponed after a positive COVID-19 case was confirmed minutes before the opening delivery was to be bowled. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made once all the test results are confirmed, said the Cricket West Indies.

Australia Included ODI Debutant Riley Meredith In The XI

Australia had opted to bat after winning the toss but the teams were made aware of the development after the toss. Riley Meredith, who was set to make his ODI debut and was included in place of Wes Agar, will now have to wait for his opportunity. The teams will now be placed in managed isolation.

“The second ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due to a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies team,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.

Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith

“This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known due to the Covid-19 protocols. All members of both teams and match officials will be retested today. A decision on when the match will be replayed will be made at a later date once the test results are known. They will remain in isolation in their hotel rooms until their PCR-Test results are returned.”

Given the positive case, it remains to be seen how Australia’s next upcoming few fixtures will get affected. After the final ODI which is now scheduled on July 24, the visitors are scheduled to fly to Bangladesh for five T20Is starting from August 3.

In the 1st ODI, which was marred by rain, Australia’s stand-in captain Alex Carey scored a half-century and pace bowler Mitchell Starc took five wickets as they beat West Indies by 133 runs in Barbados. Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) adjusted 257 runs for victory after Australia scored 252-for 9 in 49 overs after three rain delays, the hosts suffered a collapse to fold for 123 with only returning skipper Kieron Pollard (56) offering resistance.

Teams For The 2nd ODI:

West Indies (Playing XI): Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

Australia (Playing XI): Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Alex Carey(w/c), Ashton Turner, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Riley Meredith, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
Alex Carey will be Australia's 26th captain in ODIs Getty Images
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Alex Carey To Become 4th Wicket-Keeper To Captain Australia In ODIs After Aaron Finch Misses Out Due To Injury

Alex Carey will become just the fourth wicket-keeper to captain Australia’s men’s ODI team when the side takes on the West Indies in the first of three one-day internationals on Tuesday at Kensington Oval.

Cricket Australia said on Monday that Aaron Finch injured a knee while batting in the fifth Twenty20 in St. Lucia last Friday and that his fitness for the ODI series will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.
Alex Carey to lead Australia in the absence of Aaron Finch. (Reuters Photo)
Alex Carey to lead Australia in the absence of Aaron Finch. (Reuters Photo)

Alex Carey Is Honoured To Be Assigned Captaincy In Injured Aaron Finch’s Absence

Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey takes over the captaincy in the absence of regular vice-captain Pat Cummins who is sitting out the Caribbean tour. Only three keepers have captained Australia’s men’s ODI team in the past.

They are Adam Gilchrist (17 matches), Ian Healy (8), and Tim Paine (5). Alex Carey was previously a joint vice-captain of the ODI side until the selectors reverted to the traditional model of having one player in the position by naming Pat Cummins as vice-captain across all formats last year.

Australia's Aaron Finch ©Reuters
Australia’s Aaron Finch ©Reuters

“I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers,” Alex Carey said.

“To captain, Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive. Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards. To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity.”

Cricket Australia said Monday that Aaron Finch injured a knee while batting in the fifth Twenty20 in St. Lucia. Alex Carey has previously captained the Adelaide Strikers, the South Australian Redbacks and Australia A.

Australia Looking To Bounce Back From T20I Series Loss And Will Be Confident For Winning Last 3 Bilateral ODI Series

Aaron Finch had been managing an issue with his right knee for some time till he twisted it while fielding in the final T20I on July 17. The 34-year-old had to briefly leave the ground. Aaron Finch appeared in discomfort in a chase of 200, especially when running between the wickets for a second a run on an overthrow.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

Australia will be looking to bounce back from their 4-1 T20I series loss to the same opposition and have reason to be confident having won each of their past three ODI campaigns. The second ODI is set for Thursday and the final match on Saturday, all at Kensington Oval. West Indies won the T20 series 4-1, including the first three matches.

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, and Matthew Wade were the three bright spots for the Australian team in their otherwise dismal outing in the preceding T20I series. But the ODI is a different format and is Australia’s stronger suit compared to the other two formats. Although the Men in Yellow would have wanted Aaron Finch to open the innings, he seemed to be in searing pain while running between the wickets, after he twisted the ankle.

The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series and won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed. Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
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Matthew Wade Expected To Captain Australia In ODIs In Aaron Finch’s Absence

Matthew Wade has not played an ODI for Australia since playing against India in 2017. Matthew Wade is expected to take on the leadership role for Australia in the absence of their first-choice captain Aaron Finch in the ODI series against West Indies.

Aaron Finch most probably won’t be available for the 50-over format due to a knee injury he suffered in the fifth and final match of the T20I series against hosts West Indies.

Aaron Finch, AFP
Aaron Finch, AFP

Matthew Wade Will Wait For His Opportunity And Lead Australia In The ODIs If Aaron Finch Doesn’t Play

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, and Matthew Wade were the three bright spots for the Australian team in their otherwise dismal outing in the preceding T20I series. The visitors lost four matches and only won one due to Mitchell Marsh’s all-around brilliance in both batting and bowling departments of the game. Throughout the series, it was the home team’s batting line-up that prevailed over Australia.

Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images
Mitchell Marsh starred with bat and ball Getty Images

But the ODI is a different format and is Australia’s stronger suit compared to the other two formats. Although the Men in Yellow would have wanted Aaron Finch to open the innings, he seemed to be in searing pain while running between the wickets, after he twisted the ankle. Matthew Wade is willing to step as a leader and also as a batsman in the three-match ODI series against West Indies.

“It’s a bit of a moving thing, the vice-captaincy. Going forward in the one-dayers I have no idea what will happen there. I am probably not expecting to play, especially if Finchy plays, but if he doesn’t there might be an opportunity for me to play,” cricket.com.au quoted Wade as saying.

“I came over here thinking I would play the T20s and I wouldn’t play the ODIs. I think some of the younger guys would get some opportunities to play them which is fair enough, I’ve been around a long time now. But if Finchy doesn’t come up there might be an opportunity to play, so we’ll wait and see,” he added.

Mitchell Marsh top-scored with 219 runs in the 5 T20Is against West Indies averaging 43.8 besides picking up 8 scalps averaging a mere 11.

Matthew Wade Feels There Are Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, And Josh Hazlewood Available As Men With Captaincy Potential

Apart from Matthew Wade, there are Moises Henriques, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood, who the wicketkeeper-batter feels are good as leaders too. Matthew Wade has not been part of the ODI setup for Australia, as the team has preferred Alex Carey for the last two years. He though stepped up as a leader for Aaron Finch when he missed one T20I game last summer.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

“I love to captain whenever I get an opportunity. I captained in the T20s (against India last summer), and we’ve got plenty of different leaders here,” said Wade.

“Moises is a really good leader, Adam Zampa is getting better and better, ‘Starcy’ and ‘Hoff’ (Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood) go about their thing,” Wade concluded.

Australia will monitor the fitness of captain Aaron Finch ahead of the ODI series against West Indies after he picked up a knee injury during the final T20I in St Lucia. Aaron Finch twisted his knee in the field and was significantly hampered during the Australian chase, especially when running between the wickets. His innings of 34 was ended by a spectacular catch at long-on by Fabian Allen as Australia fell 16 short to concede the series 4-1.

The country’s seven top cricketers including the likes of David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams have pulled out from the upcoming West Indies series and won’t be visiting Bangladesh if that tour is confirmed. Star batsman Steve Smith was also not included in the squad as he is yet to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the IPL.

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