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Aaron Finch Injured; Australia Seeks Alternatives

Sharada Iyer - 29-01-2016 - View: 268

Cricket - Usman Khawaja could be considered to take Finch's place in the team

Aaron Finch Injured; Australia Seeks Alternatives

Australian T20 skipper Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the third and final T20 match against India after sustaining an injury to his hamstring. In addition, Finch could also miss the upcoming series against New Zealand.

While his absence does pose a huge problem for the Australians by way of team strength, it’s the aspect of finding a replacement skipper that has left Australian team management scrambling.

Currently, the names that have been thrown into the mix to take over the captaincy in Finch’s absence are Shane Watson, Matthew Wade and Shaun Marsh. In addition to these three, speculation is also rife that George Bailey could be recalled to lead the side. Nothing’s however been confirmed yet.

Far as finding a good player to take Finch’s place in the side goes, Usman Khawaja is the front-runner, who’s expected to join the side for the shorter format. Khawaja’s exclusion in the side was rued upon by Aussie national selector Jeff Marsh, who’d said that there was no place for the 28-year old in the side despite his incredibly good run recently that included him scoring 70-runs in Sydney Thunder’s win over the Melbourne Stars in the final of the just concluded Big Bash League.

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