Handscomb called as cover-up for injured Finch for India series
Chennai Sep 15 (IANS) Australia have called up wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb as a cover for injured opener Aaron Finch for the upcoming five-match One-day International (ODI) series in India starting here on Sunday.
Already struggling with a calf issue Finch aggravated the injury during the team s practice session on Thursday and is likely to miss the first three matches of the series.
The 30-year-old suffered the injury six weeks ago while playing for Surrey in England and was also left out of Tuesday s warm-up game against the Indian Board President s XI.
"Aaron re-aggravated his pre-existing calf injury during warm-up at training on Thursday " team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"He has had a scan in Chennai and although we believe it is not a serious recurrence he will not be available for the first few one-day matches here in India. He will remain with the squad whilst we assess the injury and establish his return to play timelines " he added.
Handscomb who recently returned to Melbourne following the Test tour of Bangladesh will depart for India on Saturday and will be available for selection in Sunday s series opener at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here.
Uncapped all-rounder Hilton Cartwright opened in Finch s absence but was dismissed for a second-ball duck in Australia s 103-run win against the Board President s XI. Travis Head is another option that the tourists might be tempted to explore given his experience at the international level.