Australia team management is concerned about the fitness of their opener Aaron Finch, who is recovering from a calf injury he suffered during training in Chennai for the first ODI.
During a practice session, for the first match of the 5 ODI series at Chepauk, Finch pulled the muscle of his right leg. He had to leave the training early with ice around the sore calf. However, Finch had suffered the injury while playing for Surrey some six weeks ago.
The Australian opener didn’t play in the warmup game against Board President’s XI. He was replaced by Hilton Cartwright in the game. Australia has another option as an opener to replace Finch as Travis Head might be promoted to open, despite the fact that coach David Saker clarified that Head was marked for no. 4 spot in the ODI team.
Saker said, “Hopefully he’s [Finch] the one that can do it. He just seems to keep getting better every time he plays for Australia, so that’s a real positive. His training ethic is as good as you’d get so it’s a good reward for him.”
Travis Head said, “I’m excited by the opportunity to go up the order again. I’ve had a chance at most spots since I’ve come into the side. I feel confident and it was nice to get some time in the middle the other day to get a feel for the wicket and the conditions.”
The first match will take place at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on September 17, 2017.