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Aaron Finch ruled out of tri-series opener

Aaron Finch missed the final two ODIs against England as well
Aaron Finch missed the final two ODIs against England as well
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Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the Twenty20 International Tri-Series opener against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday following a hamstring injury.

The 31-year-old sustained the blow during the recently concluded One-Day International series against England where he missed the final two games. In the three ODIs he featured, Finch scored 107, 106 and 62.

Australia captain David Warner played down the injury concern to Finch and stated that the move to rest the 31-year-old was precautionary.

"He (Finch) didn't feel like he was up," Warner told reporters in Sydney on Friday.

"He went through some run throughs yesterday with the medical staff, he said he sort of felt it a little bit. We didn't want to risk him going into this tri-series with this first game. He's going to be on ice definitely."

In the absence of Finch, the Big Bash League sensation D'Arcy Short or Chris Lynn is likely to partner Warner at the top of the order.

"That was a tough chat we had the other day," he said.

"When you pick these teams you've got guys in form but they're in the same positions as well which is always quite challenging.

"D'Arcy and Lynny lead by example in their own teams respectively," he added. "Come tomorrow it will probably be (Short or Lynn) opening with me depending on match-ups with the bowlers."

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