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Australia sweating over Aaron Finch's fitness

Australia sweating over Aaron Finch's fitness
Aaron Finch (left) scored 118 runs in the two T20Is against India.
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Cricket Australia (CA) has asserted that a decision on the return of Australia Twenty20 International captain Aaron Finch will be taken only after further assessment of his injury.

Finch sustained a hamstring injury during the second T20I against India in Melbourne and was subsequently ruled out of the third game in the series.

In the absence of Finch, Shane Watson led the team in the third T20I in Sydney where he scored a brilliant unbeaten century but was not able to prevent Australia from losing the series 3-0.

Finch was also left out of the Australian squad for the upcoming three-match One-Day International series against New Zealand which begins on 3rd February.

CA’s Sports Science & Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris confirmed in a media release that even though Finch doesn't require a surgery, it is uncertain when he will be returning to action.

"Aaron [Finch] had scans on his injured left hamstring that confirmed a moderate grade hamstring injury. This is not a recurrence of the previous hamstring injury that required surgery in April 2015.

“Although this current injury doesn’t require surgery there is a period of rehabilitation required before he can resume playing.

“We are aiming to have Aaron fit for the ICC World T20 in India but will have better idea about his fitness for that tournament in the coming weeks once we see how he responds to treatment and a rehabilitation program.”

After scoring 213 runs in the five ODIs against India at an average of 42.60, Finch also managed 118 runs in the two T20Is he played.

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