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Finch backs Warner, Smith to come good in T20 WC

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October 14, 2021 21:42 IST
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Australia captain Aaron Finch

IMAGE: Australia captain Aaron Finch has recovered after knee surgery in August and is likely to play the T20 World Cup warm-up game against India on October 20. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Australia captain Aaron Finch's recovery after knee surgery in August has been ahead of schedule and he will be available for the T20 World Cup warm-up game against India on October 20.

Finch underwent surgery in August to repair a cartilage in his right knee and there were initial doubts regarding his availability for Australia's two warm-up games against New Zealand (October 18) and India (October 20).

 

“Yeah, it is all good. I think it's nine weeks tomorrow, post-surgery, so everything has come along really well. It is probably a couple of weeks ahead of schedule," he said, at the pre-tournament virtual media interaction on Thursday.

"Originally it was probably touch and go to be available for the two warm-up games, but at the moment it is looking like there will be no problems, so looking forward to getting out and getting back into it,” added the 34-year-old Finch, who also opens the batting.

Finch reiterated that a struggling David Warner, who was dropped from Sunrisers Hyderabad’s playing team during the fag end of the Indian Premier League in the UAE, will be ready for the T20 World Cup.

“I think over the years, we have seen when he (Warner) is got to bat against the world (teams), he is far (better player). I have got no issues with the preparation that he has had," said Finch about Warner, who has played 81 T20 Internationals.

“We have seen him in great spirits, he is coming here with a great attitude and he is organising things behind the scenes; he is doing everything that he loves to do.  I have got no issues that come game one he will be ready to go.”

Australia open their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa on October 23 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The 34-year-old Warner, a swashbuckling opener, only played two IPL games for SRH in the UAE leg -- one against Delhi Capitals and the other against Punjab Kings -- in which he scored 0 and 2 respectively. 

The Australian players have had a disjointed preparation for the World Cup due to various reasons, including the COVID-19 lockdown in their country, but Finch said his side has come into the tournament with confidence.

“It is the one that has eluded us. We have been close a couple of times but we have also been quite a distance off in other times. We are still very confident going into (the World Cup).

"We have got a group that have played a lot of T20, not a huge amount together, guys are at different stages of preparation and getting back to playing. It comes down to getting it done on the day," said Finch, who has played 76 T20Is.

"Every team can win any game; we know that in T20 cricket there are match-winners right across the board, so we just have to turn up and get it done at the right time.”

Asked where Steve Smith would bat, Finch said, “Similar to Maxi (Glenn Maxwell). He (Smith) is someone who can be really adaptable through the middle overs. He provides us with a lot of options and a lot of flexibility.”

He also said that is no distraction from the developments related to Ashes against England.

“No, there hasn't been any distraction from that, to be honest. All that talk is behind the scenes between boards and players association and things like that. So none of that has come into the player's chat over here.”

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