Australia captain Aaron Finch will miss the third and final Twenty20 International of the series against India in Sydney on Sunday because of an injury to his left hamstring. Finch will be replaced in the squad by Queensland and Sydney Thunder batsman Usman Khawaja. (All-Round India Win Maiden Twenty20 Series Versus Australia in Melbourne)
Finch suffered the injury while scoring 74 in 48 balls in Australia’s 27-run loss at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday evening. India have a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Cricket Australia physio Alex Kountouris said: “Aaron suffered the injury to his left hamstring while batting and although it is too early to confirm the full extent of the issue, we do know that it will prevent him playing in Sydney on Sunday. We believe it is not a recurrence of a previous injury he suffered to the same hamstring.
“Aaron will remain in Melbourne to undergo scans and we will be in a position to announce in due course the expected length of time he will be sidelined.”
Finch said: “It is hugely frustrating to suffer this injury. I am hoping it will not keep me out for a lengthy period of time, especially with an ICC World Twenty20 on the horizon, but I will be guided by the specialists.”
The squad for the final match Twenty20 International series is as follows: Cameron Bancroft, Scott Boland, Cameron Boyce, James Faulkner, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Tait, Andrew Tye, Shane Watson.