Australia captain Aaron Finch to be available for T20 World Cup warm-up game against India

Finch
underwent
a
surgery
in
August
to
repair
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
(October
14).

Aaron
Finch
backs
David
Warner
to
open
in
T20
World
Cup
despite
woes
in
IPL
2021

“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
playing
team
during
the
fag
end
of
the
Indian
Premier
League
in
the
UAE,
would
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
of
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.”

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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
T20
World
Cup
due
to
various
reasons,
including
COVID-19
lockdown
in
their
country
but
Finch
said
his
side
have
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
urn
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
that
middle
overs.
He
provides
us
with
a
lot
of
options
and
a
lot
of
flexibility.”

The
Australia
captain
also
said
that
there
has
been
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,”
he
concluded.

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