Australia captain Aaron Finch said that his team have got plenty of options and that they would choose who to play on Wednesday morning after having a look at the pitch
David Warner was hurt while fielding in Sunday’s series-deciding ODI win. (AP Photo)
- Finch said that wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey could be given the role to open the innings
- Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade were the other possible options the hosts can try out
- David Warner limped off the field on Sunday due to a groin injury that he suffered in the second ODI
Australia will be forced to make some changes in their squad for the third ODI against India on Wednesday after opener David Warner limped off the field due to a groin injury.
Australia head coach Justin Langer said he does not expect star opener, David Warner, to be fit and available for the first Test against India on December 17.
Warner faces a battle to be fit for the India Test series after Cricket Australia said he will miss the last one-day international and the three-match Twenty20 series next month.
But Australia skipper Aaron Finch doesn’t seem too perturbed about it and said that their team have got guys who can step up in Warner’s absence.
The skipper said that they have not yet selected who will replace Warner on Wednesday but cited wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey, Marnus Labuschagne, and Matthew Wade as the possible options the hosts can try out.
Not yet picked the team for Wednesday, says Finch
“We have not picked a team yet, but we have got a few options. Whether we go Wadey in the side or Marnus comes up and opens the batting, Alex Carey has done a lot of it in the past,” Cricket.com.au quoted Finch as saying.
“But the middle-order has been functioning really well over the last little while. That is the beauty of being two-nil up in the series, you can look to experiment if you want to do that or you can look to play the safe option,” he added.
Finch also praised his opening partner and said that the loss of a player of the calibre of Warner is a blow for any team.
“He is an all-time great in one-day and T20 cricket, I do not think there are many better players to have played the game. So, any team he is not a part of is going to be slightly weaker but we have got guys that can step and really contribute heavily in that role,” said Finch.