Australia captain Aaron Finch’s recovery from knee surgery in August has come ahead of schedule and will be available for the T20 World Cup warm-up match against India on October 20.
Finch had a surgery in August to repair cartilage in his right knee and there were initial doubts about his availability for Australia’s two practice games against New Zealand (18 October) and India (20 October).
“Yeah, it’s all good. I think it’s been nine weeks since the surgery, so everything went really well. It’s probably a couple of weeks ahead of schedule,” he said on Thursday in a pre-tournament virtual Said in a media interaction.
“Originally it was probably touch to be available for two practice games, but at the moment it looks like there won’t be a problem, so hope to get out and get back into it,” added 34-year-old Finch, Who also opened the batting.
Finch reiterated that a struggling David Warner, who was dropped from Sunrisers Hyderabad’s squad during the end of the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, will be gearing up for the T20 World Cup.
“I think over the years, we have seen that when he (Warner) gets to bat against the world (teams), he is far (better) player. Warner who has played 81 T20 Internationals K Finch said, I have no problem with his preparation.
“We’ve seen him in great spirits, he’s coming here with a great attitude and he’s organizing things behind the scenes, he’s doing everything he loves to do, I don’t have a problem.” Go for whatever game he’ll be ready for.”
Australia began their T20 World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 23 October.
The 34-year-old Warner, a flamboyant opener, played only two IPL matches for SRH in the UAE leg – one against Delhi Capitals and the other against Punjab Kings – in which he scored 0 and 2 runs respectively.
Australian players have made a different preparation for the T20 World Cup due to various reasons, including the COVID-19 lockdown in their country, but Finch said that his side has come into the tournament with confidence.
“It’s what’s saved us. We’ve been close a couple of times but we’ve been pretty far other times as well. We’re still confident going into (the World Cup).
Finch said, “We have a group that has played a lot of T20s, not huge sums of money together, people are in various stages of preparation and coming back to play. It’s down to the day to get it done. Comes.” 76 T20s.
“Every team can win any game, we know that in T20 cricket, there are match winners across the board, so we just have to get it done at the right time.”
Asked where Steve Smith will bat, Finch said, “Similar to Maxi (Glenn Maxwell). He (Smith) is the one who can be really friendly in the middle overs. He gives us a lot of options and a lot of flexibility. “
The Australia captain also said that the developments related to the Ashes against England have not distracted anyone.
“No, to be honest, it’s not a distraction. All that stuff happens behind the scenes between the board and the players’ union and things like that, so none of that comes up in the player talk here. ,” he signed.