India vs Australia: Aaron Finch to be rested for visitors' warm-up match against Board President's XI

Finch had injured his calf playing for Surrey in England six weeks ago and has been working closely with physiotherapist Alex Kountouris over the past two days in order to be fit for Sunday's series opener.

PTI, Sep 11, 2017 18:21:58 IST

Chennai: Australia opener Aaron Finch will miss the warm-up match against Board President's XI to be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.

However, the right-hander is not in any doubt for the ODI series opener against India on Sunday, cricket.com.au has reported.

India vs Australia: Aaron Finch to be rested for visitors warm-up match against Board Presidents XI

Australia's Aaron Finch arrives for a practice session in Chennai. AP

The norm of resting a few seniors during warm-up games is not uncommon.

All-rounder Hilton Cartwright missed Monday's training session due to illness and is also in doubt, with a decision on his participation to be made on Tuesday morning.

Finch had injured his calf playing for Surrey in England six weeks ago and has been working closely with physiotherapist Alex Kountouris over the past two days in order to be fit for Sunday's series opener.

All fit members of Australia's squad are expected to play some role against the Board President's XI as the match is not an official List A fixture meaning each team can field more than 11 players.

Meanwhile, Board President's XI captain Gurkeerat Singh Mann told reporters ahead the game that he was excited about playing the Australians.

"I am excited to play. I made my debut against the Australians. Am happy to get an opportunity to play them again," he said.

Despite having little time to practise and plan, he said the players were ready.

"You need to be ready all the time. All of us have been playing. I have been playing back home. It is also a good opportunity for us to get runs/wickets and carry forward the form to domestic cricket," Mann said.

"Wherever you get selected, you need to perform. It is about giving our best. We need to keep it simple and perform to our potential," the all-rounder, who has played three ODIs for India said.

The team's coach Hemang Badani, a former India cricketer, said it was a good opportunity for the team members to get runs, get wickets and also get noticed by the selectors.

"They are all professionals and are ready to go. It is a great opportunity to play against international opposition and if they perform they will get noticed," he said.

Badani recalled his personal experience several years ago when he was out of the national side and scored a ton against New Zealand to win back a place (in the ODI team).

Updated Date: Sep 11, 2017 18:21:58 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254