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Peter Handscomb added to Australia squad in India as cover for Aaron Finch

Peter Handscomb will be a part of the Australia squad cover for Aaron Finch after he was ruled out of the early part of the five-match ODI series against India.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Sep 15, 2017 16:13 IST
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Australia cricket player Peter Handscomb speaks during a news conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Peter Handscomb has been flown in to India as cover for the injured Aaron Finch.
Australia cricket player Peter Handscomb speaks during a news conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Peter Handscomb has been flown in to India as cover for the injured Aaron Finch. (AP)

Peter Handscomb has been flown in to India as a cover for opening batsman Aaron Finch after the latter aggravated his calf injury during training in Chennai.

Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the early part — possibly for as many as the first three contests — of the five-match ODI series starting Sunday.

According to cricket.com.au, Aaron Finch will remain with the Australian squad in India as the tourists hope that he will be able to take part in the series at some point. Finch had suffered his calf injury about six weeks ago playing in England for the County side Surrey.

The scan on Finch’s calf has revealed that he will miss the early part of the five-match ODI series starting Sunday at Chennai, which will be followed by a three-match T20I series. The injury had kept Finch away from the only warm-up match on this tour as well.

Peter Handscomb had reached home in Melbourne from Australia’s tour of Bangladesh for a two-Test series just recently, and will leave for India to on Saturday to be available for selection for the first ODI slated to be played on Sunday.

Australia team physio Alex Kountouris said, “Aaron re-aggravated his pre-existing calf injury during warm-up at training yesterday. He has had a scan in Chennai and although we believe it is not a serious recurrence, he will not be available for the first few one-day matches here in India. He will remain with the squad whilst we assess the injury and establish his return to play timelines.”

Finch has had a rich experience of playing limited-overs cricket in India, which also includes his IPL experience playing for teams such as Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India. He has played an overall 14 ODIs against India, in which six of them were away games.

Peter Handscomb made his ODI debut for Australia against Pakistan at Perth earlier this year, scoring 82. He was also a part of the depleted Australian side sent to New Zealand for an ODI series, in which he also kept wickets in two matches.

Even though batting all-rounder Hilton Cartwright had played the warm-up match in place of Finch, and the announcement was made regarding Handscomb’s addition, Australia had signalled that Travis Head would occupy the No 4 slot.

In absence of regular coach Darren Lehmann, the stand-in coach David Saker had confirmed a few days ago that Head is slated to bat at No. 4. Head can also be a handy spinner for the visitors.

“Hopefully he’s the one that can do it. He just seems to keep getting better every time he plays for Australia, so that’s a real positive. His training ethic is as good as you’d get so it’s a good reward for him,” Saker said before Peter Handscomb was added to the ODI squad.