David Warner Injury Update: Australia captain Aaron Finch was vocal about Warner’s injury ahead of Australia opening match.
Australia captain Aaron Finch has made vocal the update of opening batsman David Warner playing in their first ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan. Warner had suffered a glute strain but has now has been declared fully fit for tomorrow’s match.
David Warner Injury Update
“Davey’s [David Warner] fine, he’ll play tomorrow. In terms of the XI, we’ll wait until the toss to name it,” Finch was quoted as saying on the eve of the match at Bristol.
Both Warner and Steven Smith will be playing their first ODI since the Cape Town Ball Tampering scandal. Warner and Smith had last played an ODI during England’s tour of Australia in 2018. The duo is expected to play a pivotal role for Australia in the showpiece event.
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Finch opens up on other selection conundrums
Other than Warner’s availability, Australia had to ponder about their No. 3 (between Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh) and bowling combination (both fast bowlers and spinners). Being asked about the final combination, Finch didn’t disclose anything which means that the Australian fans will have to wait till the toss tomorrow.
“It’s always really tough early in the tournament especially when everyone is coming off really good form in the previous series we’ve played.
“Everyone’s hitting the ball well in the nets, everyone is bowling well. It’s a real positive – anytime anyone’s been given an opportunity, everyone has taken it, which makes selection so hard, but it’s a good position to be in all the same,” Finch said.
While Finch didn’t speak much about the bowling combination, he was vocal about Khawaja and Marsh hinting that the team management will take a call in the afternoon.
“Usman [Khawaja] or Shaun [Marsh], whichever we go at three – Usman’s the number three batter in Test cricket so there’s no issues around whether he can do it. Shaun was very successful when he’s done it over the last 12-18 months. We’ve got some great options there and we’ll sit down this afternoon and nut that out,” Finch added.