Aaron Finch ruled out of West Indies and Bangladesh series

In the lead-up to the T20I series against the West Indies, Finch injured his right knee during practice ahead of the T20I series against the West Indies, and it was aggravated in the last encounter in St Lucia. He was then ruled out of the start of the One-Day International series, and it was decided on Saturday that he would return to Australia rather than continue to Bangladesh.

The priority for the Australia captain will be a quick recovery ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in October-November. He will return home for a 14-day quarantine before undergoing surgery.

Selectors and the CA medical staff are optimistic that Finch will recuperate in time for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, which begins in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in mid-October, according to a statement released by Cricket Australia on Sunday.

Alex Carey will captain the ODI team against the West Indies in the series’ last match on Monday, with the selectors selecting who will lead the T20I team in Bangladesh closer to the start of those matches on August 3.

Australia will not call up a replacement for Finch due to the complications of travel arrangements and biosecurity bubbles. On the tour, they have two reserve players, but paceman Nathan Ellis and leg spinner Tanveer Sangha are merely there to give bowling cover.