Australian skipper Aaron Finch, who had suffered an injury to his right knee in the lead-up to the T20I series against the West Indies, had aggravated the issue during the final T20I of the series and thus ruled out of the ODI series against Windies and subsequent Bangladesh series. Finch will now return to Australia to nurse his injury as Cricket Australia are hoping against the hope that the skipper would recover in time for the T20 World Cup.
“I’m extremely disappointed to be heading home. This was considered the best course of action rather than traveling to Bangladesh, not being able to play, and losing that recovery time. I will have the surgery if required and start the recovery process ahead of the World Cup," Finch said.
Currently, Finch sits third on the ICC T20I men’s batting rankings and is a vital part of Australia's campaign over the years. The team management will work with Cricket Australia medical team to work on Finch's rehabilitation before the T20 World Cup in October.
In the absence of Finch, Matthew Wade, who is the designated vice-captain of the T20 side and even led a game against India in Finch's absence last year, will be in the charge of the side in the T20 series against Bangladesh. The five-match T20I series will begin on August 3 in Dhaka as Australia are set to fly out of Barbados on Wednesday.