Cricket Australia have called up Peter Handscomb as a replacement for the Aaron Finch, who aggravated a calf injury during a training session yesterday. Finch, however, will continue to be a part of the squad since he is expected to return to action after the first few games of the series.
After the injury, Finch was taken to a hospital for a scan which revealed that he would miss the early part of the series. Handscomb, who recently scored an important 82 against Bangladesh in Chittagong, where he lost 4.5 kgs while playing in hot and humid conditions, is expected to touch down in India on Saturday to make himself available for the first match on Sunday.
"Aaron re-aggravated his pre-existing calf injury during warm-up at training yesterday," Alex Kountouris said, reported Cricket.com.au.
"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."
While it was Hilton Cartwright who opened the innings in the warm-up game, he is not expected to retain his place after being dismissed for a duck. Before Finch's injury, stand-in coach David Saker had confirmed that Travis Head was leading the race for a place in the middle order. However, with what has transpired in the last 24 hours, Head might replace Finch at the top of the order where he averages 57.33 and has scored his only ODI hundred.
"Hopefully he's (Head) the one that can do it," Saker had said on Wednesday
"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."
The series will kick off in the opener in Chennai on Sunday.
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