Cricket Australia unsure if injured Twenty20 captain Aaron Finch will play in World T20

Australia's troubled build-up to the World T20 has hit another major stumbling block with captain Aaron Finch no certainty to lead the team to the tournament.

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Already ruled out of the Chappell-Hadlee series, Finch is now in a race against the clock to make it to India after scans confirmed he has sustained a "moderate grade" tear to his hamstring.

Cricket Australia are aiming to have Finch ready for the event but are unsure when he will be fit to return. Hamstring injuries commonly take 21 days to recover from though that is for low-end strains.

Injury cloud: Aaron Finch top scored for Australia during last week's T20 opener with 44 off 33 balls.
Injury cloud: Aaron Finch top scored for Australia during last week's T20 opener with 44 off 33 balls. Photo: Getty Images

Australia's first match, against New Zealand, is not until March 18 - almost seven weeks away. It is also unclear if Finch will make it back in time for the three-game series in South Africa preceding the World T20, which begins on March 4.

Encouragingly for Finch, the injury is not related to that which required surgery last April.


"Aaron had scans on his injured left hamstring that confirmed a moderate grade hamstring injury. This is not a recurrence of the previous hamstring injury that required surgery in April 2015," CA's sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said.

"Although this current injury doesn't require surgery there is a period of rehabilitation required before he can resume playing.

"We are aiming to have Aaron fit for the ICC World T20  in India but will have a better idea about his fitness for that tournament in the coming weeks once we see how he responds to treatment and a rehabilitation program."

The lack of certainty over Finch's availability is the last thing Australia needs as it chases the last piece of major silverware to elude CA's trophy cabinet.

Australia, undisputed kings of the 50-over format, are far from settled in the Twenty20 format, having played just one match last year. The lack of matchplay was a key factor in the team's 3-0 hammering by a far more settled Indian side last week.