Australia’s T20 World Championship chances have all but dwindled but there is good news on the injury front ahead of the crunch match
Despite suffering from a hamstring injury, captain Aaron Finch still has a chance to play in Australia’s crucial T20 World Cup match against Afghanistan.
Finch, Marcus Stoinis and Tim David all suffered hamstring injuries in Australia’s win over Ireland in Brisbane on Monday night.
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Stoinis is certain to face Afghanistan in Adelaide on Friday night, while Finch and David face further fitness tests which have not been ruled out.
“We will continue to assess them over the next 48 hours,” Australia’s selection committee chairman, George Bailey, told reporters on Wednesday.
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“Stoin…is good to walk, the other two are actually pretty good, they’re moving pretty well out there today.
“I didn’t have a chance to nab our medical staff… and I trust the information Finchy will give us.
“We will give him the time he needs.”
Skipper Finch and David ran easily but didn’t bat at Australia’s optional training session in Adelaide on Wednesday. Stoinis did not attend the meeting.
Australia need to defeat Afghanistan in the last group game to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.
The host country is third in its group with New Zealand (first) and England (second).
All three are tied on five points and will win the remaining group games as favourites, with net run-rate deciding which countries advance to the knockout stages.
“We’re obviously going to be working through some scenarios today in terms of net run rate and what that looks like,” Bailey said.
The Kiwis meet Ireland at the Adelaide Oval on Friday afternoon, while England meet Sri Lanka in the last game of the group on Saturday.
https://7news.com.au/sport/cricket/australias-t20-world-cup-chances-almost-shot-but-theres-some-good-news-on-the-injury-front-ahead-of-crunch-match-c-8732970 Australia’s T20 World Championship chances have all but dwindled but there is good news on the injury front ahead of the crunch match