Finch backs Warner to start T20WC despite IPL woes

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Star Australia batsman David Warner may be miserably out of form and has not played any international tournament in short form for more than a year but limited captain Aaron Finch said on Wednesday that there is no doubt his debut player in the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Although Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Warner in the IPL this year, Pinch backed Warner as his starting partner in the T20 World Cup to be held in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from October 17.

“Yes, he was one of the best players to ever play for Australia,” Finch said ahead of Australia’s departure to the United Arab Emirates.

“I have no doubt in his preparation that he will definitely want to play for the Hyderabad team. I know he is still in training. He will be good to go,” he said, according to ESPNCricinfo.

Warner, who has missed the last 14 matches in four series due to injury, retirement and schedule conflicts, has not played T20 for Australia since September 2020.

He endured a tough IPL season in both parts of the tournament, scoring only two half-centuries in eight innings. He was sacked as captain of the Sunrisers in the first half of the IPL season in India.

He did not tour between the Caribbean and Bangladesh with Australia to rest in the second half of the IPL and the World Cup, but scored just 0 and 2 in his first two matches as the IPL resumed in the United Arab Emirates. He was again dropped from the Sunrisers squad.

Pinch enters the competition on his own in August after surgery to repair a cartilage in his right knee. Initially, he was doubtful for Australia’s two warm-up matches against New Zealand (October 18) and India (October 20).

But, he said he is confident he can play in both, which will inspire the team’s split production.

“My recovery has progressed very well over the last two weeks, so I’m still fine and ready to go for them,” Finch said.

“In terms of the intensity I was able to train, the acceleration, the reduction, the load on my knee, all of these were very positive. So, I had no problem.”

Most members of the Australian team keep the latest game time under their belts.

Glenn Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood are in bright form in the IPL, but Marcus Stones suffered a hamstring injury and did not bat in the middle after a break in the first game that started again.

Steve Smith left the Delhi Capital line-up and played in two matches.

Those in Australia found it difficult to practice any cricket game due to the various locks in Australia.



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