Australia’s T20 World Cup winner Aaron Finch will miss the first game of the BBL | 11 Melbourne Renegades tonight after failing to recover from a knee injury
Australia’s T20 World Cup winner Aaron Finch was at the Melbourne Renegades ruled out the season opener after failing to recover from a knee injury in time.
Finch was considered the Adelaide Strikers decision after suffering knee problems throughout the UAE tournament.
The Renegades confirmed that Finch would miss their opening game just before 5 p.m., with their final team announced at 6:30 p.m. when they changed clubs.
Finch said realistically that the Renegades’ next game would be on Thursday night in Adelaide was such a brief turnaround that on Monday he would be closer to their third game of the season against the Brisbane Heat on the Gold Coast.
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« It’s something that keeps getting annoying. I had an operation just before the (T20) World Cup and I really got it on it urged to be available for it and I’m probably paying a little tribute for it now. «
Although the 35-year-old never missed a game in Australia’s first T20 World Cup triumph, he later revealed that his knee was so uncomfortable that he was in a slip for a long time during the tournament.
The BBL’s second-best running goal of all time is still recovering from a knee operation before the World Cup and left it up to the last minute whether he would play on Tuesday or not .
« He’ll be in the squad and then we’ll have a run tonight, » said Richardson on Monday.
« Hopefully he’s playing, I’d like him on the field to help me. </ "He went to a world championship right after the operation and felt pretty good on the field useless. "
He said the team left it until the last minute to decide whether their former captain would enter the field because he was » such an important player for (them) « .
Finch led the Renegades to their only BBL title in 2018/19, but after being bottom of the league for the past two seasons, they are looking for a strong start against the Strikers.
The Renegades are already facing the seasoned opener Shaun Marsh, who is staying in Perth with his family after suffering a strained calf hitting at Sheffield Shield last month.
New captain Nic Maddinson will also miss the first two games against the Strikers while in Australia A is, and Marcus Harris will miss most of the season after being recalled to the test team.
Melbourne Renegades roster for Tuesday game: Cameron Boyce, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Mackenzie Harvey, Zah ir Khan (Afghanistan), Josh Lalor, Jono Merlo, James Seymour, Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), James Pattinson, Mitch Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson (c), Will Sutherland, Reece Topley (England)
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