Australian captain Aaron Finch said on Friday that several short-form players have a ‘very realistic’ chance of being overlooked for the T20 World Cup after not opting for the upcoming tours in the West Indies and Bangladesh.
Seven cricketers – David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams – who recently played in the IPL, pulled out of the twin tours while Steve Smith was rested to fully recover from a elbow complaint. which flared up during the BCCI’s sensational T20 tournament.
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Finch said the absentees were in danger of missing the show in October-November, while others argued their claims.
“Yes, very realistic (to miss the T20 World Cup). You have to go the current way and choose guys who play well. For guys to be on this tour, to get the first opportunity to really get their hands on take up and take a place is what this is about, ‘Finch said.
“It’s hard to ignore really good international performances. So yes, absolutely, there are going to be opportunities for guys to raise their hand and take places,” he is quoted as saying. cricket.au.com.
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Australia fly to the Caribbean on Monday for the July 25-25 tour with an 18-man squad ahead of up to seven T20I players.
Finch said last week it was a ‘long-term plan’ for stars Warner and Cummins, both of Australia’s highest paid IPL players, to miss the ten T20Is and three ODIs thereafter (pending confirmation).
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But he described the absence of Maxwell, Jhye, Stoinis and Kane as ‘surprising’.
The chairman of selectors, Trevor Hohns, also hinted that there is no guarantee that some of the IPL returnees selected from the group for the white ball tours in the West Indies and Bangladesh will get an automatic place in the T20 World Cup. not.
Finch also said he experienced ‘vague vision’ during last year’s IPL in the UAE and recently had surgery on his left eye.
So far, the operation has been a success, but the 34-year-old believes the true indication will be when he plays under lights, which Australia will do in all eight of their matches in the Caribbean.
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“I noticed it during IPL. One day it just changed. It was just blurry. During the day it was not so noticeable, at night it was more noticeable, especially in Dubai where the lighting was not as good. Like we did in Australia has.
“I just noticed it more, (my sight) was not very sharp, and there were small ray circles around lights and a little trace on the ball.”
“I tried contact (lenses), and could not get it … they just would not sit in my eye.” He said he underwent surgery after returning from the New Zealand tour (in March).
“We thought it was the best time to be able to do it. It was about a three week process and it was really smooth.” With much of Australia’s upcoming cricket to be played at night, Finch said the actual results of his operation would be confirmed.
‘I see them (now) pretty well. I just hit them with hard wickets indoors. It’s all clear now, it looks really good.
“I think the biggest test will come in the night games, then I notice the biggest difference in my sight.”