It is anticipated that Australia will make a determination tomorrow evening regarding the availability of injured duo Aaron Finch and Tim David for the crucial final T20 World Cup Super 12s match that will take place in Adelaide against Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is the current defending champion of the tournament.
This morning at Karen Rolton Oval, the two were put through some very mild running drills for almost twenty minutes. During that time, neither one of them appeared to be significantly bothered, nor did they push themselves much farther than jogging pace.
Both of them are now recovering from hamstring injuries that they acquired during Australia’s victory over Ireland at the Gabba on Monday. A similar condition that caused all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to spend time off the field late in that game was termed as “precautionary” by the chair of the national selection panel, George Bailey, today.
Stoinis set a new benchmark for the fastest 50 by an Australian in men’s T20I cricket against Sri Lanka last week (off 17 balls). Bailey claimed Stoinis was “certainly good to go,” but a final decision on skipper Finch and power-hitter David would come after training tomorrow afternoon. David set a new benchmark for the fastest 50 by an Australian in men’s T20I cricket against Sri Lanka last week.
During today’s training session, in which only a half dozen of Australia’s 15-man squad took part after yesterday’s flight from Brisbane, Bailey said, “They’re working through what they normally would after coming off a flight anyway.” “They’re working through what they normally would after coming off a flight anyway.”
It’s great that they’ll get an extra day to recuperate and get some work done, and we’ll continue to evaluate how they are doing over the next two days.
It is usually going to be quite light anyway after a travel day, but it is pretty good to see them out and moving and getting up to a respectable speed. The fact that they are moving at all is pretty positive.
“I don’t think the time frame (for making a call on making a decision regarding their availability) will be different to any other game.
It is likely that after tomorrow’s training we will meet together to discuss and work through the issue.
Given the evident discomfort he showed during fielding and his post-match remark that he had a history of hamstring issues, albeit defining the issue as a “twinge,” Finch had appeared to be the most doubtful to be passed fit in the wake of Monday’s win.
However, Bailey confirmed that the veteran opener, who was named Player of the Match in Ireland’s victory with his 63 off 44 balls, indicating a welcome return to form, would be required to tick off a number of fitness requirements as prescribed by team medical staff at the training session scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. These requirements will be in place.
Today, Bailey was quoted as saying, “Then I guess it simply comes down to how much danger you’re ready to endure.”
This risk equation may be affected by the importance of the forthcoming match against Afghanistan, which Australia must win in order to have any chance of advancing to the tournament finals and most likely must win decisively in order for their championship defense to continue being viable.
The fact that their net run rate is still significantly lower than that of their rivals New Zealand and England in Group One means that even if the home team wins, it won’t be enough for them to advance if the Black Caps are victorious over Ireland (on Friday) and England are victorious over Sri Lanka. All three teams are tied with the same number of points (Saturday).
However, although admitting that run-rate equations will play a part in Friday’s game in order to attempt and boost Australia’s net run rate over that of their nearest rival England, Bailey emphasized that the team’s primary goal had to be beating Afghanistan before they began focused on finer details.
Bailey acknowledged that there was likely to be “about 20 distinct scenarios” being played out as the game went and stated that “winning the game” was the primary focus of their efforts.
“To begin, I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to let yourself get too distracted by anything other than that.
“At the most fundamental level, Afghanistan are a very powerful side, and in order to defeat them, you need eleven healthy and firing players.”
“We will, without a doubt, be aware of certain possibilities; but, there is a lot that is out of our hands given that England will play Sri Lanka following our game anyway.
“I don’t believe that we have put together a full game of Twenty20 cricket for this competition, so it would be risky for us to move outside of that and start hunting for something else while forgetting that our primary goal is to win the game.
“However, we will be aware of what we need to do in the event that we will at some point need to click a button.
“I believe that we have a squad that is talented enough that if they need to put their foot down and do something extraordinary, they have it in them,” the coach said. “I think we have a team that is talented.”
After tomorrow’s training session at Adelaide Oval, if either Finch or David are found to be unable to play in the game on Friday, Bailey has indicated that the previous skipper Steve Smith and all-rounder Cameron Green are the most likely candidates to step into their places.
During today’s session, Green was one of several Australian players who worked on their ability to clear the boundary with the bat. Other players who participated were Ashton Agar, an all-rounder who bowls spin, and Mitchell Starc, a fast bowler.
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