Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the one-day series against West Indies. He aggravated his knee injury during the fifth and final T20 International on Saturday, July 17 at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia.
Finch’s injury will be assessed on a “day by day” basis but with the series ending on July 25, the chances of his comeback are grim. Alex Carey will lead the Australian team in Finch’s absence.
“I am deeply honoured to be able to lead the team while Aaron recovers. To captain, Australia is one of the greatest privileges in sport and an honour I am extremely thankful to receive,” said Alex Carey as quoted by Espncricinfo.
“Finchy is our captain and we will welcome him back with open arms when he is fully fit, so for now I hope I can fill the role to his extremely high standards. To lead this group against the West Indies in the West Indies is a great challenge and one I very much look forward to for as long as I have the opportunity,” Carey added.
A big congrats to Alex Carey who will become the 26th man to captain Australia in ODI cricket tomorrow!
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 19, 2021
Alex Carey has led the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. He was also previously the joint vice-captain of the Australian limited-overs team with Pat Cummins. Last season Alex Carey drew a lot of flak from former Australian cricketer Allan Border when he led Australia A against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Speaking about the incident, Carey said,
“My takeaway is that there’s a lot of really great leaders throughout the country still caring about the game of cricket. For him to answer my call and have a chat about what he saw, was a great learning curve for me.
The three-match one-day international series starts from July 21, at Barbados.