Australia call up Handscomb following Finch’s injury

Peter Handscomb Australia India ODI cricket

Peter Handscomb has not played ODI cricket since February

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Australia have added batsman Peter Handscomb to their squad for the upcoming ODI series against India as a cover for opener Aaron Finch.

Finch will miss the first few games of the five-match series after he aggravated a calf injury while warming up on Thursday and subsequently missed the remainder of the training session.

“Aaron re-aggravated his pre-existing calf injury during warm-up at training yesterday,” Australia physio Alex Kountouris was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “He has had a scan in Chennai and although we believe it is not a serious recurrence he will not be available for the first few one day matches here in India. He will remain with the squad whilst we assess the injury and establish his return to play timelines.”

However, while Handscomb will travel to India, it is likely that Travis Head will open the batting with David Warner during Finch’s absence.

If that doesn’t prove to be the case, Head could find himself batting at No.6, but the 23-year-old admitted that he is keen to bat at the top of the order, especially as he had a lot of success when he was give the opportunity to do so against Pakistan last summer.

In that series, Head opened the batting in the first and fifth ODIs and made scores of 39 and a career-best 128 respectively.

“Hopefully the chance to go up the order again,” Head said when asked about his targets for the series. “Since I have come to the side, I feel confident. It was nice to get some time in the middle the other day [in the warm-up game]. I stay pretty relaxed and play the conditions and what is needed at certain time of the game. Try to stay pretty open minded.

“[The year] has gone by pretty quickly. It has gone really well. As soon as I have stepped back in, I have got runs. I feel very welcome in this side. They let you express yourself as much as possible. That’s what I feel most comfortable. I know somewhere around the line I have to make sure to make it happen.”

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