Before his summer opening T20 against Sri Lanka, host Australia received a huge blow, as fast bowler Andrew Tye was discarded from the series due to an elbow injury.
Tye, a specialist in the T20 format for Aaron Finch’s side, could also miss the Pakistan series. Cricket Australia will name a replacement player in the next few days.
However, Australians are confident of naming a strong rhythm attack with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Billy Stanlake and Kane Richardson at their disposal.
“(He did) throwing, I think it was one of the first exercises he did. He was a little unbalanced and felt a bit of a stir there,” said Captain Aaron Finch about Tye.
Finch has been declared fit to lead the hosts after initially being a doubt due to lateral tension.
“(I’m) fine, ready to go. I felt really good batting in particular,” Finch confirmed.
“I was a little worried about pitching yesterday, it wasn’t the most comfortable in recent days in Perth. Getting here and hitting yesterday, throwing a little gave me some confidence. I would say I have a 99 percent chance of playing tomorrow. I was at the beginning of the week (in doubt). It didn’t progress so fast, but the last three days I got all the movement and complete training today. ”
While Finch’s return is good news and Tye’s absence is not, Australia can also turn to the batting services of Ashton Turner, who cannot play and has throwing limitations due to a shoulder injury.
“He is not yet bowling, he doesn’t beat any problems at all. His pitch is a little more limited inside the ring,” Finch said. “That is something that will have to be monitored along the way with your rehabilitation. The fact that you can throw with a decent pace in the ring. I think yesterday was more with the workload and not wanting to overdo it.”
The first T20I will be played on Sunday (October 27) in Adelaide.