Finch names players who can replace Warner in 3rd ODI

Parth Dhall
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Finch names players who can replace Warner in 3rd ODI
Finch names players who can replace Warner in 3rd ODI

01 Dec 2020: Finch names players who can replace Warner in 3rd ODI

Aaron Finch admitted that Australia's top-order will miss the services of star opener David Warner in the rest of limited-overs leg.

However, he named a number of players who can replace the senior batsman in the third ODI against India.

Notably, Warner has been ruled out of the remaining white-ball matches due to a groin injury he sustained during the second ODI.

Fact: Finch cites three potential replacements for the opening slot

Finch termed wicket-keeper-batsmen Alex Carey and Matthew Wade, and middle-order batsman Marnus Labuschagne, as the potential options who can replace Warner in the third ODI. He said one of the three players could be tried at the top.

Options: 'We have got a few options', says Finch

Finch stated there is room for experiment as Australia already have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-ODI series.

"We have not picked a team yet, but we have got a few options. Whether we go Wadey in the side or Marnus comes up and opens the batting, Alex Carey has done a lot of it in the past," quoted Finch as saying.

Labuschagne: Labuschagne ready to open in Warner's absence

Interestingly, Labuschagne, who plays in the middle-order, has already offered to open the innings in Warner's absence.

In recent times, the 26-year-old has replicated his Test form in One-Day Internationals as well.

He looked in terrific touch during the second ODI against India, scoring a well-compiled 70.

It will be interesting to see if he gets promoted up the order.

Others: Short, Wade and Carey also in contention

D'Arcy Short has been been roped in as Warner's cover for the white-ball leg.

He has been training with the Australian squad since flying over from Perth to avoid confinement due to border closures.

Meanwhile, Carey, who is the mainstay wicket-keeper for Australia in limited-overs cricket, could also open.

Besides, his compatriot Wade played his last ODI in January 2020, against New Zealand.

Series: Will India bounce back in the final ODI?

Hosts Australia defeated India by 51 runs in the second ODI to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Australia's top five, Warner, Finch, Steve Smith, Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell slammed 50+ scores and helped them post 389.

In reply, India were restricted to 338 despite Virat Kohli's brilliant effort.

Now, it remains to be seen if the visitors could finish on a positive note.