Australia optimistic over Finch fitness


Australia are hopeful captain Aaron Finch will recover from a hamstring injury in time to feature at the ICC World Twenty20.

Finch pulled up while running between the wickets during Australia's T20 loss to India in Melbourne on Friday - the second match of what proved to be something of a disastrous series for the hosts as they lost 3-0.

Cricket Australia provided an update on Finch's condition in a statement on Monday, with sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris commenting: "Aaron had scans on his injured left hamstring that confirmed a moderate grade hamstring injury.

"This is not a recurrence of the previous hamstring injury that required surgery in April 2015.

"Although this current injury doesn't require surgery, there is a period of rehabilitation required before he can resume playing.

"We are aiming to have Aaron fit for the ICC World T20 in India but will have a better idea about his fitness for that tournament in the coming weeks, once we see how he responds to treatment and a rehabilitation program."

Australia's campaign begins against New Zealand on March 18.