Australian captain Aaron Finch will miss the first-round of BBL if not more

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Australian captain Aaron Finch will miss the first-round of BBL if not more

Australian captain Aaron Finch will miss the first-round of BBL if not more

December 3, 2021

Author 77baji

Aaron Finch, Australia's World Cup-winning captain, will be unavailable for at least the first round of the BBL, putting the Melbourne Renegades with a captaincy dilemma on the eve of the event.

After Australia's success at the T20 World Cup earlier this month, Finch took a sabbatical to recover his surgically repaired knee, which caused him so much pain during the biggest matches that he couldn't field anywhere but first slip.

Finch is yet to be seen at training and will not feature in a series of practice matches arranged for this week after relinquishing the leadership following nine seasons in charge of the Renegades.

Finch, who is now a father for the first time before the World Cup, will miss the Renegades' first BBL match on December 7 and may not return until the third or fourth game.

New coach David Saker has appointed Nic Maddinson the captaincy, but he is also currently on duty with the Australia A team and won't be joining the Renegades until mid-December.

With senior batsman Shaun Marsh out till Christmas with a calf injury and still in Western Australia, the Renegades may have to rely on Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi, who captained his country in the T20 World Cup.

Veteran pace bowler James Pattinson might be another possibility for the Renegades, who are trying to amend two years of poor results after finishing last in both of their previous seasons, before the resignation of coach Michael Klinger.

Finch admitted that he overworked his body at the World Cup and needed a break. The 35-year-old believes that he will need a little longer break to recover himself.

Reece Topley, a former English international who was a member of the England team at the T20 World Cup, leads the Renegades' overseas players. He stated that he intends to use his time in the BBL to push for a spot in England's T20 World Cup team. The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia the following year.

Topley commented that he intends to make the most out of it and impress the cornerstone of success. He said that he felt prepared if the opportunity arose when he was in Dubai, but regrettably, it didn’t happen. He added that having this planned for when he left there was wonderful and it will also be a wonderful chance for him to gain some playing time after being on the backup roster for about a month.