India vs Australia: Cutting off injured finger only way Finch can be kept out of MCG Test

first_imgAaron Finch will not back down from a Boxing Day Test due to an injured finger and declared himself a sure shot to open in the third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, unless his finger is “cut off”. Finch retired hurt in Perth after a brutal blow to his right finger off a Mohammed Shami delivery but then returned to bat, lasting just a single delivery before falling to Shami. He thereafter did not field in Australia’s comfortable victory over the Virat Kohli-led team.Traditionally a Boxing Day Test has always taken place at the MCG but if Finch starts, it will be the first time since 1973 that two openers from Victoria [Finch and Marcus Harris] will play a Test on Boxing Day.”With a Boxing Day Test, being from Victoria, it’s going to have to be cut off (to not play),” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It’s going to be a catch and bat today and reassess, but it feels like it’s improved 100 per cent over the last couple of days.”I got sent some new bats, so I’ve been walking around the lounge room and waving them around. It feels OK.”If anything changes in the next couple of days, we’ll have to sit down and chat about that but, at this stage, it’s still business as usual and I plan to field at slip and do whatever else is needed.”Finch revealed that when the Shami delivery hit his finger it aggravated an old fracture, exposed the bone and “felt like it was going to explode”. He said that it was the initial pain in the finger that did him.advertisement”It was a bit of a shock. Just the initial pain was the thing that got me,” Finch said.”Being hit a few times in the last month (made it worse), a couple of times by Starcy (Mitchell Starc) at training then obviously Shami.”It’s also an old break. I broke the same finger in Sri Lanka a couple of years ago. I’ve just got to start catching them and using my bat instead of my gloves.”On the other hand, Travis Head said ahead of the Melbourne Test that Australia will have to continue the momentum they got in Perth.”We need to make sure we continue the momentum,” Head was quoted as saying by “The Age”.”I thought the way we batted in the big moments of the game and the way we built pressure with the bat, the way we built pressure in the field, it was a great week. We will try to continue that on Boxing Day,” he added.Also Read | Ravi Shastri reveals why Ravindra Jadeja did not play Perth Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s aggression should not be thwarted: Sandeep PatilAlso Read | Australia must carry the momentum in Boxing Day Test vs India, says Travis Headlast_img read more