Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye set to miss the T20I series against Sri Lanka and even the Test series against Pakistan due to an elbow injury. New South Wales quick Sean Abbott was named as his replacement.
“(He did it) throwing, I think it was one of the first drills he did. He was a bit off balance and felt a bit of a pop in there,” – skipper Aaron Finch said.
Despite losing Tye, the home side received a huge boost when Finch was declared fit to play the opening game. Initially, Finch was doubtful to play after missing two games for Victoria due to a side strain.
“(I’m) all good, ready to go. I felt really good batting in particular,” – Finch confirmed.
“I was a bit worried about throwing yesterday, it wasn’t the most comfortable the last couple of days in Perth. Getting here and batting yesterday, throwing a fair bit gave me some confidence. I’d say I’m 99 percent chance of playing tomorrow. Earlier in the week I was (in doubt). It didn’t progress all that quickly, but the last three days I got full movement and full training today.” Finch added.
Middle-order batsman Ashton Turner has also has made himself fit to play despite having some limitations with regards to throwing.
“He’s not bowling yet, batting no problem at all. His throwing is a bit more limited to inside the ring. That’s something that’s going to have to be monitored along the way with his rehab. The fact he can throw with some decent pace in the ring. I think yesterday was more with the workload and not wanting to overdo it.” – Finch said.