The absentees, according to Aaron Finch, are in real danger of missing the showcase event in October-November as others make their claims.
After opting out of the upcoming tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh, Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch stated on Friday that some short-format players have a “very realistic” possibility of being overlooked for the T20 World Cup.
Seven cricketers who recently played in the IPL — David Warner, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, and Daniel Sams — have withdrawn from the twin tours, while Steve Smith has been rested to fully recover from an elbow injury that flared up during the BCCI’s high-profile T20 tournament.
The absentees, according to Finch, are in real danger of missing the showcase event in October-November as others make their claim.
“It’s incredibly realistic,” says the author (to miss out of T20 World Cup). You must base your decision on current form, and you must select players who are performing well. What it’s all about for men on this tour is getting the first chance to truly put their hand up and take a spot,” Finch said.
“It’s difficult to dismiss truly outstanding international performances. So, definitely, there will be possibilities for guys to put their hands up and take spots,” he said, according to cricket.au.com.
Australia will depart for the Caribbean on Monday with an 18-man squad missing up to seven top T20I players for the July 10-25 tour.
All-format talents Warner and Cummins, who are also among Australia’s highest-paid IPL players, would miss the 10 T20Is and three ODIs in the Caribbean and Bangladesh after that, according to Finch (pending confirmation).
However, he described Maxwell, Jhye, Stoinis, and Kane’s absence as “surprising.”
Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, has also intimated that some of the IPL players who have opted out of the squad for the white-ball tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh will not be guaranteed an automatic position in the T20 World Cup.
Finch also said that he had surgery on his left eye after experiencing “blurry vision” during last year’s IPL in the UAE.
The surgery has gone well so far, but the 34-year-old believes the main test will come when Australia plays under lights in all eight of their Caribbean games.
“During the IPL, I noticed it. It abruptly changed one day… everything was bloody fuzzy. It wasn’t as visible during the day as it was at night, particularly when performing in Dubai, where the lighting isn’t as fantastic as it is in Australia.
“I just noticed it more at the time because (my eyesight) wasn’t great, and there were little halos around lights and a trail on the ball.”
“I tried contact lenses but couldn’t get them to fit properly in my eyes.”
He says he had the operation after returning from his tour in New Zealand (in March).
“We figured that would be the greatest time to have it done.” It was a three-week process that went quite smoothly.”
Finch believes the actual impact of his surgery will be shown when more of Australia’s upcoming cricket is played at night.
“I’m getting a good look at them” (now). I’ve just been hitting them on hard wickets indoors. It’s all clear now, and everything appears to be in order.
“I believe the largest test will be in night matches, as that is when I felt the most difference in my vision.”