Australia news February 1, 2016

Finch suffers 'moderate grade' hamstring injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aaron Finch injured his left hamstring while running between the wickets against India at the MCG © Getty Images

Scans have revealed that Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch suffered a "moderate grade" injury to his left hamstring during the second T20 against India. Cricket Australia's physio Alex Kountouris said having Finch fit for the World T20, where Australia play their first game on March 18, is the target.

Finch had picked up the injury while running between the wickets at the MCG, during a 48-ball 74. Kountouris said: "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 better idea about his fitness for that tournament in the coming weeks once we see how he responds to treatment and a rehabilitation program."

Meanwhile, batsman Usman Khawaja has been added to the ODI squad for the series in New Zealand, which begins on February 3, to cover for Finch's absence.

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