Sydney. Captain Aaron Finch on Friday said defending champions Australia have taken a risk by choosing all-rounder Cameron Green instead of a back-up wicketkeeper for the ICC T20 World Cup campaign. Green was on Thursday named in Australia’s T20 squad as a replacement for injured reserve wicket-keeper batsman Josh Inglis.
“We have taken the risk of not getting an extra wicketkeeper which certainly involves a little bit of risk, but we think Cam (Green) though will give us a little bit better balance in the team,” Finch said at a pre-match press conference. He, however, said that Green has been kept as ‘cover’ and will not play in the opening match against New Zealand on Saturday.
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When asked about the reasons behind this decision, Finch said, ‘We have seen some statistics and I think in T20 cricket in the past there has been only 0.5 percent of the time when the wicketkeeper has been out on the day of the match.’ “We think though, if something happens before the match and it takes him out of the tournament, like during training, there will still be plenty of time to deal with it,” he said. This was the reason behind it.
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“It’s definitely a risk, no doubt about it,” Finch said. But we are probably more prepared to take this risk than to cover a fast bowler, batsman and an all-rounder.
Finch also said that if Matthew Wade gets injured, David Warner is likely to play the role of wicketkeeper. He said, ‘I think maybe Davy Warner. He had practiced a little yesterday. Maybe I can do that too. Maybe it’s a bit difficult to captain and wicket-keeper when you haven’t done it before.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 21, 2022, 19:28 IST