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Australia name three options to replace David Warner

David Warner has been ruled out for the rest of the limited-overs series vs India. Skipper Aaron Finch said Australia are considering three options - Wade, Labuschagne and Carey - to be his opening partner in the 3rd ODI.

By: Sports Desk | December 1, 2020 12:52:57 pm
Aaron Finch will be without regular opening partner David Warner in the 3rd ODI vs India on Wednesday. (File Photo)

Australia will be looking to experiment with their playing XI in the 3rd ODI against India on Wednesday, with the series already in the bag, said skipper Aaron Finch on Tuesday.

“We haven’t picked a team yet, but we’ve got a few options,” Finch was quoted by cricket.com.au on eve of the match on the matter of who will be picked to replace opener David Warner. Warner went off the field with a groin injury in the 2nd ODI and has been ruled out for the rest of the limited-overs series.

“Whether we go Wadey (Matthew Wade) in the side or Marnus (Labuschagne) comes up and opens the batting, Alex Carey has done a lot of it in the past,” is how Finch laid out Australia’s opening options.

Wade has not played an ODI for Australia in more than three years, but would provide a like-for-like replacement to open alongside the right-handed Finch.

Carey was employed at the top of the order alongside Finch in three ODIs last year, while Labuschagne has experience as an opener for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.

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Pat Cummins has also been rested for the rest of the series, and Australia are likely to give some of their reserve seamers a game on Wednesday. Sean Abbott is likely to be Cummins’s replacement, but the likes of Cameron Green and Daniel Sams will also be in the reckoning.

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