Australia suffer injury blow on eve of first T20

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Australia suffer injury blow on eve of first T20

Aaron Finch has been cleared to play tomorrow’s opening Gillette T20 INTL against Sri Lanka, but paceman Andrew Tye will miss the entire three-game series and the following three matches against Pakistan due to an elbow injury.

Tye will soon visit a specialist for a diagnosis after being hurt at training yesterday.

“It was one of the first handful of throws he did in a high intensity drill which required 100 per cent throwing,” Finch said.

“He was just a little bit off balance and I think it was a bit of a side-arm, slinging type throw and (he) just felt a little pop.”

A replacement player for Tye will be named in the coming days.

The Aussies have plenty of fast-bowling options to cover the 32-year-old for tomorrow’s first match in Adelaide, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Billy Stanlake and Kane Richardson all at their disposal.

Finch had been battling a side strain which kept him out of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield and March One-Day Cup games in the past week.

But after batting in the nets and fielding at training today, Finch was cleared to lead Australia in the opening match of the men’s international summer.

“I was a bit worried about throwing yesterday,” he said.

“It didn’t progress all that quickly but … the last three days it has been really good.

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