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In-form Finch to miss Adelaide ODI

Opener ruled out due to injury in another blow to Australia as they chase first win of the series

Opener Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the fourth Gillette ODI against England in a massive blow to Australia's chances of posting their first win of the series.

The in-form opener has been ruled out of the match in Adelaide on Friday due to a minor hamstring strain. He will be assessed in the coming days before a decision on his availability for Sunday's fifth ODI in Perth is made.

Finch gets Aussies off to flyer with quickfire fifty

Finch's absence will likely lead to the return of South Australian Travis Head, who was dropped for the third game in Sydney.

Head and David Warner shared a record-breaking opening stand in the Australia Day clash last year and could resume that partnership exactly 12 months later.

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Veteran Cameron White opens at domestic level, but would be more likely to bat at No.3 as he did in Sydney.

The form of Finch has been a rare bright spot for the Australians in what has been a horror series so far, with England holding an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

The right-hander scored centuries in each of the first two games and top-scored for Australia again in Sunday's loss in Sydney.

Finch fires at the MCG with a fine hundred

Having posted 107 at the MCG in the series opener, he added a score of 106 in game two and hammered 62 at the SCG on Sunday.

Finch has taken some portion of the blame for Australia's 0-3 series deficit, saying he could have been a match-winner if he'd turned his centuries into big scores in excess of 150.

With less than 18 months until Australia's World Cup defence in the UK, the opener said earlier this week he was hopeful the Aussies can soon find some winning momentum.

"There’s still a lot of time before the World Cup, but it’s obviously not ideal," Finch said.

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"It’s frustrating, at times we’ve played some really good cricket for big percentages of games and we’re probably just letting ourselves slip in both or all three areas, it seems just for a couple of overs here and there and it’s costing us.

"It would be great to keep winning and win all the time and get that momentum, but England have played some good cricket and we’ve probably let them dictate too much as well." 


2017-18 International Fixtures

Gillette ODI Series v England

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa.

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

First ODI England won by five wickets at the MCG

Second ODI England won by four wickets at the Gabba

Third ODI England won by 16 runs at the SCG

Fourth ODI Adelaide Oval, January 26. Tickets

Fifth ODI Perth Stadium, January 28. Tickets

Prime Minister's XI

PM's XI v England Manuka Oval, February 2. Tickets

Gillette T20 trans-Tasman Tri-Series

Australia T20 squad: David Warner (c), Aaron Finch (vc), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.

First T20I Australia v NZ, SCG, February 3. Tickets

Second T20I Australia v England, Blundstone Arena, February 7. Tickets

Third T20I Australia v England, MCG, February 10. Tickets

Fourth T20I NZ v England, Wellington, February 14

Fifth T20I NZ v Australia, Eden Park, February 16

Sixth T20I NZ v England, Seddon Park, February 18

Final TBC, Eden Park, February 21

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