Yorkshire CC: Injured Finch has part to play but Tykes seek replacement

SIDELINED: Yorkshire's Australian star Aaron Finch could be out for up to 12 weeks.
SIDELINED: Yorkshire's Australian star Aaron Finch could be out for up to 12 weeks.
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YORKSHIRE ARE hunting a short-term replacement for Aussie ace Aaron Finch who has been sidelined through injury for up to 12 weeks.

Overseas batsman Finch will be sidelined with a torn hamstring sustained playing for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

And while director of cricket Martyn Moxon says the 28-year-old still has a part to play with Yorkshire, the Tykes chief admits his side will endeavour to find a short-term replacement.

Finch underwent surgery in Melbourne on Tuesday after damaging his left hamstring while batting against Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad the previous Tuesday. He will miss most of Yorkshire’s group games in the T20 Blast – the tournament for which he was principally recruited – and a number of County Championship fixtures.

Twelve weeks from now is July 16, potentially leaving Finch only a limited window before Australia’s T20/one-day games begin against England on August 31, although Yorkshire hope the player might be fit by the end of June.

“Finchy will still play for us at some point,” said Moxon.

“Obviously, he won’t be here for as long as we’d initially planned, from when the IPL finishes at the end of May until the start of Australia’s one-day matches, but he could still be with us for well over a month.

“From our point of view, we’re certainly prepared to give him the necessary time.

“He’s a brilliant player, and a very important member of our team.

“As far as a replacement is concerned, until Finchy has recovered, we’re looking into it, but we won’t be signing someone unless they’re the right fit.

“We were talking to someone but that’s fallen through, so we’ll just have to see if there are any other suitable candidates available. It’s not easy, because there are differing periods of time that people are available for – four or five games here and there – and it’s a little bit messy, so we’ll have to weigh up the pros and cons.

“Twelve weeks is the worst-case timescale for Finchy’s injury, and it might be that he can still play around five group games in the T20 Blast.”

Yorkshire’s Ryan Sidebottom will also be out for around six weeks after hurting himself running between the wickets in Yorkshire’s opening Division One match, which they won away to Worcestershire.

The 37-year-old former England bowler has a grade two tear to his left calf, and has already begun a rehabilitation programme.

The Tykes had to settle for a draw yesterday following the final day’s play in their LV= County Championship fixture against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Nottinghamshire began the final day 61 runs ahead but managed to extend their second innings into the final session before the two captains were happy to shake hands at the start of the final hour.

Chris Read top-scored for Notts, making an unbeaten 83 and was there at the close as his side reached 354-7 at the time of the declaration.

Earlier, Samit Patel made 76 and Riki Wessels scored 43 as the visiting attack was thwarted on a pitch that offered little assistance to any of the bowlers.

Nottinghamshire 428 all out (A Hales 236, J Taylor 59, J Brooks 3-99, S Patterson 3-78) and 354-7 dec (C Read 83no, S Patel 76), Yorkshire 441 all out (A Lees 100, C Pujara 57, J Leaning 116, S Patel 4-102).