The impending return of injured Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has all but closed the door on a T20 World Cup call-up for boom young star Cameron Green.
Stoinis has been left out of this week’s two T20 clashes with the West Indies in Queensland as he continues to recover from a side strain as the Aussies begin a six-match week build-up to their World Cup title defence.
Fellow all-rounder Mitch Marsh is back from an ankle injury, but as a batter only, and Stoinis could be back as soon as Sunday’s clash with England at the Gabba.
Green made an imposing case for a last-minute call-up by smashing two electric half-centuries against world No.1 ranked India, in India, opening the batting in David Warner’s absence and retained his place in the squad to face the Windies.
But his chances to further impress could be limited with Warner and Marsh, who will bat at No.3, back and Finch didn’t see a World Cup opportunity at the moment.
“I‘m not sure at the moment – I don’t think so,” Finch said at Metricon Stadium on Tuesday.
“It‘s just one of those things – he had a really good tour of India, it was good for him to get an opportunity to open the batting so he’ll get more opportunities.
“He‘ll get an opportunity at some point in this series. The reason we’ve carried him is to have an extra bowling resource as well.
“Obviously his batting is exceptional, and he shows a lot with the ball. He keeps developing and he keeps improving every time he gets an opportunity.”
Finch and the Australian selectors have been at pains to say they were keen on taking the same squad which lifted the trophy in Dubai last year in to the title defence.
Only bolter Tim David has been added, to strengthen the middle-order power-hitting. But Finch said playing him over Steve Smith was no lock.
“It just depends on the way we want to structure up the team,” Finch said.
“‘Smudge’ (Smith) has played a really important role for us being flexible through the powerplay or potentially sliding a little bit outside the powerplay.
“It‘s a really good problem to have
“We feel as though we‘ve got our best XI in the back of our mind, but it’s just not everyone’s 100 per cent fit at the moment to make that happen.
“But we‘ve still got a little bit of time for that over the next two and a half weeks.”
The first game against the West Indies is on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.