Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch slammed the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Jhye Richardson for skipping national duty.

Australia’s white-ball skipper Aaron Finch slammed the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Jhye Richardson for skipping the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies and Bangladesh.

The veteran opening batsman believes the absentees will “find it hard to justify” featuring in the second phase of the Indian Premier League scheduled in September in UAE. He admitted he was surprised to see the first team players missing from the squad.

Though Aaron Finch also admitted that it had been a “long-term plan” for David Warner and Pat Cummins, who are also amongst the highest-paid Australians in IPL, to miss out, he was not expecting others to follow suit.

“The other guys – I was a little bit surprised. I’ve chatted to them all – a little bit surprised but it’s also understandable … but I wish that they were there,” he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on SEN Radio.

“I think they would find it hard to justify going back and playing that second half of the IPL. Just purely based on the workload coming up with a T20 World Cup and a huge home summer,” he added.

Meanwhile, Steve Smith has withdrawn from the squad due to an elbow injury. While Pat Cummins has withdrawn from the second half of IPL 2021, others are yet to announce their decision.

Australia squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Wes Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Dan Christian, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Travelling reserves: Nathan Ellils, Tanveer Sangha.

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