Aaron Finch spotted in telling moment amid T20 World Cup dramas

Pictured here is Aussie T20 World Cup skipper Aaron Finch at the team's training session on Thursday.
Aaron Finch had limited involvement in Australia's training session on Thursday, in a worrying sign for the injured skipper. Pic: Getty/Twitter

Aaron Finch may have played his last game at the T20 World Cup, with concerning images painting a grim picture for the Aussie captain.

Finch has been battling a hamstring injury ahead of Friday night's must-win clash against Afghanistan at Adelaide Oval.

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Judging by pictures and reports from Australia's training session on Thursday, the skipper may already be preparing for the worst, with Finch restricted to limited involvement.

The 35-year-old - who along with gun batter Tim David has been under a hamstring injury cloud - reportedly looked in discomfort when trying to complete shuttle runs in Thursday's session.

According to onlookers, he spent most of the session speaking with Australia coach Andrew McDonald, his likely replacement skipper Matthew Wade and Cameron Green - the allrounder set to take Finch's place at the top of the Aussie batting order if he is ruled out.

Pictures on social media showed Finch speaking with teammates during Australia's net session, without pads on and with his hands in his pockets.

Australia knows they must win big against Afghanistan to have any hopes of progressing to the semi-finals, with wins for group rivals New Zealand and England all but likely to end the home nation's Cup defence.

Selection chief George Bailey says the skipper and David would be given every chance to prove their fitness, but the Aussies won't take any chances if either player is not 100%.

It means if Finch is ruled out, he may have played his last game in Australian colours, with the skipper's future unclear beyond the World Cup.

Finch says it's not something that he's been thinking about and insists that he will not put the team's World Cup campaign at risk if he has any injury concerns whatsoever.

“It won‘t make it harder one bit,” Finch said about the prospect of having played his last game. If I feel like one per cent (doubt) would be compromising the side‘s performance, I won’t play," he said.

David was in "exactly the same boat", the skipper added.

"You don't want to compromise the team performance by having a guy go down who comes in with a niggle," Finch said.

Pictured right to left, Aaron Finch and Tim David at training ahead of Australia's final T20 World Cup group game against Afghanistan.
Aaron Finch (R) and Tim David go through a fitness test during Australia's training session ahead of their final T20 World Cup group game against Afghanistan. Pic: Getty (Sarah Reed via Getty Images)

Aussies face must-win clash with Afghans

The fitness clouds hover as Australia face the moment of truth in their T20 cup defence - lose to the Afghans and the dream is over.

Win, and it still might not be enough to advance to the semi-finals.

Australia are third in their group behind England and leaders New Zealand, with all three nations on five points.

The Kiwis play Ireland in Adelaide on Friday afternoon before Australia's game, while England meet Sri Lanka in the last game of the group on Saturday.

Should the three favoured nations win, net run-rate will decide the two who progress to the semi-finals.

Finch said there would be number-crunching, but not at the expense of losing focus on the primary goal: beating Afghanistan.

"We will go through all the scenarios to make sure that we're crossing our t's and dotting our i's and just so that we have got a clear mind on what we need to achieve," Finch said.

"First and foremost, we have got to try and get the two points (for a win)."

with AAP

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