Australia vs South Africa: Struck by Mitchell Starc, Aaron Finch in injury scare
Aaron Finch leaves the field after being hit on the right index finger. (Image: cricket.com.au)

Aaron Finch, Australia’s limited-overs captain, is a spot of concern for the hosts two days before the first ODI against South Africa after being struck on the finger by Mitchell Starc during nets at the WACA.

Finch was hit on the right index finger while batting against the left-arm quick in the opening over of an open-wicket practice session on Friday, reported cricket.com.au, who noted that the batsman immediately dropped his bat and removed his glove to see how much damage had been done.

According to the website, Finch was inspected by the team doctor Richard Saw and physiotherapist and left the field. A short while later, he left the team enclosure with his finger in a cup of ice.

Finch was last week named full-time ODI captain of Australia, replacing Test in-charge Tim Paine who oversaw a 0-5 defeat in England this summer.

Sunday’s opening ODI with South Africa in Perth will be Finch’s first as full-time leader. A full-strength South Africa were on Wednesday beaten by the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra.