Peter Handscomb played in Bangladesh  © IANS

Even before the start of the much awaited India and Australia 5 match One-Day International (ODI) series, the visitors are in a spot of bother. Australia have called in Peter Handscomb as a cover for injured Aaron Finch. He has missed Australia’s only warm-up match in India against Board President’s XI.

Finch injured his calf playing for Surrey in England six weeks ago and since then has been working closely with physiotherapist Alex Kountouris in order to be fit for the series. “Aaron re-aggravated his pre-existing calf injury during warm-up at training yesterday,” said team physio Alex Kountouris to cricket.com.au.

“He has had a scan in Chennai and although we believe it is not a serious recurrence, he will not be available for the first few one-day matches here in India. He will remain with the squad whilst we assess the injury and establish his return to play timelines,” he explained.

The 26-year-old, Handscomb recently played one of his best knocks to register 82 and in doing so, he lost four-and-half kilograms. Handscomb battled the baking heat, humidity, the running-out fluids and the dangerous Bangladeshi spinners to add 152 for the third wicket with Warner.

Eventually that partnership decided the fate of the game as Australia registered a 7-wicket victory to ensure another series wasn’t lost in the subcontinent.

The first ODI will be played at Chennai on Sunday.