The incident occurred just at the stroke of tea when Aaron Finch was smacked on the gloves by a short delivery from Shami in the 13th over with Australia 33/0. @ Twitter
The incident occurred just at the stroke of tea when Aaron Finch was smacked on the gloves by a short delivery from Shami in the 13th over with Australia 33/0. @ Twitter

Perth: Australia suffered a major blow in their second dig on Day Three of the second Test against India at Perth’s new Optus Stadium when Aaron Finch was retired hurt after coping a nasty blow on his right index finger from Mohammed Shami.

The incident occurred just at the stroke of tea when Finch, who was just finding his feet in the innings, was smacked on the gloves by a short delivery from Shami in the 13th over with Australia 33/0, leading by 76 after having bowled the tourists out for 283 after lunch. Finch, who was batting on 25 after smashing five boundaries, seemed to be in a lot of pain and immediately called for the physio, who inspected his finger.

According to Cricket Australia, Finch has been sent for an X-ray to the hospital and has been confirmed retired hurt. Usman Khawaja was sent in at No.3 with Finch having to play no role in the remainder of the day.

The injury on Finch’s finger is the same one he hurt at the WACA ground on the eve of the first ODI series against South Africa and at the Adelaide nets off Mitchell Starc in the build-up to the opening Test against India.

In the first innings at Perth, Finch, who made his Test debut in the two-match series against Pakistan in UAE recently, registered his maiden half-century on home soil.