Australian captain Aaron Finch is back in the nets before the T20 World Cup

Australia’s T20 World Cup preparations haven’t exactly gone to plan but finally there’s some good news for a key player.

Australian captain Aaron Finch has taken a major step in his T20 World Cup preparation after knee surgery.

With the preparations of several squad members hit by a lack of cricket in Australia and the Indian Premier League, Finch has hit the nets in Victoria and is on the path to recovery in time for Australia’s tournament opener on October 23.

Finch had to leave the white-ball tour of the West Indies in July after injuring his knee, which required surgery.

His return to play just three weeks out from Australia’s World Cup opener against South Africa is a positive sign for a team which needs some good news.

After David Warner was dropped by his IPL team, Steve Smith finally got the call-up for the Ricky Ponting-coaches Delhi Capitals scoring a game-high 39 in a losing side on Tuesday night.

Smith’s 39 came from 34 balls after he was thrown in as opener for Delhi after Prithvi Shaw was ruled out through injury.

Both Smith and Warner, who is unlikely to play again this IPL season, missed the white-ball tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh to use the IPL as their World Cup warm-up.

Neither had played cricket since April before heading to the United Arab Emirates for the tournament. Smith was also recovering from a shoulder injury.

Other Australian T20 World Cup squad members Glen Maxwell and Josh Hazlewood have been seeing plenty of IPL game time, but Marcus Stoinis is still overcoming a knee injury.

Strike bowler Mitchell Starc is currently on the Gold Coast with the Australian women’s team, having done two stints of quarantine since arriving home from those overseas tours, the second so he could join his wife, women’s star Alyssa Healy, in Queensland.

Starc has avoided being locked down in Sydney, which is where superstar bowler Pat Cummins is, able to train but not play any games before heading to the World Cup.

Several other squad members, including Mitch Marsh, Ashton Agar and Matthew Wade, have also been unable to get on the park for games to round out their preparations.

Finch, who also welcomed his first child after his knee surgery, has been able to work out with his Victorian teammates, who are yet to play a game this season as border restrictions continue to have a huge impact on the domestic season.

The Australians plan to have two warm-up matches before the World Cup opener on October 23.

Originally published as Australian captain Aaron Finch is back in the nets after knee surgery just three weeks before the T20 World Cup

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