Australian bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood ruled out of Pakistan Tests in UAE

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Pat Cummins (l) and Josh Hazlewood have been ruled out of the series against Pakistan

Cricket Australia has advised fast bowlers, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, will not be available for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, as they continue to recover from their lumbar bone stress injuries.

“Pat and Josh are progressing well from their lumbar bone stress injuries but are not bowling,” explained Team Physiotherapist, David Beakley, “so unfortunately they will not be at the level required for Test match intensity come October.”

“Barring any setbacks, we are hopeful that Pat and Josh will return via the back-end of the JLT One-Day Cup, with the aim of them being available for the ODI Series against South Africa in November as they build towards the Indian Test Series.”

There was some good news however for one member of the Aussie’s pace trio.

“On a positive note Mitchell Starc is back to unrestricted training and remains on track for the Test Series against Pakistan,” Beakley said.

Australia’s first Gillette ODI Series match is against South Africa at Perth Stadium on November 4.

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Record-breaking Aaron Finch sets up thumping win for Australia in T20 tri-series against Zimbabwe

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Records tumbled in Harare as Australia crushed Zimbabwe by 100 runs in the T20 tri-series on Tuesday.

Australian captain Aaron Finch smashed a world record 172, while his opening stand of 223 with D’Arcy Short turned out to be the best ever as well as the Aussies posted 229-2.

In their case, Zimbabwe put up a brief fight before screeching to a halt at 129-9. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar took 2-16 while seamer Andrew Tye took 3-12 to complete the biggest even win in T20Is for Australia.

Earlier, Finch fell agonisingly short of the highest-ever innings in the format. The explosive opener passed the 156 he made against England in 2013, and had Chris Gayle’s 175 in his sights, but was out for 172.

Gayle’s score was made for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League five years ago, against a Pune Warriors side captained by Finch.

That mark looked set be eclipsed in the history books on Tuesday as Finch reached 172 with two balls of the innings left. However, in bizarre circumstances, he over-balanced chasing a wide delivery from Blessing Muzarabani and hit his own wicket.

Finch’s overall score came off 76 balls and comprised 16 fours and 10 maximums.

During the opening stand of 223, Short was very much the silent partner with a 42-ball 46.  Remarkably, in a final total of 229 for two, Zimbabwe bowler Tendai Chisoro conceded just 19 runs from his four overs.

After his century, Finch said: “Feeling good. The wicket played better than we thought.

“It came on well. I knew about the records when I was batting, but a few things went my way today. I took the strike from Short a bit, but that kind of innings for him will also help him. When the wickets get slower and lower, that kind of innings will help.

“I was captain of the opposition when Gayle got 175, so I remembered that record as well. The wicket is very good, so we have to bowl well too.”

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Aaron Finch scores record century as Australia openers register highest-ever partnership of 223 in T20Is

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Australia's Aaron Finch hit a world record 172 against Zimbabwe in the T20 tri-series.

Australia batsman and captain Aaron Finch broke numerous records as the men in gold thrashed a hapless Zimbabwe attack during their T20 tri-series clash in Harare on Tuesday.

Finch smashed 172 from just 76 deliveries as the Aussies made 229-2 in their 20 overs.

It is the highest score made by any batsman in T20 Internationals, breaking Finch’s own record of 156 from 63 deliveries he made against England in 2013.

Finch added a world-record 223 for the opening stand with D’Arcy Short (46 from 42 balls) in 19.2 overs. It is not only the best opening stand in T20 Internationals but also the highest-ever partnership for any wicket.

They bettered the 171-run stand for the opening wicket between New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson against Pakistan in Hamilton in 2016.

Finch smashed 16 fours and 10 sixes as Zimbabwe bowlers were dispatched to all corners of the Harare Sports Club. Only Tendai Chisoro escaped with respectable figures of 0-19 from his four overs.

The stand of 223 is the second highest stand in all T20 cricket, falling just short of the 229-run stand between Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers against the Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016.

To cap a manic day in Harare, Finch was dismissed hit-wicket in the final over. Finch thus fell short of the highest ever T20 score of 175 made by Chris Gayle for RCB against Pune in IPL 2013.

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