IPL side Pune have brought in Australian Aaron Finch to replace the injured Michael Clarke.
With less than a week to go before the start of the IPL, Pune Warriors have announced Australian batsman Aaron Finch will be joining the team.
Finch is a like-for-like replacement for his fellow countryman Michael Clarke – who was ruled out of the entire IPL tournament with a back injury.
The 26-year-old batsman from Victoria has plenty of experience in the competition, after playing for the Delhi Daredevils for the last two years and Rajasthan Royals in 2010.
However, Finch was released by the Daredevils in 2012 and was available for Pune at such short notice after he failed to secure a franchise in the IPL auction in February.
The Australian took to Twitter to announce his good news:
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) March 29, 2013
Finch represents Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash league back in Australia and averaged an impressive 66.40 last season after scoring 332 runs in eight matches.
Pune had been hoping that Clarke would captain their side this year, but had to rethink their plans when the Australian Test skipper was ruled out for 10 weeks with a spinal injury.
The IPL side have decided to go with Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews as captain instead, in a bid to improve on their poor showing of bottom-place last year.
It is set to be a year of changes for Pune and Finch will surely be hoping he is part of a winning revolution at the IPL franchise.