Finch fit for first ODI after finger blow

Aaron Finch said that the doctor was more concerned than he was after taking a blow from a hostile Mitchell Starc delivery in training.

Australia ODI captain Aaron Finch   -  Getty Images

Aaron Finch has been passed fit to captain Australia in the first ODI against South Africa after being struck on the finger by a sharp delivery from Mitchell Starc.

Finch last week replaced Tim Paine as skipper for the 50-over format, but there were concerns over his participation in the opening match of the series when he took a blow while batting at the WACA on Friday.

The opening batsman went for a scan and has been given the all clear to take on the Proteas at Perth Stadium on Sunday.

"It's all good, it was just a precautionary x-ray. I got hit on it yesterday and then again today, and it swelled up. It was quite painful there for a little bit. Anytime you get hit by a big quick it hurts, but I think the doctor was a bit more concerned than I was," Finch told cricket.com.au.

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Proteas paceman Dale Steyn is intrigued to see how Australia conducts itself as it attempts to improve its image in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal at Newlands.

"Everyone is used to Merv Hughes shouting and screaming at guys, trying to hit people in the stands. I think we became accustomed to it. But the game became more professional," said the quick.

"We've got to grow up with the times and behaviour is one of those things. It's become very much part of the game. It's going to be interesting to see which direction they go."