Australian opener Aaron Finch has said that the only way he would miss the Boxing Day Test at his home ground was if someone were to "cut off" his battered finger.
Finch was on 25 in Australia's second innings during the Perth Test when his right index finger was hit by a brutal delivery from Mohammed Shami that left with bone visible.
It was the same finger he had broken before and Finch admitted he felt like "it was going to explode".
"It was a bit of a shock. Just the initial pain was the thing that got me," he said.
"Being hit a few times in the last month (made it worse), a couple of times by Starcy (Mitchell Starc) at training then obviously Shami."
But after being given the all-clear by medics, Australia's one-day and T20I captain is determined to play in the third Test at MCG and resume catching duties in the slips.
"With a Boxing Day Test, being from Victoria (state), it's going to have to be cut off (not to play)," Finch joked to reporters.
"It's going to be a catch and bat today and reassess, but it feels like it's improved 100 percent over the last couple of days," he added.
"I got sent some new bats, so I've been walking around the lounge room and waving them around. It feels okay."