Head ruled out of fifth ODI against Sri Lanka due to hamstring injury


Head also doubts for the first Test

Head also doubts for the first Test © Getty

Australian batter Travis Head has been banned from participating in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka to be played in Colombo on Friday (June 24) due to a hamstring injury.

Head suffered a minor hamstring injury while fielding in the fourth ODI of the series. “It’s a bit more of a precaution, especially with where he fields,” Aaron Finch told the press ahead of the last ODI. “He fields in the outfield and the ground is quite heavy and he does a lot of K’s.

“I’m not sure how he will be for the tests, but he is definitely not available for tomorrow,” he added.

If Head is also excluded from the opening test against Sri Lanka, which starts in Galle on Wednesday, a few players from the Australian A-squad – Marcus Harris, Matthew Renshaw and Nic Maddinson – could find themselves in the game. Australia A is also currently touring Sri Lanka to play one-day and first-class matches.

Meanwhile, Steven Smith (quad niggle) and Mitchell Starc (finger injury) will not return for the final ODI as their focus shifts to the Test series. Sri Lanka has taken an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-game ODI series.



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