SL vs Aus – Travis Head ruled out of final ODI with hamstring issue as Australia’s injury list continues to grow

Australia has received another injury care ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka, with Travis Head being ruled out of the final ODI in Colombo due to a hamstring problem.
Head suffered the injury late in the fourth game and has just six days to recover before the first test in Galle. GPS data showed that Head had walked 26km in the field during the third and fourth games of the series. The strain would be on the small side, but if it’s not available for next Wednesday’s opening game, Australia would have to rethink their middle order.
There is currently no specialist batting coverage in the Test squad, although Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis are both in the group. However, reinforcements could be coming from the Australian A-team currently completing their tour in Hambantota. Marcus Harris was the reserve batter on the Pakistan tour earlier this year, but Matt Renshaw and Nic Maddinson would also be in the frame as mid-range options. It could also leave the door ajar for a test return for Glenn Maxwell.
Mitchell Starc is still unavailable due to the stitching in his finger he cut on the tip of his boot in the first T20I, while Steven Smith, who has been tending a quad trunk, is unlikely to be at risk for the tests.

†[It’s a] a bit more of a precaution,” Aaron Finch said of Head. “Especially where he does fields in the outfield he puts in quite a few miles and the ground is quite heavy. I’m not sure what he looks like for the exhibition games. One more to add to the list right now. Starcy still isn’t good with his finger. Where it is, the stitching is still not quite 100% healed. Without being able to bowl without tape, he will be out too.”

Australia has endured a long list of casualties on the tour’s cue. Sean Abbott (broken finger) was ruled out before the games started, followed by Marsh who has since recovered from a calf injury, Kane Richardson (hamstring), Marcus Stoinis (side) and Ashton Agar (side) along with Starc and Smith.

Looking back on the ODI series, which Sri Lanka secured two days ago with their four-run win, Finch found that Australia had been unable to build a great partnership to take them deep into the innings with many wickets in hand. as a deciding factor. They have drawn up a long batting order in the last two games with Cameron Green at number 8.

“Every time we start to get momentum in the game, we lose a wicket and in these circumstances, once you lose one, they go back-to-back pretty quickly,” he said. “Remember, just maximizing that main partnership where you can make it to 40 in maybe three down has hindered us a little bit.”

After Friday’s final ODI, Australia’s next 50-over cricket will be the series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, starting at home at the end of August. Unlike these matches against Sri Lanka, these matches will earn World Cup Super League points. There remains uncertainty as to whether their other home series, against South Africa in January, will continue after CSA asked for it to be moved so they can launch their new T20 competition.

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