SL vs Aus – Travis Head excluded from last ODI with hoarding problem as Australia’s injury list continues to grow

Australia have been handed another injury problem ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka, with Travis Head ruled out of the final ODI in Colombo due to a hoarding problem.
Head suffered the injury late in the fourth game and has only six days to recover before the first Test in Galle. GPS data showed that Head had run 26km in the field across the series’ third and fourth matches. The strain is said to be on the smaller side, but if he is not available for the opening match next Wednesday, it would require Australia to reject their midfield.
Currently, there is no specialist bat coverage in the test squad, although Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis are both in the group. However, reinforcements may come from the Australian A team that has currently completed their tour of Hambantota. Marcus Harris was reserve dough on the Pakistan tour earlier this year, but Matt Renshaw and Nic Maddinson would also be in the frame as middle order options. It could also keep the door open for a test return for Glenn Maxwell.
Mitchell Starc remains unavailable due to the stitching in his finger, which he cut on the tip of his boot in the first T20I, while Steven Smith, who has breastfed a quad strain, is hardly at risk ahead of the tests.

“[It’s a] a little more of a precaution, “Aaron Finch said of Head.” Especially where he marks in the field, he drives quite a few miles, and the ground is quite heavy. Not sure what he looks like for the test matches. Just one more to add to the list at the moment. Starcy is still not right with her finger. Where it is, the seam is still not completely 100% healed. Without being able to bowl without tape on, he will also be out. “

Australia have endured a long losing streak during the white ball stage of the tour. Sean Abbott (broken finger) was ruled out before the fights began to be followed by Marsh, who has since recovered from a calf sprain, Kane Richardson (hoarding), Marcus Stoinis (side) and Ashton Agar (side) along with Starc and Smith.

Reflecting on the ODI series that Sri Lanka secured with their four-run victory two days ago, Finch chose the fact that Australia had not been able to build a great partnership to take them deep in the inning with plenty of wickets in hand as a deciding factor. They have played a long streak in the last two games with Cameron Green as No. 8.

“Every time we start to gain some momentum in the match, we lose a wicket, and under those conditions, when you lose one, they go back quite quickly,” he said. “Think, just maximizing the main partnership where you can get to the 40th over maybe three down has hindered us a bit.”

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

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