“[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.