SL vs AUS: Australia faced another injury concern ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka as Travis Head was ruled out of the final ODI in Colombo due to a hamstring problem.
Australia will have to change its middle order:-
Head suffered an injury late in the fourth match and has only six days to recover before the first Test in Galle. If he is not available for the first match next Wednesday, Australia will have to change their middle order.
Currently, there is no specialist batting cover in the Test team, although Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis are both in the group. However, reinforcements could come from the Australia A team which has currently completed their tour in Hambantota.
Marcus Harris was an additional batsman on the tour of Pakistan earlier this year, but Matt Renshaw and Nick Maddinson will also be in the frame as middle-order substitutes. It could also open the door for Glenn Maxwell to make a Test return.
A cut on the spike of his boot:-
Mitchell Starc is unavailable due to a stitch in his finger, which he had cut on the spike of his boot in the first T20I, while Steven Smith, who was nursing a quad strain, is likely to be put at risk ahead of the Test Not there.
“[It’s] a bit more of a precaution,” Aaron Finch said of Head. “Specifically, where he fields in the outfield, he does a lot of kilometers and the ground is quite heavy.
Not sure how he is looking for Test matches. Just one more to add to the list at the moment. Stacy is still not right with her finger.
Sean Abbott was kicked out before the match started:-
Australia has suffered a long list of casualties during the white-ball leg of the tour. Sean Abbott (broken finger) was ruled out before the match started.
Marsh then recovered from Kane Richardson (hamstring), Marcus Stoinis (side), and Ashton Agar (side), as well as Starc and Smith.
Reflecting on the ODI series, which Sri Lanka won with their four-run victory two days earlier, Finch picked up on the fact that Australia was not able to build a big partnership to take them deep into the innings, in which There were a lot of wickets.
The deciding factor. He has built up a long batting line-up in the last two matches with Cameron Green at number eight.
They go back-to-back very fast:-
“Whenever we start getting some momentum in the game, we lose a wicket and in these conditions, once we lose, they go back-to-back very quickly,” he said.
“Think, just maximizing that core partnership where you can get down thrice in the 40th over has hindered us a little bit.”
After Friday’s final ODI, Australia’s next 50-over cricket will be a series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand, starting at home in late August. Unlike these matches against Sri Lanka, those competitions will have World Cup Super League points.
Uncertainty remains over whether their other home series, against South Africa in January, will go ahead following a request by CSA to move it so that they can start their new T20 league.