Travis Head will miss Australia’s final one-day international against Sri Lanka while Steve Smith is also a doubt, skipper Aaron Finch said on Thursday on the eve of the tie. The head suffered a hamstring injury on Tuesday as Sri Lanka took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-game series in Colombo, adding to a long injury list for the visitors. Smith missed the game with a quad problem and Australia were also without Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc and Ashton Agar.
“There are a lot of them,” said Finch, adding he was “not sure” if Head, who scored a useful 70 paces in the third ODI on Sunday, would be fit for the two-man Test series. matches starting in July. 29 in Galle.
“Especially where he’s playing in the outfield, he’s got quite a lot of miles and the ground is pretty heavy,” Finch said, adding that Head’s absence was “a bit more of a precaution.”
He said he doubted Smith would be available either.
“But that could change. I mean he will train this afternoon. We will go there and look at the conditions and everything. But from what I understand he will not be available tomorrow.” , Finch said. .
Finch also said Starc was “still unwell” with his finger, which he cut on the toe of his boot during the first ODI.
“Where he is, the seams and things like that aren’t quite 100% healed. Without being able to play taped, he’ll be out tomorrow as well,” Finch said.
Finch blamed the “disappointing” series loss on Australia’s failure to build partnerships, but said the games were still good preparation for testing.
“Every time we start to build momentum in the game we lose a wicket and under those conditions once you lose one they come in pretty quick succession,” Finch said.
He has also championed international bilateral series in the era of domestic T20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League which have witnessed huge growth in funding and popularity over the past few years.
Finch said the standard “isn’t the same when you’re playing domestic competitions” and international bilateral series were always “important to the game”.
On Friday, Sri Lanka head coach Chris Silverwood paid tribute to the players for their first “very satisfying” bilateral series victory against Australia since 2010.
“The most satisfying for me has been the progression of a team on this journey so far, just to obviously see the tactics come together, to see the guys in the middle of the points, to see how we chased the totals,” Silverwood told reporters.
“And for me, one of the most exciting things is that we’re still a long way from the potential that we have in this team… If the guys keep learning and progressing the way they do, then we’ll be… in a position very strong to challenge anywhere in the world.”
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