AUS vs SL: Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka has been marred by injuries, and two more have now joined the injury list. Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar have both returned from injuries sustained in the first ODI in Pallekele, with the former ruled out of the rest of the series.
During the game, Stoinis experienced a side strain while batting, while Agar also hurt his side. As a result, Matthew Kuhnemann, a 25-year-old uncapped left-arm spinner, and Travis Head, who are both on a shadow tour of the island nation, have been called up from the ‘A’ team.
In the early phases of the trip, Australia has accumulated a growing list of injuries. Mitchell Starc is still healing from a badly cut finger sustained in the first T20I, while Mitchell Marsh (calf) remains out.
Earlier Kane Richardson & Sean Abbot suffered injuries
With a hamstring strain suffered in the final T20I, Kane Richardson, who had been added to the ODI team as cover, was ruled out of the series. Sean Abbott, an allrounder, broke his finger early in the tour.
For at least the first two ODIs, Cameron Green will not be regarded as a bowling option while he ramps up his workload.
While the ODI series is seen as excellent preparation for next year’s World Cup, it does not carry any Super League qualifying points, the two Test matches that finish the tour are the main focus.
With the relaxation of most Covid restrictions, making it easier to bring players in and out, Australia has at least been able to make use of the presence of the A squad in the country at the same time. Scott Boland had earlier been added to the main travelling party in order to bolster the ODI team.
Australia is mindful of overworking their Test quicks during the one-day series, which features five matches in 11 days, but their resources are already stretched thin.
Queensland wicket keeper-battler Jimmy Peirson and leg spinner Tanveer Sangha have been granted permission to join Australia A for the final two days in Hambantota.