AUS vs SL: Australia’s Glenn Maxwell was added to the Sri Lanka Test team, following a string of injuries in the camp . Aaron Finch, captain of the white-ball team, expressed uncertainty over Travis Head’s ability to play in the forthcoming Test series after the batter was forced to withdraw from the fifth ODI with a hamstring injury.
Head sustained a low-grade hamstring injury while fielding in the fourth ODI of the series.
“It’s a bit more of a precaution, especially with where he fields,” Aaron Finch said in the presser ahead of the final ODI.
“He fields in the outfield and the ground is quite heavy and he does a lot of Ks… I’m not sure what he’ll be like for the Tests but he’s definitely not available for tomorrow,” Finch added.
Maxwell last appeared in a Test match against Bangladesh in Chattogram five years ago, and he may make an appearance in the starting XI in Galle given Ashton Agar’s side injury. Maxwell will have to defeat Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis, to take Head’s place at No. 5, should Head not become healthy in time.
The 33-year-old has played all four of his Test matches on the subcontinent.It would seem that the selectors are leaving their options open given the uncertainties surrounding Agar’s precise comeback date and whether a finger spinner would be preferred to current Mitchell Swepson’s leg spin.
The Sri Lankan squad also includes players like Marcus Harris, Matthew Renshaw, and Nic Maddinson. Todd Murphy, Jon Holland, and Matthew Kuhnemann will all remain in Sri Lanka, to assist with the Test match preparations.
The first Test game between Australia and Sri Lanka will get underway from June 29 in Galle.
Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner