Travis Head will miss Australia’s final one-day international against Sri Lanka, while Steve Smith is also doubtful, skipper Aaron Finch said on Thursday on the eve of the dead-rubber match. Head wound to his hamstring on Tuesday as Sri Lanka took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-game series in Colombo, adding to a long list of injuries for the visitors. Smith missed the game with a quad problem and Australia was also without Marcus Stoinis, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc and Ashton Agar.
“There are a lot of them,” Finch said, adding that he was “not sure” whether Head, who scored a useful 70 who failed to finish in Sunday’s third ODI, would be fit for the two-game test series starting on July. . 29 in Galle.
“Especially where he does fields in the outfield, he puts in quite a few miles and the ground is quite heavy,” said Finch, adding that Head’s absence was “a bit more of a precaution.”
He said he doubted Smith would be available.
“But that could change. I mean, he’s going to train this afternoon. We’re going there to check the terms and conditions and everything. But as far as I understand, he’s not available tomorrow,” said Finch. †
Finch also said Starc was “still not good” with his finger, which he cut on the tip of his boot in the first ODI.
“Where it is, the stitches and things like that just aren’t quite 100 percent healed. Without being able to bowl with tape, he’ll be out tomorrow too,” Finch said.
Finch blamed the series’ “disappointing” defeat on Australia’s inability to build partnerships, but said the games were still good preparation for the tests.
“Every time we start to get momentum in the game, we lose a wicket and in these circumstances, once you lose one, they go back-to-back pretty quickly,” said Finch.
He also championed international bilateral series in the era of domestic T20 tournaments such as the Indian Premier League, which have seen tremendous growth in funding and popularity in recent years.
Finch said the standard “isn’t the same when you play domestic leagues” and international bilateral series were still “important to the game.”
Sri Lanka head coach Chris Silverwood paid tribute to the players on Friday for their “very satisfying” first bilateral win over Australia since 2010.
“The most satisfying thing for me has been the progress of a team like we’ve made this journey so far, just to see clearly the tactics come together, to see guys score in the middle, to see how we’ve been chasing totals” , Silverwood told reporters.
“And for me one of the most exciting things is, but we’re a long way from the potential that we have in that team… If the guys keep learning and carry on as they are, then we will… in a very strong position to challenge anywhere in the world.”
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