AUS vs SL 5th ODI: Australia’s injury crisis has further deepened as another frontline batsman Travis Head suffered a hamstring injury in the last one-day game against Sri Lanka. Head’s availability for the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka is now under the scanner.
According to GPS data, Head had run 26 km in the field across the third and the fourth ODI which would have resulted in the latter suffering a minor strain on his left hamstring. The team management is now concerned about the middle order as the Head’s availability for the test series remains uncertain.
Australia is set to face Sri Lanka in the first test on Wednesday. If Head does not recover, the management will have to rejig their middle order and find a suitable replacement for Head. Head was in great touch as he top-scored with 70 runs in the third ODI and another 27 in the fourth ODI.
Sri Lanka registered a magnificent performance and sealed a historic win over Australia in the ODI series. With not much left in the series, Australia will be more concerned about the test series than the final ODI.
Head’s replacement will be a tedious task for the team management. Although Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis are the undercover middle-order batsmen to replace Head, the management will look to find a prolific batsman who will be reliable in the middle.
Reinforcements from Australia A team can take place where Marcus Harris, Matt Renshaw, and Nic Maddison can be considered. Harris was a spare batsman on the Pakistan tour. Head injury can also open the doors for Glenn Maxwell who can make a return on the test side.
Australia is reeling with injuries as Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Sean Abbott, Kane Richardson, and Ashton Agar are also unavailable due to injury.