Australia’s injury woes in their ongoing tour of Sri Lanka continued as two more players were ruled out of action with injuries. Seam bowling all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar have been ruled out of the ODI series with side injuries. While Stoinis suffered a side strain during his 31-ball 44 runs inning, Agar also got hurt while bowling.
Batsman and part-time spinner Travis Head and left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, currently playing a four-day Australia A match in Hambantota, will join the ODI squad on Thursday as replacements for these two players.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 15, 2022
Australia already have a long list of injured players with the likes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh still in rehabilitation. While Starc is recovering from an injured finger on his bowling hand, Marsh is recovering from a calf injury. Both these players are expected to be available for the 3rd ODI at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Kane Richardson has already flown back home with a hamstring injury. Sean Abbott is also being held back from bowling considering the two upcoming Tests.
However, Australia’s Test skipper Pat Cummins believes that they have plenty of options. Speaking before the announcement, Test skipper Pat Cummins – who played his first ODI in 18 months on Tuesday said that Australia still have “plenty of options”.
“All the planning was going to be for a perfect preparation, we had the Aussie A team over here, a big squad, but there were always going to be things that crop up,” Cummins said on the eve of the second one-day international. “It’s not ideal, the amount of injuries, but we will strike that balance,” said the 29-year-old Cummins.
“Scott Boland has come in, hopefully, Starcy (Mitchell Starc) will be back soon, Mitch Marsh back bowling, Cam Green back bowling,” Cummins said. “It feels like we still have plenty of options.”
Notably, Australia take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI on Thursday (16 June). The visitors are leading 1-0 in the five-match series.