AUSTRALIA’S TOUR OF SRI LANKA, 2022
Maxwell last played a Test for Australia five years ago. © AFP
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been added to the Test squad in Sri Lanka following a spate of injuries in the camp. The development comes after Travis Head was ruled out of the fifth ODI with a hamstring injury, with white-ball captain Aaron Finch “not sure” about how the batter will hold up for the upcoming Test series.
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 press 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.”
Maxwell last played a Test five years ago, against Bangladesh in Chattogram, and could make a return to the XI at Galle, especially given the side injury to Ashton Agar. Maxwell, though, will have to fight off challenges from Mitch Marsh and Josh Inglis to replace Head at No. 5, should the latter not get fit in time.
The likes of Marcus Harris, Matthew Renshaw and Nic Maddinson are also in Sri Lanka in the squad. Meanwhile, Jon Holland, Matthew Kuhnemann and Todd Murphy will also stay in Sri Lanka to help with the Test match preparations.
The first Test match starts on June 29 in Galle.