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Australia's Glenn Maxwell, a white-ball specialist, has returned to the Test side after a gap of five years. Image Credit: AFP

Sydney: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell will stay in Sri Lanka for the upcoming Test series as injury cover for middle order batsman Travis Head, who has a minor hamstring strain.

Maxwell was already in the country for two limited overs series, which conclude with the fifth One Day International in Colombo later on Friday.

The 33-year-old, famous for his powerful batting in the white ball game, played the last of his seven Tests against Bangladesh five years ago.

Precautionary move

Head, who scored two centuries in the Ashes series around the new year, was ruled out of the final ODI after sustaining the injury in the fourth match, which Sri Lanka won to seal the series.

“It’s a bit more of a precaution, especially with where he fields,” limited overs skipper Aaron Finch said on Thursday.

“He fields in the outfield and the ground is quite heavy. I’m not sure what he’ll be like for the Tests but he’s definitely not available for Friday.”

Injury list

Australia have suffered a series of injury blows in Sri Lanka with batsman Steve Smith, fast bowler Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Ashton Agar among those also on the injury list.

Fortunately, Cricket Australia took Test, Twenty20, ODI and “A” squads on the tour so have plenty of players on hand to call up.

Spin bowlers Jon Holland, Matthew Kuhnemann and Todd Murphy will also stay in Sri Lanka after the “A” tour concludes to “assist the Test match preparations and to develop their experience in subcontinent conditions,” Cricket Australia said.

The first of two tests in Galle begins next Wednesday.