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Australia has made three changes for Thursday night’s second ODI against Sri Lanka after its injury crisis deepened after game one.

Marcus Stoinis (side), Ashton Agar (side) and Jhye Richardson (omitted) have all come out of the XI that won game one by two wickets on Tuesday.

In their place comes debutant spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, Travis Head and Mitchell Swepson.

Having lost the toss, Sri Lanka is 1-26 after six overs with Danushka Gunathilaka (12) and Kusal Mendis (0) at the crease.

Pathum Nissanka (14) was the first batter to fall with a brilliantly flighted delivery from debutant Kuhnemann drawing an outside edge.

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Earlier, the first few overs saw David Warner make some uncharacteristic mistakes in the field. On back-to-back balls, he threw three overthrows, and then misfielded a simple ball to allow another three runs.

“This is so unusual,” Russell Arnold said in commentary.

Left-arm Kuhnemann enjoyed a breakthrough season last summer for Queensland. No spinner took more wickets in the 2021-22 Sheffield Shield than the 25-year-old, who claimed 25 at 31.88.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is dealing with a massive blow of its own with star all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga ruled out with a groin strain.

He has been replaced by Jeffrey Vandersay.

Australia leads the series 1-0 after some Glenn Maxwell magic saw the tourists chase down 7-300 with nine balls remaining.

There is a big threat of the second ODI being interrupted by rain with gloomy skies in Pallekele. Nevertheless, rain held off at the toss and play will start as scheduled.


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Sri Lanka XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana

Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Hazlewood, Matthew Kuhnemann


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Stoinis (side strain) and Agar (side strain) were the latest players to go down in Australia’s two-wicket win in Pallekele on Tuesday.

Stoinis is now out for the rest of the tour, joining series casualties Kane Richardson (hamstring) and Sean Abbott (finger) on the long-term injury list, while Mitchell Starc (finger), Mitchell Marsh (calf) and Agar hope to return later in the ODI series or in the two-Test series that follows.

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With Adam Zampa unavailable, Kuhnemann was called into Australia’s ODI squad along with Head with both players pulled out of the corresponding Australia A four-day game.

Cameron Green was another option to play on Thusday, although there’s a reluctance to bowl him before the two-Test series, meaning his inclusion would have affected Australia’s balance.

Head instead slots into Australia’s XI as he offers extra overs through his part-time spin.

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