Australia's David Warner celebrates scoring a hundred against Sri Lanka during their fifth one day international cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.
Australia's David Warner celebrates scoring a hundred against Sri Lanka during their fifth one day international cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka. Eranga Jayawardena

Injury-hit Aussies gear up for T20 series

CRICKET: Australia will go into tomorrow night's first Twenty20 clash with Sri Lanka in Kandy without Aaron Finch and Chris Lynn after suffering injuries.

Finch broke his finger while fielding in the tourists' five-wicket win in the final one-day international, while Queenslander Lynn hurt himself in a training session ahead of the two-match T20 series.

ODI wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will stay on as a replacement for the big-hitting Lynn and one-day international player of the series George Bailey will be available for the first T20 but not the second match on Friday night.

"Chris dislocated his left shoulder while diving during a fielding drill at training today,” team physio David Beakley said.

"Consequently he will be unavailable for the remaining matches and instead will return to Brisbane to undergo further investigation to determine the full extent of the injury.”

Finch was also ruled out of series but will stay with the squad to help with 12th-man duties.

Australia was too strong for the home side in the final ODI, chasing down the hosts' 195 total with five wickets and seven overs to spare.

Stand-in skipper David Warner led from the front as Australia took the series 4-1.

Warner became the first Australian in ODIs to score a century in Sri Lanka, beating the previous best of 95 by Mark Waugh.

The captain hit 106 and combined with Bailey (44) to add 132 for the third wicket after Australia had been struggling at 2-25.

Mitchell Starc took 3-40 and spinners Adam Zampa and Travis Head both took two wickets in Sri Lanka's innings.



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