Glenn Maxwell was called up to the Australia test squad on the Sri Lanka tour.
- Glenn Maxwell played just seven Tests, having debuted nine years ago
- Travis Head was sidelined after running 11km with a hamstring strain
- The first test between Australia and Sri Lanka starts on June 29
The Victorian all-rounder was called up Thursday night ahead of the opening test match at Galle next week as Travis Head recovers from a minor hamstring injury.
White ball star striker Maxwell played just seven Tests, making his debut nine years ago against India.
It also marked his first and only Test century against India at Ranchi in 2017.
Jon Holland, Matthew Kuhnemann and Todd Murphy will also stay in Sri Lanka after the Australia A tour to help with test preparations and develop their cricket experience on the subcontinent.
Earlier, Head was added to the tour of Australia’s injury list, ruled out of the fifth and final ODI in Colombo on Friday with a hamstring problem.
Head is understood to have run over 15km during game three, with the heavy terrain and wet conditions wreaking havoc on the recovery.
The 28-year-old suffered a minor hamstring injury during the game four defeat, but was still able to run over 11km.
Speedy pitcher Mitchell Starc (finger) and Steve Smith (quad) also remain out of the dead rubber match after Sri Lanka ended the series with their four-race win on Wednesday.
Having all three still on the sidelines is less than ideal preparation for the first test, which starts on Wednesday.
Australia’s last test series in Sri Lanka in 2016 ended in an embarrassing 3-0.
“There are a lot of them,” Australian captain Aaron Finch said when asked about the team’s injuries.
“Travis Head will miss the next game with a hamstring injury.
“It’s a bit more precautionary, where he does a lot of kilometers outside and the ground is quite heavy.
“I’m not sure how he’s doing for test matches.
“Starc isn’t quite right yet… the stitching and where it is is just not 100% cured, so without being able to play with duct tape, he’s out.”
Head enjoyed a standout summer when he starred in the demolition of Ashes, Australia, England, scoring 357 runs at 59.5, including two centuries.
Josh Inglis could make his ODI debut as Head’s replacement, or Australia could choose to play an extra player in the final white-ball game of the tour.