Australia vs Srilanka Series 2017

Lasith Malinga is set to play his first international match since February 2016 © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Team news

 

Australia have plenty of options to open the batting – Finch, Klinger, Ben Dunk and Tim Paine all did so during the BBL. The selectors also need to decide on the make-up of the attack, with Pat Cummins and James Faulkner potentially the only two certain starters in the bowling group.

Australia (possible) 1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 Michael Klinger, 3 Ben Dunk, 4 Travis Head, 5 Moises Henriques, 6 Tim Paine (wk), 7 Ashton Turner, 8 James Faulkner, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Andrew Tye.

Sri Lanka might have given a pointer to their likely XI with the side they picked for Wednesday’s tour game, although there is a chance they might bring Nuwan Kulasekara in to strengthen the bowling.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga (capt), 3 Dilshan Munaweera, 4 Asela Gunaratne, 5 Milinda Siriwardana, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 Seekkugge Prasanna, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Isuru Udana, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Vikum Sanjaya.

Pitch and conditions

 

The MCG’s drop-in pitches can sometimes hold up a little, and in this year’s BBL scores around the 150 mark were the norm. The forecast for Friday in Melbourne allows for a slight chance of a shower in the evening, though it should not be heavy.

Stats and trivia

 

  • Tharanga will be the third man to captain Sri Lanka’s T20 side in 2017, after Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal
  • Finch is two games away from becoming the man with the most international appearances for Australia without any of them being Tests – David Hussey (108 games) is the record holder
  • Finch needs 26 runs to reach 1000 in T20 internationals; if he does so at any stage during this series, he will be the second-fastest to the milestone behind Virat Kohli

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