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World Cup preps but no points for Sri Lanka and Australia

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Welcome again to the five-match ODI collection, though, perhaps, for the final time? Not since earlier than the 2019 World Cup has there been a bilateral contest of this size within the format. For Sri Lanka and Australia, it is an prolonged alternative to work on their video games forward of subsequent 12 months’s ODI World Cup, however these matches can have no bearing on qualification as they don’t seem to be a part of the one-and-done Tremendous League (simply nod and settle for, it is a cricket factor).

There shall be a glut of ODIs over the following 9 months as FTP and Tremendous League commitments are accomplished earlier than the closing date. Australia have been significantly gentle on within the 50-over recreation for the reason that pandemic; they didn’t play a single match at dwelling final season and have had simply two collection [against West Indies and Pakistan] since late 2020.

This will even be the primary time they’ve had nearly all of their first-choice ODI squad collectively in additional than 18 months – Adam Zampa is lacking on paternity depart – so whereas accidents have created some problems, it marks a second the place planning for the World Cup in India can begin to get severe, in situations that at instances is probably not one million miles away from these on the match. It’s a likelihood for Andrew McDonald and Aaron Finch to start out forming the model of one-day cricket they consider may be profitable (early trace: anticipate an aggressive outlook with the bat that began in Pakistan).

Sri Lanka have named a 21-player squad, which can appear a contact extreme for a house collection however a minimum of means they will tick the all-bases-covered field. Their ODI cricket stays inconsistent and they’re at present exterior the automatic-qualification zone within the Tremendous League. They’ve received their final two collection, at dwelling towards South Africa and Zimbabwe, however have dropped what could possibly be important video games in each. This would be the first ODI collection underneath new coach Chris Silverwood.

As ever, when dealing with Australia in subcontinent situations, there shall be a temptation to go along with a spin-heavy assault, however Sri Lanka’s prospects will come down as to whether their batting order can carry out persistently. The record-breaking end to the chase within the remaining T20I was a well timed confidence increase. There’s additionally important pleasure round uncapped 19-year-old allrounder Dunith Wellalage, though he is unlikely to interrupt into the XI to start with.

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If Kusal Mendis is given the nod because the wicketkeeper [see below], he might want to repay the religion with the bat. Within the six ODIs he has performed within the final two years, he has a prime rating of 36 and there are not any scarcity of candidates to take the gloves with Dinesh Chandimal and Niroshan Dickwella additionally a part of the big squad. An ODI common of a tick underneath 30 from 80 innings feels underwhelming for a participant of Mendis’ expertise.

Pat Cummins is amongst a bunch of senior Australia gamers returning to ODI colors since late 2020. He left the IPL early to get well from a hip damage, which Finch revealed he had been carrying for the final 12-14 months. These one-day matches will even act as his tune-up for the Take a look at collection in Galle. Cummins’ solely earlier cricket in Sri Lanka got here when he was a part of the 2012 T20 World Cup.

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Sri Lanka have a number of choices on the wicketkeeper-batter entrance. They might maintain Mendis in place, although he wasn’t significantly efficient with the bat within the T20Is. Charith Asalanka will seemingly transfer all the way down to his acquainted No. 5 place in ODIs, and Sri Lanka could strengthen their batting by bringing Dhananjaya de Silva in. Bowling-wise, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana are just about sure to play. Given the variety of potential bowlers they’ve of their prime seven, they could take into account having Chamika Karunaratne as their fourth bowler. In addition they have Asitha Fernando out there, nonetheless.

Sri Lanka (potential) 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Chamika Karunaratne, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Maheesh Theekshana

Australia’s damage checklist is rising with Kane Richardson the most recent casualty. Jhye Richardson has been most well-liked forward of a second frontline spinner in Mitchell Swepson. Finch mentioned they have been eager to make use of Alex Carey at No. 5 to supply one other left-handed choice within the center order.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (capt), 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Alex Carey (wk), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Jhye Richardson, 11, Josh Hazlewood

Pitch and situations

Though the final T20I grew to become a fairly high-scoring recreation, there have been additionally instances when each side struggled with the bat. The day-time component to the ODIs could possibly be an element. Within the Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe collection earlier within the 12 months that was held fully in Pallekele, the opening match noticed Sri Lanka chase down 297 fairly comfortably earlier than Zimbabwe defended 302 and have been then bundled out for 70. There’s a likelihood of storms interrupting play.

Stats and trivia

  • Warner, Smith, Cummins and Maxwell haven’t performed an ODI since dealing with India in late 2020.
  • The final bilateral ODI collection between the 2 groups was in Sri Lanka in 2016 when Australia received 4-1. Nationwide selector George Bailey was Participant of the Sequence then.
  • Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo

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