Billed as the number one team, Australia would be playing one day series of 5 matches in Sri Lanka. It will be battle royal but the visitors would start as firm favorites as they have slew of power hitters in the team. Leg Spinner Adam Zampa is a class act in terms of talent and the Sri Lank tour would enhance his skills by many notches. He can be a vital cog in the wheel to deliver sterling performance on the part of the Kangaroos.
Batting unit looks solid but the home team is facing lots of problems. Captained by Angelo Mathews, the middle order is strong with Dinesh Chandimal joining in. Opening lot looks vulnerable and Australian bowlers may try to exploit the weakness of the Sri Lankan team. Last time when the two teams met in down under for the one day series, they were tied 2-2.
LAHIRU THIRIMANNE could be the game changer in the ODI with his left hand explosive batting to boot. DHAMMIKA Prasad would be the bowling opener but he has to keep a tight line and length on the Australian batsmen or else they may go berserk and take the game away from the hosts.
Pitch would be easy to bat on however initial swing can help the bowlers of both teams to take early wickets. Later on the spinners would come into play to block the flow of run. DILRUWAN perera can play a very important role in scalping the opposition batsmen because of his impeccable off spin bowling. Ajanta Mendis might be given a chance in the ODI but how far he would be effective against the Australian batsmen is still to be seen. Past records do not project an enthusiastic picture about his performance. In an nutshell, Sri Lankans have to play out of their skin to win matches.