Australia would be touring the arch rivals Sri Lanka to play three test match series. It will be an intense battle marked by big names on both sides. Warner may have to prove a point on the spinning pitches whoever the fulcrum of the batting would revolve around Steve Smith who has been in the form of his life for the past 2 years. Sri Lanka with Rangana Herath would be a force to reckon with on the home ground as he along with other bowlers can cause problems to the visitors.
Usman Khwaja would be the player to watch out from Australia as he is in the prime form and can provide stability as an opener. Sri Lankan team is still under transition after the retirement of greats such as MAHELA and Kumar Sangkarra. The pace battery of Australian team would be most probably be spearheaded by Mitchell Starc who can be deadly not only with the new ball but also with the old ball.
Sri Lanka is stung by dismal performance in test matches as they have slipped to seventh spot. Players such as LAKMAL would be gearing up to make a powerful statement. Last time when Australia visited Sri Lanka in 2011, they won the test series by 1-0 under the captaincy of Michael Clarke. The record of Australian team in Sri Lanka is impeccable as it has won 6 matches on a trot and lost only one.
If Starc is not able to bowl, the other pacers have to raise their game to block the flow of runs and take wickets of the opposition. Sri Lanka has still not solved its opening woes and may face problems in the test series. In spite of strong Australian outfit, one can discount Sri Lanka at their own peril.