January 23, 2019
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AUS vs SL Dream11 Team | Australia vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Match Prediction, Team News, Playing 11

By Akshay Singh

AUS vs SL Dream11 Prediction | Australia vs Sri Lanka 1st Test  Preview | Who Will Win

The two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia will kick-off from January 24 with the first test scheduled to take place at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Both teams are coming into this game after a devastating run in their previous Red ball series. Sri Lanka were taken down in their last 2 match Test series against New Zealand by 0-1, while the hosts were defeated at their home by India 2-1 in a four-match series.

Australia’s struggle with the bat

Both teams have had a horrific run in the last year or so, Australia are still struggling with their batting composition ever since the ban imposed to Steve Smith and David Warner.

They have tried many players at different slots since then like Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch, Matt Renshaw and the latest one being opener Marcus Harris but the stability is missing both at the top and middle-order.

They tried a new opening combination of Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris against India, Aaron Finch’s miserable form did not produce the goods expected from him which has led him being axed for this series.

Now with a new opening duo of Marcus Harris and Joe Burns, Australia will look to work on their mistakes which they committed last year and come up with positives.

Injuries and Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has suffered numerous injury troubles before the start of this tour including a big blow in the form of the former skipper Angelo Mathews.

His depreciating fitness level has hindered him once again after he suffered a grade two strain in his left hamstring in the first Test against Newzealand which took place at Christchurch in December 2018.

Apart from him, pacer Nuwan Pradeep has also got a hamstring injury due to which he won’t feature in the Test series. He sustained a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring in the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI.

Match Details

When – January 24, 08:30 AM IST

Where – The Gabba, Brisbane

AUS vs SL TEAM NEWS

  • Both teams are struck with some forceful injury changes.
  • Australia’s pacer Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out due to a back injury, Jhye Richardson has been named in his place.
  • Both Nuwan Pradeep and Angelo Mathews suffered a hamstring and will not feature in the series.
  • Due to his poor show in New Zealand where he could only manage 16 runs from two Tests, selectors have axed Danushka Gunathilaka and brought in Kusal Perera.
  • After a nasty blow on the head in the warm-up game, Kusal Mendis is fit to feature in this contest.
  • Australia have named uncapped NSW batsman Kurtis Patterson and Will Pucovski in their set-up, while Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns have been included as well.

AUS vs SL Squads

Sri Lanka Squad:

  • Dinesh Chandimal(c)
  • Kasun Rajitha
  • Lahiru Kumara
  • Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Roshen Silva
  • Niroshan Dickwella
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama
  • Dilruwan Perera
  • Lakshan Sandakan
  • Suranga Lakmal
  • Dushmantha Chameera
  • Kusal Perera
  • Lahiru Thirimanne
  • Kusal Mendis

Australia Squad:

  • Tim Paine (c)
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Kurtis Patterson
  • Peter Siddle
  • Joe Burns
  • Pat Cummins
  • Marcus Harris
  • Jhye Richardson
  • Will Pucovski
  • Matt Renshaw
  • Travis Head
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Marnus Labuschagne
  • Nathan Lyon

AUS vs SL Playing 11 (Probable)

Sri Lanka (Probable)

Niroshan Dickwella, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, D Perera, D de Silva, S Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara. (Doubt: Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Sadeera Samerawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera)

Australia (Playing XI)

Tim Paine, Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.

AUS vs SL Dream11 Fantasy Team

Sri Lanka Fantasy Picks

  • Their batting will rely on the likes of skipper Dinesh Chandimal and the returning Lahiru Thirimanne.
  • Match fit Kusal Mendis will possess a strong backbone in the middle order.
  • With an injury to Nuwan Pradeep, their bowling will rely on the likes of Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera.

Australia Fantasy Picks

  • Australia has already named their playing eleven, the likes of Travis Head and Usman Khawaja who got some runs against Australia will be their key batters.
  • Debutant Kurtis Paterson and opener Marcus Harris are other considerable picks.
  • After a brilliant series on individual grounds against India, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon will look to continue with their stupendous form.

Make AUS vs SL Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.

Akshay Singh

A retrospective individual who loves to impersonate for the readers with my writings

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