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Australia v Sri Lanka: All You Need to Know

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:07
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Veteran batsman Michael Klinger is set to make a long awaited-debut for his country after being named in Australia’s 13-man squad, which will be led by Aaron Finch. With Australia’s Test stars currently in India preparing for their four-match series, the squad includes uncapped Perth Scorchers pair Jhye Richardson and Ashton Turner and towering Adelaide Strikers fast bowler Billy Stanlake. Strikers opener Ben Dunk earned a call-up when Brisbane Heat master blaster Chris Lynn was ruled out due to a neck injury. Justin Langer is head coach in the absence of Darren Lehmann, with able deputies Ricky Ponting and Jason Gillespie stepping in as batting and bowling coach respectively. Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ben Dunk, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Michael Klinger, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa Lasith Malinga is set to make his return to international cricket after being named in Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad. Malinga last played for his national side more than 12 months ago, taking 4-26 against the UAE in an Asia Cup T20 match before again succumbing to injury. Meanwhile, Upul Tharanga has been named Sri Lanka’s new skipper in lieu of the injured Angelo Mathews, while Dinesh Chandimal has been dropped from the Sri Lanka T20 squad that claimed a historic T20 series win over South Africa last month. Sri Lanka squad: Upul Tharanga (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunarathna, Dilshan Munaweera, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardena, Sachith Pathirana, Chamara Kapugedara, Seekuge Prassanna, Nuwan Kulaskera, Isuru Udana, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Vikum Sanjaya Form Australia: Last 5 matches (most recent first): WWLWW Sri Lanka: Last 5 matches (most recent first): WWLLL Last time they met Australia pulled off a two-nil T20 series win over Sri Lanka last September in commanding fashion. The first match in Kandy at Pallekele Stadium saw Australia romp to an 85-run win, thanks to a magnificent unbeaten 145 from Glenn Maxwell which propelled the tourists to the huge total of 3-263. Then, the tourists pulled off a four-wicket win with 13 balls to spare at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium. Having restricted Sri Lanka to 9-128, the run chase was shaping up to be a complete domination thanks to a rampaging Australian top-order, before it somehow became a tense victory after a fightback from the hosts. But the match was most notable for the record-breaking antics of Maxwell, who brought up the equal-fastest T20 international half-century by an Australian, from 18 balls, while Adam Zampa took 3-16 from four overs and leaked just the single boundary. History Overall, Australia have won four of their 10 T20Is against Sri Lanka, having lost five consecutive matches to the island nation prior to last September’s two-nil series win. The new/old skipper What a summer it’s been for Aaron Finch. The Victoria batsman was dropped from Australia’s ODI squad for the series against Pakistan, only to be recalled when David Warner was rested for the one-day tour of New Zealand that followed. He then found himself captain of that ODI side, after fellow Bushranger Matthew Wade was ruled out due to a back niggle. Having lost the Australia T20 captaincy in the lead-up to the World T20 in India last year, Finch finds himself in charge once again with his replacement Steve Smith absent on India Test tour duties. The new Aussie faces Almost two decades after making his domestic debut, Klinger has finally earned the international call-up he feared might never come. The 36-year-old was in fine form yet again for Perth Scorchers during BBL|06 and there will be plenty of people eager to see how he grasps his first opportunity in the green and gold. Towering quick Billy Stanlake is in line for a T20 debut to follow the 50-over call-up he received in January thanks to good form for the Strikers during BBL|06, while 20-year-old paceman Richardson has been given his first opportunity in an Australian squad after his player-of-the-match heroics for the Scorchers in the BBL final. Fellow Scorcher Turner is also in line for a debut after impressing with both bat and ball throughout Perth’s campaign. This is a modal window. Unfortunately, the video you are trying to watch cannot be viewed from your current country or location. Error Code: CLIENT_GEO OK Close Modal Dialog

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