Australia finally had a moment to cherish after that forgettable series against India earlier this year. The Kangaroos registered an emphatic victory against Sri Lanka in the first test at the Gabba. Sri Lanka though tried their best to put on a fight but Australia proved out to be too good for them. The hosts won that opening match comprehensively by an innings and 40 runs. This result must be a great relief for the Australian fans and confidence booster for the Australian outfit.

The home side has finally managed to get the balance right for the team after the injury of Hazlewood. Pat Cummins turned the tie in the favour of the Aussies with the ball and took 10 wickets in that game. He gives an edge to the team with his all-around abilities to make the balance right for the team. Not only can he torment the opposition batsmen with his lethal bowling, but he is also a technically sound batsman who can bat at 7 or 8 down the order and score crucial runs.

On the contrary, Sri Lanka would be hoping for some change in their fortunes. The Lankan Lions have never been the same side since the departure of their veterans. Although this is a transformation stage for the visitors, they will be desperate to win just to boost some morale in the Lankan camp. They have also suffered a setback due to injury blows to their crucial players before the tour began. Angelo Matthews and Nuwan Pradeep couldn’t even make it to the squad which was a huge blow for the visitors.

In spite of all those hardships, Chandimal must be determined to level the series in the first ever Test match at Canberra. They need to put the best put forward to square the series by 1-1. The Kangaroos would be eyeing to whitewash the Sri Lankan side with the same kind of dominant performance in the second test.




Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Time:  5:00 AM IST

Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra

League: Sri Lanka tour of Australia

Live Telecast: Sony Network

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Team News


Sri Lanka

  • Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara have been ruled out of the squad due to injuries.
  • Chamika Karunaratne is set to feature and replace them.



  • Australia have named an unchanged XI for this fixture.




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

Sri Lanka-

Dinesh Chandimal(c), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Dimuth Karunaratne





  • Travis Head
  • Pat Cummins
  • Mitchell Starc


Sri Lanka

  • Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Dinesh Chandimal
  • Suranga Lakmal



Probable Playing XI



  1. Tim Paine (c)
  2. Marcus Harris
  3. Usman Khawaja
  4. Joe Burns
  5. Travis Head
  6. Kurtis Patterson
  7. Pat Cummins
  8. Marnus Labuschagne
  9. Jhye Richardson
  10. Nathan Lyon
  11. Mitchell Starc


Sri Lanka

  1. Niroshan Dickwella
  2. Dimuth Karunaratne
  3. Dinesh Chandimal (c)
  4. Roshen Silva
  5. Lahiru Thirimanne
  6. Kusal Mendis
  7. Kusal Perera
  8. Dhananjaya de Silva
  9. Dilruwan Perera
  10. Suranga Lakmal
  11. Vishwa Fernando (Doubt: Chamika Karunaratne)