In just over two weeks real cricket is starting again for Australia. A three-test tour of Sri Lanka. Over the next 15 days, we have decided to put the players under the microscope. We will share our thoughts and some facts on each of the squad members. There will be two player profiles each day in the build up, one from each team. While not being an authority on Sri Lankan cricket, I figured that there was the chance to either introduce or remind our readers of their strengths and weaknesses.
On the surface, it would seem like this should be a walk-in for the Aussies. In reality, there is still plenty of work to do. The big thing in Australia’s favour is that this is a Sri Lankan team on the rebuild. After losing two of the all-time greats in Jayawardene and Sangakkara they are still finding their feet. The big thing working against Austalia is that overall this team is raw to Sri Lankan conditions. Only a small handful have played a test in the island nation.
We just saw Sri Lanka get demolished in the UK. An innings defeat in the first test, nine wickets in the second and in the third we will never know. At a distance, it could be easy to say they were a chance at 1/78 chasing 362 before the weather took effect. Despite showing improvement through the series, it can’t be said the match was heading for a different result.
Australia hasn’t played a test since snatching the number one ranking while touring New Zealand in February. So they will have to switch on immediately or risk being ambushed by a team that will be keen to bounce back.
The first test is at the picturesque Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium just outside of Kandi starting on July 26. The second test will be in coastal surfing city of Galle on the August 4th. Before finishing up in the Capital of Columbo on the August 13th.
Let’s hope the weather doesn’t play a role in the series and we can get a good measure of both sides.