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Australia v Sri Lanka 1st T20I live

Australia v Sri Lanka 1st T20I live Photo: TT

After a drawn ODI series, the focus will now to shift to the two match T20 series, between Australia and Sri Lanka. The first match is scheduled to be hosted tomorrow in Sydney.

For the first T20 match, Australia have named a 12 men squad, which is largely based on performances in the recently concluded BBL. George Bailey will be leading the side again.

The Australian team looks very inexperienced on paper; however, the BBL might have proved to be a perfect preparation in disguise, for the new players in the squad.

Shaun Marsh was the top performer in BBL, and thus he is part of the team now. He will be looking to make the most of yet another chance at the top level. Some other players sworn in from the BBL include, James Faulkner and Ben Laughlin.

In the playing XI for the Kangaroos, the likely man to sit out will be a fast bowler, as four pacers are part of the squad.

On the other hand, the men in blue, who are now sitting at the top of ICC T20 rankings, look a far more experienced and balanced side, for the T20s.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene, are very experienced at the top. Dinesh Chandimal is a exciting young talent, who will take on the glove work as well.

Angelo Mathews has been chosen the captain with a reason. Lahiru Thirimanne brings stability to the middle order. Jeevan Mendis brings balance to the side, with his wrist spin, and he can smoke a few as well.

Thisara Perera has been a great find for the Srilankans, with his destructive batting, controlled bowling and extraordinary fielding.

Finally, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis are one of the best T20 specialists around.

Thus, the combination of the Sri Lankan team rightly justifies their T20 ranking. And they will be looking for yet another clinical performance in the shortest format against the Aussies tomorrow.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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