Australia face-off against Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series starting with the first Test in Galle from June 29. The second Test will also be played at the same venue from July 8. The Aussies lost their previous Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka 0-3 in 2016. The Test series is a part of the ongoing WTC.
Overall the Aussies have played 31 Test matches against Sri Lanka winning 19 matches. Most of their wins have come in Australia. This Aussies squad has several of the players who were a part of the 2016 series which they lost to the hosts. Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc were all part of the series back then.
Glenn Maxwell is making an enterprising return to the Test squad after five years. He played his last Test against Bangladesh in 2017. The Aussie side is struggling with injury concerns and looks an unsettled unit at the moment. Keeping the injuries in mind choosing a proper XI might be difficult.
SL vs AUS: Australia’s Predicted Playing XI Against Sri Lanka, 1st Test
Warner scored just 155 runs from five ODI matches. However, he scored 130 runs in the three-match T20I series. The southpaw will have a lot on his shoulders opening the batting in the first Test in Galle.
Usman Khawaja, a southpaw for Australia, would be eager to build on his recent success in Test matches when the series against Sri Lanka begins on June 29. Khawaja has amassed more runs than any other player on the Australian team since his questionable comeback to the Test squad earlier this year.
The left-hander has demonstrated that he is still worthy of holding a successful international appearance with a back-to-back century against England and Pakistan.
Khawaja discussed why Australia lost to Sri Lanka in their previous series and what has significantly changed in his remarks before the opening Test match.
Khawaja said on Sunday, “I believe we had 3 different strategies for three separate Test matches, which isn’t optimal. “I talked to the guys about it before we performed in Pakistan, just sharing the experiences I had.”
“Because you do not necessarily need to go back and modify it if you have the correct method and the right game plan but fail to put them into action. Particularly on the subcontinent, where conditions can suddenly deteriorate and alter.”
“We probably did not do it sufficiently the first time in Sri Lanka. We probably questioned our decisions a little too much,” Khawaja added.
‘I think we’ve learned from past mistakes’: Usman Khawaja
Due to their success against Pakistan and at home, Australia is presently leading the WTC Championship. With the addition of Glenn Maxwell, the club has demonstrated improved versatility and is anticipated to put up a solid fight.
“In Pakistan, we demonstrated to ourselves that we had a strategy in place to succeed in the subcontinent. I have played on some good spin teams with the Australian cricket team, but this is one of the best. The younger players are picking up lessons from the elder players’ faults, in my opinion, as we have learned from our past mistakes,” Usman Khawaja added.
“I believe that the most important point is to give players experience and to teach them that they will fail occasionally when they are fresh. (However, if you truly believe they are the top players, you must stick with them. Because when they return the next time, and the moment after that, that is when they will start rewarding you, “He ended.
The two-match Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia, part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle, will begin on June 29 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is confident of tackling the spin challenge on his possible return to Test cricket in the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
On Thursday, Maxwell was drafted into Australia’s Test squad on the Sri Lanka tour as a replacement for all-rounder Travis Head.
Head was called as the replacement for Marcus Stoinis in the ODI series but after playing the three ODIs in the series, the former sustained a minor hamstring injury.
It’s something I pride myself on: Glenn Maxwell on the spin challenge in Sri Lanka
It seems uncertain for the South Australian player to play for the Pat Cummins-led side in the first Test. Head’s unavailability could allow Maxwell to play his first Test match since 2017.
Maxwell was part of Australia’s team in both T20Is and ODI series, he cruised his side to a two-wicket victory in the first ODI with a splendorous 51-ball 80.
“I think I bring a lot of experience in these sorts of conditions and being able to tackle good spin bowling in tough conditions,” Maxwell was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“It’s something I pride myself on, having quick feet and being able to find a way through adversity in tough conditions,” he added.
My game plan probably isn’t going to change a whole lot: Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell has played just seven Tests for Australia and scored his only hundred in the format against India in the third Test in Ranchi in 2017.
“Looking back to 2017, being able to get a Test hundred in India is something I’m extremely proud of and to be one of only a couple of people in the last decade to do that is something I’m hoping holds me in good stead for this as well,” Maxwell mentioned.
“My game plan probably isn’t going to change a whole lot, probably just going to be a little more time consuming, being able to spend more time at the wicket, without any run-rate pressure on and I’m certainly looking forward to that opportunity to bat long periods of time,” he added.
Australia will play Sri Lanka in the two-match Test series with the first Test scheduled to begin on June 29 at the Galle International Stadium.