SL vs AUS Prediction: World Test Championship (WTC) leaders Australia will have a stern challenge in hand as they take on host Sri Lanka. The hosts will be looking to continue on their impressive form for the upcoming Test series against Australia. Fourth in the World Test Championship (WTC), Sri Lanka will face the stern challenge of Australia. A perfect start for both the teams could be see them take the decisive lead in the two-match Test series.
Sri Lanka were a dominant force in the ODI series as they won 3-2 and will try to imply the same in the red-ball format. A perfect start for the hosts can see them down the Aussies, but Pat Cummins’ side haven’t lost a match in the current WTC cycle.
Match: SL vs AUS – 1st Test
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 29, 10:00 AM IST
Venue: The Village in Dublin
Live Streaming: Galle International Stadium in Galle.
Injury Update –
Travis Head will likely miss the match injury while Glenn Maxwell is also a doubt for the opening match.
SL Playing XI –
Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Kasun Rajitha, Chamika Karunaratne, Lasith Embuldeniya
AUS Playing XI –
Usman Khwaja, David Warner, Marcus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Kuhnemann
Pitch Report –
With five days on offer, the pitch will play important role in deciding the contest. A par score of 300 will be important in the first innings. Historically the pitch has supported batters, but spin options could also come handy in the match. Players like Mathews and Warner could play important role in the match.
Form Guide –
Sri Lanka – LWWWL
Australia – WLLLW
Head to head –
Match Prediction –
Australia will be the hot favourites to win the match despite losing the ODI series as they haven’t lost a single match in the current WTC cycle.
Having made his comeback into the Australian team during the Ashes, Khawaja has been in electric form. Khawaja should be top of the Dream 11 picks as he has scored four hundreds in 2022 and also was dismissed in 90’s once. Khawaja has the required quality to once again inspire Australia to an emphatic win.
Usman Khawaja Stats in Test Matches-
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After missing out on a double ton in the Bangladesh series Mathews will be poised to make another impact. Mathews was the leading run-scorer in the bilateral series against Bangladesh with 344 runs in two games while registering the highest score of 199.
Angelo Mathews Stats in Test Matches-
The experienced Opener has been one of the best Australian players in the recent times. With 24 hundreds in the longest format, David Warner can produce the goods in the Fantasy picks.
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David Warner Stats in Test Matches-
The Austrian skipper will be another player who can make the difference with both bat and ball. Cummins ability to swing the new ball come as a deadly weapon as it makes him a top fantasy pick.
Pat Cummins Stats in Test Matches-
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The Sri Lanka skipper is another player who has the ability to produce the goods with the blade as he nears 6000 runs in Test cricket. With 14 hundreds and 29 fifties Karunaratne can be the principle target in the fantasy picks.
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Dimuth Karunaratne Stats in Test Matches-
Marcus Labuschagne has quickly settled down in the Australian core as he targets another perfect series. Excellent in the Ashes at the back end of last year, Labuschagne has bagged six hundreds to his name in just 26 matches.
Marcus Labuschagne Stats in Test Matches-
Best Captain Choice – Usman Khawaja
Best Vice-Captain Choice – Angelo Mathews
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