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Australia Tour of Sri Lanka to Fetch Attention of Cricket Fans

July 19
06:56 2016

ausNew Delhi, Tuesday, July 19 – Cricket fans across the globe never wish to miss the action between heavyweights. Australia are to play in Sri Lanka and the stint is to last nearly for one and a half months. The Australian side will be led by Steven Smith, the young man who houses the calibre to play in a way that keeps his team on a strong side.

Jackson Bird, David Warner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges and Joe Burns are the players to fly for Sri Lanka. It is well known to the world what kind of play can be put forward by these cricketers when they contest against a team – whether a powerhouse or an underdog. Best part of Australian cricketers is their dedication towards the game. Most of them believe in playing as a unit. Sometimes, personal achievements turn unimportant when it is about victory as a team.

There have been more than a few occasions when some Australian players gave their best to score in speed despite the fact that threat of losing wicket remained. But this was done to put best foot forward and shift pressure on the opponents, who tried to trick them by bowling in different line and lengths.  The number of achievements by Australia in the past is alone adequate to tell how efficiently they play when it comes to winning. Even though, some of the eminent players proclaimed and took retirement, the team spirit has made them move with confidence in each series.

The Australian openers usually try to set a solid foundation for upcoming batsmen by staying on the crease as long as possible. This attitude helps them shift the burden on the shoulders of opposition to a certain extent.  Likelihood of witnessing spellbinding innings is high as players of both teams will be keen to steal the show. If they opt for attacking mode to hit fours and sixes, complete pulverization of the rivals is possible. The squad hasn’t been announced for Sri Lanka but it is certain that best combination will be picked that could do better on their own turf.

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Galle International Stadium, Galle and Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo have been picked as the venues to host three Test matches, which are to take place from July 26 to July 30, August 4 to August 8 and August 13 to August 17, respectively. Five One Day International matches are to be played as well. The first two ODIs will be held at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on August 21 and August 24, the next two at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla on August 28 and August 31 and the last one at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on September 4. The 2-match T20 series will take place at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele on September 6 and R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on September 8.

The two teams will meet each other in all three formats of the game. Weather of Sri Lanka is certainly going to play a crucial role in the contest. The two countries would not like to see Test matches ending in a draw or match getting abandoned due to showers, which play a spoilsport in the middle of the game. As a matter of fact, Sri Lanka will give all their best to excel in the upcoming tournament to forget bitter memories of their tour of England from May 19 to July 5 given that they did not taste victory in any of the matches held at different grounds. Sri Lanka cricketers strove for success in the English conditions but did not succeed in sending the England on the back foot.

The 2-0 series win on Ireland on June 16 and June 18 seemed to give them a bit of confidence, which was lacking against England. However, the dream to come home with victories in three formats did not come true. They were winless in England, who did better with each passing game. Losing in the home conditions is disliked by all teams and Sri Lanka are no different. Support of the home side may be helpful for them. The learning on the basis of experience in the recent past may be helpful too.

Australia, on the other hand, must be confident of achieving more in the coming days post taking into consideration their recent win on West Indies at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados in the grand finale of tri-series held on June 26. South Africa were also the part of the show and were strong too. But the teams to qualify in the finals were the host and Aussies thanks to 12 and 15 points earned during the contest. Despite the fact that Proteas also had 12 points, they were not able to make it up to the last round as West Indies were just an inch ahead.

The experience assists Australian players hone skills and sharpen their tools to confidently face strong opponents. If most recent records of the men in yellow shirts are to be kept in mind that none would hesitate in accepting the truth that the players have got the talent to do incredible things and faith that they can make any team collapse no matter for how long they have been parts of the cricket world. The group of capable boys will put a challenge for Sri Lanka in the coming days while attempting to perform well. Australian skipper Smith may follow his instincts while making all his strategies as he did in the past, surprising experts and viewers. Playing safe will certainly not be an option.

The first ODI is just not the real test of Sri Lankan players but also of Australian cricketers, who like to impressively perform and get their spots fixed in international cricket.  A few must be looking forward to be a permanent name in the Playing XI. Winning the toss is not in the hands of players. Sometimes, winning it turns perfect while at times, contesting teams found it a good toss to lose. It is true to some extent that luck plays pivotal role in cricket. A team may make excellent use of the opportunity to bat or bowl first and do something that is best for the team. However, match can change even in a ball. And that is the most interesting part of this game. Since both Sri Lanka and Australia have equal chances of rising, it will be exciting to notice who shines amid others.

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