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Australia vs Srilanka :2 tests Jan 24-Feb 05, 2019 at Brisbane & Canberra (Match Thread)

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Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 2019

Jan 24- 28,Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test,The Gabba, Brisbane ( D/N)


Feb 01-05, Australia vs Srilanka,2nd 





Aus vs SL, BrisbaStarts at 08:30 AM IST (03:00 )


There's perhaps no better way to describe the colour of the Australian sky than by just calling it Australian blue. It's the kind of clear, bright, eye-catching blue you'd think the most attention seeking kid in class would pick if asked to outline and shade the sky during drawing class. But like with space and emptiness, Australia is also abundant in colour. Rarely will you see a bird here without even a single tint of some color or the other. The colourful ones, meanwhile, could give any Asian Paints catalogue a complex. No wonder then that it was the Aussies, or an Aussie - Kerry Packer - who first thought of putting cricketers in coloured clothing.

On Thursday, it's pink that will dominate proceedings at the Gabba, even if unlike with Jane McGrath Day at the SCG, here it's only the smallest object on the field that will adhere to the colour code. In fact, few stadiums around the world do justice to their state association colours as dutifully as the Gabba. The seats are of course painted - and haphazardly so, in a bid to give it a packed-house look at all times - thematically in maroon, cyan and yellow. The ground-staff too, meanwhile, are decked in probably the catchiest uniform around - maroon t-shirts and khakhi shorts. On the eve of the first Test against Sri Lanka, pink tepee flags hung from the ropes cordoning off the pitch square to keep up with the spirit.

Brisbane's second day-night Test is also only the second time ever, and the first since 1968, that the Gabba will be hosting a Test in January. In fact, only twice before in history has there been a Test here in any month except November or December - the other occasion being an Ashes battle in February 1933. 2018 was officially the first year since 1976 that Brisbane didn't get to host a Test. You can argue this still technically falls under the 2018-19 season. Even Tim Paine spoke about it being "strange" to come here at this time of the year for a Test.

"It felt strange going to Adelaide for the first Test of the summer and not being up here. It's certainly a Test that the Australian cricket team since I've been around has always looked forward to because our record here is so strong," he said.

It is a Test that the Australians have looked forward too with good reason. For starters, it was always here that the late Richie Benaud would announce the arrival of the cricket summer year after year.

Then there's the pitch. Perth might have the reputation of being the most fearsome pitch in the country, but it's at the Gabba that visiting teams were generally given the rude welcome, a baptism of fire. It's called the Gabbatoir with good reason. Even while

Australian cricket has gone through a lull of late, Brisbane's the only place where they haven't quite lost the citadel completely. Their last loss came here way back in 1988 to the mighty West Indies. They have won 22 out of the 27 Tests since, with only five draws - most of them impacted by inclement weather.

They might not quite be commencing their season for a change at the Gabba. But Tim Paine & Co are trying to turn over a new leaf for their team, yet again, following the series loss to the Indians. They couldn't have asked for a better place to do so.

When: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, January 24 to 28, 01.00 pm Local, 08:30 am IST

Where: The Gabba, Brisbane

What to expect: Speaking of colour, you'll have to strain your eyes a little if you're seated in the stands to differentiate the pitch from the square it resides on. It might be the same even from the vast outfield of the Gabba to be honest. It carried an ominous green on Wednesday, and Paine seemed happy by what he could see from his spot on the podium in the press conference room, and referred to it as a "usual sort of Gabba wicket" which isn't good news for the Sri Lankans. To his credit, skipper Dinesh Chandimal tried to play down the hosts' pitch advantage by insisting that his team too had bowlers like Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara who could bowl over 140 kph consistently to utilise the bounce. Considering the inexperience of the Aussie batting line-up, he might be proven right too.

Even as most of the other capitals, Adelaide in particular, are reeling under extreme temperatures touching the mid-40s, Brisbane is pleasantly reporting daily maximum temperatures in the early 30s. It's generally the energy-sapping humidity that makes life difficult for players here, but the Lankans will be the last ones to complain about some extra sweat on them. There are some clouds headed this way over the next few days but there's no threat of rain playing a role. It's not so much the natural but the artificial conditions that the Queensland Cricket body will be hoping holds up, after an entire BBL game was blacked out only last week. Hopefully the lights stay on.

Team News:

Australia: The hosts have thrown a big surprise by leaving out Will Pucovski after he's been built up in the local media as the prodigy, the second coming of Ricky Ponting, who'll resurrect their fortunes. And Pucovski was also among the first lot to get a bat in the nets on Wednesday alongside Kurtis Patterson and opener Marcus Harris. Patterson's twin tons against the same Lankan attack does get him a debut though while Marnus Labuschagne keeps his place as the spin-bowling all-rounder. Spin coach Sridharan Sriram spent close to half hour working on the youngster's bowling, working on both his run-up by placing a stump where the side crease would be and also two at the batting end either side of a good length. He even got Brad Haddin to face up to him, and despite the former wicket-keeper jovially picking on Labuschagne for changing his action against Sriram's wishes, the coaching staff looked happy enough with him and retained him in the middle-order. Jhye Richardson gets the nod too after having dismissed Virat Kohli thrice in the ODIs, while Joe Burns makes yet another return to Test cricket on his home-ground.

Playing XI: Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.

Sri Lanka: Chandimal spoke about having thought of a combination with two options, and those you'd think have to do with middle-order slots. The bottom five are straight picks with the four bowlers who played both Tests in New Zealand expected to keep their places. Lahiru Thirimanne has been confirmed in the XI, which will take his comeback count to double-figures and also mean he might open the batting like he did in the warm-up match in Hobart. The toss-up eventually might be between Dhananjaya de Silva and the swashbuckling Kusal Perera at No.6.

Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva/Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara


Australia (From): Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle

Sri Lanka (From): Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Niroshan Dickwella(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Lahiru Kumara


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Australia squad for first Test against Sri Lanka: 

Tim Paine (c/wk), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins,( vice captain) Marcus Harris, Travis Head,( vice captain} Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Jhe Richardson and Kurtis Patterson


I imagine it will be something like this...


1 Harris 2 Renshaw 3 Khawaja 4 Head 5 Patterson 6 Puvoskie 7 Paine 8 Cummins 9 Starc 10 Lyon 11 Richardson 




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Kusal Perera included for Australia Tests

srilanka test Squad:

 Dinesh Chandimal(C), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, , Nuwan Pradeep, Dimuth Karunaratne


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21 minutes ago, cowboysfan said:

Aussies have found a good bowler in Jyhe Richardson,we should have played at the Gabba instead of Perth.

He will found in next 60 minutes why its so difficult in test to take wicket.Not many australian Adapt 

Limited over cricket to test cricket 

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1 hour ago, cowboysfan said:

Starc has fallen off the map since  the sandpaper revelations,now he cant swing or get it to reverse and is outbowled by a rookie by miles.

Its not starc but its sand paper which got him wickets..

good to know

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Australia are effecitvlet 180/3 due to Lyon's wkt which is useless and they bat deep so srl have their task cut out. 

They must be waiting for the evening session with the second new ball 

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Aus 323 all out 

5 fer by Lakmal


SL lost Karunaratbe means they are 5 down because he is virat for them after Mahela and sangas retirement


Game will be over tomorrow 


SL 17 for 1 still trailing by 162 runs 

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