Australia won the toss and put Sri Lanka to bowl in the first ODI match at Melbourne © AFP
Melbourne: Jan 11, 2013
Sri Lanka will be aiming to keep the Test whitewash behing and returning to winning ways against Australia when they take on the hosts in the first ODI match at Melbourne on Friday.
Sri Lanka are banking on the return of slinging paceman Lasith Malinga to give them a fresh start in the one-day series against Australia, starting in Melbourne on Friday.
The explosive Malinga, whose unusual “slingshot” action makes him difficult to face, was keenly missed by Sri Lanka in their three-Test mauling by the Australians as he concentrated on the shorter forms of the game.
In missing the Tests, he became one of the standout bowlers in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League with the Melbourne Stars.
Sri Lanka go into the series opener reinvigorated by the addition of Akila Dananjaya, Upul Tharanga and Ajantha Mendis along with Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perera, who have been playing in the Big Bash League.
Australia: Phillip Hughes, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey (c), David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.
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