1st Test: Richardson, Patterson debut as Sri Lanka bat against Australia
Dhananjaya de Silva takes part in a practice session. (AFP Image)

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and chose to bat in the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday. Australia, looking to bounce back from their 2-1 series loss to India, have named debutants Kurtis Patterson and Jhye Richardson and recalled opener Joe Burns for the day-night Test.

Sri Lanka have brought in batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhananjaya de Silva for the first of the two-Test series. Sri Lanka have never won a Test in Australia but go into the match with a chance of springing a surprise against the struggling hosts.

“It looks like a really good pitch. Early on there will definitely be something. If we can keep wickets in hand hopefully we can put a good total on the board,” Sri Lanka captain Chandimal said.

Tim Paine admitted he too would have liked to bat on this deck. “We would have had a bat. Normally day one at the Gabba there’s a bit there if you put the ball in the right area,” said the Australia captain.

Playing XI

Australia: Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson, Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara