<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Preview: Sri Lanka look to bounce back against Australia in ODI series as Lasith Malinga returns" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130110114548.jpg" title="Preview: Sri Lanka look to bounce back against Australia in ODI series as Lasith Malinga returns" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sri Lanka missed Lasith Malinga in their three-Test mauling by the Australians as he concentrated on the shorter forms of the game © AFP (File pic)</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Jan 10, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Sri-Lanka/post" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a> are banking on the return of slinging paceman <a href="/tags/Lasith-Malinga/post" target="_blank">Lasith Malinga</a> to give them a fresh start in the one-day series against <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a>, starting in <a href="/tags/Melbourne/post" target="_blank">Melbourne </a>on Friday.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> In missing the Tests, he became one of the standout bowlers in Australia's Twenty20 <a href="/tags/Big-Bash-League/post" target="_blank">Big Bash League</a> with the Melbourne Stars.<br /> <br /> Sri Lanka go into the series opener reinvigorated by the addition of Akila Dananjaya, Upul Tharanga and Ajantha Mendis along with <a href="/tags/Jeevan-Mendis/post" target="_blank">Jeevan Mendis</a> and <a href="/tags/Thisara-Perera/post" target="_blank">Thisara Perera</a>, who have been playing in the Big Bash League.<br /> <br /> "I think it's going to be a fresh start because there are a few guys who will be joining us as well," all-rounder<a href="/tags/Angelo-Mathews/post" target="_blank"> Angelo Mathews</a> said.<br /> <br /> "It's very disappointing the way we played in the Test matches but I think we need to get through that, flush it out of the system and concentrate on the ODIs.<br /> <br /> "Lasith Malinga is joining us and we have got more fire in our bowling department.... I think he's the best bowler going around in world cricket at the moment in the Twenty20 format."<br /> <br /> Sri Lanka will be encouraged by their ODI record in Australia, with four wins in seven matches last year, while they claimed their first-ever series win in Australia 2-1 in 2010.<br /> <br /> The Lions have also won their past three ODIs at the <a href="/tags/Melbourne-Cricket-Ground/post" target="_blank">Melbourne Cricket Ground</a>, boosting their confidence ahead of the five-match series after the 3-0 battering they received from <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a>'s team in the recent Tests.<br /> <br /> Selectors have rested Test men Clarke, Matthew Wade and David Warner from the two opening ODIs, and are fielding debutants in their top three batting spots in Melbourne -- Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja.<br /> <br /> "We've got to concentrate on our cricket... whatever team Australia puts on the field that's up to them," coach Graham Ford said.<br /> <br /> "But a couple of those names are real match-winners in their own right and it is a bit of a comfort knowing they're not going to be around.<br /> <br /> "We tend to prefer the short formats of the game anyway. We've got some really skilful one-day players."<br /> Only three rankings points separate fourth-placed Australia from fifth-placed Sri Lanka in the ODI rankings and the home side are going in with a much-changed squad and an eye on building towards the 2015 World Cup at home.<br /> <br /> Australia T20 skipper George Bailey will lead the side in Clarke's absence as he strives to fully recover from a hamstring strain, while Brad Haddin takes over the wicketkeeping gloves from Wade.<br /> But there was no place for senior batsman Mike Hussey, who played his 79th and last Test earlier this week.<br /> <br /> Hughes said he was confident that Australia had the quality to cope with a Sri Lankan attack boasting Malinga and spin dangermen Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.<br /> <br /> "The experience is there through state cricket even though it's not there through international cricket," he said. "You've got to start somewhere."<br /> <br /> <strong>Teams:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Australia (probable)</strong>: George Bailey (c), Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, Clint McKay, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sri Lanka </strong><strong>(probable)</strong>: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene (c), Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Thisara Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga,Suranga Lakmal.