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Australia’s record on subcontinental tracks is unimpressive Getty Images

Sri Lanka will lock horns with Australia in the first game of the three-Test series at Pallekele. After a long and exhilarating T20 schedule, we have been witnessing some top-drawer Test cricket for the last few weeks. A 42-year-old Misbah-ul-Haq scoring a ton at Lord s, Virat Kohli scoring his maiden double ton, Alastair Cook equalling Don Bradman s record, and many other such events that have eclipsed the excitement that a T20 game generates. With now Australia touring Sri Lanka, Test cricket promises to get only better. Watch the online cricket streaming of this contest on Also, get ball-by-ball commentary and live cricket scorecard on the following link. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test at Pallekele

Australia have announced their playing XI for the first contest. Given the track assists spinners, Steven Smith has opted for spin twins Nathan Lyon and Steve O Keefe. Lyon has represented Australia in 54 matches, pocketing 195 wickets at 32.87, and has won many a match for his nation. Bowling alongside an experienced candidate like Lyon can surely help the newcomer O Keefe. SL vs AUS 2016 Live Cricket Score, 1st Test at Pallekele, Day 1

In addition, with Mitchell Starc back into the side, Australia s bowling unit looks even more lethal. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, come on the back of a series defeat in England. Even since Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene retired from international cricket, they have been in the rebuilding phase. However, the team may be thin on numbers, Angelo Mathews has some staggering talents at his disposal.