A video of Australian captain Michael Clarke speaking ahead of the first Test of the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

Australia are coming off a 309-run drubbing by world number one South Africa this month, and Hobart will be the first chance for their new-look batting line-up after the record-breaking Ponting retired with 13,378 Test runs.

Sri Lanka are putting their faith in the remnants of their "golden generation" as they target their first ever Test win in Australia in the three-match series starting on Friday, AFP reported.

Thirty-somethings Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar SangakkaraTillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera, who form the core of Sri Lanka's batting, are shaping as Sri Lanka's best chance of breaking their 10-Test, 25-year winless record.