It was quite a turnaround for the Sri Lankan team during the ODI series, which they won 3-2 after starting with a loss. The true test for the team would begin when they faced the Australians in the first Test Match. In recent years, they have had a poor track record in this format. Before coming here, the Australians had won the Test series in Pakistan and the Ashes 4-0.
The Sri Lankans have not defeated a higher-ranked side in the last 20 Test matches they have played. They’ve struggled against quality bowling attacks, so it’ll be interesting to see how they fare here. The Australians are known for fighting hard, and the Sri Lankans are familiar with the conditions, so we should be in for a close fight.
The 1st Test between Sri Lanka vs Australia will take place on June 29th, 2022 at Galle International Stadium in Galle.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test, Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022
Date: June 29, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:00 AM IST
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
Sri Lanka vs Australia Team Previews
Dimuth Karunaratne would be delighted to captain the team in this game. The hosts displayed grit and determination during the ODIs, which surprised the Australians after their easy victory in the T20s. However, white-ball cricket is the most difficult challenge, and Sri Lankans have struggled against stronger opponents over the last four years. Karunaratne will want to see his batsmen come into the game with a positive attitude because they have a good bowling attack for these conditions.
Sri Lanka is expected to bat first with Pathum Nissanka and Karunaratne, with the former in good form in recent games. With Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, and Dinesh Chandimal in the side, the middle-order is experienced, and these players will have to bat long innings. Niroshan Dickwella and Ramesh Mendis are good batsmen for these conditions, and the team would benefit from their contributions.
Their bowlers would be put under pressure because the Australians have performed well in the series. Asitha Fernando and Kasun Rajitha will have to draw early blood in order to prevent the Australian top order from putting up big partnerships. The fact that the side has three quality spinners is a huge plus in these conditions. Praveen Jayawickrama, Ramesh Mendis, and Lasith Embuldeniya are expected to bowl.
Sri Lanka Squad
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya, Jeffrey Vandersay. Standby Players: Dunith Wellalage, Lakshitha Rasanjana
Predicted XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Pathum Nissanka, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Praveen Jayawickrama, Ramesh Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya
Pat Cummins and his team would have had a taste of Sri Lanka’s strength during the ODI series, and they will need to play with more heart to succeed here. The pitch would be spin-friendly, and the team would have to bat with zeal. They’ve had a good record against Sri Lanka in the past, and Cummins hopes to build on that here.
Usman Khawaja arrives with experience and will look to form an important partnership with David Warner. Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith are two of the best bowlers in this game, and the team expects a strong performance from them. Travis Head, Alex Carey, and Cummins provide depth to this lineup, and strong performances are expected of them.
Cummins and Mitchell Starc will look to exploit their pace as this wicket is unlikely to offer much after the morning session. Josh Hazlewood’s confidence has grown over the last year, and the team has high expectations for him. Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson would thrive in these conditions, and they will be required to bowl the team to victory.
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
Predicted XI: Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey (wk), Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Swepson
Sri Lanka vs Australia Toss Prediction
In the fourth innings, it is one of the most difficult wickets in the world to bat on because the wicket turns into a minefield, making life difficult against spinners. The teams that bat first have won the majority of games at this venue. On this wicket, the skipper who wins the toss should bat first without hesitation.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Galle International Stadium in Galle has been a good venue for both batsmen and spinners. Batsmen enjoy the conditions on days one, two, and three because it is a good surface for stroke play. Spinners dominated on days 4 and 5 at this location. Under overcast conditions and in the morning session, fast bowlers do get some help from the wicket.
Between June 29 and July 3, Galle is expected to see light rain and overcast skies. Unlike other Sri Lankan pitches, this one has been favorable to bowlers. On Day 1, it does provide some assistance to fast bowlers, but spinners have always dominated here. The team batting first in the game will be content with at least 400 runs.
Sri Lanka vs Australia Match Prediction
The Sri Lankans impressed their fans by winning the ODI series. But this is a different game, and their batting performances against a good bowling attack haven’t been particularly impressive. To win the game, the team would need to form alliances. The Australians have a strong record in Test cricket. They have a good batting lineup and a good pace attack. This would make them the favorites to win the competition.
Australia is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 2.34.
- The Australian team has not lost a single game in the last eight, and they have won four of them.
- Australia’s batsmen have performed admirably in the last 12 months, with Marnus Labuschagne and Usman Khawaja in particularly good form.
- In the last 20 games, the Sri Lankan team has not defeated a higher-ranked opponent, and they have struggled.