Conditions expected to suit fast bowlers as Australia pick three quicks for tomorrow’s first T20 against Sri Lanka, with Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson recalled for the sold-out series opener.
Australia will stick to the team formula that won them the World Cup for Tuesday’s first T20 International against Sri Lanka, opting to pick three pacemen with the expectation conditions will suit them.
Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson both earnt nods for the sold-out series opener in Colombo, with Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa, the two absences from the XI that won the world title in Dubai last year.
Captain Aaron Finch suggested Josh Inglis was an unfortunate omission for the match at the R. Premadasa Stadium, where tropical rain looks to have juiced up a greener-than-expected pitch.
Finch said selectors considered partnering Agar with a second spinner in Mitchell Swepson but heavy wet-season rain on the island has meant the typically dry subcontinental conditions the Aussies have become accustomed to have not materialized.
Australia XI for first T20I v Sri Lanka: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood