Pace power trio may be pared down to solo act in Sri Lanka – By Daniel Brettig Source:theage.com.au Power trio Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are braced for the possibility of becoming a solo act in Sri Lanka, for two Test matches at famously spin-friendly Galle. On Australia’s last Test visit in 2016, Sri Lanka won by 229 runs in just three days at the seaside venue, and bowled a grand total of five overs of pace in the match. While Mitchell Starc was in the middle of the most destructive series of his career, Hazlewood and the allrounder Mitchell Marsh were far from penetrative. It’s those memories – and the success of Australia in adapting to Pakistani conditions earlier this year – that have Hazlewood and company prepared for a scenario whereby captain Cummins and all-rounder Cam Green are the only fast bowling options selected. “It’s probably ...

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Sri Lanka will ascertain their true strength against the rampant Australians fresh from a successful tour of Pakistan – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sport editor)   Both teams are currently basking in the glory of series triumphs over Pakistan and Bangladesh away from home making the outcome of the current two Test series a defining moment in the Test Championship rankings. While the tour raises questions about its priority in a country suffering from impending bankruptcy and civil unrest due to political bungling and mismanagement, Sri Lanka Cricket believes it is a justified decision to go ahead due to the revenue it will generate. The Cricket board has pledged a substantial sum of dollars generated from the games  towards urgent medical requirements the country is unable to purchase due to the current crisis.  Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Mohan De Silva is quoted as saying it will also create ...

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Sri Lanka face uphill task against smarting Aussies – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE   Sri Lanka’s mission to the Southern hemisphere appears to be on a tragic course if the results in New Zealand are any indication.  They left empty handed after a winless tour in all formats and life for them appears bleaker as they take on an Australian team smarting from a historic whitewash at home at the hands of the high riding Indians.   While Sri Lanka’s aspirations are more in hope of improvement due to the immaturity in the current squad, the Kiwis and Aussies are proud defenders at home and are uncompromising against all-comers in battle.  The Sri Lankans feature in their first Pink ball Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on February 24 before travelling to Manuka Oval in Canberra for their final encounter which is incidentally the first Test in the Australian ...

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NEWS FROM THE AUSTRALIAN CRICKET BOARD – FULL LIST OF CONTRACTED PLAYERS FOR 2018/19   Player State Age Ashton Agar WA 24 Alex Carey SA 26 Pat Cummins NSW 24 Aaron Finch VIC 31 Peter Handscomb VIC 26 Josh Hazlewood NSW 27 Travis Head SA 24 Usman Khawaja QLD 31 Nathan Lyon NSW 30 Glenn Maxwell VIC 29 Shaun Marsh WA 34 Mitchell Marsh WA 26 Tim Paine TAS 33 Matthew Renshaw QLD 22 Jhye Richardson WA 21 Kane Richardson SA 27 Billy Stanlake QLD 23 Mitchell Starc NSW 28 Marcus Stoinis WA 28 Andrew Tye WA 31 Well balanced list to represent Australia across all 3 formats ...

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