There will be an ODI surplus over the next nine months as FTP and Super League commitments are completed before the closing date. Australia has been particularly light since the 50-over pandemic; they did not play a single match at home last season and have only two series behind them [against West Indies and Pakistan] from the end of 2020.
Sri Lanka has named the team 21 players, which may seem exaggerated for the home series, but at least it means they can check the box covered by all bases. Their ODI cricket remains inconsistent and they are currently out of the Super League automatic qualifying zone. They won their last two series, at home against South Africa and Zimbabwe, but in both they lost what could be vital. It will be the first ODI series under new coach Chris Silverwood.
(last five matches, last first)
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Middle of the attention
Sri Lanka has several options on the front of the goal. They could keep Mendis in place, although he wasn’t particularly effective with the T20I bat. Charith Asalanka is likely to move down to her notorious No. 5 position in the ODI, and Sri Lanka can strengthen its bat by bringing Dhananjaya de Silva. As for bowling, Waninda Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameer and Maheesh Theekshana will almost certainly play. Given the number of potential pitchers they have in their seventh, they may think that their fourth pitcher would be Chamika Karunaratne. However, they also have Asith Fernando at their disposal.
Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Pathum Nissanka, 3 Kusal Mendis (week), 4 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dasun Shanaka, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Chamika Karunaratha, 11 Chamika Karunaratne, 11
The list of injured in Australia is growing and Kane Richardson is the latest victim. Jhye Richardson was preferred over the second leading spinner in Mitchell Swepson. Finch said they would like to use Alex Carey in position 5 to provide another opportunity for middle-ranked left-handers.
Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch (captain), 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Alex Carey (week), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Jhye Richardson, 11, Josh Hazlewood
Spacing and conditions
Although the last T20I became a reasonably scored game, there were times when both sides fought the bat. The daily ODI element can be a factor. In the Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe series at the beginning of the year, which took place exclusively in Pallekele, it was seen in the opening match that Sri Lanka chased 297 quite comfortably before Zimbabwe defended 302 and then eliminated 70. There is a chance that storms will interrupt the game.
Statistics and details
Andrew McGlashan is the Deputy Editor at ESPNcricinfo
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