2016 Australia vs Sri Lanka Test Series: 5 Players to Watch
No matter how much they dominate world cricket, the soft underbelly for the Australian team has always been the sub-continent. The tours to this part of the world have always tested the mettle of the best Aussie teams as they have dropped four of their past five series.
So when the Australian cricket team embark on their latest mission to Sri Lanka, there will be extra motivation to do better – although they will encounter perhaps the weakest ever Lankan team.
We look ahead to the upcoming Australia vs Sri Lanka Test Series and offer our ‘5 Players to Watch’.
This is a man who relishes all formats and all conditions. Not blessed with a technique for the longer format, Warner makes it up with an ambition to dominate and a will to succeed. Notwithstanding the fact that he had limited preparation due to a broken finger, Warner should give impetus to ‘Mission Sri Lanka’. Back him at odds of $3.25 to be Australia’s top run scorer at CrownBet.
Another injury returnee, Starc is without a doubt the spearhead of this Aussie attack. He has all the ingredients to succeed on dry sub-continent wickets – pace, reverse swing, bounce and yorkers. Easing back into competitive cricket may slow down his effectiveness, but Starc is a quality bowler any time he likes. Perhaps a long shot for being the top bowler but definitely not an overloaded option – odds of $4 at CrownBet.
One of the most under-rated spinners of this generation, Lyon is someone who brings a lot of attacking flair. He may not have bagged a lot of wickets in the practice match,but stepping up in match situations is what differentiates Lyon from the rest. A huge contender to be the top bowler for the series – odds of $3.75 at CrownBet.
Silva was the lone silver lining for Sri Lanka in the recently concluded England series. The diminutive batsman has shown enough glimpses of his abilities to raise hopes of better performance at home. With the side yet to come to terms with the retirements of legends, Silva will be expected to lead with the bat for the hosts.
This veteran spinner is the shining beacon in this defeat-scarred Lankan outfit. With the team ravaged by injuries, he will be expected to carry the burden even more. With the conditions loaded in his favor, Herath will hope to exploit the weakness of this Aussie outfit and will no doubt end up with loads of wickets.
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