Sri Lanka have had plenty to celebrate in the last week in Australia. Photo: REUTERS/cricketworld.com
Full of confidence after defeating India and Australia in their past two matches, Sri Lanka take on the hosts again in Hobart on Friday. After opening the competition with back-to-back defeats in the first week, Sri Lanka are now the form team in the Commonwealth Bank Series having collected two wins and a tie from their past three fixtures. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene has formed a lethal opening partnership with Tillakaratne Dilshan since moving back to the top of the order and much of his side’s success can be attributed to the good starts that the pair has given the team. With the ball, Thisara Perera has been the star, collected eight wickets in his past three outings.
Australia’s 50 over team begin a new era, with leading runscorer Ricky Ponting dropped after 375 matches. Shane Watson returns after missing most of the summer through injury, while Michael Clarke will also return after sitting out the past two fixtures. Veteran batsman Michael Hussey may miss out to allow impressive youngster Peter Forrest a continued run in the side.
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