Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 June 13, 2011

Australia to play three Tests, five ODIs in Sri Lanka

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Australia will play three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals when they tour Sri Lanka in August and September this year, the Sri Lanka board has announced.

While the established centres at Galle and the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, are set to host a Test each, Pallekele - situated just outside Kandy - has been awarded the second Test. Pallekele International Stadium, situated which was constructed in the build up to the World Cup, has hosted just one Test previously, when Sri Lanka took on West Indies in December 2010, but that game was badly affected by rain and ended without a single innings being completed.

Pallekele will also host both T20 games and one ODI, while Sri Lanka's other new stadium, Hambantota gets two ODIs. Hambantota was also built for the World Cup and hosted two games. However, the cost of constructing the stadiums left Sri Lanka Cricket in debt to the tune of $23 million, with the result that the board pledged the newly built stadiums plus the income from upcoming tours as collateral to raise funds to pay for the World Cup.

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  • Lakpj on June 15, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    This is similar to Steven Waugh's 1st tour in 1999. Rebuilding Aus team and SL team. Lot of similarities with the present teams. After that 1999 tour Aus really took off under S Waugh and were simply invincible for the next 8-9 years. Let's c what will happen in and after this series. Both teams have points to prove..

  • nwsk on June 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    August may be rain time. i think pallekele not good option. Dabulla its better place? for T20 & ODI

  • on June 14, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Hambantota getting the chance is a good start to generate its name as a upcoming sports city. Since its hosting first ever South Asian beach games as well as competing for the Bid for 2018 Commonwealth games are huge. I hope Hambantota will have the capability to rise as a leading sports venue in the world.

  • SLfan on June 14, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @ piyush999 - Ha Ha Ha !!! " useless people like sangakara " ???... Dude Don't be frustrated that your Dhoni or Sachin did n't get the famous Cowdrey Lecture at Lords...That's not Sanga's fault man...Ask them to be "useless" as Sanga, then they will get that kind of honours from the world ! Mind your own business !!!

  • 9ST9 on June 14, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    @Rajeev Reddy - of course mate this and even the ashes are boring...India vs West Indies wow man now thats what i call cricket. Superb and so exciting. And Yes the rest of the world should stop playing each other and play against India only.

  • 9ST9 on June 14, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Both sides are minus there stars, Sri Lanka are normally good at home and the aussies are always a tough unit - the last ODI n T20 series between the 2 sides was rather one sided - SL ran up an easy win in the T20 before a close game and a comfortable win in the 1st 2 ODI's with the aussies romping home in the dead rubber, lot will depend on the fitness/form of Malinga and Matthews - hopefully someone like Chandimal/Thirimanne will come to the fore front. The last time Aus toured SL after a WC was in 1999 when they were champions to be defeated by a new-look SL side. That was the start of a new chapter in SL cricket - the age of Jayasuriya,Atapattu Arnold and Mahela. Hope this tour sparks a new age for Sri Lanka and for god's sake hope matthews becomes the vice captain.

  • Meety on June 13, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Gotta say I like the format of the tour. Short formats to start "hostilities" - I think that Oz should consider not playing their ODI squad, rather use it as a test probables hit out.

  • Meety on June 13, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    @ Biggus - I think it depends on what team gets selected. I am a fan of Smiths & would take him on tour, but I don't think its beneficial to play him at the moment. I really think that O'Keefe & Hauritz need to play. Sick of the Hoo Hah over Katich saga, I'm very interested to see if he gets selected for the tour, (& then will he tour if selected!), for what its worth I would select him as cover for Hughes & Khawaja (Watto too if his form drops off!). If go with the team that plaaaayed the 5th test - I will to be scared to look up the scores the next day! My team would be 1. Watto,2. Hughes,3. Khawaja,4. Ponting,5. Clarke,6. M Hussey,7. Haddin,8. O'Keefe,9. MJ, 10. Hauritz,11. Copeland,12th Smith, 13th Katich, 14th Siddle, 15th Pattinson, 16th Ferguson. I am thinking that it is going to be a very tough assignment finding a way thru a top 6 that inc Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Samaweera & Matthews. Not sure that their bowlers will threaten although at times they made inroads v the Poms!

  • anuraag.singh on June 13, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Everytime Aussie appoints a new captain...the 1st destination is always Srilanks

  • Biggus on June 13, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    I think there's a good chance that Sri Lanka will beat we Aussies. The last time our cricket was in such a state they were still to start playing tests, so this has to be one of the better chances to rub our noses in it, although their bowling has been greatly weakened lately. If the series were being played in OZ I'd say no chance without Murali, but on home pitches and with some useful spinners to call on anything can happen. I don't think the Aussies will be losing any sleep over the SL pace attack though. It promises to be an interesting clash! I'm looking forward to it a great deal.

  • Lakpj on June 15, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    This is similar to Steven Waugh's 1st tour in 1999. Rebuilding Aus team and SL team. Lot of similarities with the present teams. After that 1999 tour Aus really took off under S Waugh and were simply invincible for the next 8-9 years. Let's c what will happen in and after this series. Both teams have points to prove..

  • nwsk on June 14, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    August may be rain time. i think pallekele not good option. Dabulla its better place? for T20 & ODI

  • on June 14, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Hambantota getting the chance is a good start to generate its name as a upcoming sports city. Since its hosting first ever South Asian beach games as well as competing for the Bid for 2018 Commonwealth games are huge. I hope Hambantota will have the capability to rise as a leading sports venue in the world.

  • SLfan on June 14, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @ piyush999 - Ha Ha Ha !!! " useless people like sangakara " ???... Dude Don't be frustrated that your Dhoni or Sachin did n't get the famous Cowdrey Lecture at Lords...That's not Sanga's fault man...Ask them to be "useless" as Sanga, then they will get that kind of honours from the world ! Mind your own business !!!

  • 9ST9 on June 14, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    @Rajeev Reddy - of course mate this and even the ashes are boring...India vs West Indies wow man now thats what i call cricket. Superb and so exciting. And Yes the rest of the world should stop playing each other and play against India only.

  • 9ST9 on June 14, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Both sides are minus there stars, Sri Lanka are normally good at home and the aussies are always a tough unit - the last ODI n T20 series between the 2 sides was rather one sided - SL ran up an easy win in the T20 before a close game and a comfortable win in the 1st 2 ODI's with the aussies romping home in the dead rubber, lot will depend on the fitness/form of Malinga and Matthews - hopefully someone like Chandimal/Thirimanne will come to the fore front. The last time Aus toured SL after a WC was in 1999 when they were champions to be defeated by a new-look SL side. That was the start of a new chapter in SL cricket - the age of Jayasuriya,Atapattu Arnold and Mahela. Hope this tour sparks a new age for Sri Lanka and for god's sake hope matthews becomes the vice captain.

  • Meety on June 13, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    Gotta say I like the format of the tour. Short formats to start "hostilities" - I think that Oz should consider not playing their ODI squad, rather use it as a test probables hit out.

  • Meety on June 13, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    @ Biggus - I think it depends on what team gets selected. I am a fan of Smiths & would take him on tour, but I don't think its beneficial to play him at the moment. I really think that O'Keefe & Hauritz need to play. Sick of the Hoo Hah over Katich saga, I'm very interested to see if he gets selected for the tour, (& then will he tour if selected!), for what its worth I would select him as cover for Hughes & Khawaja (Watto too if his form drops off!). If go with the team that plaaaayed the 5th test - I will to be scared to look up the scores the next day! My team would be 1. Watto,2. Hughes,3. Khawaja,4. Ponting,5. Clarke,6. M Hussey,7. Haddin,8. O'Keefe,9. MJ, 10. Hauritz,11. Copeland,12th Smith, 13th Katich, 14th Siddle, 15th Pattinson, 16th Ferguson. I am thinking that it is going to be a very tough assignment finding a way thru a top 6 that inc Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Samaweera & Matthews. Not sure that their bowlers will threaten although at times they made inroads v the Poms!

  • anuraag.singh on June 13, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Everytime Aussie appoints a new captain...the 1st destination is always Srilanks

  • Biggus on June 13, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    I think there's a good chance that Sri Lanka will beat we Aussies. The last time our cricket was in such a state they were still to start playing tests, so this has to be one of the better chances to rub our noses in it, although their bowling has been greatly weakened lately. If the series were being played in OZ I'd say no chance without Murali, but on home pitches and with some useful spinners to call on anything can happen. I don't think the Aussies will be losing any sleep over the SL pace attack though. It promises to be an interesting clash! I'm looking forward to it a great deal.

  • Mevan on June 13, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    Great news that Pallekele will get one test match. It is not affected by the South West monsoon, unlike Colombo ( SSC) or Galle, so that the match will not be interrupted by rain.

  • on June 13, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    I dont' find any great SL players after Sanga and mahela calls their day. It's little bit disappointing. But only faith is A Mathews...

  • Parthi_nava on June 13, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    @Roar911: don't be so happy. We got revenge by kicking you out in the final of the world cup. BOSS this is not the place to fight or tease among ourselves. We need the good cricket and the better team will win.

  • Roar911 on June 13, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    @Reddy- ...oh yeah, i totally forgot that world won't spin, if india won't play cricket! dude, we dont care at all about indian cricket as long as we get to watch our lads taking on aussies! ...and we certainly dont care who wins this series as long as both teams produce good entertaining cricket and not one sided white-washes! @piyush999- ahh guess u still have those painful memories of our so-called-grandfather kickin' you out of WC 96!

  • yohandf1984 on June 13, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @Rajeev Reddy- These games are v interesting for us as Sri Lankans coz we are playing with them at home after a while . Your interest is not the interest of whole world. If u say no 4 and 5 th ranked teams are struggling ,smthing wrong in yo thoughts. Hw abt India vs WI test series ? should be v interesting LMAO .

  • howizzat on June 13, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Aussies will be reborn in Srilanka by winning both ODI series and the test series.

  • Sinhaya on June 13, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @jmoses, yes monsoon is there but July and August it is less intense. Forgot how we got through the Indian tour last August? There will be a bit of rain but will be fine. Recall how we comfortably had home series in July 2009 as well?

  • Aussasinator on June 13, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    It's a different Australian team now - one which has got used to losing and losing merrily at times. Sri Lanka has a good chance even without Murali.

  • pb10677 on June 13, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    the plural of stadium is stadia (it's a Latin word).

  • on June 13, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    These fixtures are not interesting. Firstly because of two struggling teams in test cricket, when two best teams (ENG/India) are playing against each other. Then most of the fixtures are not on public holidays (Sunday), why Saturday and Monday instead of Friday and Sunday. If this series has to be played in AUS or SA, definitely we could get a game on every Sunday, surely.

  • Charindra on June 13, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    I think there won't be any games at RPS because of SLPL. People would be sick of cricket around that stadium because all SLPL matches are there.

  • stormy16 on June 13, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Nice to see the new stadiums get some games and its a battle for the all important 4th spot in the world test championships. I think its safe to say SA, Ind and Eng are certain for a top 3 with SL and Aus having to sort out 4th spot.

  • Timmuh on June 13, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    It will be seven and a half years between Test tours to SL by Australia. To all Lankans, the rest of us do not treat your nation with the same contempt that Cricket Australia does. Please, turn up and support your side; and hopefully you can enjoy some hard Test cricket (preferably from my point of view with Australia winning a tight series). It should be a good test for how Sri Lanka cope in a world without Murali and Vaas, and to see who can stand up in tough conditions for a touring Australian team.

  • jmoses on June 13, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    I doubt whether we will see any cricket in this tour. Its monsoon in Srilanka and weather will surely become the spoil sport. As a cricket fan, I hope the weather god stays away....

  • CricketPissek on June 13, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    the last time AUS toured SL (for a 3 test and 3 ODI series, not sure what the 2nd commenter is on about), Stop gap captain Hashan Tilekeratne's horrible captaincy ruined what would have been a thrilling series. Sri Lanka lost it 0-3, but don't forget we held a first innings lead in EVERY match. This is a world record (ask Steven if you don't believe me!). once again, it'll be a stop gap captain Tilekeratne in charge, but from the evidence of the England series, we can expect a bit more aggressiveness. It will be 2 teams in 'rebuild' mode battling it out, and could be a thriller. Sri Lanka won the last ODI series in Australia 2-1, so would want to make sure not to lose the return series at home!

  • SLMelb on June 13, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    What happen to DABULLA..............? Why they'll not giving any matches for DABULLA? Is it a another waste poor Sri Lankan people tax money? I fear in future samething going to be happen to PALLEKALE and HAMBANTHOTA.........!!! Who's responsible for thees money wasted things in Sri Lanka?

  • malik86 on June 13, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @nzcricket174...to see inns of ross taylor, there must be kamram akmal.hahahaha...isn't?

  • abhyudayj on June 13, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    without murlitharan the srilanka team look ordinary and if srilanka manage to level the series that should bre greats results

  • piyush999 on June 13, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    hahahhaa...what difference would it make after all its srilanka..c'mon guys its only a B grade team now especially with the likes of malinga murali retired abnd also that grandfather jaya who at 42 still wants 2 play cricket after being thropwn out of ipl...shameful lad he is...he should sit at home and take care of his grandchildren and leave the job of making runs to useless people like sangakara and mahela haha who make runs only at colombo ssc premadasa galle kandy...sri lanka is gonna be thrashed by aussies whitewashed totally..and i even shudder to think what steyn morkel and tsotsbe is gonna do when they tour south africa this year

  • on June 13, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    This would be an interesting series ... Srilanka are unstoppable on their home soil ... Srilanka have to prove that they are the same even in the post Muralitharan era ... Testing time for relativeley less experienced Aussie players and it will be interesting to see how they fare in subcontinental conditions

  • jonesy2 on June 13, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    too many ODI's. should be an interesting test series i think aus will be looking to get all the batsmen in top form and sort out the batting order and spinner

  • rama563 on June 13, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    lets see which aussie will play srilankan spinners mendis,herath,randiv better than simon katich!!!!!!

  • shaileshacharya123 on June 13, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Battel for NO-3 in the World

  • nzcricket174 on June 13, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    We all hope to see a Ross Taylor-like innings at Pallekele!

  • akon1986 on June 13, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Sounds good.. and this is going to be a tough battle for both sides. Cheers!! Priyanga

  • denwarlo70 on June 13, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Good, very good. We need to be on top if we are to compete in the up coming world test series. Hope our boys will live up to be within the first four to take part in the championship and prove to the world who believes that we Lankans are only good at ODI's.

  • on June 13, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    sri lanka just cant get its schedule write to many matches in pallekele

  • on June 13, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    There will be good series between both sides but Srilanka definetely miss the Legend spinner Murli

  • on June 13, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    great fitures all round, hope it will challenge the Aussies and SL emerge victorious and one T20I should have been hosted in the new RPS Stadium it can accomadate to about 30,000 people.

  • on June 13, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Welcome Aussies, we have been waiting for this opportunity for the decades. Thanks ICC.

  • on June 13, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Surprised to see no matches for Dambulla.

  • on June 13, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    good to see pallekele has more matches!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 13, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Wow this is awesome. Thanks SLC and CA. Can't wait to watch the matches.

  • ranga_s on June 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    If SSC again urn in to a batting paradise in days 3,4,5 where only 4-5 wickets fall each day....Hambantota should be looked at as a possible test venue too.....SSC is no where near what it used to be where 250 chase on the last day could be a thriller where the batting team would achieve it with having 2-3 wickets in hand or the bowling team could win it by a margin of 30-40 runs....Test wickets all around the world are becoming like this....We saw that in Lords' too.....Unless curator make it the way it used to SSC must be overlooked in future....at least give the new grounds a chance....

  • popcorn on June 13, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    The last time we were there, it was the Master of Spin Batting, - the batsman who caresses the ball to the boundary - Damien Martyn, who scored centuries in the first two Tests, and the Master of Spin Bowling,Shane Warne - who had 5 fers in EACH innings of the first two Tests,who helped us thrash Sri Lanka 3 -0 in the 3 match series. Damien Martyn continued his mastery against Spin in India in November that year. Who will it be this time? Michael Clarke? Or Ricky Ponting? And can Steve Smith stand up and be counted as a Spin Bowler?

  • on June 13, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    New ground so little home advantage for SL

  • Ramesh-IT on June 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    T20 - Australia ODI - SL Test - Drawn series

  • on June 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    At last Aussie are playing 3 test against SL

  • on June 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Hope RAIN doesnt interrupt during those months And it will be great to watch the Australians taking on the Srilankan Spinners Thats going to be the Greatest challenge though at the SSC mahela will be the biggest bother But will Srilankans play to their full strength??? All sorts of new changes, it'l be a waste if they dont!!!

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  • on June 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Hope RAIN doesnt interrupt during those months And it will be great to watch the Australians taking on the Srilankan Spinners Thats going to be the Greatest challenge though at the SSC mahela will be the biggest bother But will Srilankans play to their full strength??? All sorts of new changes, it'l be a waste if they dont!!!

  • on June 13, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    At last Aussie are playing 3 test against SL

  • Ramesh-IT on June 13, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    T20 - Australia ODI - SL Test - Drawn series

  • on June 13, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    New ground so little home advantage for SL

  • popcorn on June 13, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    The last time we were there, it was the Master of Spin Batting, - the batsman who caresses the ball to the boundary - Damien Martyn, who scored centuries in the first two Tests, and the Master of Spin Bowling,Shane Warne - who had 5 fers in EACH innings of the first two Tests,who helped us thrash Sri Lanka 3 -0 in the 3 match series. Damien Martyn continued his mastery against Spin in India in November that year. Who will it be this time? Michael Clarke? Or Ricky Ponting? And can Steve Smith stand up and be counted as a Spin Bowler?

  • ranga_s on June 13, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    If SSC again urn in to a batting paradise in days 3,4,5 where only 4-5 wickets fall each day....Hambantota should be looked at as a possible test venue too.....SSC is no where near what it used to be where 250 chase on the last day could be a thriller where the batting team would achieve it with having 2-3 wickets in hand or the bowling team could win it by a margin of 30-40 runs....Test wickets all around the world are becoming like this....We saw that in Lords' too.....Unless curator make it the way it used to SSC must be overlooked in future....at least give the new grounds a chance....

  • on June 13, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Wow this is awesome. Thanks SLC and CA. Can't wait to watch the matches.

  • on June 13, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    good to see pallekele has more matches!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 13, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    Surprised to see no matches for Dambulla.

  • on June 13, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Welcome Aussies, we have been waiting for this opportunity for the decades. Thanks ICC.