Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 June 13, 2011

Australia to play three Tests, five ODIs in Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Lakpriya 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..

  • sisira 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Tharindu 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 !!!

  • sachit 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.

  • sachit 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.

  • Andrew 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.

  • Andrew 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!

  • Anurag on June 13, 2011, 22:12 GMT

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

  • Richard 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.

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