February 24: T20 World Cup - Australia v Sri Lanka, Perth
Our XI: Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu, Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Ellyse Perry, Shashikala Siriwardene, Jess Jonassen, Ashleigh Gardner, Udeshika Prabodhani
Captain: Alyssa Healy
Healy, in her last three T20Is against Sri Lanka, has scored a staggering 212 runs in 97 balls. She also recorded the highest individual score in women's T20Is (148*) against the opposition. Overall, Healy averages 74.66 and has a strike rate of 201.80 against Sri Lanka. She can get you points behind the stumps as well, making her the best captain choice, especially now that she is back in form.
Vice-captain: Beth Mooney
Since 2019, Mooney has scored the most runs (470 runs at a strike rate of 125.33) for Australia in T20Is. She has a terrific record against Sri Lanka in the format too - 184 runs at an average of 92 and a strike rate of 146 in four innings.
Chamari Atapattu: Atapattu has scored 462 runs as an opener in T20Is since 2018, the most by a Sri Lankan. She has had a great couple of warm-up games as well, in which she scored 79 runs and picked up five wickets. Atapattu also scored a 30-ball 41 and picked up a wicket against New Zealand in their first game.
Meg Lanning: The Australia skipper is a middle-order superstar. Since 2018, no Australian middle-order batter (Nos. 3 to 5) has scored more runs (731) than her in T20Is. Lanning also has the highest average (52.21) for any middle-order batter with over 200 runs since 2018 in the format.
Rachael Haynes: She is a crisis manager for her team. For a middle-order batter, she has a healthy average of 25.86 and a strike rate of 117.35, and the last time she faced Sri Lanka in the format, she scored a 37-ball 41.
Shashikala Siriwardene: A bowling allrounder who bats in the middle-order, Siriwardene is probably the most important player in the Sri Lankan line-up after the captain. Her economy in T20Is is commendable for a fingerspinner (5.76) and she must be high on confidence after the four-for against England in the warm-up fixture.
Udeshika Prabodhani: Prabodhani has picked up 13 wickets in T20Is since 2017 - second-highest by a medium-pacer for Sri Lanka in the period - at an economy rate of 5.95. Her ability to swing the ball upfront and pick up wickets make her a valuable pick.
Points to note
- In T20Is since 2017, Australia have scored at 7.67 runs per over against spin and 7.88 against pace.
- Australia have faced Sri Lanka in the format five times and have won on all occasions, so it makes sense to have more Australians.