Australia vs Sri Lanka Warm-Up Match Preview: TSR presents Predicted Playing 11, Toss prediction and Weather report for tomorrow’s match.
The seventh warm-up match for the looming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between Australia and Sri Lanka at Southampton tomorrow. While Australia would be looking to finalize their batting order, Sri Lanka have more issues to address before the league stage begins.
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Australia defeating hosts England would have given them oodles of confidence last night. It was the kind of result which you expect from a warm-up match. Having defeated the No. 1 side, Australia would be looking to continue their momentum against a struggling Sri Lankan team.
Before arriving in England, Australia had defeated India (3-2) and whitewashed Pakistan (5-0) to end their losing spree in ODIs. With them having gained winning momentum now, opposition teams would be vary of their World Cup record.
Sri Lanka succumbed to an 87-run loss against South Africa in their first warm-up match. Been in the midst of continual chopping and changing across batting, bowling and leadership department, Sri Lanka have one last chance to zero in on their best combination ahead of their first league stage match against New Zealand at Cardiff on June 1.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 26, 2019
As far as their ODI record of this year is concerned, Sri Lanka were whitewashed (5-0) by South Africa in March. Right before the World Cup, they won a lone match against Scotland at Edinburgh.
Australia vs Sri Lanka – Predicted Playing 11
Since it is a warm-up match, both teams will be allowed to field more than 11 players. Hence, writing 11 names won’t make much sense. However, below are the names of some players who their teams will be looking to give a significant run.
Other than Steve Smith scoring a century against England in their first warm-up match, four other Australian batsmen scored 30 or more runs. In what was a decent outing for their batsmen, Australia need to give enough time to Glenn Maxwell in the middle.
If Maxwell is in their plans for the league stage, they will have to bench one out of Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh. Other than this conundrum, Australia will also have to take a call on which spinner to include in their final XI. Both Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon are unlikely to feature in the same XI.
The only specialist batsman for Sri Lanka who didn’t get to bat against South Africa was opener Vishwa Fernando. If their team management have decided against playing him in the first league match, it should persist with wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera and captain Dimuth Karunaratne at the top of the order.
At such an important juncture, the last thing Sri Lanka need is more changes to their line-up. Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga didn’t get to bowl in the first warm-up game and should be given a go tomorrow. Among Jeffray Vandersay, Jeevan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana, Sri Lanka also need to prioritize their top-spinner.
Australia vs Sri Lanka – Weather Prediction
Southampton is most likely to witness clouds (partly) throughout the day tomorrow. Expect a little shower during the afternoon but the probability of the match being abandoned like today remains less. If the clouds have their say for a significant period of time, don’t rule out the probability of fast bowlers dominating the batsmen.
Australia vs Sri Lanka – Toss Prediction
Since Australia successfully defended 297 runs against England, they would be now looking to chase a target to put their batsmen under pressure. On the other hand, if Sri Lanka wins the toss, they would be looking to bat first to give their batsmen some confidence ahead of the tournament.