Even in a tournament with nine group-stage matches, with room to go up a point or two, you don’t want to be down 0-3 early in the competition. But that is exactly the situation that Australia and Sri Lanka will have to face when they face off in Lucknow, in what is already shaping up to be a contest to maintain realistic semi-final hopes. It has been a tough start for both sides, but two points in this tie will revive belief that they can still challenge for the top four.
In what was a completely un-Australian move, they made two changes after just one match. Cameron Green’s omission against South Africa was largely expected, but Alex Carey’s exclusion was a big talking point, despite his poor form. They are still competing with a 14-player squad, Travis Head has not yet rejoined the group, and Sean Abbott is the only one who has not yet rejoined the group.
Batting is becoming a concern as no one has reached a half-century yet – Australia currently have the lowest batting average of any team in the tournament at 18.80, and have failed to reach 200 in the first two matches. Has been.
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“Don’t think he’s bowling as well as he has in the past,” Finch told ESPNcricinfo. “He’s got neck and shoulder problems. I know he’s got a bit of a hip injury at the moment. Whether that’s just affecting him a bit technically – legspin bowling is not my expertise – but he didn’t bowl at his best against ” India. But you are also bowling against the best players in the world. I think he bowled the first over and got two fours on it. One of them was a good ball – maybe it hit the top of the off stump – from KL (Rahu) – and it went past backward point for four. Then you are on the backfoot because four runs have been scored on your best ball. You sometimes start thinking about it too much and you can deviate from your No. 1 plan.’
Team news: Australia likely to remain unchanged; Sri Lanka needs reinforcements
Australia (Probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Marnus Labuschagne, 5 Josh Inglis (wk), 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Marcus Stoinis, 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (c), 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood
Sri Lanka (Probable): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis (captain, wk), 4 Sadira Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjay de Silva, 7 Dunith Velez, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Mahish Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Dilshan Madushanka
pitch and conditions
As the match progressed, when Australia faced South Africa, the surface at the Ekana Stadium became tricky and it certainly became vulnerable to the fast bowlers in the second half. This can have an impact on what the captain who wins the toss decides to do. However, Pat Cummins and Shanaka, before his injury, had won both their tosses, did different things each time and saw their team lose on each occasion. Therefore, they may want to leave the decision to someone else. Meanwhile, it is going to be another hot day in Lucknow.
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“A lot of Australian teams, when they are put in a corner, they play their best cricket. We find ourselves in a corner at the start of this tournament, but we have to come out and perform really well against Sri Lanka. Will have to do, Lanka.”
Michelle Marsh Hopefully Australia will strike back before it’s too late
Andrew McGlashan is deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo