Australia and Sri Lanka cricket teams are scheduled to take on each other in the first practice match of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on 26th May. London’s The Oval stadium is going to host the 1st warm-up game of season and both teams will try best to get prepared for main CT17 event starting from 1st June.
Two time Champions Trophy winner team Australia will look to make right batting and bowling combination before getting started with the main tournament in England. Aussies have got firing batting power lineup that has Warner, Finch, Lynn, Maxwell, Head and Smith. There are the top class batsmen in the side who will look to get settled with English conditions against Sri Lanka in the warmup match.
David Warner was the highest run scorer in recently concluded Vivo IPL 2017, hence he is going to be key player for Australia in the tournament. Along with him, Finch, Lynn and Steve Smith are the backbone of Kangaroos in the championship. Fast bowling depends on the experienced shoulders of Starc, Hazlewood and Hastings. These are going to be prime pace bowlers in the side.
However still there are more bowlers like Pattinson, Soinis and Henriques in the roster who can contribute well for Men in Yellow. Henriques and Stoinis will play as the all-rounders in the side. Adam Zampa is the only major spin bowling option in the team while Maxwell can produce some overs in the middle.
On the other side, young Sri-Lankan side will be playing under experienced Matthews leadership. He’s going to be crucial player for Lanka with bat and ball in the tournament. Lasith Malinga is another key experienced player in Lankan camp. Apart from these two, Lanka will hugely be relying on Chandimal, Tharanga, Dickwella, Kapugedera, Perera and Kulasekara.
All of these players have been associated with national side for quite decent time and have the experience to play under such English conditions. Hence these are the crucial players for Sri-Lankan team.
Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, James Pattinson, Adam Zampa.
Angelo Mathews (c), Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Asela Gunaratne, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna.
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Australian team looks favorite against Sri Lanka in the first warm-up match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on 26th May at The Oval. As per our predictions, they have got 60 percent win chances over SL.