Australia vs Sri Lanka – 2nd Test Match Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Thursday, 31st January, 11:30

Where Australia vs Sri Lanka taking place? Canberra

What is the expected weather for Australia vs Sri Lanka? Temperatures of 30-33c over the next few days with cloud and a chance of a showers on Monday which could impact play

What channel is Australia vs Sri Lanka on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream Australia vs Sri Lanka? Australia vs Sri Lanka will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Are tickets still available for Australia vs Sri Lanka? https://m.ticketek.com.au/show...

LAST MEETING
Australia beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

Captain: Tim Paine

  • Australia picked up a morale-boosting win over Sri Lanka in the first Test at the Gabba last week and they will be keen to win this second and final Test to wrap up the series in Canberra.
  • There is every chance that they will name an unchanged team for this match such was the positive impression made by the team in that first Test although Burns and Patterson will be keen for more runs after knocks of 15 and 30 respectively.
  • The bowling attack was in impressive form with all four bowlers contributing well as Cummins led the way with six wickets in the second innings but newcomer Jhye Richardson caught the eye in the first innings with some impressive figures that he will look to build on here.

SRI LANKA

Captain: Dinesh Chandimal

  • Sri Lanka move on to this second and final Test in Canberra eager to avoid yet another series defeat and to snap this dismal run of six Test matches that has seen them lose five and draw one.
  • The confidence in the squad is not particularly great based on that recent form and although some of their batsmen have shown some fight, they lack the overall quality to hold out against this impressive Australian bowling attack for long spells.
  • They have been dealt a major blow by the news that speed merchants Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara have both picked up injuries and will miss out here so 22-year-old pace-bowler Chamika Karunaratne has joined the squad although it will likely be Kasun Rajitha and left-armer Vishwa Fernando that play.

THE PREDICTION

It is clear to see based on the first Test that Australia are desperate to regain some confidence and pride, and will go all out for a win here to seal a 2-0 series win. Sri Lanka are short on quality and after losing two of their frontline bowlers, their chances of getting anything here are even slimmer. Australia will relish the opportunity to get some runs on the board and hand out another comprehensive beating to the beleaguered tourists.