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Australia and Srilanka have fallen prey to a similar humiliation recently. Australia lost to South Africa in a prestigious test series at home and Srilanka also lost a test match against New Zealand in Srilanka. Trend in cricket is changing where test playing nations have started to lose at home. This used to be a bit difficult till couple of years ago. All the teams were pretty strong when they played test cricket at home. But scenario is changing and it is making test cricket unpredictable and hence more interesting.
Australia takes on Srilanka in a home series consisting of test cricket as well as limited over version of ODI and T20 cricket. So this is a full fledged cricket series. Srilankans have admitted that they aren't ready for long version of game in Australia but to get prepared they will get a practice match against Cricket Australia's Chairman XI. Yes only one match seems less and India faced the same issue last time when they visited Australia. Teams visiting Australia need more match practice to get accustomed to the situations down under which includes nature of the pitch and climate as well.
Srilanka last time visited Australia and were successful in the limited version of the game. Can they continue their so called good form of last year this year also and that too into test cricket? That is a question whose answer will be seen only once the series begins and we see some performances down the line.
For Australia, one of their greatest batsmen Ricky Ponting has retired and he is no more in contention to play again for Australia. So doors are wide open for youngsters to make a mark and fix their place in the Australian squad.
Australia vs Srilanka schedule:
1st test will begin from 14th December 2012 followed by 2nd test which begins on boxing day 26th December 2012. Third and final test will be played in from 3rd of January 2013. Five match ODI series begins from 11th January and it will continue till 23rd January when Australia will play Srilanka in 5th ODI at Hobart.
Two T20 international matches will be played on 26th and 28th January 2013 at Sydney and MCG respectively.
Australia vs Srilanka Test Results:
Test results for Srilanka against Australia have been purely dismal. Out of 23 test matches played between these two nations, Srilanka has won just one! They lost 14 to Australia and 8 matches were drawn. A brilliant 61% win ratio for Australia.
Australia vs Srilanka ODI Results:
These two teams have faced each other in 84 ODI matches. 53 went in favour of Australia and 28 in the pockets of Srilankans. Three matches ended without any result.
Australia vs Srilanka T20 Results:
Out of 6 T20 matches played between Australia and Srilanka, Australia could manage just two wins and they lost four to Srilanka. So in the shortest format of the game, Srilanka has the upper hand so far.
Let us hope for another good cricketing affair between two test playing nations Australia vs Srilanka. One can catch live cricket streaming Star ESPN online to stay updated with live action and scores.