Aussies eye 3-0 series victory
With the latest news filtering through that star all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has decided to take a break from cricket to deal with some mental health issues, Ben McDermott is almost a certainty to make his first appearance in the series. Although Maxwell is a huge loss to this Aussie side, the oppositions continuous-struggles may not impact the team as much as first thought. In a series that has been dominated by David Warner and Australia’s bowlers, the likes of Ashton Turner and Alex Carey have barely been sighted. Steve Smith’s first T20I innings in three years saw him produce an impressive half century at the Gabba, 53 off 36 balls isn’t bad for a “so called” test specialist. As mentioned, Warner’s dominance has headlined the series so far taking out both player of the match awards in both Adelaide and Brisbane. Skipper Aaron Finch is always a threat to go big at the top of the order as well, luckily for Sri Lanka Malinga picked him up first ball of the last game. With Mitchell Starc expected to return, Australia could continue to rotate their bowlers with Sean Abbott also in the mix to play in Melbourne. Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa have been superb as the two spinners this series, although Sri Lanka’s struggles with the bat has probably helped. This series has 3-0 written all over it for the home team, Sri Lanka haven’t got close to them yet.
It’s been an extremely disappointing performance so far by the Sri Lankan’s, you can’t help but think that they’ve missed a trick somewhere. For starters, they’ve got a relatively inexperienced side touring Australia which was always going to be an uphill battle no matter how you look at it. A young man that was so impressive against Pakistan in a T20I series not that long ago, Wanindu Hasaranga has been taken to pieces by the Aussie batsmen in the first two games. They just haven’t adapted to conditions at all, hence their struggles. It’s hard to pinpoint what’s letting Sri Lanka down at the moment, they’ve only taken 3 wickets in two games but on the flip side have also only produced totals of 99/9 and 117. They’ve simply been outplayed in all aspects of the game so far, and it’s hard to see Melbourne being any different. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella is a talented stroke-maker who needs to pull something special out of the bag for them, the top order has looked stagnant at the best of times this series with Gunathilaka and Perera showing little-flashes of brilliance. The decision to drop Oshada Fernando after one failure was questionable given the entire batting unit struggled in Adelaide, Shehan Jayasuriya could be a possible inclusion if the Sri Lankan’s continue to swap their bench players.
TOP 5 FANTASY PICKS – 3rd T20I
- Aaron Finch
- Adam Zampa
- David Warner
- Mitchell Starc
- Pat Cummins
Wildcard pick – Ashton Turner
- Kusal Perera
- Danushka Gunathilaka
- Lasith Malinga
- Lakshan Sandakan
- Niroshan Dickwella
Wildcard pick – Shehan Jayasuriya
PREDICTED TEAM XI’S
Australia (possible) – 1. Aaron Finch (c) 2. David Warner 3. Steve Smith 4. Ben McDermott 5. Ashton Turner 6. Alex Carey (wk) 7. Ashton Agar 8. Pat Cummins 9. Mitchell Starc 10. Billy Stanlake/Sean Abbott 11. Adam Zampa.
Sri Lanka (possible) – 1. Danushka Gunathilaka 2. Kusal Perera (wk) 3. Avishka Fernando 4. Dasun Shanaka/Oshada Fernando 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Shehan Jayasuriya 7. Wanindu Hasaranga 8. Isuru Udana 9. Lakshan Sandakan 10. Lasith Malinga (c) 11. Lahiru Kumara.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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