The Australian men’s team officially started life on Tuesday night under the head coaching of Andrew MacDonald.
But, ironically, McDonald will miss the opening match of the tour of Sri Lanka as he recovers from the Covid-19 at home.
The Aussies have been heading to Sri Lanka for a 10-match multi-format series since McDonald’s was named Justin Langer’s successor. McDonald was the interim head coach of the tour of South Africa.
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The tour will begin with the first of three T20 matches on Tuesday night.
Out-of-form captain Aaron Finch has retained his place in the squad, as questions are being raised about Australia’s ability to lead the World Twenty20 later this year.
Another election that has caused some controversy is Steve Smith.
Although he is one of the best batsmen on the planet, Smith’s place in the T20 squad has also been called into question in recent months.
Josh Inglis, 27, considered the more experienced Smith a strong chance to be dropped from the team and he can still do so.
“He’s very close, he’s really tough,” Finch said of Inglis.
“He has taken every opportunity with both hands, and he is a very talented young player.
“He has shown the ability to float in full order in international and domestic cricket. There will be opportunities for Josh at some point.”
Has been clarified by Sydney Morning Herald and The EdgeSmith averaged 18.63 in his last 15 Twenty20 Internationals with a strike rate of 110.21.
England have averaged 35.80 strikeouts of 145.52 in six games for Australia.
England will play the same role as Smith – a floating batter who can be thrown into the game depending on the context of the innings.
Australia team in the first T20: David Warner, Aaron Finch (C), Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Steinis, Matthew Wade (Wicketkeeper), Ashton Agar, Mitchell Stark, Ken Richardson, Josh Hazlewood
Here’s what you need to know about Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.
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June 7th: First T20 at Colorado R. Premadasa Stadium, 11.30pm
June 8: Second T20 at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, 11.30pm
June 11: Third T20I at Candle’s Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, 11.30pm
June 14: First ODI at Candy’s Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, at 7.30pm
June 16: Second ODI at Candy’s Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, at 7.30pm
June 19: The third ODI at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, at 7.30 pm
June 21st: Fourth ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo at 6.30 pm
June 24: Fifth ODI at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo at 6.30 pm
June 29: First Test at Galle International Stadium, 2.30pm
July 7th: Second Test at Gaul International Stadium, 2.30pm
The tour will be broadcast on Fox Sports in Australia and Kyoto.
You can also keep up to date with live scores and news in the Wide World of Sports.
T20: Aaron Finch (C), Shawn Abbott, Ashton Agar, Josh Hazelwood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jie Richardson, Ken Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Stark, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Sweeney, Mitchell Swipes
ODIs: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschen, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Stavis, Mitchell Starc, Warner
Test: Pat Cummins (C), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khwaja, Marnus Labuschen, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell, Mitchell, Mitchell Warner
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An Australia A squad will also tour Sri Lanka with the main group at the same time.
They will play two ODIs in Colombo on June 8 and 10 and then two first-class matches in Hambantota on June 14-17 and June 21-24.
Squad: Shawn Abbott, Scott Boland, Pete Handscomb, Aaron Hardy, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kuhnman, Nick Madison, Todd Murphy, Josh Philip, Matt Renshaw, Jie Richardson, Tanvir Singh
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