October 23, 2016

Sri Lanka bat first against Australia in first Test

Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc (C) celebrates with his teammates after he dismissed Sri Lankan batsman Dimuth Karunaratne during the first day of their opening Test match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. AFP

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the first Test in Pallekele on Tuesday.

All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva and left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan will make their debuts for the hosts having been named in the Sri Lanka side.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews also has two other spinners in his bowling attack in veteran left-armer Rangana Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.

Australia, who had already named their playing XI on the eve of the match, have left-arm spinner Steve O’Keeffe and off-spinner Nathan Lyon at their disposal.


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep

Australia: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keeffe, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Sundaram Ravi (IND)

Third Umpire: Chris Gaffaney (NZL)

Match Referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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