Australia vs. Sri Lanka, First Test: Preview and Prognosis
On June 29, the opener of a two-match Test series between Australia and Sri Lanka will get underway. This game will take place in Galle at the International Stadium. Since the series has so far gone both ways, it will be difficult to determine who will win this specific conflict. In the three-match T20I series, it was the visitors who shone the brightest, winning 2-1.
However, in the five-match ODI series, Sri Lanka produced an incredible comeback. Despite dropping the opening game, the Lions played remarkably well to win three straight games and go on to win the series 3-2.
In terms of Test cricket, Australia has recently performed admirably.
The Benaud-Qadir Trophy earlier this year was their most recent appearance in whites. Pat Cummins’ team defeated Pakistan in a three-match series, winning the first game 1-0 while losing the other two.
Prior to the Benaud-Qadir Trophy, Australia took against England in the legendary Ashes series. Back then, the baggy greens were at their very best as they swept the five-match series by a commanding 4-0 score. Sri Lanka, on the other side, will also be somewhat optimistic going into this series because they performed well in their most recent Test match. Earlier this year, the Lankans played a two-game series against Bangladesh, drawing one match. Having said that, the Lions’ previous Test series against India ended in a loss. That match, like the one against Bangladesh, consisted of two games, and Dimuth Karunaratne’s team lost both of them.
When it comes to head-to-head records in Test cricket, Australia has undisputed domination. In the previous longest edition of the game, these two teams faced off 31 times; Australia prevailed 19 times, the Lions just four, and eight games ended in draws.
Although Sri Lanka can be commended for their tenacity during the ODI series, playing Australia in a Test match will be far more challenging. The team led by Cummins has won five of its previous eight Test matches while drawing the other three. Karunaratne’s team has been inconsistent and a little unpredictable. As a result, we believe Australia will win this match.