The third match in the Commonwealth bank series in Australia will be between Sri Lanka and Australia. Australia won the first ODI against India and Sri lanka lost to India in the second match of the series. Today match is a Day and Night match at Perth. This is the first time both of these team meet in the series.
According to news the weather condition in Perth is favorable. The second match of the series was at the same ground. The pitch showed the habitual face and bounce. But there was spin as well. While Mahela and Sri Lanka coach Ford decided not to play a specialist spinner in the match against India, Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets for just 32 runs in his ten overs. He was the man of the match.
Sri Lanka team might do few changes to their playing level. They will play a spinner instead of Lahiru Thirimanna. Rangana Herath is likely to be given the chance ahead of Sachithra Senanayaka due to his experience. But it will not be a surprise to see Sachithra Senanayaka playing as he is a tall offspinner who can take advantage of the bouncy pitch at WACA.
Australia team will give a chance to Peter Forest in this match as a development plan. It is still unclear who will be asked to sit back. David Hussy, despite his recent performance, is at risk of sitting in the bench today.
Possible Team Selections:
1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Michael Hussey, 6 David Hussey/Peter Forrest 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Ryan Harris, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Clint McKay.
1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Lahiru Thirimanne/Rangana Herath, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Dhammika Prasad.