Australia to tour Sri Lanka for all-format series after six-year gap

Mitchell Starc reminds Dimuth Karunaratne that he has dismissed him five times in the series
March 25, 2022

Australia will visit Sri Lanka for an all-format series in June-July this year. The tour, Australia's first to Sri Lanka since mid-2016, will feature two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is, to be played from June 8 to July 12, with the match slotted in Colombo, Kandy and Galle. The series will start with the T20Is and end with the Tests.

"We played some very competitive T20 internationals against Sri Lanka at home earlier this year and we are excited to tour there for the first time since 2016 in what is sure to be another terrific Test and white ball series," Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement. "There is no more challenging place to play cricket than on the subcontinent and this tour offers our players invaluable experience and another great opportunity to excel on the world stage."

Back in July-August 2016, Australia were blanked 3-0 in the Test series, but won the ODIs 4-1 and the T20Is 2-0. It will be a moderately quick turnaround for the players from the two countries who will be engaged in the IPL, which is expected to end on May 29.

"We are in for some exciting cricket, especially considering that an Australian tour to Sri Lanka is taking place after five [six] years," SLC CEO Ashley De Silva said. "The T20 Series will help our preparations for the T20 World Cup, whilst the Test and ODI segments are also competitions of immense value for us, as we aim to move through the ICC World Test Championship rankings and also gearing up for the ICC Men's World Cup in 2023."

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