Cricket Australia Items/news/2013/1/12/sri-lanka-out-to-end-losing-streak

Sri Lanka out to end losing streak

UPDATED 06 February, 2013 10:13AM AEST | by Damien Souness, Omnisport 1

Sri Lanka will be desperate to reverse their failing fortunes in Sunday's second ODI against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

The tourists were beaten 3-0 in the preceding Test series before slumping to an underwhelming 107-run loss in the opening ODI at the MCG on Friday.

Sri Lanka looked a shadow of the team that reached the 2011 World Cup final, while Australia enhanced their credentials ahead of the next edition of the tournament in 2015.

Chasing 306 to win, Sri Lanka would have fancied their chances at 2-111 after 25 overs before three run outs in the space of just 26 balls effectively ended the contest.

Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 198 as Australia, without the likes of rested regulars Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade, took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Australia came under fire for fielding a weakened side but silenced the critics with a comprehensive display that left Sri Lanka reeling.

Acting skipper George Bailey blasted a brilliant 89 from 79 deliveries, while Phil Hughes became the first Australian to score a century on ODI debut with a superb 112 from 129 balls.

Australia will make at least one change to their squad after Mitchell Starc became the latest paceman to succumb to injury.

Starc, who took 1-26 from six overs in Melbourne, was withdrawn due to calf soreness and joins fellow Australian bowlers Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Ryan Harris on the sidelines.

South Australia seamer Kane Richardson has been drafted in as a replacement and could make his ODI debut on home soil following impressive displays for the Redbacks in the Ryobi Cup and Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

Sri Lanka could make several changes to their side, with coach Graham Ford tempted to use an extra spinner in Adelaide.

Kushal Perera could also make his ODI debut for Sri Lanka, who will give wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal every chance to prove his fitness following a hamstring complaint.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 12 January, 2013 5:47PM AEST

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