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Australia arrive in Sri Lanka for six-week all-format cricket tour


Australia’s players arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for their tour of Sri Lanka – without new coach Andrew McDonald who has tested positive for Covid.

Australia's white-ball captain Aaron Finch reached Sri Lanka on Wednesday (@OfficialSLC Photo)

Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch arrive in Sri Lanka on Wednesday (@OfficialSLC Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Australian cricket team arrived in Colombo on Wednesday ahead of all-format tour
  • Australia’s 1st tour of SL in 6 years features eight limited-overs matches and two Tests
  • Australia had announced three strong squads for the seven-week tour in June and July,

The Australian cricket team arrived in Colombo on Wednesday without new coach Andrew McDonald, who has tested positive for Covid. Pat Cummins captains the side which will play two Tests, while the Aaron Finch-led team will compete in five ODIs and three T20 internationals.

Australia’s first tour of Sri Lanka in six years, which features eight limited-overs matches and two Tests, marks the beginning of McDonald’s tenure since succeeding Justin Langer in the job last month.

Assistant coach Michael Di Venuto would oversee the team in the first T20 match on June 7, while McDonald was expected to join the squad ahead of the second match, the news service, cricket.com.au, reported.

McDonald returned a positive result on Tuesday afternoon, it added.

The Australia squad raised concerns about touring Sri Lanka, which is in the midst of an economic crisis, but the cricket board of the South Asian country has declared the tour will go on as scheduled.

Sri Lanka is reeling under its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, with a severe shortage of foreign exchange severely curtailing imports, including essentials such as fuel and medicines.

Australia have announced three strong squads for the seven-week tour in June and July, which includes a Twenty20 series, five one-day internationals as well as two Tests in Galle.

The tour gets underway with a T20 International at RPS on 7th June. After back-to-back games at RPS, the teams will travel to Pallekele for the third T20. The arrival of the Australian team is a big boost for Sri Lanka Cricket as the nation is set to host the Asia Cup.





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