Cricket Australia confirm Sri Lanka tour

Melbourne, April 6 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday confirmed they will play their first Test series in Sri Lanka in more than five years, with a three-match series beginning on July 26 in Kandy.

The Australians will embark on a two-month tour of the island nation from July 11, playing three Tests, five One-Days and two T20 Internationals, said.

Steve Smith’s side went past India in February to finish the latest 12-month period at the first spot on the Test Championship table. Sri Lanka have dropped to seventh place after a disappointing year following the retirements of legendary batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena.

Australia last toured Sri Lanka in August 2011 for what was Michael Clarke’s first full series as captain. They won the three-match series 1-0.

Overall, the Australian team has played 13 Tests in Sri Lanka, winning six, drawing six and losing once. Out of 25 One-Days, they have won nine wins, lost 13 with no result on two matches.

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