SL vs AUS: Australia’s Predicted Playing XI Against Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I

Updated - 11 Jun 2022, 02:28 PM

Team Australia (Image Credit: Twitter)
Team Australia (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australia and Sri Lanka go head to head in the third and final T20I in Pallekele on June 11. The Aussies have already won the series having won the first two T20Is. They will be eyeing a whitewash by winning the third T20I as well.

Both teams will also play a five-match ODI series followed by a two-match Test series starting from June 29. The Aussies won the first T20I by 10 wickets and managed to keep their nerves in a close win in the second T20I.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. Image: Cricket Australia

Heading into the third T20I they will miss Mitchell Starc who is ruled out of the game followed by the first few ODIs due to his injury on the index finger of his bowling arm. He picked up the injury in the first T20I and did not play the second game as well.

The Aussies would ideally like to keep the same XI that won them the second game with the side troubled by injury concerns. In this article, we take a look at Australia‘s predicted playing XI for the third and final T20I against Sri Lanka.

SL vs AUS: Australia’s Predicted Playing XI Against Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I

Aaron Finch (C)

Aaron Finch
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Skipper Aaron Finch has been in subline form in the series. He is the second-highest run-scorer having scored 85 from two games. He will open the batting along with David Warner.

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David Warner

Australia's David Warner celebrates his fifty runs during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Dubai, UAE, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Australia’s David Warner celebrates his fifty runs during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Dubai, UAE, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Warner scored 21 in the second T20I and is the top scorer in the series so far has scored 91 runs from two games. He came into the series on a back of a good IPL season.

Mitchell Marsh

David Warner and Mitchell Marsh
David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. Credits: ICC

Mitchell Marsh will continue to bat at number three for Australia. He has been a revelation in that position for his side since the T20 World Cup last year.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith and David Warner
Steve Smith and David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

Smith has been given a new position at number four in his T20I career. The management has also asked him to play freely and an attacking brand of cricket.

Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. Image-Twitter/T20WorldCup

Maxwell will slot in at number five for Australia. He has been one of the best T20 cricketers over the years. He scored a run-a-ball 19 in the second T20I.

Marcus Stoinis

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Stoinis completes Australia’s top six for the third and final T20I against Australia. This being a short series, Stonis has not got too many opportunities with the bat. He would like to make it count in the third T20I.

Matthew Wade (WK)

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade. (Photo: Twitter)

Skipper Finch and the management have backed Matthew Wade as the side’s first-choice keeper. In his own words, he is looking to continue playing till the T20 World Cup later this year.

Ashton Agar

Ashton Agar
Ashton Agar, (Credits: Twitter)

Agar is the premier spin option for Australia in sub-continent tours, The left-arm spinner is also a handy option with the bat lower down the order.

Jhye Richardson

Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Richardson replaced the injured Mitchell Starc in the second T20I and picked up three for 26. He would be looking to replicate his performance. The pacer has also been added to Australia’s ODI squad for the five-match series.

Kane Richardson

Kane Richardson
Kane Richardson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kane Richardson also had a good game in the second T20I. He picked up four for 30 and was the key wicket-taker alongside Jhye. He also has been added to Australia’s ODI squad.

Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood. Image: Twitter

Hazlewood completes the predicted playing Xi for Australia for their third and final T20I against Sri Lanka. He will lead the pace three-man pace attack along with Agar and Maxwell as spin options.

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