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14 Sep 2011

Australia seek a series win against Sri Lanka at Test

Australia are doing well under the captaincy of Michael Clarke. The world champion for more than a decade have now started to regain the form and confidence they were known for. The tour of Sri Lanka will be an energy booster for them. They are leading the 3 test match series by 1-0 with the final test commencing on this Friday.

The vice-captain of Australian side, Shane Watson agreed that they would be highly dissapointed if they lost the final test. The way Australia have been playing through out the series, they only deserve the victory.

After being dethroned by Indian side as the world cup champion, Australian side have undergone through lots of transitions. Long time skipper Rickey Ponting stepped down as a captain, giving a chance to Michael Clarke to lead the side. All the great warriors from the golden era had left the fort, leaving behind the young amateur talents to fill the empty spaces. No doubt they still have stocks of world class players, but they are somehow not so competitive as the Australian players were traditionally known for. But now, the scenario is slowly changing and the new players are learning to adapt to the pressure at highly competitive International stage.

Middle order batsman Shaun Marsh and off-spinner Nathan Lyon will be the big findings of current test series. Lyon got 5 wickets in his debut match, where he destroyed Sri Lankan's batting lineup to get them all out for only 105. He conceded only 34 runs in 15 overs. Similarly, Shaun Marsh, who we might know as a player of Kings XI Punjab and not so regular batsman in ODI side, made a successful debut by scoring 141 runs. He hit 18 fours to get to that figure. He can be seen as a long term prospect for Rickey Ponting at number 3.

Australia lost the T20 series 2-0, while grabbed the ODIs 3-2. If they can win the test series, they will end the Sri Lankan tour happilly. They have to gear up to face the challenges of tough sides like South Africa, New Zealand and India in coming 4 months.

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