After their exploits in Pakistan, Australia are unlikely to return to being bunnies in Asia.
Sri Lanka will give them a trial by spin, and its quite likely that the pitches could tend towards the ridiculous when it comes to spin
Sri Lanka vs Australia | First Test | Wednesday 29 June – Sunday 3 July 2022 | Galle International Stadium, Galle | 06:30
The famous fort will once again witness Test cricket action with Sri Lanka having every reason to be positive.
With young batters in the runs of late and the likes of Angelo Mathews enjoying a resurgence, Sri Lanka will take some stopping.
After a great ODI series Jeffery Vandersay has made a case for a Test recall and could be among as many as six frontline spinners.
Lasith Embuldeniya has taken over from Rangana Herath as Sri Lanka’s Test workhorse and has been a regular wicket-taker on home soil.
David Warner expressed his hope that the ‘dustbowls’ prepared for the ODI series will have prepared key players for their spin examination.
A return to his favoured format could allow Steve Smith to recover his best touch while his understudy Marnus Labuschagne has stepped up seemingly whenever his mentor has slipped up.
Pat Cummins and the Australia quicks will still be asked to get through their work with the tourists in favour of backing their best bowlers on any surface.
Josh Inglis is the only uncapped player in their group and looks unlikely to feature unless something befalls Alex Carey, who has been excellent since coming in for Tim Paine.
Verdict: Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka should master the conditions and Australia.