Hosts Australia will be keen to get off to a decent start when they face Sri Lanka in the two-match series that will begin from 24th January. Uncapped players Kurtis Patterson and Will Pucovski have been included in the side as Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch have dropped following their poor form over the past six months.
Pace bowler Jhye Richardson, Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns are also in the Test setup for the home series.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka have included Lahiru Thiramanne, Kusal Perera and Sadeera Samarawickrama in the Test squad. Captain Dinesh Chandimal will need to lead his side from the front with the bat. Dimuth Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera and Kusal Mendis are experienced players in the Test arena for Sri Lanka.
Here are some of most important statistics with regards to Australia vs Sri Lanka 2019 Test Series.
0 victories for Sri Lanka out of 13 Test matches played against Australia in Australia. Sri Lanka suffered a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Australia on their previous tour to the country in 2012-13.
2012 was the last time Australia won a Test series against Sri Lanka. The three-match Test series played in Australia in 2012-13.
65.00 is the average for Dhananjaya de Silva against Australia in Test cricket. He has scored 325 runs in 3 matches and will be looking to find form on his first trip to Australia.
1 wicket needed by Australia left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc to complete 200 wickets in Test Cricket.
11 wickets needed by Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon to complete 350 wickets in Test Cricket.
256 runs needed by Sri Lankan Skipper Dinesh Chandimal to complete 4,000 runs in Test Cricket. He has scored 3,744 runs in 51 matches at an average of 43.53.
1 wicket needed by Sri Lanka pace bowler Lahiru Kumara to complete 50 wickets in Test Cricket. Kumara currently has taken 49 wickets in 14 games at an average of 36.42
106 runs needed by Sri Lankan Opener Dimuth Karunaratne to complete 4,000 runs in Test Cricket. Karunaratne has scored 3894 runs in 56 matches at an average of 37.08 with eight centuries to his name.