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Australia vs Sri Lanka Predictions: Cricket World Cup betting tips, news, lineups

By Andy Watson

Published: 11:39, 13 October 2023

Australia and Sri Lanka both need to recover from poor starts to the Cricket World Cup when they clash in Lucknow on Monday (09:30 BST).

Both teams have had difficult starts in terms of fixtures. South Africa have beaten both countries and Australia have also fallen to the hosts, India, whilst Sri Lanka were beaten by a record run-chase by Pakistan.

Australia vs Sri Lanka Betting Tips

Sri Lanka to pile on Australian misery

Australia seem to be committing every mistake in the one-day international playbook at the moment. They didn’t bat their overs out when they set India a low target, they lost wickets in clumps against South Africa, and their bowlers, though they started well against India, have been found wanting.

This is an experienced Australian outfit, but perhaps this is a curse as much as a blessing. It feels like a final heyday for the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, and Glenn Maxwell, with lots of the other players also at their peak or perhaps post-peak. Either way, they have been comprehensively beaten by both India and South Africa so far. This match is where the pressure is on to get their World Cup on track.

Sri Lanka have also lost both matches, but there are many more positives to grasp from their performances. They put up a really good total against Pakistan, and have some batters in decent nick. As always, the island nation is slightly underpowered in terms of depth, and top level talent, but they do create a strong team and will play hard for each other.

Sri Lanka have passed 300 against both South Africa whilst chasing, and also batting first against Pakistan. Kusal Mendis has 198 runs to his name in this tournament already.


Australia vs Sri Lanka team news

Both sides have named their 15 man squads for the Cricket World Cup. Here are the details of the players who will line up on Saturday:

Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.

Sri Lanka:Dasun Shanaka (captain), Kusal Mendis (vice-captain), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka.