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Australia will have their biggest men’s cricket tour since the 2019 Ashes series with 34 players named across three formats for the upcoming fixtures against Sri Lanka.
The Australians will play three T20 internationals, five one-day internationals and two test matches plus tour matches for Australia A in Kandy, Colombo Galle and Hambantota from early June to mid-July.
While Australia opted to rest many stars for the backend of the Pakistani series, no such liberties were taken against Sri Lanka.
Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade will all return to short formats.
However, Adam Zampa will miss the tour for the birth of his first child while Test captain Pat Cummins will sit out the T20 matches in preparation for the ODI and the Test series.
With a host of big stars returning, it means unfortunate news for the missing Ben McDermott.
McDermott scored his first century against Pakistan in an ODI last month but did not make the squad. He will play county cricket for Hampshire instead.
Although he missed out on a central contract, Jhye Richardson made the T20 sqaud.
As for the Test squad, Marcus Harris’ international career is officially in limbo after being left out of the squad.
However, the good news for Harris is that he will have the chance to shine alongside Team Australia with an Australian A team touring Sri Lanka at the same time.
“There are several players returning to the respective squads combined with an Australia A tour alongside the white ball run,” said national selectors chairman George Bailey.
“It’s incredibly exciting to have an Australia A component which gives greater flexibility and opportunity for players to be available and cross paths across all teams. It could be from a Test preparation perspective or a white ball or an opportunity to impress at international level.
Australian teams on tour in Sri Lanka
Australian T20 team:
Aaron Finch (c)
Australian ODI team:
Australian test team:
Pat Cummins (c)
Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka:
June 7: First T20, Colombo
June 8: Second T20, Colombo
June 11: Third T20, Kandy
June 14: First ODI, Kandy
June 16: Second ODI, Kandy
June 19: Third ODI, Colombo
June 21: Fourth ODI, Colombo
June 24: Fifth ODI, Colombo
29 June – 3 July: first test, Galle
8-12 July: second test, Galle
June 8: One-day opener, Colombo
June 10: Second one-day match, Colombo
June 14-17: Four-Day Tour Match, Hambantota
June 21-24: Four-Day Tour Match, Hambantota