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Sri Lanka mulls changes for 2nd test vs Australia

 Australian cricketer Shane Watson, center, gestures during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, S...
 Australian cricketer Shane Watson gestures during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka,...
 Australian batsman Michael Hussey bats during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tue...
 Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, left, speaks with batsman Shaun Marsh during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match agai...
 Sri Lankan cricketers from left, Ajantha Mendis, Dammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, and Thilan Samaraweera jog during a practice session ahead of their ...
 Sri Lankan cricket captain Tillakaratne Dilshan puts on his gear as he prepares to bat during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket matc...

Sri Lanka Australia Cricket

Australian cricketer Shane Watson, center, gestures during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, S...

Sri Lanka Australia Cricket

Australian cricketer Shane Watson gestures during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka,...

Sri Lanka Australia Cricket

Australian batsman Michael Hussey bats during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tue...

Sri Lanka Australia Cricket

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, left, speaks with batsman Shaun Marsh during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket match agai...

Sri Lanka Australia Cricket

Sri Lankan cricketers from left, Ajantha Mendis, Dammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, and Thilan Samaraweera jog during a practice session ahead of their ...

Sri Lanka Australia Cricket

Sri Lankan cricket captain Tillakaratne Dilshan puts on his gear as he prepares to bat during a practice session ahead of their 2nd test cricket matc...

Spinner Ajantha Mendis could be recalled and opening bowler Chanaka Welegedara forced out through injury as Sri Lanka ponders changes to its team ahead of the must-win second test against Australia.
"We are expecting some changes in the side but we will decide the final team this evening," captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said Tuesday. "Chanaka Welegedara also has a pain in his knee and his inclusion will depend on the outcome of a fitness test."
Should Welegedara sit out the game, seamer Shaminda Eranga could make his test debut Thursday, having made his one-day international debut last month.
Mendis is also expected to be recalled for Sri Lanka, which lost by 125 runs in the opening test. That put the hosts in a must-win situation in the three-match series if it is to notch only its second-ever series victory over Australia.
The pitch at Pallekele will be new to both sides, with this test being just the second on the ground, while the first saw little play due to rain.
Sri Lanka's batsmen struggled in Galle, dismissed for 105 in the first innings on pitch rated poor by the match referee.
"All our batsmen know where they fell short but that was not a good pitch," Dilshan said. "Here we have a good pitch for batting, good for test cricket.
"I hope our batsmen will be back among the runs and be a strength to the team."
Batsman Shaun Marsh will make his test debut for Australia, replacing former captain Ricky Ponting who has returned home for the birth of his second child.
The 28-year-old Marsh has played 35 one-day internationals and has a healthy 37-run average in first class cricket.
Marsh, who is accustomed to playing at the top of the batting order, should fill Ponting's No.3 slot, meaning the team would not have to shuffle a batting order that performed strongly in the first test.
Apart from Marsh's inclusion, the visitors retain the same lineup.
Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team expected Sri Lanka to come back hard at them and especially Mendis to pose a big challenge in their campaign to wrap up the series.
"He is a very good bowler, he's got a lot of different deliveries," Clarke said. "We've looked at a lot of footage it's still hard to actually go and face him. I am sure we will find a way to adjust and make runs, so looking forward to that challenge."
He said the pitch at Pallekele should enable both teams to score big in their first innings and later offer help for spin bowlers.
"It's a very important game for us we know Sri Lanka are going to be even tougher than they were in the first game. They know their conditions well, they have a lot of good players," Clarke said.
"We know we have to be at our best to beat Sri Lanka but we certainly take some confidence and momentum out of the first test match... We are excited and looking forward to the challenge."
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Australia lineup: Michael Clarke (captain), Shane Watson, Phil Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Mike Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Trent Copeland, Nathan Lyon.
Sri Lanka (from): Tillakaratne Dilshan (captain), Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Prasanna Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Suraj Randiv, Suranga Lakmal, Chanaka Welegedara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Shaminda Eranga.


Updated : 2021-05-16 05:55 GMT+08:00