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Australia begins post-Langer era with SLT20 series

•• Home team makes a fresh start under provisional coach Andrew Macdonald

Australia aims to move beyond Justin Langer’s polarized departure when lining up for the Twenty20 clash with Sri Lanka today.
Langer has always missed a series of five games and chose to rest after a long stint on the road. Meanwhile, he led Australia to the T20 World Cup title and England’s 4-0 Ashtest Hammer.
However, his shocking exit last weekend after a failed negotiation with Cricket Australia over a contract extension cast a dark shadow on the opening match in Sydney.
If he is absent, Andrew Macdonald, one of the people who likes to take over, will be the interim head coach.
He dominated the team that lost two key players from the side that defeated New Zealand in the World Cup final in November, and David Warner and Mitchell Marsh took a break to prepare for a test tour in Pakistan, Australia. ..
Warner’s absence opened the door to Ben McDermott, the top run scorer in the Big Bash League, which kicks off with Aaron Finch.
Skipper Finch also confirmed yesterday that Joshengris will make his debut in 3rd place.
“Ben McDermott had an incredible nickname, so putting him on top was very important to us,” said 35-year-old Finch in Australia, like Warner, as a potential successor. I want to see someone.
“And Josh Inglis is a little shuffled around the order. (His choice) shows how well he has played in the last two years.”
There are only two changes from the World Cup winner XI. Test skipper Pat Cummins, who denied being part of the player’s rebellion to eliminate Langer on Wednesday, is at the forefront of a bowling attack with Ash’s hero Mitchell Starc.
Sri Lanka, led by Dasun Shanaka, is backed by the return of right-arm leg spin Wanin du Hasaranga, the world’s number one T20 bowler who missed a recent day’s series with Zimbabwe injured.
Dushmantha Chameera graces the pace attack headline, but has been positive on Covid-19 this week without the isolated wicket keeper Kusal Mendis.
Mendis returned to Fold last month after appealing for a 12-month ban for violating coronavirus regulations while traveling in the United Kingdom last year. Dinesh Chandimal is expected to wear gloves instead.
At the next T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, Shanaka said his team would like to use the series to feel the situation in Australia.
“This tournament is very important for the batsman to score and build confidence,” he said.
“The same is true for bowlers, because they study the limits of bowling and what to do in such situations in this tournament.”
The first two games will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, followed by two games in Canberra and two games in Melbourne.

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