Sri Lanka-Australia Women to play first bilateral series
Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket Team will leave for Australia tomorrow for a tour which will be included of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The ODI leg of the tour which will form part of the 2017–2020 ICC Women’s Championship, will be held in Brisbane while the T20Is are scheduled to be played in Sydney.
This will be Sri Lanka’s first tour to Australia apart from the visit down under for the 2009 Women’s World Cup. The tour will be a great platform for the Sri Lanka Women team.
The Sri Lanka squad consists of 15 players and 5 standbys. The ODI squad will be led by the experienced campaigner Shashikala Siriwardene while the T20I squad will be guided by opening batter Chamari Atapattu.
Speaking at a press briefing, ODI skipper Shashikala Siriwardene said, “We have Dilani Manodara, Udeshika Prabodhini and myself who played in Australian conditions last time when we participated in the 2009 World Cup. So, that experience will be valuable for the squad and we are hoping to put up a good fight against Australia”.
Chamari Atapattu, the skipper of the T20I squad stated, “This is a young squad and we are preparing for the 2020 T20 World Cup which will also be hosted by Australia. Upcoming series will be a golden opportunity for the squad to get used to the conditions there.”
Sri Lanka Women’s squad: Shashikala Siriwardene, Chamari Atapattu, Harshitha Madavi, Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Yashoda Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Dilani Manodara, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandhika Kumari, Inoshi Fernando, Achini Kulasuriya, Udeshika Probodhani, Ama Kanchana.
Standbys: Hasini Perera, Prasadini Weerakkody, Sathya Sandeepani, Sachini Nisansala, Madushika Meththananda.