New Delhi. The Sri Lankan team is busy preparing for the series against Australia these days. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board has appointed former veteran Lasith Malinga as the bowling strategy coach for the series. On the tour, the Kangaroo team has to play a series of three matches, T20, ODI and Test. There is an economic crisis in Sri Lanka these days. Still this series is being played. The first match of the 3-match T20 series is to be held in Colombo on June 7. Sri Lanka’s performance at home has been good, but the team has not been able to perform well for some time. In such a situation, this series is important for him.
Meanwhile, Lasith Malinga was seen training young fast bowler Mathisha Pathirana. Pathirana is being called Junior Malinga. His action is also like that of Malinga. He can make his international debut from the series. Prior to this, Pathirana had played for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022. He took 2 wickets in 3 matches. Dhoni was very impressed with his yorker ball and said that this bowler will prove to be important for the team in the next season.
Can make international debut
19-year-old Mahish Pathirana can make his international debut in the series against Australia. He has played one List-A match so far. He did not get a wicket in this. At the same time, 4 wickets have been taken in 5 T20s. On the other hand, Lasith Malinga has achieved the feat of taking 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls. In such a situation, Pathirana will get the benefit of his experience. Malinga took 390 wickets in 295 matches of overall T20. He has achieved the feat of taking 4 wickets 10 times and 5 wickets. His best performance has been 6 wickets for 7 runs.
The second match of the T20 series between Sri Lanka and Australia will be played on June 8 while the last match will be played on June 11. This will be followed by a 5-match ODI series from June 14. The ODI matches will be played on June 14, 16, 19, 21 and 24. Then there will be a 2-match test series. The first Test will be played from June 29 while the second Test will be played from July 8.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 05, 2022, 08:30 IST