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Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 2018–19

Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 2018–19
  Australia Sri Lanka
Dates 17 January – 5 February 2019
Captains Tim Paine Dinesh Chandimal
Test series
Result Australia won the 2-match series 2–0
Most runs Travis Head (304)[1] Niroshan Dickwella (140)[1]
Most wickets Pat Cummins (14)[2] Suranga Lakmal (5)[2]
Player of the series Pat Cummins (Aus)

The Sri Lanka cricket team toured Australia in January and February 2019 to play two Test matches for the Warne–Muralitharan Trophy.[3][4] The first Test, in Brisbane, was a day/night match.[5][6] They also played a three-day warm-up match ahead of the Test series.[7] In April 2018, Cricket Australia confirmed that the Manuka Oval would host its first ever Test match.[8] Australia won the series 2–0,[9] with Tim Paine winning his first Test series as captain of Australia.[10]


 Australia[11]  Sri Lanka[12]

Before the start of the series, Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of Australia's squad due to a back injury and was replaced by Jhye Richardson.[13] Ahead of the first Test, Kurtis Patterson was added to Australia's squad.[14] Pat Cummins and Travis Head were named the joint vice-captains of the Australian Test squad.[15] Ahead of the second Test, Marcus Stoinis was added to Australia's squad, replacing Matt Renshaw.[16]

Nuwan Pradeep was ruled out of Sri Lanka's squad before the Test series after suffering a hamstring injury during the warm-up match.[17] Vishwa Fernando was named as his replacement in the team.[18] Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara were both ruled out of Sri Lanka's squad for the second Test due to injury.[19] Chamika Karunaratne was added to Sri Lanka's squad as a replacement for Kumara.[20]

Tour match

Three-day match: Cricket Australia XI vs Sri Lanka

17–19 January 2019
5/316d (75 overs)
Kurtis Patterson 157* (212)
Dushmantha Chameera 3/57 (16 overs)
5/176d (75 overs)
Dimuth Karunaratne 44 (92)
Marnus Labuschagne 2/27 (9 overs)
3/224d (59 overs)
Kurtis Patterson 102* (136)
Kasun Rajitha 1/9 (3 overs)
6/131 (51 overs)
Lahiru Thirimanne 46* (121)
Jon Holland 4/28 (15 overs)
Match drawn
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Umpires: Gerard Abood (Aus) and Simon Fry (Aus)
Player of the match: Kurtis Patterson (Cricket Australia XI)
  • Cricket Australia XI won the toss and elected to bat.

Test series

1st Test

24–28 January 2019[n 1]
144 (56.4 overs)
Niroshan Dickwella 64 (78)
Pat Cummins 4/39 (14.4 overs)
323 (106.2 overs)
Travis Head 84 (187)
Suranga Lakmal 5/75 (27 overs)
139 (50.5 overs)
Lahiru Thirimanne 32 (98)
Pat Cummins 6/23 (15 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 40 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)
Player of the match: Pat Cummins (Aus)

2nd Test

1–5 February 2019[n 1]
5/534d (132 overs)
Joe Burns 180 (260)
Vishwa Fernando 3/126 (30 overs)
215 (68.3 overs)
Dimuth Karunaratne 59 (95)
Mitchell Starc 5/54 (13.3 overs)
3/196d (47 overs)
Usman Khawaja 101* (136)
Kasun Rajitha 2/64 (13 overs)
149 (51 overs)
Kusal Mendis 42 (69)
Mitchell Starc 5/46 (18 overs)
Australia won by 366 runs
Manuka Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Michael Gough (Eng) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)
Player of the match: Mitchell Starc (Aus)
  • Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Chamika Karunaratne (SL) made his Test debut.
  • This was the first Test to be played at this venue.[22]
  • Travis Head and Kurtis Patterson (Aus) both scored their first centuries in Tests.[23][24]
  • The 308-run partnership between Joe Burns and Travis Head was the highest Australian partnership in Tests against Sri Lanka. It was also the highest 4th wicket partnership against Sri Lanka in Tests.[25]


  1. ^ a b While five days of play were scheduled for each Test, the first Test reached a result in three days and the second Test reached a result in four days.


  1. ^ a b "Most runs in the Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 2018–19 Test series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Most runs in the Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 2018–19 Test series". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Future Tours Programme" (PDF). International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Australia v Sri Lanka: All you need to know". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Six Test matches in Australia's 2018-19 home season". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Schedule revealed for 2018-19 season". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka's packed Test schedule: three continents in four months". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Maiden test match dates confirmed as Manuka Oval set to host it's [sic] biggest summer of cricket". The Riotact. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Starc takes ten as Australia sweep series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Starc's ten-for powers Australia towards crushing victory". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Will Pucovski earns Australia call-up as Marshes and Handscomb dropped". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Kusal Perera returns to Sri Lanka Test squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests". Cricket Australia. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  14. ^ "In-form Patterson added to Test squad". Cricket Australia. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Pat Cummins, Travis Head to be Tim Paine's deputies for Sri Lanka Tests". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Uncapped all-rounder Marcus Stoinis replaces Matt Renshaw in Australia squad for second Sri Lanka Test". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Pradeep ruled out of Australia series due to hamstring strain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Chamika Karunaratne added to Test squad as injury crisis worsens". CricBuzz. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Chameera and Kumara ruled out of second Test through injury". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  20. ^ "Injured Chameera, Kumara to return home; Chamika Karunaratne named replacement". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Mitchell Starc Set to Join 200 Club in 50th Test". Sun Star Entertainment. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Australia hunt Test solace against crisis-hit Sri Lanka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Head joins Gillespie in elite SA company". SBS News. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Kurtis Patterson notches maiden Test century as Australia drive home advantage". The Guardian. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Crash and Burns: SL stung on record day". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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