: Skipper Michael Clarke has vowed there will be no complacency in the Test series with Sri Lanka, insisting Australia will improve on its recent performances against South Africa.
The Australians had the better of the opening two Tests against the World No.1 South Africans only to be crushed by 309 runs in the series decider in Perth last week.Former Australian quick Rodney Hogg has rubbished the Sri Lankan attack as the “worst ever” to come to Australia, with Nuwan Kulasekara, Shaminda Eranga and Chanaka Welegedara only having 38 Tests and 99 wickets between them.
Clarke said the third-ranked Australia was focused only on beating Sri Lanka in the first Test since 168-Test great Ricky Ponting’s retirement.
“The opposition is irrelevant to how you judge yourself as players,” he said.
Mitchell Johnson has been left out for the Hobart Test with Australia opting for the pace attack of Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and left-armer Mitchell Starc, supplemented by swing bowler Shane Watson and spinner Nathan Lyon.
Rookie Dimuth Karunaratne was picked to open the Sri Lankan batting with veteran Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first Test against Australia in Hobart on Friday.
The 24-year-old will be making only his second Test appearance on an expected lively Bellerive Oval wicket in the first of three Tests.
The squad : ( from) :
Australia : David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt.), Mike Hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon. Mitchell Johnson (12th man).
Sri Lanka : Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene (capt.), Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Chanaka Welegedara. — AFP