Both top orders are unsettled. Sri Lanka’s because Angelo Mathews has been ruled out, and because a series of batsmen have failed to nail down the second opening spot. Australia’s because a debutant will play in the top six at the Gabba, following a poor batting series. Both attacks also seem to lack penetration when the ball goes soft and the wicket flattens out, on top of which, both teams are nursing poor recent records. Fittingly, this is a clash between the fifth and sixth-ranked Test sides.
The first test between Sri Lanka and Australia will start at 8.45AM local time at Brisbane Cricket Ground. This match will be played as a Day and Night encounter.