- Australia will tour Sri Lanka after six years as confirmed by the CEO CA Nick Hockley
- They will play three T20Is, five ODIs and two Tests
- The last time they visited, the visitors won the short-format series but lost all three Tests
Australia is all set to tour Sri Lanka in June-July 2022 for a full-format cricket series after a gap of six years. The last tour happened in 2016 where the visitors faced a Test white-wash but pulled back and went on to win ODI and T20I series 4-1 and 2-0 respectively.
This time the Kangaroos will be returning for two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. The series will commence from 7th June starting from the shortest format. 14th June will mark the beginning of the 50-over series and the first Test will be played on 29th June.
The heads of both the cricket boards expressed happiness on the confirmation of the outing between the two teams and hold the view that these matches will benefit each team immensely.
“We played some very competitive T20 internationals against Sri Lanka at home earlier this year and we are excited to tour there for the first time since 2016 in what is sure to be another terrific Test and white-ball series. There is no more challenging place to play cricket than on the subcontinent and this tour offers our players invaluable experience and another great opportunity to excel on the world stage,” said Nick Hockley, CEO of Cricket Australia.
Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley De Silva said, “The T20 Series will help our preparations for the T20 World Cup, whilst the Test and ODI segments are also competitions of immense value for us, as we aim to move through the ICC World Test Championship rankings and also gearing up for the ICC Men’s World Cup in 2023.”
Currently, the Kangaroos are touring Pakistan for all-format series breaking a 24-year hiatus. The team will head back on 6th April.