Sri Lanka wins toss, bats 1st in series-opener vs Australia

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) " Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss Tuesday and elected to bat first in the series-opening test against Australia.

The Sri Lankans, under pressure despite hosting the three-test series, gave test debuts to batsman Dhananjaya de Silva and left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan.

Australia went into the first test with two spinners, selecting left-arm orthodox Stephen O'Keefe to join Nathan Lyon. Paceman Mitchell Starc returned from injury to rejoin the bowling attack.


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan.

Australia: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Stephen O'Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, England, and Sundaram Ravi, India.

TV Umpire: Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand. Match Referee: Chris Broad, England.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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