Australia begin Sri Lanka tour with Twenty20

Pallekele: Australia open their campaign in Sri Lanka with two Twenty20 internationals on Saturday and Monday which could set the tone for the rest of the tour.

Seasoned Australian fast bowler Brett Lee said he felt the Twenty20 games were the right way to start the seven-week tour, which also features five one-day internationals and three Tests.

"I think it builds the hype," the 34-year-old said. "If you were to have it towards the end after a Test series, it probably would not work as well.”

"I think the way a tour should be run is that you start with the Twenty20s, then the one-dayers and then the Test matches.

"It just flows in beautifully into the longer form of the game."

Australia, once the masters of the game, will look to rebuild their battered reputation during the tour after falling to fifth place in the Test rankings, one behind Sri Lanka.

The Aussies, winners of four World Cup titles, were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the last edition played in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh earlier this year.

Australia`s Twenty20 captain Cameron White will return home after Monday since he is not part of either the one-day or Test squad that will be led by Michael Clarke.

The Twenty20 games will be played under floodlights at the Pallekele International Stadium, a new facility near the hill town of Kandy built for the World Cup.

PTI

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