ODIs a chance for Aussies to save face
CRICKET: Australian will look to try and make up for the "embarrassment” of its Test series failure by putting up a far better show in the one-dayers in Sri Lanka.
The tourists tackle the hosts in the first of five 50-over-a-side games on Sunday night in Colombo.
The Aussies were thrashed by 106, 229 and 163 runs in their three Test matches, and meant they dropped from No.1 to No.3 in the rankings.
"For us, it is only a game. But still, that hurts. We should be reasonably embarrassed by our performance in this series,” coach Darren Lehmann said.
"We think we picked the best squad to play well here and we haven't performed as well as we would have liked. The difference is, we have got to change on the sub-continent.”
That starts in the ODIs. Australia enters the series with a sizeable lead on top of that format's rankings, and while Sri Lanka is well back in sixth place, that will matter little after the Test result.
All-rounder Mitch Marsh will take no part in the ODI series, having been sent home by selectors in order to rest ahead of a busy summer.
"We've obviously got some quality all-rounders in our one-day squad anyway, so we get a chance to freshen him up and ready to go for South Africa and moving forward,” Lehmann said
Shaun Marsh and captain Steve Smith are the only Australians in the squad who also featured in the 2011 series in Sri Lanka, when the visitors claimed the series 3-2.
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa