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Australia clear favourites to whitewash clueless Sri Lanka
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Australia clear favourites to whitewash clueless Sri Lanka

The contrast between the two sides couldn't be more telling. Australia are on the verge of a clean sweep as the hosts do not seem in the mood to drop their intensity. The Islanders have been found wanting in trying conditions; going on the tough tour with numerous new faces.

There was only a slight improvement in Sri Lanka's batting as they managed to gather 117 in the second T20I while batting first which is a meagre 18 more runs than what they scrambled to in the first T20I. 

The team is in absolute doldrums after the mood-lifting 3-0 battering to Pakistan just a few weeks ago, but on the lively tracks of Australia, they have looked meek and unprepared to breach Aussie's fortress. 

David Warner and Steve Smith unquenchable thirst of piling up heaps of runs make the job easy for the hosts as they both leathered half-centuries in a walk in the park affair the other day by decimating Sri Lanka's bowling attack. It is like nothing can get through their defences.

Sri Lanka will look to make early inroads

The middle-order of Australia hasn't got a chance to spend time on the wicket and that's where Sri Lanka could sniff an opportunity, provided that if they manage to thwart the arguably best opening pair among all top teams. 

Billy Stanlake replaced Mitchell Starc - who opted out of the last game owing to his brother's wedding - in the last game but the absence of the bowling spearhead didn't make a wee bit difference as his replacement Billy castled Danushka Gunathilaka and then snared Dasun Shanaka, caught behind, on one run. 

The middle overs were where Sri Lanka struggled massively as they couldn't tee off and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The visitors will be eying a consolatory win in Melbourne where they have had some success in the past. 

Glenn Maxwell has taken a break from competitive cricket as he is facing some mental health issues and is not quite there. It's not clear how long he will remain unavailable but he is being promptly helped by the management to get his head-space right. D'Arcy Short has replaced the belligerent batsman for the last T20I tomorrow. 

Australia Squad 

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa,  D'Arcy Short

Sri Lanka Squad

Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha.