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Better times ahead for Aust: SL captain

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal thinks Australia are on the right track, on and off the field, heading into Friday's second Test in Canberra.

Better times ahead for Aust: SL captain

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal thinks Australia are on the right track, on and off the field, heading into Friday's second Test in Canberra.

DINESH CHANDIMAL of Sri Lanka bats during the Second Test match in the series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand.
DINESH CHANDIMAL of Sri Lanka bats during the Second Test match in the series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand. Picture:Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

After getting a first-hand look at the new Australian team, Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal is confident they will be a force into the future.

Australia bounced back from their first home Test series defeat against India by smashing a battling Sri Lankan side inside three days at the Gabba.


It gave Tim Paine's team a much-needed confidence boost following Australian cricket's year from hell.

A win in the second Test at Canberra's Manuka Oval, starting on Friday, will ensure Australia secures a first Test series win since the 2017-18 Ashes.

Even without Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Chandimal thinks Australia are on the right track, on and off the field.

"They want to get the right combination, but at the same time want to be playing the game very cleanly and that's their concern," he told reporters on Thursday.

"Everyone goes through ups and downs and it definitely is a challenge for every team.

"I'm sure going forward they will be a really good team with talented players."

While Australia goes to Canberra with an unchanged line-up, Sri Lanka will have to make at least two changes.

Chandimal says Sri Lanka have settled on an XI but won't announce it until Friday morning.

Fast bowlers Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera have already flown home with injuries following the innings and 40-run loss in Brisbane.

Inexperienced pair Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando are expected to come in as replacements.

After being overwhelmed facing the pink ball under lights at the Gabba, Sri Lanka's top-order will be hoping for better results on a more batting-friendly pitch.

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