As a neutral cricket fan, an Australia tour of Sri Lanka sounds mouth watering because Aussies don't give up easily and Lankans are mighty tough team to beat in their own backyard. The most recent head to head between two teams was way back 2007 but the last Australia tour of Sri Lanka, we've to go as far back as in 2003..
8 years later, Aussies are scheduled to play two twenty20, five one day internationals and 3 test matches in Sri lanka this August and September 2011 for which, following is the schedule or fixtures as some may call.
Fact : Australia v Sri Lanka test series are now called as "Warne-Muralitharan Trophy" and Aussies currently hold it with 2-0 win in 2007.
Aussies begin the tour at newly build stadium in Pallekele where they play two T20 games and the 1st ODI before moving to RPS ground in Colombo for next two. Caravan then shifts to Mahinda Rajapaksa International stadium in Hambantota which was also a new venue build this year for the world cup. Australia play final two one dayers here.
The first test match is scheduled at Galle international stadium from 31st August, second at Pallekele from 8th September and tour finishes with 3rd test match at SSC ground also in Colombo from 16th September 2011.
This will be first major tour for Michael Clarke as captain of Australia since Ricky Ponting quit, although he's captained his national team quite a few times before including Bangladesh tour earlier this year. Can Clarkey rise to challenge?