Aussies want Tigers scalp

Australia’s Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke believes a win over Sri Lanka (6/4 to beat the Aussies) on Sunday could be exactly what the Baggy Greens need ahead of the Ashes.

As England touch down in Perth ahead of the first Test on November 25, Australia are starting to get into the swing of things following a disappointing tour of India which saw them lose both the Test and ODI series.

Clarke and co have now returned to Australia and are preparing for a tough Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka, who themselves are looking for a win to build some momentum before next year’s World Cup.

The last time the two sides met Australia comfortably came out on top by 81 runs in the ICC World Twenty20 in May.

Despite that win Clarke (4/1 top Australia batsman v Sri Lanka) is under no illusions of the challenge that awaits his team at the WACA against the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 runners-up.

“Sri Lanka have got a very good team and they’ve shown in Twenty20 cricket how strong they are, so we’ll have to be at our best,” he said.

“The country and the players are looking forward to the Ashes series, but it’s important that we concentrate firstly on this Twenty20 match and build some momentum.”

Australia have been handed a double fitness boost ahead of the match with Peter Siddle and Brad Haddin making their long-awaited returns from injury.

Victoria faster bowlers John Hastings and Clint McKay will be hoping they can impress enough to play some part in Australia’s limited over series with England as they wait to be given their international debuts.

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