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Australia steps back into the T20 ring for the first time since becoming world champion on Friday night as it takes on Sri Lanka in the five-match series’ opening fixture at the SCG (7.10pm AEDT).

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first.

While Australia will be eager to showcase its world conquering credentials to a home crowd, the team’s XI will look a little different to what it did when it beat New Zealand in the World Cup final in November.

From that team in Dubai, Mitch Marsh and David Warner are missing (rested), while this is Australia’s first match of any format in the post Justin Langer era.

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Shane Warne said before play that it was a “strange” decision to not have the pair playing.

“The other strange decision is Mitch Marsh resting. He hasn’t played a game for Australia in four months,” Warne said.

“And Warner lives here in Sydney and he’s having a rest … jeez, I’m not sure about that either.”

Marsh and Warner’s absences hand a rare opportunity for BBL topscorer Ben McDermott and highly-rated 26-year-old Josh Inglis to wear Australian colours.

McDermott will open the batting for Warner, while English-born Inglis will bat as a specialist at No.3. Warne also said pre-game said it was “strange” to not have Inglis wicketkeep.

Inglis was part of Australia’s World Cup winning squad, and was in the mix to replace Tim Paine at the Ashes, but Friday night will be his international debut.

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Meanwhile, McDermott has been recalled for his first international since Australia’s tour of Bangladesh in August as reward for a stellar BBL season.

With Australia’s World Cup title defence fast approaching at the end of the year, this series is a crucial chance for the duo to build a case for selection.

Australia will also be hoping to put the mess of the Langer contract saga behind it with a win in Sydney.

Assistant coach Andrew McDonald will make the reins on Friday night as a potential permanent replacement for Langer.

Josh Hazlewood will finally make his return having missed four matches during the Ashes with a side strain.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will look to build on a promising World Cup campaign, in which leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga topped the wicket charts with 16 at 9.75.

He took impressive figures of 2-22 against Australia during the tournament and will be key to a Sri Lankan upset at the SCG.


Friday has been gloomy in Sydney and there is patchy rain on the radar.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a 60 per cent chances of showers for Friday night, although rain is less likely later in the evening.


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Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ben McDermott, Josh Inglis, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana


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