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'We are desperate to beat Lanka'

Sri Lanka will bank on its spinners in the first test match against Australia starting on Wednesday in Galle, a pitch historically favouring turn, but the visitors' debutant bowlers may cause trouble to the host nation's batsmen.

cricket Updated: Aug 30, 2011 01:40 IST

Sri Lanka will bank on its spinners in the first test match against Australia starting on Wednesday in Galle, a pitch historically favouring turn, but the visitors' debutant bowlers may cause trouble to the host nation's batsmen.

Both nations are lacking bowling quality they once had in the likes of Australia's Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vass from Sri Lanka.

Australia outperformed Sri Lanka in the five-match one-day series 3-2, despite pacer Lasith Malinga's reverse swing hat-rick magic in the last ODI. The absence of Malinga through retirement from Test cricket may be a relief for Michael Clarke's team, but Sri Lanka still arguably have the edge in spin.

Clarke will lead a new-look Australian test team for the first time since taking over from Ricky Ponting.

"Right now we're desperate to beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in the Test series,'' said Clarke. "We're a long way from becoming the number one team in the world at this stage."