New Delhi: Steve Smith and David Warner have returned to the Australian side for the upcoming Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka starting on October 27 in Adelaide. This is the first time that Smith and Warner will be playing Twenty20 Internationals ever since their ban in the ball-tampering scandal ended in March 2019. Warner last played a Twenty20 International in February 2018 against New Zealand in Auckland and it was in the tri-series that also involved England which saw Australia win the tournament. Smith could play his first T20I after three years, following his last match which was the 2016 World T20 in Mohali against India.Smith is coming on the back of a fantastic Ashes series in which he smashed 774 runs, which included a century in both innings in the Edgbaston Test followed by a double century in the Manchester Test. Thanks to Smith’s exploits, Australia did not lose a series in England after 18 years and they retained the Ashes. For Warner, he will be under immense pressure after failing miserably in the Ashes 2019 where he managed just 95 runs in the whole series. Aaron Finch will captain the side for the series as Smith cannot captain the side until March 2020 while Warner is permanently banned from leading the side. “We have looked to put a squad together that we think can take us through to that tournament. The squad we have selected is quite role specific and we believe it gives us the flexibility to thrive in all match conditions,” said national selector Trevor Hohns.Australia’s task will not be easy against a buoyant Sri Lanka side, who recently whitewashed the No.1 ranked Twenty20 International side Pakistan 3-0. Sri Lanka were missing many key players due to security fears in Pakistan but the side still shone through and achieved what no side had against Pakistan since 2015. Sri Lanka will be led by Lasith Malinga while the side will also see great talent in Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis. Sri Lanka have a wonderful record in Twenty20 Internationals against Australia, leading their overall head-to-head record 8-5. Sri Lanka have won five out of six Twenty20 Internationals in Australia, with their last loss coming in 2017 in Adelaide. Also Read | Steve Smith Might Not Want Australia Captaincy: Justin LangerMalinga stated that they will be determined to perform well in Australia as they look ahead to the World T20 which will be played next year. “If we perform well in those (Australian) conditions, then it will bode well for our preparations for the World Cup. And if you perform well on this tour, there will be a good chance of those players making it to the World Cup as well,” he said ahead of their departure from Colombo. The opening match is at Adelaide Oval on Sunday with the second in Brisbane three days later before the final game at Melbourne on November 1.Australia squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (capt), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana and Kasun Rajitha. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Last Updated: 5th October, 2019 14:45 IST WWE: Brock Lesnar Defeats Kofi Kingston In Seconds To Win The Title WWE: SmackDown’s Friday night premier saw Superstar Brock Lesnar end Kofi Kingston six-month reign as World Wrestling Entertainment Champion in mere seconds Akhil Nambiar SUBSCRIBE TO US WWE: Title challengeOn September 17, Kingston and New Day had defended the title against Orton and The Revival in a six-man tag-team match on SmackDown. But they were soon challenged by Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Friday’s SmackDown saw Lesnar subdue the champion to claim the title for himself.Also Read | WWE News: Draft Predictions For Upcoming Monday Night RAW 2019 SmackDown’s Friday Night Premier saw Brock Lesnar end Kofi Kingston six-month-long reign as WWE champion in mere seconds. Kingston had successfully defended his title against Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton before he was knocked out for counts by Lesnar before stunned audiences at the Staples Centre in LA.Also Read | WWE Hell In A Cell:Here Are The Top Moments From The Demonic StructureKingston entered the ring very much as the champion and immediately tried to get the upper hand by charging at Lesnar. Unfortunately for him, Lesnar was on his guard, promptly picked up Kingston and had him down for the counts. Kingston first won the WWE title in Wrestlemania 35. The win, which came after 11 years since he joined WWE, also brought to an end his long-standing feud with Bryan and Vince McMahon.Also Read | WWE SmackDown: Will The Rock Face Randy Orton At WrestleMania 36? But no WWE fight is over without a twist in the tail. As Lesnar celebrated his easy win, his celebrations were interrupted by Rey Mysterious and Cain Velasquez who confronted him.It was a treat for the crowd, who were robbed of a Championship fight earlier. Velasquez took on Lesnar and got in some shots before the victor of the earlier match managed to escape. But it seems we will soon have another feud in WWE SmackDown if that intense stare between Velasquez and Lesnar is anything to go by.Also Read | WWE: Rise And Fall Of The Eras; How RAW And SmackDown Started Written By First Published: 5th October, 2019 14:45 IST LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW US