Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of Australia’s cricket World Cup contest against Sri Lanka from Lucknow, India.
The Aussies enter the match having lost both opening matches, going down by six wickets to hosts India before a 134 run loss to South Africa – their heaviest defeat at a World Cup.
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Despite boasting the batting firepower of David Warner and Steve Smith, the Aussies have yet to post a total of 200.
Sri Lanka remain winless despite posting impressive scores of 326 against South Africa and 344 against Pakistan.
The horror start to the World Cup has put both nations firmly against the wall with the Aussies needing to win six of their final seven games to have a chance at a semi-final berth.
Don’t miss a second of the action when the match gets underway from 7:30pm (AEDT).
6.50pm – Bombshell rumour hangs over skipper’s head
Australia mean business in their attempts to resurrect their diabolical World Cup start and it went next level on Monday when a bombshell rumour was floated by former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke.
Clarke shared what he had heard on Monday morning when he stated current captain Pat Cummins would be dropped for the game against Sri Lanka.
“I heard last night that Pat Cummins is not going to be selected for this game,” Clarke said on Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast.
“We’ve dropped our wicketkeeper… who is one of the most important people in your squad. So he got one game and got dropped. Now there’s talk we’re going to drop our captain.
“If Alex Carey is only given one game, he shouldn’t be in India. They shouldn’t have taken him. If Pat Cummins is going to get dropped and not captain the team, then you guys have selected the wrong captain.”
Clarke also took aim at Australia earlier in the week for its “horrible” preparation in the lead-up to the World Cup, something he doubled down on ahead of the game against South Africa.
“I heard the players say our preparation was perfect. No, no — you had enough games of cricket but you didn’t use those games,” Clarke said.
“You didn’t pick your best players. You didn’t work out are we going to bat first, bowl first. You didn’t work out who’s playing where, you didn’t even pick your captain to let him captain some games of cricket. So come World Cup semi-final [or] grand final he knows exactly what he’s doing under pressure.
“Pat Cummins doesn’t captain enough games. He’s in India able to play but they rested him for a game.”