Sri Lanka are hopeful Kusal Mendis will be fit for the first Test against Australia after suffering a finger injury on day one of their tour match in Hobart. 

The batsman felt the force at short leg when Jake Doran played a sweep shot to a Dilruwan Perera delivery during the second session of play. 

Kusal will go for a scan on the ring finger on his right hand on Friday, less than a week before the tourists start a two-match series against Australia at the Gabba. 

Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said: "He can't hold the bat so hopefully in 24 hours' time we'll know more, 

"He was in quite a lot of pain but now he's okay after icing it a couple of times." 

Kurtis Patterson made 157 not out and Doran was unbeaten on 102 as a Cricket Australia XI declared on 316-5, with Sri Lanka 38 without loss at stumps in their opening tour match. 

Hathurusingha was concerned to see Sri Lanka bowl 12 front-foot no balls. 

"It's a big concern. We need to get that right because it's happened to us again," he said. 

"The spinners also bowled no-balls in the England series and we got, I think, three wickets off no-balls so it's a big concern. We need to get it right soon." 

 

David Warner is to return to Australia after picking up an elbow injury while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Tom Rogic smashed home a stoppage-time winner to hand Australia an undeserved 3-2 win over Syria and dump Fajer Ibrahim's men out of the Asian Cup in heart-breaking fashion.

Omar Al Soma looked to have given Syria a point, and hope of qualification, when he won and then converted an 80th-minute penalty but Rogic had the final say with a stunning left-foot drive that flashed past Ibrahim Alma with virtually the last kick of the game.

Earlier, Awer Mabil and Chris Ikonomidis twice put Australia ahead only for Omar Khrbin and Al Soma to cap a spirited Syria display with equalisers.

Virat Kohli produced another masterclass as he made his 39th ODI century in Adelaide to help India record a six-wicket win over Australia, levelling the three-match series at 1-1.

Kohli's sublime 104 anchored India's response in Adelaide after Shaun Marsh hit a magnificent hundred of his own to give Australia hope of securing a first ODI series win in two years.

Marsh was dropped for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, but followed up his half-century at the SCG with a brilliant 131 from only 123 balls in Australia's 299-4.

India set up a decider at the MCG on Friday with a superb run chase, Kohli and finisher MS Dhoni (55 not out) getting the tourists home in the final over after receiving treatment as the searing heat appeared to take its toll.

 

Aaron Finch (6) failed again after winning the toss and opting to bat first, before fellow opener Alex Carey was removed by Mohammed Shami (3-58) in the next over.

Marsh and Usman Khawaja (21) steadied the ship in a third-wicket stand of 56, but a direct hit from Ravindra Jadeja dismissed the latter after he was dropped by Dhoni off Kuldeep Yadav.

The powerful Marsh continued to pounce on anything short, striking debutant Mohammed Siraj for two boundaries in an over and reaching 50 before Peter Handscomb was well stumped by Dhoni.

Marcus Stoinis (29) hit Shami for back-to-back boundaries but the seamer had the last laugh when he was caught behind, leaving Marsh and Glenn Maxwell (48) to step on the accelerator.

Marsh reached three figures in the 42nd over and Kuldeep was dispatched over the ropes by both batsmen as Australia started to motor, the centurion also hitting Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six.

Maxwell and Marsh both fell in the 48th over from Bhuvneshwar, but big hitting from Nathan Lyon helped lift them towards 300.

Shikhar Dhawan (32) was looking ominous before he was taken by Khawaja, and India were 101-2 in the 18th over after Stoinis saw the back of Rohit Sharma for a patient 43.

Kohli batted responsibly, content to rotate the strike in a third-wicket partnership of 59 with Ambati Rayudu, who appeared to feel the pressure when he holed out to Maxwell.

The skipper went on the attack after reaching his half-century, smashing Jason Behrendorff for six over long-on and using his feet superbly to give himself room to launch Lyon for a maximum.

Although the runs dried up for Kohli and Dhoni as the Australia bowlers put the brakes on, the captain moved on to three figures from 108 balls with two off Peter Siddle, then struck Jhye Richardson to Maxwell at deep midwicket.

India needed 57 off 38 balls when Kohli departed and they got home in the final over, Dhoni - who needed treatment late in the run chase - hitting his second six to reach 50 and winning it with a single after Dinesh Karthik (25no) provided great support.

Australia coach Graham Arnold is confident there is nothing new Syria boss Fajr Ibrahim can do to catch the Socceroos by surprise in their crucial 2019 Asian Cup Group B encounter on Tuesday. 

Uncapped batsman Shubman Gill and all-rounder Vijay Shankar have replaced suspended duo Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in India's limited-overs squad to face Australia and New Zealand.

Pandya and Rahul were banned from playing any form of cricket by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for what were perceived to be sexist remarks made on television show 'Koffee with Karan'.

Gill, a 19-year-old opener, has been called up for the remainder of the white-ball encounters with Australia, as well as the one-day international and Twenty20 matches against the Black Caps.

Shankar, who has played five T20 internationals after being handed a debut against Sri Lanka last year, was also drafted in.

Australia beat Virat Kohli's side by 34 runs in the first of three ODIs at the SCG on Saturday.

Rohit Sharma believes MS Dhoni should bat at number four for India, differing with captain Virat Kohli's preference for Ambati Rayudu.

Opener Rohit scored 133 runs off 129 balls in the first ODI against Australia at the SCG on Saturday and produced a 137-run stand for the fourth wicket alongside Dhoni.

The duo helped lift the tourists after an abysmal start saw them reduced to 4-3, but the dismissal of Dhoni - who made his first ODI half-century since December 2017 - sapped their momentum and India fell to a 34-run loss.

Kohli expressed his contentment with having the "intelligent" Rayudu at the contentious position of four when West Indies toured India in October, but Rohit thinks a tweak might be needed ahead of the Cricket World Cup.

"Personally, I always feel that Dhoni batting at number four will be ideal for the team," said Rohit. "But we have got Ambati Rayudu who has done really well now at number four.

"It totally depends on what the captain and coach think about it. Personally, I would be happy if Dhoni bats at four.

"It is pretty simple with him and he does not complicate things. We spoke about building a partnership because it was crucial at that point.

"It was great to see him come and bat at number five. We lost three wickets, but he is keen to get those runs as well.

"Over the years, he has shown he is ready to bat anywhere for the team and score runs."

Rayudu wastefully used India's sole review when he was trapped leg before for a two-ball duck, meaning Dhoni was unable to challenge after he was given lbw to a Jason Behrendorff delivery that pitched well outside leg.

"It's always tricky, when to take it and when not. Rayudu thought the ball was drifting down leg and I thought the same. These things happen," said Rohit.

"You can't always be right. But it is important to use the DRS well and we've spoken a lot about it. It's such a split-second decision. We might have a chat in Adelaide but what's done is done."

Jhye Richardson revealed Australia coach Justin Langer urged him to stake his case for World Cup selection prior to his man-of-the-match performance against India.

With Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins rested after the Test series, Richardson took figures of 4-26 from his 10 overs at the SCG, the best return of his young international career.

Australia successfully defended their total of 288-5, winning the first match of three in the one-day international series by 34 runs to become the first team in international cricket to taste victory in 1,000 matches across all formats.

The World Cup begins in England on May 30, but Richardson, 22, is trying not to look that far ahead.

"Justin has said it is a great opportunity to be able to push your selection [case] for the World Cup," he said.

"But we've still got a lot of white-ball cricket between now and then. So I think it'll be for me to concentrate on these two games coming up then if I'm lucky enough to get picked for the next tour, it'll be concentrating on those games.

"Then if I get picked, I get picked. All I can concentrate on is what's happening now."

Peter Handscomb (73) Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) all registered half-centuries at the SCG, while Marcus Stoinis (47 not out) helped Australia set a competitive total on a slow pitch.

Rohit Sharma blasted a stunning 133 off 129 deliveries for India, but Richardson and debutant Jason Behrendorff (2-39) shone with the ball, a fast start reducing the tourists to 4-3.

MS Dhoni (51) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (29 not out) were the only other India batsmen to register scores of note, with the wicket of Virat Kohli one Richardson will always remember.

"Getting [Kohli] is one that I'm going to treasure for a long time," he said.

"I was actually disappointed when the ball came out. I probably bowled a bit too straight. I had a fielder there who hung on to it, so it is a wicket I will remember for a very long time.

"But [I am] more happy to get the win. There was a period there when they had a partnership through the middle and it almost could have taken the game away from us. But we were lucky to get Dhoni out lbw and we kept getting wickets from there on. When you get teams three down [early], that's what you aim for.

"I am ecstatic and really excited for the team. It's good to put a personal performance on the board but I am really excited in the way Australian cricket is heading."

The second match is in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Former Australia Test captain Steve Smith will undergo elbow surgery that could delay his return to international cricket after his ban for ball tampering ends in March.

Smith has left the Bangladesh Premier League to have a ligament repaired in his right elbow. He will wear a brace for six weeks and have a timeframe for his recovery assessed upon its removal.

Australia coach Justin Langer suggested the 29-year-old could return to the set-up if a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE across March and April is confirmed.

However, Smith's injury setback may make it difficult for him to feature ahead of the Cricket World Cup in England, which begins in May.

"Steve Smith will have surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow," said a Cricket Australia spokesperson.

"He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before starting rehabilitation. Return-to-play timeframes will be clearer once the brace has been removed."

Smith is serving a one-year suspension for his part in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test against South Africa that also resulted in bans for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

 

Australia became the first nation to record 1,000 wins in all formats of cricket on Saturday with a 34-run success over India in Sydney.

Their second-Test triumph over the same opposition in December saw Australia move onto 999, but they had to wait to reach four figures.

Defeat in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne and a draw in the final match of the series at the SCG meant the first ODI against India presented their next opportunity.

And they duly took it, India falling short in pursuit of 289 despite Rohit Sharma's superb 133, as Jhye Richardson claimed a career-best 4-26.

With thanks to Opta, we take a look at some of the numbers behind Australia's wins.

558  – Australia have won 558 one-day internationals – more than any other team.

384 – They have also won more Tests than any other team with 384.

234 – They have beaten England 234 times in 509 games.

66 – Australia have a 66 per cent win rate against New Zealand – their best against any side they have played at least 50 times.

376 – Ricky Ponting has claimed a record 376 wins.

68 – Adam Gilchrist's 68 per cent win rate is the highest of any Australia captain across all formats, of those who led the nation on at least 20 occasions.

219 – Ponting's 219 wins as captain are 80 more than any other skipper has managed.

2002 – It was in 2002 that Australia posted their biggest ever Test win, beating South Africa by an innings and 360 runs in Johannesburg.

Rohit Sharma's century proved in vain as India suffered a 34-run loss to Australia, who became the first team to register 1,000 wins in international cricket in the first ODI at the SCG on Saturday.

The India opener blasted a stunning 133 off 129 deliveries as the tourists chased a seemingly achievable target of 289 on a slow pitch for victory to follow up their 2-1 triumph in the four-match Test series.

Debutant Jason Behrendorff (2-39) and newcomer Jhye Richardson (4-26) had the tourists in trouble at 4-3 inside four overs, but MS Dhoni – who became the fifth batsman to reach 10,000 runs for India – and Rohit got them back on track with a 137-run union.

However, Ambati Rayudu (0) wasted a review that would have saved Dhoni had it been available, and India were unable to recover despite Rohit's best efforts.

Australia lost captain Aaron Finch (6) early when he was bowled through the gate by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-66), while Alex Carey (24) looked good before cutting Kuldeep Yadav (2-54) to Rohit at first slip to leave the hosts at 41-2.

Usman Khawaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) steadied the ship for the hosts, but it came at the expense of runs – their stand of 92 for the third wicket came from 111 deliveries.

Peter Handscomb (73 off 61 balls) and Marcus Stoinis (47 not out) – brought in ahead of Glenn Maxwell (11no) – picked up the pace as India struggled at the death in the absence of the rested Jasprit Bumrah, their final 10 overs went for 93 runs.

The hosts wasted a review on the fifth ball but Behrendorff had his maiden ODI wicket off the next deliver with Shikhar Dhawan going for a duck leg before.

Richardson struck twice in three deliveries to add Rayudu to the scalp of Virat Kohli (3), a poor review from the former meaning Dhoni had no option but to walk after being trapped lbw to a ball that replays showed pitched outside leg.

The former skipper and Rohit had stabilised the innings, but like Khawaja and Marsh they scored at a slow rate – their 137-run union came from 172 balls.

Rohit injected some urgency with three fours off one Peter Siddle over en route to his fourth ODI ton in Australia – more than any other batsman has managed against the team on their own soil – but Dinesh Karthik (12) and Jadeja (8) were unable to provide support.

A thunderous six into the second tier beyond deep midwicket saw Rohit keep up the threat of a late surge from India, but when he heaved Stoinis (2-66) to Maxwell the jig was up for the tourists.

Graham Arnold believes that Australia's 3-0 victory over Palestine is evidence that the defending Asian Cup champions have learned from their defeat to Jordan.

Australia recovered smartly from their opening loss to Jordan to breathe fresh life into their Asian Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Palestine in Dubai on Friday.

The holders suffered a shock 1-0 defeat five days previously but quickfire goals from Jamie Maclaren - his first for his country - and Awer Mabil in the opening period set them on their way at Rashid Stadium before Apostolos Giannou rounded off the scoring late on.

The first two goals arrived in the 18th and 20th minutes, Maclaren heading home Tom Rogic's cross before Mabil ghosted in to get on the end of Chris Ikonomidis' angled ball from the left flank - the winger picking up a second assist for Giannou at the end of regulation time.

Victory lifts the Socceroos to second in the Group B table, two points clear of their final opponents Syria, against whom a draw will be enough to seal qualification to the last 16, while Palestine are bottom on one point but are far from out of the knockout picture.

Graham Arnold had called on his players to come out fighting after that loss to Jordan and he must have been thrilled to see a two-goal lead opened up inside the first quarter of the game.

Rogic, playing with a broken hand suffered last time out, sent in an excellent cross from the right that was glanced home by Maclaren for the first.

And the advantage was doubled shortly afterwards as Mabil was left completely unmarked to steal in at the back post and convert Ikonomidis' delivery from five yards.

Australia ought to have put the game to bed shortly before the break when the two goalscorers combined, only for Mabil to blaze over at close range.

The Socceroos almost claimed a fortuitous third when Rhyan Grant's low cross deflected off Abdallah Jaber and struck the bar but the win was complete in the 90th minute as substitute Giannou rose unchallenged to head in another Ikonomidis centre as Arnold's men delivered the requisite response.

 

What does it mean? Socceroos bounce back impressively

No reigning champion has ever lost both of their first two games at the Asian Cup, and Arnold's side never looked likely to make unwanted history here, any fears settled by that early double strike.

Maclaren off the mark

Having made his debut in 2016, Hibernian striker Maclaren netted his first Socceroos goal thanks to a deft header. Rogic's left-wing cross had plenty of pace on it and Maclaren, with his back to goal, helped it on its way into the far corner beyond Rami Hamada.

Shot-shy Palestine lack creative edge

Noureddine Ould Ali's men did not muster a single effort on target in their opening 0-0 draw with Syria, and it was the same story here. They will have to find some attacking inspiration against Jordan in four days' time.

What's next?

The teams conclude their group-stage campaigns on Tuesday, when Australia will look to secure their passage against Syria. Meanwhile, Palestine face already-qualified Jordan and still harbour realistic hopes of progression.

Australia head coach Graham Arnold is anticipating a strong response from his side as they prepare to face Palestine in their second Asian Cup game on Friday.

The defending champions were stunned in their opening Group B fixture, going down 1-0 to Jordan, who subsequently secured qualification to the last 16 with a 2-0 win over Syria on Thursday.

Victory for the Socceroos at Rashid Stadium would propel the holders from bottom into second place in the table and leave progression to the knockout stages in their own hands.

Palestine secured their first ever point in the Asian Cup thanks to a 0-0 draw with Syria, and Arnold is demanding that his players match their opponents' work ethic and hopes their added quality proves decisive.

"This next game we've got to come out and fight," Arnold said. "The first part of it in a football match is the football quality where we've got the edge...but it's about the fight as well.

"We've got to show the same desire. Match that fight and then we'll win the football game. I've seen the hurt after the game and I've seen the motivation. They're on the edge, they're ready to go. I expect a reaction.

"There were a lot of good things in the Jordan game. Obviously they parked the bus and made it hard for us but there was a lot of good stuff that we showed the boys.

"If something doesn't go to plan, I've always been someone that's been very positive...it's my job to pick them up straight away and I've done that. I've picked them up.

"I don't yell, I don't shout. I may seem like I'm a person like that but I'm not. I'm completely opposite and I'm going to keep them happy. These things happen in football."

Arnold seems set to be able to call on Tom Rogic, who broke his hand against Jordan, while striker Andrew Nabbout (groin) missed that match and is working his way back. Right-back Josh Risdon was substituted at half-time and will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Palestine - Rami Hamada

The goalkeeper delivered Palestine's first clean sheet in the history of the competition last time out, and his team-mates - who failed to muster a shot on target against Syria - may need him to be at his best if they are to gain anything from this encounter.

Australia - Tom Rogic

Despite nursing his hand injury, Rogic has taken a full part in training in the build-up to this clash and the Socceroos will look to the Celtic man as their primary creative influence after drawing a frustrating blank against Jordan.

 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- Palestine's 0-0 draw against Syria in their 2019 Asian Cup opener was their first ever point in the competition, having lost their previous three games.
- No reigning champions have ever lost their first two games at an Asian Cup tournament.
- Palestine have scored just one goal in their first four Asian Cup games, with the nation failing to record one shot on target in their 2019 opening contest against Syria.
- Australia have never failed to score in successive Asian Cup games.

Cameron Bancroft insists he has no issue with David Warner and is keen to play alongside his banned Australia team-mate again.

Bancroft and Warner were both suspended last year for their involvement in the national team's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, with the former vice-captain still serving his 12-month ban.

Batsman Bancroft returned to action for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League in December, having been out for nine months, and quickly made the headlines with an interview in which he claimed he "didn't know any better" than to go along with Warner's tampering plan.

These comments prompted Australia coach Justin Langer to claim he felt "like the director of a soap opera", but Bancroft is now keen to stress that he remains on good terms with Warner.

The 26-year-old says he would like to play with both Warner and suspended captain Steve Smith in future.

Asked whether he would be keen to play with Warner again, Bancroft told reporters: "Absolutely. We're good people, very honest and passionate people. Dave, like Steve, all of us, we've all gone through our challenges, haven't we?

"We've all been there for each other and I look forward to a day like that where I can go out and play cricket with Dave again. He's a quality cricketer and someone who's achieved so much in that cricket team.

"As a player like myself, you strive to be around players like that. For my own learning as a cricketer, I'd love for that to happen."

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