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Aussies seek spin solution for Lankan ODIs

AAP logoAAP 20/08/2016 Pete Smith

Australia head into their five-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka on Sunday seeking to salvage pride from a woeful tour with the home side already securing a 3-0 Test series whitewash.

The spotlight will again fall on Australia's handling of Sri Lanka's spin attack in Colombo, although there will be some respite with local spin king Rangana Herath missing with a groin strain.

Herath was the primary destroyer for Sri Lanka in their historic clean sweep of the Test series, but the home side have a host of attacking options in the spin department.

Australian captain Steve Smith and his fellow batsman must somehow put their recent demons aside against a squad packed with tweakers, including Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Dinesh Chandimal and highly regarded left-armed wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan.

The tourists will enter the series, which will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals, with a threadbare 15-man squad following this week's return home of injured allrounder Mitch Marsh.

Marsh's absence means Australia will have two allrounders to call on - James Faulkner and Moises Henriques - with several new faces from the Test squad.

Top-order batsman Aaron Finch, who is one of those fresh faces, says adapting to spin and local conditions is the only way forward.

"If the pitch is spinning big, you just have to have a plan," Finch said. "One-day wickets generally play pretty true.

"There might a little bit of turn there, but it is just about having plans and executing them.

"They will come with a lot of spinners. For me personally, it is about trying to get in against the new ball and, once you are in, facing spin becomes a bit easier.

"Growing up in our conditions, facing spin in turning conditions is always difficult.

"As an opening batter, it is my job to get in and, whether we face spin at the start or gradually as the innings goes on, it is just about adapting," Finch said.

Batsman Travis Head and George Bailey, wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, legspinner Adam Zampa and allrounder Faulkner are the other new arrivals into the Australian squad.

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