Australia and Sri Lanka face off in the first Test of the two-match series at the Gabba, Brisbane in a pink-ball, day-night affair. After a first series loss to India at home, Tim Paine's Australia will look to finish the home summer on a high against the visiting Sri Lankans. The day/night Test in Brisbane will be the first such game for Sri Lanka in Australia and the relative lack of experience at playing floodlit Tests could hand the advantage to the hosts.
Australia are yet to lose a day/night Test at home, but that's about the only advantage they hold over their opponents. Enduring a slump in the longest format, Australia have lost three of their last five and five of their last eight, with one Test win since April 2018.
Sri Lanka have fared no better, though, losing four of their last five Tests, winning none. Both teams will look to turn their fortunes around and Australia, despite playing without Steve Smith and David Warner, will hold the advantage.
There have been changes aplenty for the hosts. Joe Burns, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Will Pucovski and Kurtis Patterson have found places in the squad, the last three getting their maiden call-ups and two of those – Patterson and Richardson – are making their debuts tomorrow.