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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Australia vs Sri Lanka on January 24, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips Australia vs Sri Lanka on January 24 The Australian cricket is clearly in doldrums with two of their best players not playing. After losing the four-match Test series to India at home for the first time in 71 years, they will be looking to make amends by winning against Sri Lanka. The visitors are also struggling with their own issues and the series is expected to be closely fought. Australia clearly start as favourites. But if they fail to beat Sri Lanka at home it would plunge their cricket into a deeper crisis then anything they have faced before. The tourists, on the other hand, have nothing to lose really after suffering a home whitewash against England. But a spirited show, even one drawn match, would be a big boost for the sagging spirits for their fans. Best economical pick – Marcus Harris made his Test debut in the series against India, scoring 258 runs at an average of 36.85. The left hander looked very comfortable at the crease, scoring two half-centuries and played his best knock in Australia’s first innings in the fourth Test at the SCG. The compact cricketer showed an ability to rotate the strike, but his aggressive approach was what made him standout and put pressure on the opposition bowlers. He can score freely off both the fast and slow bowlers. Top captains & vice captains – Nathan Lyon was one of Australia’s best bowlers along with Pat Cummins in the series against India. Lyon claimed 21 wickets for the series, including a man of the match performance in Perth, where he ripped out India’s batting line-up with eight wickets. The 31-year-old made his Test debut against Sri Lanka and will be out to create havoc in the two Test matches. Kusal Mendis scored 225 runs against New Zealand, peeling off an unbeaten 141 in Wellington. Mendis averages just under 50 against Australia and will be one of a number of players looking to step up and perform with the bat. Smart pick – Suranga Lakmal was Sri Lanka’s second-highest wicket taker in their 2 Test series with New Zealand, but remarkably took just 6 wickets at an average of 39.66. The 54-Test veteran has took 127 career wickets and is one of their most experienced bowlers. Lakmal will lead the attack and should take the new ball for Sri Lanka. Cautions Pick – About a year ago, the Australian bowling attack was considered as one of the best in the world. But the series against India completely shattered that image. The Aussie bowlers were made to appear embarrassingly toothless. The bowler most under pressure is Mitchell Starc. Having been renowned as a fierce and dangerous pace bowler, his performances in the last few matches have been ordinary. My XI – Nathan Lyon (Captain), Kusal Mendis (Vice-Captain), Suranga Lakmal, Marcus Harris, Jhye Richardson, Travis Head, Patrick Cummins, Tim Paine, Roshen Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kurtis Patterson
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CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips West Indies vs England on January 23, CricBattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips West Indies vs England on January 23 Considering the decline of West Indies cricket in recent decades, you would expect England to be the favorites going into a Test series against them, even in their own backyard. However, for some reason, West Indies managed to rally themselves in the last two series in which they hosted the Three Lions in 2009 and 2015 to win the former and draw the latter. So, this contest may not be as easy to predict as many would imagine. Apart from their smashing victory over the home side in 2004, West Indies has been one of the most difficult places for England to visit. They used to routinely get beaten during the great era of Windies cricket in the last quarter of the previous century and haven’t been able to register too many victories since their historic triumph under Michael Vaughan. Having registered a whitewash over Sri Lanka in their own backyard, England are buoyant and looking to turn the tide of history. West Indies, though, suffered a whitewash themselves in their last series against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. Best economical pick – The batting troubles of West Indies are well known. However, there would be a big boost to the batting strength of the side with the comeback of Darren Bravo into the team. He has always been the best player of spin in the West Indies team and that would be a big asset in countering the English spinners who are on a high after their great efforts in Sri Lanka. Top captains & vice captains – Jonny Bairstow's last test outing saw him score a critical hundred batting at No.3, a position which has been a spot of bother for the English team for a while now. His form has been pretty good in international cricket and should be the one to be picked for the captain role in fantasy team. The one batsman everyone is excited to see is Shimron Hetmyer. The typical West Indian flair that he possesses makes him a delight to watch when in full flow. He played an extraordinary knock in Bangladesh where he incessantly hit the spin bowlers for sixes over midwicket. Smart pick – Moeen Ali is ready to accept the responsibility of being England's leading spinner in Test cricket for this series against West Indies. England recorded an impressive 3-0 series whitewash over Sri Lanka at the end of last year, with Moeen taking 18 wickets as part of a three-pronged spin attack. Cautions Pick – It was in the last Test series between the two teams in England in 2017 that Shai Hope grabbed the attention of the world with hundreds in each innings of the Headingley Test to lead his team to victory. Hope has not lived up to the expectations since that historic performance. My XI – Jonny Bairstow (Captain), Shimron Hetmyer (Vice-Captain), Moeen Ali, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Stuart Broad, Jomel Warrican, Ben Foakes, Ben Stokes, Jason Holder, Joe Root
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Critical Updates
  • Kuldeep Yadav

    Playing XI : Definitely

    Analysis : Kuldeep Yadav was rested in the first ODI and that affected India very badly in the middle overs. He is one of the few bowlers who have the ability to pick up the wickets at a regular interval during the middle overs. Kuldeep Yadav should be back to the playing for the second ODI to contain the Windies batsmen from scoring more runs in the middle overs.

  • Dasun Shanaka
    Playing XI : May be
     
    Analysis : Niroshan Dickwella is expected to come into the side in place of Dasun Shanaka. For all the talent and the skill that he possesses, Shanaka hasn’t been able to deliver either with the bat or the ball. He just bowled three overs and was run out after an extended struggle with the willow against Bangladesh.
  • Akila Dananjaya
    Playing XI : May be
     
    Analysis : The Sri Lankan mystery off-spinner Akila Dananjaya bagged 14 wickets in the recently concluded five-match series against South Africa, claiming six wickets in the final ODI and bamboozling the South African batsmen for a paltry total of 121. Possessing a classic leg-spinner, a carrom ball, and a splendid googly up his sleeve, Akila Dhananjaya is definitely a key player in this Sri Lankan squad for this tournament.
     
    Akila Dananjaya will not be available for the matches between 15th and 17th as his wife is expected to give birth to their first child.
  • Prithvi Shaw
    Playing XI : May be
     
    Analysis : The Indian batting prodigy from Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw, is expected to get his first international game in the fifth Test against England after a dismal show by KL Rahul in the fourth Test. Shaw has been exceptional in the recent scheme of things. Hence, in Shaw, India might look to end their opening woes in the fifth Test.
  • Alastair Cook

    Playing XI - Definitely

    Analysis : Alastair Cook has not been in good form for England for almost a year now. In the three Test matches against India, he has scored just 80 runs in five innings at an average of 16. He hasn't used his feet at all to the Indian pacers and hence has nicked the ball a couple of times. Being a good player of spin bowling, he has surprisingly got out to Ashwin twice in the three Test matches so far. Hence, England should consider the option of dropping Alastair Cook in the remaining two matches.