Sri Lanka will be touring Australia in January 2019 for a two-match Test series. The two sides play for the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy which was named so since the 2007-08 series in Australia.
Sri Lanka last played Tests against Australia in 2016. This will be their first Test series in Australia since 2012/13.
Currently, Australia are ranked third and Sri Lanka are ranked sixth in the ICC Test Team rankings. Both the teams are among the best Test teams at the moment. The absence of some their senior players from the recent past has hampered their performances against quality sides. The Sri Lankan team has not looked at their best since the time Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have retired. The Aussies will be missing their captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner.
In the last five Tests, Sri Lanka lead the Aussies 3-2. This series will be equally tough for both the teams thus making it interesting to watch.
The two nations have played 29 Tests against each other. Australia have an upper hand winning 17 of those while losing only 4. Sri Lanka have an even worse record in Australia as they have never won a Test match down under, losing 11 matches out of the 13 that they have played.
The first Test will be played from 24 January 2019 to 28 January 2019 at The Gabba in Brisbane. This Test will be a Day/Night Test, 11th in the history of cricket. It will be the second Day/Night Test in Brisbane. These teams have not played a Day/Night Test against each other before. The second Test will be played from 1 February 2019 to 5 February 2019 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Sri Lanka have lost 1 match out of the 2 played at Brisbane and the other ended in a draw. This will be their first Test encounter at the Manuka Oval.