8 Jan 2013

Sri Lanka ready to punish Australia

5:27 pm on 8 January 2013

Sri Lanka say they're ready to punish Australia for picking a weakened side for the upcoming one-day series.

Coach Graham Ford admits his team are a far better chance of toppling Australia in the shorter forms of the game and he's confident they can bounce back from being betaen three nil in the test series.

Sri Lanka are boosted by the arrival of some fresh faces for the five one dayers and two T20 internationals while Australia have dropped the retiring Mike Hussey and are resting skipper Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade.

The first one dayer is on Friday in Melbourne and Ford says Sri Lanka have taken their medicine from the Test drubbing and predicted his troops would lift for the 50-over format.

The biggest addition for Sri Lanka is fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who now only plays in one dayers and T20's having retired from test cricket two years ago.