For the first time on this tour, Sri Lanka go into a series as favourites. They lost the Test series, drew the one-dayers, so it stands to reason that they will go one better again and win the two-match T20 event.

The visitors are the number one-ranked T20 side in the world, while Australia, perhaps slightly misleadingly, are seventh. Both did well in the World Twenty 20, but both lost to the West Indies when it mattered, the Aussies in the semi-finals and the Sri Lankans in the final.

Sri Lanka's side is filled with experienced players, most of whom took part in the Wt20, while the Aussies only have a handful of players that participated in the tournament. Added to that, Sri Lanka have won four of the six T20s the sides have contested.

All that being said, the Aussies have called up players like Shaun Marsh and Aaron Finch, who have been on fire for their Big Bash franchises, and are very much in the T20 mind set. It's a rookie-looking side, but they've got the recent home experience to count on.

The Lankans will be skippered by Angelo Mathews, who took over the T20 captaincy a while ago, as he looks to get into the swing of things and prepare to be the one-day skipper too, since Mahela Jayawardene retired from the role after the ODI series.

Key Men
Australia's squad is short on experience, but the top order is bolstered by the presence of David Warner. He may be far from consistent, but when he gets going he can win a match in a few overs as one of the most destructive hitters around.

The visitors have a valuable commodity in Lasith Malinga, who has been Down Under for a while and played in the BBL. He loves the fast tracks in Oz, and the host batsmen have had trouble getting him away. He could be the key should a chase come down to the death.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results
2011: Sri Lanka won by eight runs in Pallekele
2011: Sri Lanka won by 35 runs in Pallekele
2010: Sri Lanka won by seven wickets in Perth
2010: Australia won by 81 runs in Bridgetown
2009: Sri Lanka won by six wickets in Nottingham

Prediction
Online betting firm Sky Bet have Australia at 8/13 and Sri Lanka at 5/4 in the odds to win the series. Visit Sky Bet for the latest cricket betting.

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Squads
Australia: George Bailey, Ben Cutting, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Ben Laughlin, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Ernaga, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Kushal Perera, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne

Fixtures
First T20I: 26 January, Sydney
Second T20I: 28 January, Melbourne