Australia won the toss for the third time in the series, but have chosen to bat first on this occasion. Perhaps because the surface at Pallekele could be better for the spinners in the second innings. Or maybe because they want to challenge themselves in a different direction (they had won both the matches in Colombo batting first).
Sri Lanka: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Kusal Mendis (wk), 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Praveen Jayawickrama
Australia:1 Aaron Finch (capt), 2 David Warner, 3 Josh Inglis, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Steven Smith, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Jhye Richardson, 10 Kane Richardson, 11 Josh Hazlewood