NEW FOCUS: Australia's captain Steve Smith is using trial games to get his side used to 50-overs cricket after the IPL season.
NEW FOCUS: Australia's captain Steve Smith is using trial games to get his side used to 50-overs cricket after the IPL season. Aijaz Rahi

Smith says it's time to dial back tempo from T20s

AUSTRALIA will be using two warm-up matches to rediscover their rhythm before the Champions Trophy starts next week.

With 10 of the 15 members of the squad having played in the recently completed Indian Premier League, the matches - on Friday against Sri Lanka and on Monday against Pakistan - will be vital practice.

Captain Steve Smith said it was time to bring "the tempo back down a little bit" from the craziness of T20 cricket.

"I guess that is the message for us, to just gel again as a one-day group and find the right tempo of the game to play at," he said.

Coach Darren Lehmann will split the four pace bowlers - Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood - with two likely to be held back for Monday.

Adam Zampa or Glenn Maxwell will provide the spin option with a decision still to made on who opens the batting with David Warner.

Travis Head, Chris Lynn and Aaron Finch are all in contention.

Sri Lanka, beaten by Scotland in Kent last week, may field Lasith Malinga for the first time in a one-day match since November 2015.

The 33-year-old, recognised as one of the finest death bowlers in world cricket, has been a T20 specialist recently, but skipper Angleo Mathews is delighted to have him back.

"He's fully fit in and we look forward to utilising him in the matches," Mathews said.

"He's very key and he got here a few days back (from the IPL), and is very keen to get on the park."

Australia's squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa.

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