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Australian Cricket: Inglis backs Aussies to pile on the runs

Josh Inglis is expecting a much better batting performance when Australia look to wrap up the T20 series against Sri Lanka in Canberra on Tuesday night.

Australia are priced at 10/3 to win and defend the T20 World Cup at the end of the year and preparations are well underway with the five-match series against Sri Lanka,

Strong start

The Aussies have got the series off to a strong start after winning the first two matches, both played at the SCG, and can wrap it up with another win at Manuka Oval.

Despite the two victories a star-studded batting line-up could only manage mid-range totals of 149 and 164 as they had to work hard for their runs.

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Inglis, who top-scored with 48 runs off 32 balls in Sunday's win, says that was definitely down to the pitch.

"It was a bit of a tough wicket," Inglis told reporters. "The Sydney wicket was a bit two-paced, a bit slow at times and it was quite hard to time the ball.

"It wasn’t going to be one that you could blast a 60 off 30 (balls), I didn’t feel. It was one where you had to hit the gaps, run hard and play good cricket shots."

Big score

Inglis is very familiar with Manuka Oval having played there with the Perth Scorchers and believes Australia have a good opportunity to pile on the runs.

"I’m expecting different from this wicket," he added. "It’s a beautiful ground. It’s usually very good here, especially in the last couple of years. It’s been getting better and better.

"I think if we’re going to get a big score anywhere, it’s probably going to be here."

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