Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade has backed Australia captain Aaron Finch and fellow opener David Warner to rediscover their best form, starting with Thursday’s T20 World Cup Group 1 clash with Sri Lanka in Dubai (Australia 1/3, Sri Lanka 23/10 – Match Winner).

Australia (13/2 to win World Cup) have never won the T20 World Cup, but they made a strong start to this year’s competition, claiming a five-wicket victory over South Africa in their tournament opener.

However, that result was achieved despite the struggles of openers Finch and Warner, with the former being dismissed for a five-ball duck, while the latter made just 14 off the back of a poor showing during this year’s Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The form of both players has since been questioned, but Wade has no doubts the duo will soon come good.

“They’re terrific players. They just need some runs. Players like them are never out of form. They’re just short of runs at the moment,” Wade told reporters.

“It has been discussed a lot even before the tour started. But we know David, he will come good sooner than later. He is class act.”

Australia have been dealt an injury blow in the build up to Thursday’s match with Sri Lanka, as paceman Mitchell Starc, who took figures of 2-32 against South Africa, is a doubt after being struck in the knee by a ball in training.

Sri Lanka (40/1 to win World Cup) will head into the contest with momentum on their side, as they won all three of their first-round matches to reach the Super 12s before seeing off Bangladesh in their Group 1 opener last Sunday.

Mickey Arthur’s side had only won three of their previous 20 T20 matches heading into the tournament, but those struggles now appear to be a thing of the past.

The 2014 champions could welcome spinner Maheesh Theekshana (3/1 Sri Lanka’s top wicket taker in the match) back into the fold after he missed the victory over Bangladesh with a side strain – the 21-year-old, who only made his T20 debut for Sri Lanka last month, has taken eight wickets in the competition to date.

The winner of Thursday’s match will join group leaders England on four points and boost their hopes of making it through to the semi-finals.

Australia are due to face Eoin Morgan’s side in Group 1 on Saturday, with England having impressed in the tournament to date claiming emphatic victories over both the West Indies and Bangladesh.

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