Australia look to Sri Lanka series to reverse Asia failures

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Australia is looking to take advantage of a Sri Lanka team on a losing streak to turn around its recent Test match failures in Asia.

Captain Steven Smith said Wednesday that success was hard to come by for Australia in Asia but the three-Test series in Sri Lanka, starting July 26, offered a chance to change that.

Since winning its last three-match series in Sri Lanka 1-0 five years ago, Australia lost its matches in a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and on a tour of India 2-0 and 4-0 respectively.

Sri Lanka has lost five out of six Test series in the past two years as it struggles to rebuild after the retirement of key players.