Veteran Malinga still firing at 36

Now aged 36, Malinga will become the third-oldest quick to tour Australia this decade, behind only Indian Ashish Nehra in 2016 and New Zealander Chris Smith in 2011.

West Indies great Courtney Walsh, South African Steve Elworthy and Indian Robin Singh are the only older quicks to tour Australia this century.

But Malinga has long showed he still has plenty to offer with the ball.

He was Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker in this year’s one-day World Cup with 13 at 28.69, before announcing his retirement from 50-over cricket.

The right-armer also took four wickets in four balls in his previous T20 against New Zealand last month, marking the second time he has done so in his career.

Sri Lanka touched down in Australia over the weekend and will begin their tour against a Prime Minister’s XI side in Canberra on Thursday.

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