Australia’s prime minister Julia Gillard hosted the touring Sri Lanka cricket team at her residence today, ahead of the team’s practise match against the Prime Ministers XI which takes place on February 3 at the Manuka Oval.
Sri Lanka are in Australia for the Commonwealth Bank Tri Series, which features India and the hosts. The series gets under-way on February 5 with Australia taking on India at Melbourne.
Photos courtesy of Johann Jayasinha/SNNI.
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is greeted by Australian PM Julia Gillard at her official residence.
Sri Lanka’s South African coach Graham Ford is greeted by the PM and her partner Tim Mathieson.
Vice captain Angelo Mathews is greeted by the PM.
Mahela Jayawardene and skipper of the Australian PM’s XI Brad Haddin pose with PM Gillard.
Lasith Malinga poses with the Australian PM.
Mahela Jayawardene addresses the gathering.
Members of the Sri Lankan squad pose for a photograph with the PM.
Sri Lankan cricketers enjoy cocktails at the PM’s residence.