Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane November 6, 2010

Australia hope to avoid losing record

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Match Facts

Sunday, November 7, Brisbane
Start time 13.20 local (02.20 GMT)

The Big Picture

In the blue corner is Sri Lanka, the happiest team in the world, the one deservedly still celebrating their first series victory Down Under. Slumped in the really blue corner is Australia, the side trying to avoid setting their worst losing streak in history. It is usually the touring teams that feel this low here, but the faded green and golds have lost their sheen. And the Ashes starts in 19 days.

Sri Lanka's breakthrough tour began with a Twenty20 victory and was followed by a great escape in Melbourne. They then ensured Sunday's third ODI would be a dead rubbed with a controlled victory in Sydney. Sri Lanka are a highly professional outfit with men for any conditions, so not much will bother them at the Gabba.

Australia are currently on a seven-match losing streak in all forms of the game. The last time they won was the first Test against Pakistan in July. Not since 1996 have they lost seven in a row - England also beat them in seven consecutive Tests between 1885 and 1888 - and they have never been defeated in eight straight. Michael Clarke is in charge of making sure that doesn't happen following Ricky Ponting's decision to miss the match to prepare for Tasmania's Sheffield Shield game on Wednesday.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Australia LLLWW
Sri Lanka WWWWL

Watch out for...

Shane Watson looked on the verge of something significant in Sydney before missing a sweep off Muttiah Muralitharan. Now that Watson is a senior player, his team needs him to come off regularly at the top of the order. If that happens the chances of another loss decrease significantly. After chipping in with two wickets at the SCG, he should also enjoy the conditions in Brisbane, his former home.

Mahela Jayawardene has had a quiet series with 19 and 5 in the opening two matches, so expect him to sign off with something sparkling. That Sri Lanka have done so well without him contributing with the bat increases the achievement of a fast-developing unit. (Jayawardene's sharp fielding was responsible for Mitchell Johnson's run-out on Friday.) He likes the Gabba too, with three half-centuries in four innings there.

Team news

With Ricky Ponting heading to Shield cricket to practice his hook shot, Australia should bring in Callum Ferguson for his first ODI since he hurt his knee in the 2009 Champions Trophy final. Given the conditions in Brisbane, it is unlikely Xavier Doherty will return, but John Hastings could be a chance to replace one of the fast bowlers.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Cameron White, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Callum Ferguson, 7 Steven Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Nathan Hauritz, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Peter Siddle.

Sri Lanka have no reason to change anything. Kumar Sangakkara has led them well and they will look to the top three to provide them with a solid platform. The seamers Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera should enjoy the Gabba pitch.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (capt, wk), 5 Chamara Silva, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Suraj Randiv, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.

Pitch and conditions

In the previous game at the Gabba, Queensland were dismissed for 75 and 96 to end the Sheffield Shield fixture in two days. There has been some more sun around this week but it will still be a wicket for the bowlers. A shower or two is forecast for Brisbane on Sunday, with a top temperature of 26.

Stats and trivia

  • Some good news for Australia: they have never lost a match to Sri Lanka at the Gabba. That includes two Tests and ODIs in 2003 and 2006
  • In six ODIs at the ground, Muralitharan has 12 wickets at an average of 17.66, including 4 for 27 against Australia in 2003. Nathan Hauritz has one victim in two games and has gone for 115 runs
  • Michael Clarke has led Australia in 17 ODIs, winning 12 and losing five. Two of his five centuries have come while in charge, and his average of 47.78 is four runs better than when he's not the leader

    Quotes

    "It's about time we got back to playing the brand of cricket we know we are capable of and if we do that I am sure we will win some games."
    Ricky Ponting sends out a challenge before leaving the squad

    "Sri Lankan cricket seems to be in really good hands going forward."
    Kumar Sangakkara

    Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 9, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    I think the Dead Rubber win for Oz will be just the tonic to get their summer back on track. Peoples writing Oz off for the W/Cup may end up crying in their soggy pretzels. Oz can win the W/Cup.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | November 7, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    @Cricketlover167 , Well said mate.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    What the hell is this indian fans doing in matches between SL & AUS.Just back away If you can't admire about Sl. Anyway sri lanka, go for 3-0.we can do it!

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    hauritz would not make a 3rd grade team, y is he playing for australia??? Doherty must think that the selectors want australia to lose

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    The players being selected to play for Australia are chosen by CA Selectors . That body is the one that makes the decision on team composition . They are responsible for deciding on whom should play . The players contracted are always on a "good wicket" as they all get excellent remuneration whether they play or not .The only incentive the players appear to show is that they want to remain on the " Rich List " . I cannot see how the Selectors vary in their Selections so much differently to the majority of us Supporter's , especially on this Site and the main Media .There is nothing attractive about our Ozzie team of late . Sad , isn't it ?

  • POSTED BY venom2709 on | November 7, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Australia's problem is the lack of fear they instill in their opponents now. Teams now know they can beat Australia, and they know they can do it with ease. Too many good players are being dropped or missing out completely because of the selectors idiocy in sticking with the old hats. Hauritz is NOT a wicket taker in any forms of the game. Some may argue that his part is to keep one end quiet, maybe chip one wicket, but when you have the likes of Doherty taking for on debut with good flight and variation you are mad leaving Hauritz in the side. Ferguson should be in the side, and they should look towards fringe players like D. Hussey, A. Mcdonald and R. Harris to fill the obviously gaping hole in their defences. A good allrounder is a MUST in the modern world of limit over cricket and Stephen Smith is too wet behind the ears, he should be playing state cricket and working on his bowling average instead of being typecast into a late in the innings slogger who can bowl an over or two.

  • POSTED BY 3rd_man on | November 6, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    I think Tharanga should learn how to play with soft hands.Drop and run sort of a thing.I noticed most of the time he try to go hard at the ball then missing so many balls.I think his role would be rotating the strike , give more strike to Dilshan. as far as Mahela's performances in this series, it seems he forgot how to bat in the middle order. he seems to love opening, but i don't agree.you cant expect always Mathewes to do what he did last time and many times before. Sanga's play much secure than mahela's top of the order.I wonder why mahela came No3 last match. sanga should be permanent No3. he got attacking shots in front of the wicket, both leg and offside for pace bowlers. Mahela likes opening cos he don't feel pressure. But he expected to take some pressure as an experience player not to expect it from younger guys.he expected to play well spinners. Specially we need strong middle order, remember we puled that 96 WC final because of our strong middle order.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    The Aussie will come back. I am glad the Sri Lankans played relaxed and confident. The demeanour of Michel Johnson shows how tense he is. Unsure of where he is going or what he is doing. A far cry from the relaxed wreacker he was against South Africa. Ponting has to be in his ear when it comes to the Ashes. Siddle is slipping as well. Losing is not what the Aussie have had to deal with for a long time and the problems show. This is the same the West Indies have had after the Big Guns retired.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Well Pablo, its not about losing the games in India, but the manner in which they lost them. Even the New Zealand team which is in India right now wont lose if they bat first and put put close to 500 runs!! Aussies need serious introspection, the ashes should be well contested though, England is the only team which is close to being as over rated as the Aussie team.

    And I can't understand what some Sri Lankan fans are trying to prove by dragging India into this, we beat a much stronger Aussie team with a team which was at best in developmental stage back then! Get a grip will ya?

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | November 6, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    @Cricketlover167 , Well said mate.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 9, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    I think the Dead Rubber win for Oz will be just the tonic to get their summer back on track. Peoples writing Oz off for the W/Cup may end up crying in their soggy pretzels. Oz can win the W/Cup.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | November 7, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    @Cricketlover167 , Well said mate.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    What the hell is this indian fans doing in matches between SL & AUS.Just back away If you can't admire about Sl. Anyway sri lanka, go for 3-0.we can do it!

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    hauritz would not make a 3rd grade team, y is he playing for australia??? Doherty must think that the selectors want australia to lose

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    The players being selected to play for Australia are chosen by CA Selectors . That body is the one that makes the decision on team composition . They are responsible for deciding on whom should play . The players contracted are always on a "good wicket" as they all get excellent remuneration whether they play or not .The only incentive the players appear to show is that they want to remain on the " Rich List " . I cannot see how the Selectors vary in their Selections so much differently to the majority of us Supporter's , especially on this Site and the main Media .There is nothing attractive about our Ozzie team of late . Sad , isn't it ?

  • POSTED BY venom2709 on | November 7, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Australia's problem is the lack of fear they instill in their opponents now. Teams now know they can beat Australia, and they know they can do it with ease. Too many good players are being dropped or missing out completely because of the selectors idiocy in sticking with the old hats. Hauritz is NOT a wicket taker in any forms of the game. Some may argue that his part is to keep one end quiet, maybe chip one wicket, but when you have the likes of Doherty taking for on debut with good flight and variation you are mad leaving Hauritz in the side. Ferguson should be in the side, and they should look towards fringe players like D. Hussey, A. Mcdonald and R. Harris to fill the obviously gaping hole in their defences. A good allrounder is a MUST in the modern world of limit over cricket and Stephen Smith is too wet behind the ears, he should be playing state cricket and working on his bowling average instead of being typecast into a late in the innings slogger who can bowl an over or two.

  • POSTED BY 3rd_man on | November 6, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    I think Tharanga should learn how to play with soft hands.Drop and run sort of a thing.I noticed most of the time he try to go hard at the ball then missing so many balls.I think his role would be rotating the strike , give more strike to Dilshan. as far as Mahela's performances in this series, it seems he forgot how to bat in the middle order. he seems to love opening, but i don't agree.you cant expect always Mathewes to do what he did last time and many times before. Sanga's play much secure than mahela's top of the order.I wonder why mahela came No3 last match. sanga should be permanent No3. he got attacking shots in front of the wicket, both leg and offside for pace bowlers. Mahela likes opening cos he don't feel pressure. But he expected to take some pressure as an experience player not to expect it from younger guys.he expected to play well spinners. Specially we need strong middle order, remember we puled that 96 WC final because of our strong middle order.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    The Aussie will come back. I am glad the Sri Lankans played relaxed and confident. The demeanour of Michel Johnson shows how tense he is. Unsure of where he is going or what he is doing. A far cry from the relaxed wreacker he was against South Africa. Ponting has to be in his ear when it comes to the Ashes. Siddle is slipping as well. Losing is not what the Aussie have had to deal with for a long time and the problems show. This is the same the West Indies have had after the Big Guns retired.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Well Pablo, its not about losing the games in India, but the manner in which they lost them. Even the New Zealand team which is in India right now wont lose if they bat first and put put close to 500 runs!! Aussies need serious introspection, the ashes should be well contested though, England is the only team which is close to being as over rated as the Aussie team.

    And I can't understand what some Sri Lankan fans are trying to prove by dragging India into this, we beat a much stronger Aussie team with a team which was at best in developmental stage back then! Get a grip will ya?

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | November 6, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    @Cricketlover167 , Well said mate.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | November 6, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    If Ponting does not (want to) play ODI. make Clerk Permanent as ODI captain. Then Clerk can focus on ODI and make a good team for the world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Tharanga ur play well. today we should give a chance for jeewan. kapu is not success in any tournoment so should give a chance for kandamby

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    I am not sure about the general and continuing hype around Steve Smith's talents. He may bat a bit, but his bowling is a joke. He is just a busybody in the field, and that's all. Not a single ball he bowled gripped and turned in two matches, and the lack of a plan, confidence, etc are so obvious. As long as Australia play such ineffective bowlers, they'll keep losing. He may one day develop a bit more, but i doubt it. Warnie and McGill surely must be amused to see this useless pretender...

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Guys, dont celebrate too early, you will show how to whitewash Aussie at backyard, but they will show how to get eliminated in WC. Aussies just experimenting their players before WC. Anyway credit to SL to show some brilliance out of Asia

  • POSTED BY Pablo23 on | November 6, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I think the media is getting to some of the Australian players. There was so much unneccessary hype about losing the 3 games in india. Its not as if Australia hasnt been close to wins. atm Haddin is finding his feet after a long layoff while Ponting hasnt been there for 3 of the 7 losses and it seems the selectors arent taking the one dayers that seriously keeping smith in the team just as a batsman at 7 as he's only bowling 2 or 3 overs due to injury. They cant leave Siddle and Johnson in the 1 day team unless they can learn to bowl better variation. Hopes would add much needed experience to the bowling and he takes wickets while Ryan Harris is yet to play a bad one dayer at international level. What are the selectors doing? One day international series' are not warm up games. We need to produce some winning results and momentum otherwise this lack of focus from the selectors will end up costing us the ashes

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Its not good to change a winning combination. Give Silva another go because we know how effective he is on his day. that shot he got out wouldn't be stupid had it connected for SIX! that was showing confidence to me.

    May be Mahela should be rested for Chandimal if they make any change. Because we all know how good Mahela is but just seems to be in a spot of bother. Lets rest him and bring Chandimal only IF they make any change.

    ALL THE BEST SRI LANKA!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    waiting for white wash of Aus =D Go Sri Lanka Go support from Pakistan :)

  • POSTED BY mcsdl on | November 6, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Australia needs Andrew Symonds, Ryan Harris, Dougie Bollinger back in the team so bad...! They also should give Callum Ferguson and Usman Khawaja an oportunity to show case their talents and put preasure on some senior players like Clarke and Hussey who take their spot for granted... All in all who ever the XI they gonna play they have to play their best to even think of competing against mighty Sri Lankans..! I predict 3-0 white wash for the Lions..!

  • POSTED BY lcgoon on | November 6, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    Has Australia ever been whitewashed in Australia?

  • POSTED BY rambadi on | November 6, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    Hint of a new era here? Looks like Australia's golden days are over. They are not just getting beaten nowadays. They are getting thrashed, and that too on home ground. While Ponting is a true legend, this is going to reflect poorly on him. Since his captaincy, two ashes series have been lost and Australia's dominance has all but ended. He is going to be heavily criticized for this.

    Looks like Sri Lanka and India are going to take it forward from here, although there is a good chance England might as well. The English team is playing well and have a good shot at the world cup.

    It does not matter though. Australia still has a hatrick in world cup and they have won four world cups. No team is even close to that feat. In some ways, I am disappointed however to see a great team fade.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    1) Australia are doing blunder by not opening with David Warner in order to protect the middle orders. Sewagh made the needed change in Indian time 7 years back. 2) Ever since Greg Chappel came to Indian team as coach all knows what happened.....and ever since he joined the selection pannel in Australia team the same is happening....Ricky ponting is doing musical chairs between national team and domestic team. A captain knows what he wants at this stage...the selectors dont need to tell him. What do you think abt this guys?

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    this is my 11.. dilshan.mahela,sanga,chandimal,mathews,kapu,tissara,randiv,kula,malinga,murali...

  • POSTED BY shamic on | November 6, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka's has got the right approch towards the World Cup,The only doubt is should Chamara silva or Kapugedera play in that vital batting spot.The bowling department is well ballanced and Sanga could not ask for anything more.

    Australian's lack a good middle order and now the tail has to wag for the Australian's to win.Too much of pressure on the top order and mainly Ponting,we are used to seeing Ponting batting freely in the past and getting alot of runs for his team but now if he fails the whole team fails.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Aussie never dominate in first power play overs, this was a main drawback. Preveiously Aussie always on attack now they were depends, Ponting also not in form these reasons they loss. They come back quickly, many people like good competition, not one side match.......

  • POSTED BY praburox on | November 6, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    Its time for Sanga and the team to show what sri lankan cricket is all about.. First- a clean sweep in this series. Then the world cup. Good Luck guys! Proud to be a Sri Lankan fan!

  • POSTED BY avmd on | November 6, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    SL is going great guns, one of the favorite for the WC. India is another one with a chance , provided they can handle the pressure of expectations of a billion people. They, like SA have the tendency to choke in big events. SA is another good team but I have a fealing they wont win a WC under Smith. He chokes more than the teamdoes in a pressure situation, no wonder he dropped an easy catch and lost the game against Pak the previous night.

    Australia, no chance. England, good team in Englan but average in Sub-cont. Pakistan, might win a game or two but not consistant enough to go all the way.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Aussies r missin key players like Bollinger , Rayan Harris and Brett lee. To rejuvenate their one day squad before the worldcup, they should consider opening with aggressive batsman like David arner who can up the tempo from the start.

  • POSTED BY SLJohn on | November 6, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    srilankan must Utilized part time bowlers for 10 overs bowl, Dilshan &Mathews, so they could take one extra batsman back, chamara silva useless, they have to train super guy for his place for coming world cup, 01, Upul Taranga 02, Dilshan 03, chandimal 04, Sanga 05, Mahela 06, Mathews 07, Kapugedara 08, Kulasekara 09, Randiv 10, Malinga 11, Perera/Murali

    6 Batsmans , 4 bowlers 1 all rounder, Everyone forget that now having srilanka with 5 batsmans and 5 bowlers and 1 all rounder, this way not utilizing Mathwes all rounding ability well,

  • POSTED BY maddycricmaniac on | November 6, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    well played Sri lanka....Upul Tharanga is the perfect foil to the aggressive Dilshan...together they make a solid opening pair. As with Australia, the selectors and team management have some serious rethinking to do. it was baffling to see Xavier Doherty being dropped after picking 4 wickets in 1st ODI. and what about guys like Shaun Tait, Nathan Bracken, Dirk Nannes, Doug Bollinger, David Hussey...?? where are they..? they are the experienced guys and should be in the scheme of things for the world cup..? Johnson should be given some rest. he is bowling too many wides and no-balls. where is Ben Hilfenhaus.? Doherty can be a better spin option than hauritz during the world cup 2011 in the sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    We congratulate our Sri Lankan team to perform best of their ability and inflict 3-0 drubbing on the mighty Aussies in their own back yard. Sri Lanka has never won a match @ GABBA but this time round winning will be a reality. Come on Sri Lanka, we are proud of you.

  • POSTED BY Cricketlover645 on | November 6, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    I am looking forward to watch Australia's eight consecutive loss...:)

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    congrats to srilankan team on winning their first series on australian soil, but they are in no way better than india just bcoz they have never won a test in australia ,a lot of sl fans can say that the last time sl played aus was back in 2004, that can be agreed but they played 6 test matches in india and lost 4 and drew 2,whereas india played 6 tests in sl and won 2 and lost 3 , and head to head record will sugest that india is a better team than srilanka and they are and will be better than sl forever

  • POSTED BY dulith2 on | November 6, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    remember how sri lanka won england series 5-0 remember how sanath and upul start those inings. it was complete dominance. if we want to win this series 3-0 then we have to hit australia very very hard. so use mahela and dilshan as our openers. give them something to think and play.and use thisara perera as 3 batsman. so my plaing 11............ MAHELA / DILASHAN / PERERA / SANGA / RANDIV / JEEWAN / MATHEWS / KAPU / NUWAN / MALINGA / MURALI............ dont surprice with randiv at no 5. he can do it. and he will help sanga to take sri lankan innigs till 35 over

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    So Far SL played very well.. They are good ODI unit and one of the Favorites for 2011 World Cup.. Best wishes from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Suban_singh on | November 6, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    "Sri Lankan cricket seems to be in really good hands going forward."...Well Done Lads....!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    The problem with Australia is they got way too many players who can come and devastate any opponent in his debut. :) More is less.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    It will be interesting to watch Australia's eight consecutive loss

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Now Srilanka don't need to work around with different combination........ Go simple and straight .......u 'll nail the series with whitewash ........... am expecting such a thing ...... COME ON SRILANKA ....u deserve it cos the professional show u put in last match(SYDNEY) was top-drawer ......

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | November 6, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    the question is, will Sanga give Silva another chance? or take a punt with with Chandimal or Jeewan Mendis. Silva played such a stupid shot in the first ODI, he HAS to be taught a lesson! God knows why he was given another chance for the 2nd match, tho he didn't get a chance to prove OR embarrass himself.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    i cant understand why they have so many part timers in the squad. I believe australia should go back to the traditianal approach of playing six batsman 1 keeper and four bowlers. watson white and clarke should be the fifth bowler. Xavier Doherty should be in the playing eleven, why should a youngster loose a chance to play even after he performed.

  • POSTED BY SLCricMonitor on | November 6, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    SL should try to whitewash the series. then confidence level of the team will going further up. Retaining the momentum & confidence is very important. If SL wants to rest few players and replace with young players, I think still they can win, because youngsters in the team are very talented. Anyhow SL should select a winning combination for the Sunday's match. They can experiment further in West Indies Series starts after this series. Therefore SL must go for WhiteWash.

    Regarding AUS, I think It was a mistake removing X. Doherty for the last match. Cannot believe y the selectors missed him. He is a real start for AUS. I saw him balling in the last match. He is wicket taking baller with variations.

  • POSTED BY 45runs on | November 6, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    The selectors need to show some guts and drop Johnson. He is too expensive and far too inconsistent. Steve Smith is very talented but needs to return to domestic cricket. It's infuriating that Xavier Doherty can perform like he did and get dropped. Why isn't James Hopes playing when he was one of our most consistent over the last 12 months? And I don't think there is room in the ODI team for Ponting AND Clarke AND M Hussey. We need some serious generational change - players AND selectors. God I hope Greg Chappell comes in and cleans out the dead wood.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Always good to see Australia lose - but am actually concerned because its becoming less and less of a shock. The game needs a strong Australia (partly because it makes beating them all the more pleasurable) and I'm sure they'll recover (as long as its after the Ashes), but I look at West Indies and what happened to them after their long dominance and begin to wonder...

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    It is imperative that Sri Lanka seal the series with 3-0 purely because of that fact that beating Australia 3-0 is a rarity and it will always be challenging to repeat.All us cricket frantic know that the real test of character of a team is measurable when they play with Australia in Australia.To have done what SL did thus far is absolutely fascinating and this will now make things better as a TEAM. For a team to repeat success; each member need to play his part hence the lesson given by Lasith malinga along with A. Mathews is enormous to modern day cricketer. We look forward to see a HEAVY FIGHT at the Gabba. Cheers! Niroshan

  • POSTED BY darkmon.SL on | November 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    "With Ricky Ponting heading to Shield cricket to practice his hook shot" LOL they say subcontinent teams cannot handle the short ball and hook shot.....rofl of the DAY

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Good days of Australian cricket has ended. Get ready for the bad days.

  • POSTED BY Yoldi on | November 6, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Mmmmm. The battle hardened Poms struggle against lowly WA. Maybe the Ashes will be another Aussie whitewash.

  • POSTED BY Iceborn999 on | November 6, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    My suggestion.... Get Doherty back in there. He bowled with brilliant control, flight and turn. He is in form, whats the go??. I'd back Doherty for a spot in the Ashes team as well.

    also

    Mitch Johnson has got to go. Face it people, as long as he is leading our attack, we are going to lose again and again.

  • POSTED BY boris6491 on | November 6, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    If Australia do not win, it will stay with them for the rest of the season. They are playing so atrociously with their heads clearly not in the game. They keep claiming their focus is on the current series, on the present, not the Ashes but it could not be more apparent that all they are concerned with is the Ashes. Ironically, by focusing so much on it, their performance might well suffer in the Ashes due to poor morale and a rut the team has gotten itself into.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    bring chandimal or jivan mendis for silva ...give some experience to this young guys ...silva can't bat under pressure ... very easy wicket if bowler ball short balls ...

  • POSTED BY Nathan_123 on | November 6, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    I can't believe the number of mistakes Aussies are making at the moment. They looked complete dissary. The run out incident in th last game, Micheal Clarke's throw on to Watson's knee sumps up the way they have been playing the game at the moment. Sorry forks! It doesn't look good for the Ashes, but England is not a good team either.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    well for the first time in i do not know how many years Australia is facing a whitewash. All credit to the new superpower in world cricket SL.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    go srilanka go make whitewash them

  • POSTED BY Puppster23 on | November 6, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    @niroshw Agree with you mate, I would have no problems with Smith being in the team, if he was bowling, but without him bowling much, doesn't make much sense in having him ahead of someone like O'Keffe or Hopes. @catalyst123 How is Clarke in poor form in ODI cricket!? His last four ODI innings are 25, 27, 111n.o, 99n.o

  • POSTED BY Sri_Lanka_Forever on | November 6, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    They said at Perth that Aus have never lost a T20 at home, but we showed them how. At MCG they said we cannot win from 8 wkts down & that we're gone, but we showed them how to win from 8 wkts down. At Sydney they said they've never lost a home series to SL, we showed'em how to win in their own backyard. Now at Brisbane they say they've never lost 8 international matches in a row, and that SL have never won at seamer friendly Brisbane, and we say Watch out Aussies, we'll show you how. Get ready to go packing in truly KFC style... Come on lions. Go for the kill and burn them to ashes before Ashes begins.. lol.

  • POSTED BY LakmalPhysics on | November 6, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Mr. MURALI, Please don't retire form ODI cricket even after the world cup. We want to see you playing for SRI LANKA at least 2 more years.

  • POSTED BY Cricketlover645 on | November 6, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka would win the series 3-0. Where are all these Indians who think that they are the only Cricket playing nation in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    SL , please give youngsters a chance in this game .

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | November 6, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Xavier Doherty should play. Get rid of Hauritz and make a team that actually has a chance of winning the match.

  • POSTED BY Dan2982 on | November 6, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Most of the Australians try to down grade the value of current one-day series after they've lost it. CA's decision to send punter to play Shefield is a one strategic movement to prove it. Look SL didn't come here by force/uninvited. CA must have given a thought or two before scheduling it. They must have thought that SL is a good punching bag to gain some confidence before the Ashes. When the unexpected happened, they started Whinging (Ashes, DL, rain, etc). Even yesterday, Punter told the ABC reporter after the match that this team is vastly different from the Ashes team. How could it be VASTLY different. The core of the test team represented the second one day and comprehensively beaten. I think in PR perspective, it is the best to accept that they are not doing good and seek support of all stake holders to succeed in Ashes & so-forth. Whinging won't take them any where

  • POSTED BY niroshw on | November 6, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    I am at a lost to understand how Steven Smith can hold his spot. Is Smith a bowling all-rounder ? In Melbourne, he bowled 3 overs for 8 runs and in Sydney he bowled 2 over for 10 runs. Didn't do much with the bat either. Will he be getting this sort of chaces if he was playing for Vics ? I bet NOT !!!

  • POSTED BY OT12 on | November 6, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Australia era is over. They started breaking in Sydney Test against Pakistan, then they were trashed by England, then drew series with Pakistan, lost to India, now Srilanka and all this Hype about ashes is going to bring an end to Australia decade of dominance, and by the way why media is so much focusing on Ashes, it is so annoying as if rest of the cricket played by other countries is of no means. Asian teams are playing more competitive cricket at this point of time.

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | November 6, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    LOL "Ricky Ponting heading to Shield cricket to practice his hook shot". He's sure being stubborn about it. It's obviously got him thinking, he's trying to play pull and hook shots all too frequently (and recklessly) now and it's getting him out on 2 out of 3 occasions. The problem isn't the shot itself, but his decision on when to play it - The one he got out to last night was not there to pull (too far outside off) and that's why it got him out. If it's going to cause him to be dismissed frequently for paltry scores as it has been over the past 12 months, then he should take a leaf out of Steven Waugh's book and stop playing them.

  • POSTED BY catalyst213 on | November 6, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Cameron White is the right captain for Aus, he looks like a natural leader, ofcourse after Ponting.Clarke i dont know ifhe should even be in the team given his recent form. But, all this pressure is built by a great Lankan team who played really professionally to secure a series win, so all credit must go to Lankans. Sl hasone more record to break .i.e. winning at Gabba against the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY Zookinii on | November 6, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Seeing as how SL has won the series, perhaps the opening combination of Jayawardene and Dilshan can be tried out with Tharanga playing in no.3? Might be worthwhile giving some of the young guys on the bench a chance too.

  • POSTED BY Puppster23 on | November 6, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Should give Starc a game, and as much as I rate Smith, I think he is complete waste at the moment. He doesn't bowl too many overs, and for a man of his talent, he is batting too low. Would rather play Doherty instead of Smith, and see how Haurry & Doherty bowl in tandem.

  • POSTED BY igalhena on | November 6, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Although it is a dead rubber now. Sri lankans should think of winnig it and whitewash the series. On the other hand, they can experiment with players like Dinesh chandimal and Jeewan mendis. But with the expected pitch at Gabba, chances of playing mendis is slim.

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  • POSTED BY igalhena on | November 6, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Although it is a dead rubber now. Sri lankans should think of winnig it and whitewash the series. On the other hand, they can experiment with players like Dinesh chandimal and Jeewan mendis. But with the expected pitch at Gabba, chances of playing mendis is slim.

  • POSTED BY Puppster23 on | November 6, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Should give Starc a game, and as much as I rate Smith, I think he is complete waste at the moment. He doesn't bowl too many overs, and for a man of his talent, he is batting too low. Would rather play Doherty instead of Smith, and see how Haurry & Doherty bowl in tandem.

  • POSTED BY Zookinii on | November 6, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Seeing as how SL has won the series, perhaps the opening combination of Jayawardene and Dilshan can be tried out with Tharanga playing in no.3? Might be worthwhile giving some of the young guys on the bench a chance too.

  • POSTED BY catalyst213 on | November 6, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    Cameron White is the right captain for Aus, he looks like a natural leader, ofcourse after Ponting.Clarke i dont know ifhe should even be in the team given his recent form. But, all this pressure is built by a great Lankan team who played really professionally to secure a series win, so all credit must go to Lankans. Sl hasone more record to break .i.e. winning at Gabba against the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | November 6, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    LOL "Ricky Ponting heading to Shield cricket to practice his hook shot". He's sure being stubborn about it. It's obviously got him thinking, he's trying to play pull and hook shots all too frequently (and recklessly) now and it's getting him out on 2 out of 3 occasions. The problem isn't the shot itself, but his decision on when to play it - The one he got out to last night was not there to pull (too far outside off) and that's why it got him out. If it's going to cause him to be dismissed frequently for paltry scores as it has been over the past 12 months, then he should take a leaf out of Steven Waugh's book and stop playing them.

  • POSTED BY OT12 on | November 6, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Australia era is over. They started breaking in Sydney Test against Pakistan, then they were trashed by England, then drew series with Pakistan, lost to India, now Srilanka and all this Hype about ashes is going to bring an end to Australia decade of dominance, and by the way why media is so much focusing on Ashes, it is so annoying as if rest of the cricket played by other countries is of no means. Asian teams are playing more competitive cricket at this point of time.

  • POSTED BY niroshw on | November 6, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    I am at a lost to understand how Steven Smith can hold his spot. Is Smith a bowling all-rounder ? In Melbourne, he bowled 3 overs for 8 runs and in Sydney he bowled 2 over for 10 runs. Didn't do much with the bat either. Will he be getting this sort of chaces if he was playing for Vics ? I bet NOT !!!

  • POSTED BY Dan2982 on | November 6, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Most of the Australians try to down grade the value of current one-day series after they've lost it. CA's decision to send punter to play Shefield is a one strategic movement to prove it. Look SL didn't come here by force/uninvited. CA must have given a thought or two before scheduling it. They must have thought that SL is a good punching bag to gain some confidence before the Ashes. When the unexpected happened, they started Whinging (Ashes, DL, rain, etc). Even yesterday, Punter told the ABC reporter after the match that this team is vastly different from the Ashes team. How could it be VASTLY different. The core of the test team represented the second one day and comprehensively beaten. I think in PR perspective, it is the best to accept that they are not doing good and seek support of all stake holders to succeed in Ashes & so-forth. Whinging won't take them any where

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | November 6, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Xavier Doherty should play. Get rid of Hauritz and make a team that actually has a chance of winning the match.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    SL , please give youngsters a chance in this game .