Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11 October 19, 2010

New role but same old Murali

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Muttiah Muralitharan's team-mates expect no lessening of the offspinner's powers as he begins life as an international limited-overs specialist. Murali, 38, retired from Tests in July with a record 800 wickets and after taking a break has been increasing his load ahead of engagements in Australia over the next three weeks.

He is part of the squad that has just landed in the country, a place in which he has often been treated poorly on both sides of the fence. The captain Kumar Sangakkara smiles when he talks about Murali's impact on the team and he will bolster the squad after missing the home tri-series victory in August.

But Sangakkara turns serious when discussing criticism of Murali. "It's always been unjustifiable if Murali has not been received well in any country," Sangakkara said. "Just for the bowler he is, the character he is, he is a wonderful human being. However the fans react to him, or whether they accept him, it doesn't matter in the long run because the whole cricketing world love him for who he is. And he's very secure in that."

Murali was called for throwing at the MCG in 1995-96 and boycotted the 2004 tour here following comments from John Howard, Australia's prime minister, over his action. While he was adored during the tsunami fundraising match in Melbourne in 2005, he was part of a Sri Lankan group that had eggs thrown at it in Hobart two years ago.

"We just want him to enjoy himself and play for as long as he wants to play and be part of our team," Sangakkara said. "It's a joy to see him play. For us to have him in our side is a huge boost of confidence."

Murali has come to Australia via South Africa, where he was part of Chennai's Champions League T20 victory, taking three wickets in the final. In 22 ODIs Down Under Murali has 31 victims at 32.70, with the home batsmen usually content to see out his overs.

The coach Trevor Bayliss expects Murali to benefit from his Test-free workload and not suffer during the transition. "At this stage of his career having a rest every now and then will be good for him," Bayliss said. "He's just had a little bit of time off and he's come back from the Champions League full of beans, and is bowling really well in the nets."

The Sri Lankans open their tour with a one-day game against Queensland at the Gabba on Friday and have some more fine-tuning before a Twenty20 in Perth on October 31 and three ODIs the following week. While it is hard to know what long-term benefits the visitors can achieve from such a short series, Sangakkara's aims are clear.

"Hopefully we get a victory in the series, that'll be great for us going forward," he said. "We know how tough it is in Australia. We've been here before and we're yet to win, this is a great challenge to the guys."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • on October 25, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    An Australian called Sir Don Bradman, never believed Murali was a chucker! Proof: Sydney Morning Herald newspaper- http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/12/04/1101923389044.html (END OF ARGUMENTS)

  • chamizzz on October 25, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    W.Garrett FYI If Warne was playing in sri lanka, his carrier had been over disgracefully as a cheater after proving guilty in the drug candle.

  • on October 25, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @ YoBro NOW DONT SAY BRADMAN IS A CHUCKER :P

  • on October 25, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    @YoBro, FYI - Srilankans won spirit of the game award twice at the ICC awards - did u ever know such awards existed? wer r u from - Ind or Aus? Both countries never got and wud never get that prestigious award which would require the game to be played in the right spirit. Calling SL whiners? at least we did not cry in mid-pitch after getting thrashed in WC semi final (1996) :P

  • chamizzz on October 25, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    What u idiot knows about bowling, Bowling with a bent arm can not be considered as chucking as long as it stays bent while bowling, only if there is a flexion of the arm while the ball is delivered can be considers as chucking that is also a flexion of more than 15 degrees.

  • lynds on October 25, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    We all know Murali's a chucker. Even a friend of mine, who doesn't know anything about cricket at all, knows Murali's a chucker. He bowls with a bent arm, which is chucking. But Murali can't straighten his arm. The facts are that he has a permanently bent elbow and is a wrist spinner, not a finger spinner. This makes him look much more like a chucker than he really is. It's hard to say how much he actually bends his elbow, because of his disability.

  • YoBro on October 24, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    @Paddy: live on in your wonderland. The whole world knows that rules were blatantly bent to "diplomatically" let your chucker Murali bowl. He's actually worth 300-350 wickets max. SL team is full of whiners and needs such crumbs in order to compete. You can justify it all you want with a few Profs names. That doesn't change the truth that he ruined Hair's career as well, for doing his umpiring job fairly. I'd call Murali even in my sleep. It is that obvious that he chucks.

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    AND ignorant fools, there is a difference between "bent arm" and "bending the arm" during delivering the ball - only the later can be defined as "throwing" and Murali DOES NOT BEND HIS ARM during delivery. And so many experts, including that Prof. Bruce Ellliot of University of Western Australia and commentators Ian Chappell and Tony Greig have repeatedly said Murali is a wrist spinner and so he cant bend his arm during the delivery, which would be possible in the case of a finger spinner - If you are a spin bowler, you will understand what they are talking about, but if you are a dummy, then God help you !

  • pakwellwisher on October 22, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    @bridget01 You really cracked me up mate. yes this guy is a chucker. Its pretty simple forget all those tests its just like throwing but with wrist turned the other way and the back of the hand facing the batsman. Had he been in australia he would been still carrying drinks for the rest of the guys!!

  • sadSajith on October 21, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Aussies can stand Muralis cleverness but they can't stand his decency.

  • on October 25, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    An Australian called Sir Don Bradman, never believed Murali was a chucker! Proof: Sydney Morning Herald newspaper- http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/12/04/1101923389044.html (END OF ARGUMENTS)

  • chamizzz on October 25, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    W.Garrett FYI If Warne was playing in sri lanka, his carrier had been over disgracefully as a cheater after proving guilty in the drug candle.

  • on October 25, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    @ YoBro NOW DONT SAY BRADMAN IS A CHUCKER :P

  • on October 25, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    @YoBro, FYI - Srilankans won spirit of the game award twice at the ICC awards - did u ever know such awards existed? wer r u from - Ind or Aus? Both countries never got and wud never get that prestigious award which would require the game to be played in the right spirit. Calling SL whiners? at least we did not cry in mid-pitch after getting thrashed in WC semi final (1996) :P

  • chamizzz on October 25, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    What u idiot knows about bowling, Bowling with a bent arm can not be considered as chucking as long as it stays bent while bowling, only if there is a flexion of the arm while the ball is delivered can be considers as chucking that is also a flexion of more than 15 degrees.

  • lynds on October 25, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    We all know Murali's a chucker. Even a friend of mine, who doesn't know anything about cricket at all, knows Murali's a chucker. He bowls with a bent arm, which is chucking. But Murali can't straighten his arm. The facts are that he has a permanently bent elbow and is a wrist spinner, not a finger spinner. This makes him look much more like a chucker than he really is. It's hard to say how much he actually bends his elbow, because of his disability.

  • YoBro on October 24, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    @Paddy: live on in your wonderland. The whole world knows that rules were blatantly bent to "diplomatically" let your chucker Murali bowl. He's actually worth 300-350 wickets max. SL team is full of whiners and needs such crumbs in order to compete. You can justify it all you want with a few Profs names. That doesn't change the truth that he ruined Hair's career as well, for doing his umpiring job fairly. I'd call Murali even in my sleep. It is that obvious that he chucks.

  • on October 23, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    AND ignorant fools, there is a difference between "bent arm" and "bending the arm" during delivering the ball - only the later can be defined as "throwing" and Murali DOES NOT BEND HIS ARM during delivery. And so many experts, including that Prof. Bruce Ellliot of University of Western Australia and commentators Ian Chappell and Tony Greig have repeatedly said Murali is a wrist spinner and so he cant bend his arm during the delivery, which would be possible in the case of a finger spinner - If you are a spin bowler, you will understand what they are talking about, but if you are a dummy, then God help you !

  • pakwellwisher on October 22, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    @bridget01 You really cracked me up mate. yes this guy is a chucker. Its pretty simple forget all those tests its just like throwing but with wrist turned the other way and the back of the hand facing the batsman. Had he been in australia he would been still carrying drinks for the rest of the guys!!

  • sadSajith on October 21, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Aussies can stand Muralis cleverness but they can't stand his decency.

  • sadSajith on October 21, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Thank god Murali has overtake Warne.Otherwise worlds most wicket taking bowler will be a drug taker.

  • Biggus on October 21, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    @redneck-Mate, I hear what you say but I just don't think there's anything to be gained from pursuing this line any more. A decision has been made and we really have to accept it. Such is life.

  • bridget01 on October 21, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Mushtaq is a better bowler than Murali, no question. However, Murali is probably the best chucker the world has ever seen. Name one chucker that has performed to the level he has. There was a QLD bowler in the 1930's - Eddie Gilbert who was called for throwing - and also was rated by Bradman as the fastest bowler he ever faced......but really, Murali is in a league of his own in chucking circles. No one has consistently chucked, got away with it, chucked again, got away with it so well for so long. His chucking stats will never be topped. I'm sure he has inspired many up and coming chucker to not bowl properly and just keep on chucking in the grand tradition of chucking that he has represented for so long. So inspiring, I feel like going and having a chuck right now!!!

  • Apache_Indian on October 21, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    @ Fahad Ullah Khan .. What ? Saqlin Mushtaq is better than Murali ? Are you Okay ? I think, your favorite Saqlin has taken only 200 wickets or so in test cricket, 1/4th of Murali's wickets. Give the credit where it is due, mate. Murali is the best spinner, world has ever produced.

  • Chetan007 on October 21, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    As a spinner Murli is far much better than Saqlain Mushtaq. It's not the matter for the one to decide who haven't played cricket to decide who is a chucker.ICC has taken these cares.

  • redneck on October 21, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    @Biggus its also part of our make up to play tough but fair, and to call someone cheating the rules a cheat! i love it how people rattle off names of fast bowlers who have a totally legit action. murali bends his arm to bowl spin, and thus bending the rules to make the ball turn more, nothing legit about that! and it has nothing to do with warnes record, i thought the same thing when he had less than 50 wickets. if murali were an aussie he would have never been given a game as his action would have had him banned well before he got to international level!

  • on October 20, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Not only by reading these comments but also in general knowledge we know that unlike Aussi, NZ, SF, SL, Pak, WI, Ban, Zim....., Indian cricket supporters are narrow minded beings.

    Even most of the players are big headed although they are incapable of producing goods.

    We saw how pakistanis supported SL during the 1996 WC, and W Indies during the 2006 and T20 WC. Thats what you call the spirit of cricket. Not envying eachother

  • on October 20, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Murali is still a gud bowler but he iz not better then Saqlain Mushtaq. Wat do u think otherzz?

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 20, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    I see SOME Aussies are still frustrated that Murali broke Warne's record. Murali was cleared by an AUSSIE Uni. Get it? As for ICC rules. yes, Murali chucked according to old rules, but so did Lee, McGrath, Pollock and 99% of the bowlers. Sour Grapes Aussies!

  • on October 20, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    @redneck: if your stance on murali has any decency i suggest you don't say another word on this subject

  • on October 20, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Murali is not a Chucker. If he is then so is Shaun-tait, Mitchell Johnson(13 degrees) and Brett LEE. ICC has ammended the rule because according to the old law 90% of the bowlers were chucking. A renowned Aussie politician(Kevin Rudd) has called UN chief Spanky Banky. By that we all know how far they are willing to go to discredit Asian nations and their players and Darrell Hair was no exception!

  • Biggus on October 20, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Whilst I've always had some reservations regarding his action I've long ago accepted the 'umpires decision' on this matter and let it go. I do think Daryl Hair was correct back the in calling him-after all he was just doing his job in that he saw something that he thought was a bit dodgy and it was incumbent upon him to do so. I truly felt bad for Murali as he is such a pleasant fellow that no decent person could possibly wish him ill, but with the system back then it required him to be called in order for him to be investigated and cleared. Nowadays it can be done in a less public manner. What did annoy me greatly was the way he was treated by Australian crowds. It is supposed to be part of our make-up that we 'give a bloke a fair go' and you 'don't kick a guy when he is down'. We 'old school' Aussies just hate that stuff and so I say to my fellow countrymen, "Leave the guy alone. This has gone on too long. Enough already!". End of story!

  • YoBro on October 20, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    @SeanJay: The fact is, they changed the rules to allow him to bowl. He's a chucker hands down. Has the world's most diabolical action. His 800 wickets are actually worth maybe 300 to 350 max.

  • YoBro on October 20, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    @SLFan: go whine elsewhere. Remember the ratings. And get ready to have your behinds whupped down under.

  • SLfan on October 20, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    @ Shahzeb Naeem Minhas - You guys (I mean Pakistanis) have always supported us through out the history. We know that well and that's why we always support you when ever you play against another country. Even in the last Asia cup, you might have seen it....But sad to say that there is another neighbor country of us who's fans (most of) always jealous with our cricketers. Before each and every series, they put bad comments in these kind of articles and try to let our country down. Whenever we won a match against them, they come with unbelievable excuses and try to degrade the victory. We're not much concern of that because in almost every major tournament we were able to kick them out from the tournament. I'm sure that our players will do so in the future as well. Cheers !

  • bridget01 on October 20, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Best chucker in World cricket.......sorry, it doesn't matter who siad his action is ok......it's obvious, he pegs it like a major league pitcher. He will always be thought of as a chucker by anyone who objectively looks at him bowling......Darryl Hair had the stones to call a spade a spade......Why do you think so many rate Warne as a better bowler....it's not because of the stats, because Murali's are better. It's because only one of them is actually bowling.

  • redneck on October 19, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    It's always been unjustifiable... Just for the bowler he is... thats kumars problem right there! he calls him a bowler when hes a chucker! hopefully our crowds give him a send off fitting to his past tours here. even be nice for cricket australia to pull daryl hair out of retirement just to no ball murali one last time! he might be an all round nice guy, but it doesnt change his bent arm when he "bowls".

  • rade2rising on October 19, 2010, 20:46 GMT

    Pakistanis are cool. it's some indian fans who call murali a chucker, they are just jealous of murali.

  • rade2rising on October 19, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Pakistanis are cool. it's some indian fans who call murali a chucker, they are just jealous of murali.

  • cricket_slcsupport on October 19, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Whatever said and done no one can break Mrali's record and the ICC has cleared his bowling action ! The peopel who can't read him or play him best criticse his action. Best chance to nail the Ozies in this one day series. Hope India has a clean sweep too...

  • 9ST9 on October 19, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Muralitharan and Ashwin indeed are a good pair as we saw in recent CSK games...and india should consider ashwin as their best future spinning option the guy's obviously got talent

  • 3rd_man on October 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    For my opinion Murali selected because not only he is highest test wicket taker, but his contribution on the field. And also he is the most experience and best spin bowler they got at the moment. I always admire how he field on the ground and give absolutely 100% what ever he does. we all know how good his catching and ground fielding. I think some of the young guys like A. Mendis , Maharoof should learn from him. SL always regarded as a one of best fielding side, if not the best fielding side in Asia. fielding could play major part of SL 's winning, so I think they have improve and take it seriously. But one thing I would like to see Murali doing , is that put more fieders inside the 15 yard ring and bowl after 15 over period. I hate to see attacking bowler like him put lot of people out in the boundary line. he like to do that, but he should take that challenge and put pressure, I think he is good enough to take more wicket like that.

  • SeanJay on October 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    To all the people who still call Murali a "chucker".. You guys have to stop flogging that dead horse and show a little intelligence.. There have been countless tests done on his action and its been proven that its clean.. Almost all of the cricketing experts agree that he has a clean action misled by the optical illusion caused by his flexible wrist and shoulder.. Its time for all you people to stop attacking him and start doing your own research and EDUCATE yourselves about cricket, the human anatomy, physics, motion, illusion and most of all logic and reasoning.. It says a lot about the lack of your intelligence and reasoning powers when all the experts agree that Murali doesn't throw and all you non believers keep going on and on about it.. Its time to stop the witch hunt! Watch and learn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDxRhcpBZio

  • Snakehead007 on October 19, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Loved it when afridi smashed him for 5 sixes in the last asia cup...but gotta admit this guys a legend .....

  • NP_NY on October 19, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    @Reuben_Kincaid: Sure, Murali is a chucker, and Elvis is still alive and the holocaust never happened. Dude, I am sorry for you if you're going to hang on to this "Murali is a chucker" accusation. It sounds pretty desperate. Only a handful of Aussies still believe this. Murali has been cleared so many times LEGALLY. To answer your other question about character, yes, character of sportsmen matters a lot to us in the subcontinent because they are role models too. Cricket used to be a gentleman's game and sadly there are very few gentlemen playing the game at the highest level. Murali is certainly one of them and I for one appreciate it.

  • on October 19, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Not a good option to play Murali in ODI. SL should be giving chance to young players and groom them for WC 2011.

  • udawatta on October 19, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    HERE'S A MATTER TO DISCUSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.islandcricket.lk/blogs/maestro-of-cricket/whos-that-mysterious-australian-bowler

  • udawatta on October 19, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    http://www.islandcricket.lk/blogs/maestro-of-cricket/whos-that-mysterious-australian-bowler

  • Syed_Ali_Alvi on October 19, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    I think murali is going to be a key factor in this series.. he is simply the best bowler in cricket now !!! Cheers to Murali

  • D-Train on October 19, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Wouldn't say there has been no controversy. There has definately been alot of controversy over the legitimacy of his bowling action and there always will be.

  • on October 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    there we go go murali even though i am a pakistani but dont say anything bad while bowling

  • on October 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    He is a thorough human being first of all. He is the Bowling Tendular. No controversy, well behaved inspite of so many critics aginst him. All time Cool Batsman - Tendulkar All time cool Bowler - Muralitharan.

  • on October 19, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Its sad that he is not received well in oz. Last time when oz toured to India I guess 2006 or 07,mumbai ODI it was said symonds was hurt by the spectators, calling him ------ and oz media did a lot talking. I wish symonds comes out and makes a statement as asking oz's spectators not to do it again. I don't believe in tit for tat , when ICC accepted his bowling having done so mauch scrutiny its unfair to scream noball.

    PS:I am sorry for what happened to symonds in India

  • on October 19, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I think he should have continued playing Tests rather than ODIs. 1000 wickets in Tests would have been great and unheard off.

  • Apache_Indian on October 19, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    "Kumar Sangakkara loves having Muttiah Muralitharan in his side " So does Dhoni. Combination of Murali and R. Ashwin has won many matches for Chennai Super Kings !

  • Apache_Indian on October 19, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Only ODIs and T-20s ... I wanted to see a TEST SERIES between these 2 countries! Would have been more interesting. Don't know when will Sri Lanka tour again. Anyway, Murali is a legend, I think it will be his first ODI/T-20 after last Asia Cup. Correct me, if I'm wrong !

  • GODsDream............WC2011 on October 19, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    so wats new in this "New role but same old Murali" ........I guess he has also played ODI's for SL or is it going to be DEBUT ODI series for him.....may be deja vu is the problem I am facing :)

  • Reuben_Kincaid on October 19, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Why is it that whenever Muarli the cricketer is discussed we have to also be reminded about what a terrific bloke he is? I have no doubt whatsoever that he is one of the nicest, most generous & trustworthy cricketers ever to have played the game at international level - but he his still a chucker. Cricket history is littered rogues, cheats and scoundrels and Murali doesnt fit into any of those categories. I don't believe he consciously cheats, but his action is unquestionably illegal and therefore damaging to the game.

  • on October 19, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Murali will bamboozle the young Aussie batsmen and Sri Lanka will win the ODI series (at least 2-1) and the solitary T20.

  • on October 19, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    @fancric: I respect that you're being honest but I do not agree at all with your opinion I mean for people to believe that a person who gets 100 test wickets and almost 200 international wickets more than anyone else, and whose actionhas been proven countless times to clean, a person who revolutionizes the art of bowling like no other and created a window for the evolution of unorthodox cricket should be erased from all record books, is just ludicrous! Murali is arguably the greatestof all time and he is contuing to play in a country which he has been continually harassed and abused for NO GOOD REASON ( I live in that country, and honestly i find it one of the very few things I hate about the country), I'm going to watch him at the MCG on Nov 3, and I definately am not going to foolishly sing that "NO BALL" chant. I thank you for giving your opinion but honestly leave the legend alone.

  • Pathiyal on October 19, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    looking at the strength of S/L as a team, i dont see any reason why they cant win in Australia. i am looking forward to their series victory now. they are a fantastic team, highly disciplined and inspirational and the difference between them and the magnificent Aussies is not much, infact it could be either way. i wish all the very best to Sanga, Murali, Malinga (come on, continue doing something different always, boss), Dillu (i cant hate him although i tried to during our series when he denied Viru a century :-) and i wish Nuwan also to really become Nuwan. Love you all.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 19, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    All these people are mad. Tour is organised for Aussies to get more experiance.

  • on October 19, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    He will play just ODIs. Anywayz India loves you Murali even if you make the lives of Indian Batsmen miserable.

  • Vicky_22 on October 19, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    Mr.Dharmendra Patri what point make you so confused ..? Murali has been included for short ODI series against Aussies... there is no Test series ...it is very clear wether Murali is eligible for the forthcoming Worlcup ...

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    I didnt quite get it either..

  • GODsDream............WC2011 on October 19, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    yeah only the author knows what murli is intended to do ????????? will he be a bowler or a batsman or a bowling coach......:)

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    @ Dharmendra Patri , bro this tour of aussie is only a short Limited over series spanding only about a week and a half and there will be absolutely no test matches. Will be only 3 ODIs and a solitary T20I.I think this is not enough for a team who wants to gain experience down under.Muralitharan's final australian tour will be this possibly.Dont forget Murali is Test-free.Murali will be in the Final 11 as Sangakkara is hoping to use 3 seamer and a spinner as if Murali of course for the odis, but i think 4 t20 , two spinners will be used as Australians are not compact against spin, Murali will be a certanity in T20I but its dificult to say who will get the nod for the second spinner Randiv or Jeevan Mendis.

  • Dhitik on October 19, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @dharmendra.....no...he will be playing ODI and T20 (i guess)

  • CricketPissek on October 19, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    to the facebook user (sorry, can't see your name at work as FB is blocked) this is an ODI only tour and Murali is part of the squad. simple. This should be a good tour for SL ahead of the worldcup. Playing australia always toughens up a side.

  • on October 19, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Hahahahaa, mate, no tests against Australia. Just ODI's. And he hasn't yet retired from this format. So he'll obviously be in the squad lol.

  • cricketkumar on October 19, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    @dharmendra patri: srilanka aren't going to play tests in aus..they r just gonna play a 3 match odi series and a t20..

  • Rukus_NZ on October 19, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka are going to tour Australia, im sure he will play in the ODI and perhaps 20/20 but he wont be playing in the tests. He has retired from Test Cricket!

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    hes included in the ODI squad coz now hes aiming for limited overs specialist

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    @ Dharmendra, READ carefully,,, there wont be any TEST matches!!!!!!! its only a 3ODI & 1 T20 series.

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Its ODI series with one T20 and murali hasnt retired from this format as yet.

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on October 19, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    I wish our umpires Darrel Hair & Ross Emerson to be back in action. Its high time this defective bowler should be taught a lesson for his life.

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    It's a one day match SL Vs Aus, not a test series and Muruli not resigned from onedayers.

  • rashid_aboobacker_dubai on October 19, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    A really funny article. Hope will get a clear picture soon.

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Muttiah Muralitharan's team-mates expect no lessening of the offspinner's powers as he begins life as an INTERNATIONAL LIMITED-OVERS SPECIALIST. This is a one day series dude!

  • ramesh.mesh on October 19, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    @Dharmendra Patri- its jus a short odi series !!!

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Murali's retired from tests. Only gonna play in ODI's and T20s

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Mr Dharmendra this article clearly says that Murali is playing only Limited over matches which means One day n 20/20 matches...where is your confusion mate???

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    There are no tests between Australia and Sri Lanka this tour, just ODI's

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    what is this article about ? murali is gonna play ODI ? or just mentor ?

  • SUNDOS on October 19, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Another legend who with time hasn't lsot any of his skills.The Lankans have got things right.His role as a mentor to the young breed will prove invaluable.The experience that he brings top a talented side can only be of benefit.He doesnt have t bowl out sides anymore,his presence is enough to make the best batsmen rework their plans.The Lankans are fortunate to have a wonderful cricketer in their midst.Treasure him.

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    My dear Dharmendra... for your information there are no Tests scheduled on this tour... as per my knowledge there are only 5 ODIs and 1 T20 scheduled for the tour... ! So Murali has been given a tour so than he can stay in touch with the game and be a part of the ICC cricket world cup in the subcontinent next year... Hope this information was useful... !!

  • indianzen on October 19, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    No wonder Aussie minister called him so, there are 2 such bowlers... malinga with his side arm almost a throw, Suraj randiv with his wrist action and Murali with his controversial action...

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    he is only playing in the one day games

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    @Dharmendra Patri - if u notice the match fixtures u wont ask this ur self... they are playing 1 T20 and 3 ODIs.. and no test...

  • fadms on October 19, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    they are not playing tests, just ODIs....

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Certainly the Australian Authorities should have given at-least 5 ODIs and two 20-20s. Sri Lanka will get only the mental boosting if they win the series, if they loose we cannot see any wrong impact on them.

  • Jamesc89 on October 19, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    the sri lanka v aus series is an ODI series they are not playing any tests. i think there might be one T20 also but definitely no tests

  • IPL_is_Thrash on October 19, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    CHUCKERATHARAN MAY BE WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING. BUT HE IS NEVER A BOWLER. HIS RECORD SHOULD BE DELETED FROM ICC BOOKS IMMEDIATELY. FUTURE SHOULD NOT KNOW ABOUT CHUCKERATHARAN.

  • on October 19, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I didnt understand this article, can any one explain me.. if Murali is going to play again with Australia in test ? or he is just included in the squad.

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  • on October 19, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I didnt understand this article, can any one explain me.. if Murali is going to play again with Australia in test ? or he is just included in the squad.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on October 19, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    CHUCKERATHARAN MAY BE WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING. BUT HE IS NEVER A BOWLER. HIS RECORD SHOULD BE DELETED FROM ICC BOOKS IMMEDIATELY. FUTURE SHOULD NOT KNOW ABOUT CHUCKERATHARAN.

  • Jamesc89 on October 19, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    the sri lanka v aus series is an ODI series they are not playing any tests. i think there might be one T20 also but definitely no tests

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Certainly the Australian Authorities should have given at-least 5 ODIs and two 20-20s. Sri Lanka will get only the mental boosting if they win the series, if they loose we cannot see any wrong impact on them.

  • fadms on October 19, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    they are not playing tests, just ODIs....

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    @Dharmendra Patri - if u notice the match fixtures u wont ask this ur self... they are playing 1 T20 and 3 ODIs.. and no test...

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    he is only playing in the one day games

  • indianzen on October 19, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    No wonder Aussie minister called him so, there are 2 such bowlers... malinga with his side arm almost a throw, Suraj randiv with his wrist action and Murali with his controversial action...

  • on October 19, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    My dear Dharmendra... for your information there are no Tests scheduled on this tour... as per my knowledge there are only 5 ODIs and 1 T20 scheduled for the tour... ! So Murali has been given a tour so than he can stay in touch with the game and be a part of the ICC cricket world cup in the subcontinent next year... Hope this information was useful... !!

  • SUNDOS on October 19, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Another legend who with time hasn't lsot any of his skills.The Lankans have got things right.His role as a mentor to the young breed will prove invaluable.The experience that he brings top a talented side can only be of benefit.He doesnt have t bowl out sides anymore,his presence is enough to make the best batsmen rework their plans.The Lankans are fortunate to have a wonderful cricketer in their midst.Treasure him.