Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11 October 20, 2010

Captaincy criticism par for the course - Sangakkara

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Criticism from outside the camp doesn't ruffle Kumar Sangakkara. He's used to it. But in Australia it usually takes something seriously wrong for an ex-player to break the code of support for the country's captain.

During Australia's series loss in India Shane Warne targeted Ricky Ponting's fields and Geoff Lawson has called for him to become a specialist batsman. Ponting has been unhappy with some of the coverage and it adds to the intrigue for the limited-overs contest against Sri Lanka, which acts as Australia's last international item before the Ashes.

Sangakkara has been captain of Sri Lanka for more than a year and has developed a relaxed attitude to criticism. "We come from a slightly different cricket-playing scene [than in Australia] where we get to see that almost every day," he said before laughing loudly. "If it does happen it's not the end of the world. It's an opinion expressed and if you're playing at this level you are able to handle it with equanimity."

Warne tweeted about Ponting's fields to Nathan Hauritz and the issue continues to rumble, with the former legspinner writing about it on his website on Tuesday. Sangakkara was not surprised by Warne's comments, but did not think it suggested the Australians were starting to crack.

"Warne has very strong opinions on most things," he said. "He is also a very shrewd and intelligent cricketer, I'm sure he expressed an opinion he thought was relevant. Everyone looks at everything differently, that's what you realise very soon playing cricket. That's the beauty of cricket, it's all put down to interpretation."

One of the reasons for the burst of local complaints is Australia's drop to No.5 in the Test rankings, their worst since the system was introduced. They are still comfortably on top in one-day internationals, 16 points above South Africa, but appear more vulnerable given the slip in five-day status.

Sangakkara doesn't pretend to understand how the ranking system works but is certain the hosts won't be a pushover. "Playing the Aussies in Australia is a completely different story," he said. "How they will look at it in between an Ashes series is something left for them. For us, it's a great challenge to play Australia anytime."

The Sri Lankans open their tour with a one-dayer against Queensland at the Gabba on Friday and have two more warm-ups before the Twenty20 international in Perth on October 31. Three ODIs follow as the teams start to focus seriously on next year's World Cup.

"We're trying a few new guys, but we're settled to a great extent," Sangakkara said. "There are still a few places up for grabs and we need to have guys ready and able to take up that spot. We have a lot of younger players who have come in, and a lot of experienced players who do not feature in our squad. It's an interesting time for us."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • on October 26, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    @Ravi Chandra - Very Good point you made....Sri Lanka got test status in 1982 and they won test their first match in 1985(70's Lankan side is said to be better than the this side.).And that too against the world champions at that time(your Indian side).How about that.And they won that series 1-0.Come up with more questions man.We are happy to answer.We don't hide behind lame excuses.Because we don't have to.Our cricketers have done us proud.

  • on October 26, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    @Aussie_Mike - Hope you are not afraid of loosing mate....he he...just kidding...Hopefully its gonna be a cracker of a series...May the best side win...

    @cricket_fan_1 - You are a typical Indian...don't know a thing about whats happening and comes and comments on cricket articles.And add to that even calls you a cricket fan.India is the one and only country who is running away from UDRS.The whole world knows it, but you don't.Tell me,how can you be a cricket fan???:O:O

  • bigbang07 on October 25, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    @ cricket_fan_1: Sri Lanka did not get to use UDRS because India did not want it. I see you conveniently forget your facts when it suits you

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 23, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody. why didn't SL use UDRS for their last home test series? Remember the 2nd league match of the tri-series in SL between India and SL, whose umpire gave 3/4 Indian batsmen out (when actually not-out) so that the home team could qualify for the final. Don't open can of worms..

  • Aussie_Mike on October 23, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    @Kanchana Udugama. So you don't mind SL losing all the matches, as long as you get to watch good cricket. Hope you really mean it.

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 23, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody. why didn't SL use UDRS for their last home test series? Remember the 2nd league match of the tri-series in SL between India and SL, whose umpire gave 3/4 Indian batsmen out (when actually not-out) so that the home team could qualify for the final. Don't open can of worms..

  • Aussie_Mike on October 23, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Will be an intresting series for Srilankans and Indians, while all the Aussie interest is saved for the Ashes. Peace

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 23, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody, you only watch your team's cricket !! India has won test series in Eng (capt. Dravid), in NZ (capt. Dhoni), in WI (Capt. Dravid), and won all the test series against Ban. Out of the 5 countries only SA is yet to be conquered bu indian cricket team. Why is cricinfo even showing such comments that are wrong. BCCI is the richest Board only for the past < 10 years. Dhoni is neither a batsman, nor a tennis player, he is just a lucky and smart guy.

  • sadSajith on October 22, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Comments in Sri Lankan articles goes lke this. Before the tournaments - 60% indians If Sri Lanka loose a match - 80% indians If Sri Lanka won a match - 5% indians If Sri Lanka loose a tournament - 90% indians If Sri Lanka win a tornament - 0% indians

  • on October 22, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    @Trishcric well you are too immature to talk with, anyways it's india who back off when they hear the term UDRS. because then they wont be able to do what thay did to oppositions with their good old umpires. Other teams have nothing to do when Indian cricket board say "We dont have the technology to have UDRS" all your laxmans Dhoni (who isn't a cricketer but a tennis player) etc only score in INDIA...

    the whole world laughs at you wannabe situation

  • on October 26, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    @Ravi Chandra - Very Good point you made....Sri Lanka got test status in 1982 and they won test their first match in 1985(70's Lankan side is said to be better than the this side.).And that too against the world champions at that time(your Indian side).How about that.And they won that series 1-0.Come up with more questions man.We are happy to answer.We don't hide behind lame excuses.Because we don't have to.Our cricketers have done us proud.

  • on October 26, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    @Aussie_Mike - Hope you are not afraid of loosing mate....he he...just kidding...Hopefully its gonna be a cracker of a series...May the best side win...

    @cricket_fan_1 - You are a typical Indian...don't know a thing about whats happening and comes and comments on cricket articles.And add to that even calls you a cricket fan.India is the one and only country who is running away from UDRS.The whole world knows it, but you don't.Tell me,how can you be a cricket fan???:O:O

  • bigbang07 on October 25, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    @ cricket_fan_1: Sri Lanka did not get to use UDRS because India did not want it. I see you conveniently forget your facts when it suits you

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 23, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody. why didn't SL use UDRS for their last home test series? Remember the 2nd league match of the tri-series in SL between India and SL, whose umpire gave 3/4 Indian batsmen out (when actually not-out) so that the home team could qualify for the final. Don't open can of worms..

  • Aussie_Mike on October 23, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    @Kanchana Udugama. So you don't mind SL losing all the matches, as long as you get to watch good cricket. Hope you really mean it.

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 23, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody. why didn't SL use UDRS for their last home test series? Remember the 2nd league match of the tri-series in SL between India and SL, whose umpire gave 3/4 Indian batsmen out (when actually not-out) so that the home team could qualify for the final. Don't open can of worms..

  • Aussie_Mike on October 23, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Will be an intresting series for Srilankans and Indians, while all the Aussie interest is saved for the Ashes. Peace

  • cricket_fan_1 on October 23, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody, you only watch your team's cricket !! India has won test series in Eng (capt. Dravid), in NZ (capt. Dhoni), in WI (Capt. Dravid), and won all the test series against Ban. Out of the 5 countries only SA is yet to be conquered bu indian cricket team. Why is cricinfo even showing such comments that are wrong. BCCI is the richest Board only for the past < 10 years. Dhoni is neither a batsman, nor a tennis player, he is just a lucky and smart guy.

  • sadSajith on October 22, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Comments in Sri Lankan articles goes lke this. Before the tournaments - 60% indians If Sri Lanka loose a match - 80% indians If Sri Lanka won a match - 5% indians If Sri Lanka loose a tournament - 90% indians If Sri Lanka win a tornament - 0% indians

  • on October 22, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    @Trishcric well you are too immature to talk with, anyways it's india who back off when they hear the term UDRS. because then they wont be able to do what thay did to oppositions with their good old umpires. Other teams have nothing to do when Indian cricket board say "We dont have the technology to have UDRS" all your laxmans Dhoni (who isn't a cricketer but a tennis player) etc only score in INDIA...

    the whole world laughs at you wannabe situation

  • on October 22, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    @EdgedNTaken

    When did india win in Eng, SA, NZ or even in WI or Ban lol in your dreams dont lie I wach cricket...LOL

  • on October 22, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    @Kanchana Udugama. Sour Grapes. India has not achieved Top status overnight or only with Money. And about recognition, I dont know whether you watching cricket or not when India won WC 83 in ENGLAND, not in sub continent. India is the Second team to win WC after WI. Hope you are aware when did Srilanka win their first test home or away.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 21, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins.

    I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka.

    Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( REMEMBER WE DID IT LAST TIME IN 2008 )

    Go Lions go go !!!!

  • on October 21, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Yes Indians.. You are on top of the test rankings. and you have the wealthiest board. and you invented the IPL. and Sachins #1 test batsman. *applause applause you have finally achieved international recognition. now your gods will grant you with peace of mind and prosperity. May you rest in peace. And leave cricket alone. + Good luck for ponting/sanga and co. for the series. Hope to see some GOOD cricket. nevermind ranks or victories. :P

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    I am not Australian supporter ...but i love to see Australia win the series 1-0 in T20 , 3-0 in ODI bcoz Australia is best the team in the world ... Also i dont like to see Sri Lanka win the match Against UAE, NETHERLAND also .......i will make sure Australia will win the ashes

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 21, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins.

    I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka.

    Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( REMEMBER WE DID IT LAST TIME IN 2008 )

    Go Lions go go !!!!

  • nzcricket174 on October 21, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    In my opinion, whichever team bowls better wins. Both teams have big guns in their batting line up, so scoring runs is not the problem. In terms of bowling, Australia will take out Sri Lanka. In terms of batting, it is about even.

  • sAiyAnstAr on October 21, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan supporter I would love to see Sri Lanka win the series over here. In reality Australia should win the series 2-1 with Sri Lanka winning in Sydney. If Sri Lanka manage to win the series then that would be excellent in their WC build up.

    The problem with Sri Lankan cricket is that we don't get enough games outside of the sub-continent. A fact that is well-known in the cricket community.

    If Sri Lanka do win the WC, then good on them, but I know the knockers will say "It was in the Sub-continent, etc".

    I will be watching this series with close interest and will be attending the GABBA game to cheer on our boys.

  • EdgedNTaken on October 21, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    @Sanjaya. Umm...I don't know where you were when India had series victories in England, New Zealand, West Indies & Pakistan, but you definitely were not on this planet. Hell they even won a test (Perth of all places) in Australia & Joburg AND won the CB series incidentally also involving Sri Lanka. So you can bury your theory of India not winning abroad in those doctored-for-murali pitches back in Colombo. When was the last time Sri Lanka won any Test match of note against RSA, Eng, Aus abroad ? We all know of your "great" record at home, oh but hold on, that's only when you win tosses, otherwise you just draw matches and kill Test match cricket by scoring inconsequential double hundreds. In fact lankans shud b the last ppl to complain about home advantage. There have been two neutral umpires in test match cricket since a long time and we still managed to whoop some of the best teams in world cricket. Lastly, what was that about not biting the hand that feeds you ? Pik sum1 ur own size

  • on October 21, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Success brings a lot of arrogance and belief amongst captains that they are responsible for the teams success, but not its losses. Have you ever heard a captain at a post match briefing admitting that he made mistakes or some of his strategies back fired. They have three crutches...batting, fielding and bowling to blame for failure. If the team wins it is attributed to team effort...

    The OZ team or Australians like the Yankees, as a nation cannot take defeat in the same stride as victory. Ponting is at a crucial stage of his captiancy of building a new Australian team to be handed over to a new captain in the near future. The rotational policy with a packed FTP is a challenge to handle new players not only in your side but also in the oponents. An unknown commodity like Angelo, or Pujara or Pollard can spike pre planned strategies. A point in case is that of New Zealand white wash by a fairly new Bangladesh team!!

  • Trishcric on October 21, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    @Sanjaya Weerakkody: How many wrongs you'll post in such a short post? :D

    Wrong #1 "India who only win in India....." Really? lol. I suggest you go look at the stats section in cricinfo. In the last 2-3 years, India have won 3 series in Sri Lanka (including Asia cup), CB series in Australia, bilateral seires in New Zealand, Bilateral in West Indies.

    "the whole world knows that as a FACT."?! Nice :D

    Wrong #2: "india who deny UDRS and manage to get through Test matches in india..." UDRS or not, its for both the teams. Not just for one team. If India doesn't play UDRS, its the same for the opposition team also, so, it doesn't make a difference at all!

    Wrong #3: "apart from Thendulkar or Dravid no one in that indian lineup...." Since you don't seem to know, lemme tell you that Dravid is no more playing ODIs and totally out of form in tests so, you got it all wrong there... Its others like Sehwag, Laxman, Dhoni etc... who are performing.

    Anything else? A big LOL!

  • mukund.i on October 20, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    hehe vipin.. far too early..you have forgotten the utter humiliation india had on the zim tour.

  • svalson on October 20, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Sanjaya, Peace my friend. Lot of bark. What for?

  • on October 20, 2010, 20:02 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, 19:52 GMT

    @svinodmenon and @vipin.chaudhary2325

    Its INDIA who only win in india in indian muddy pitches with two goofy indian umpires. the whole world knows that as a FACT. It's india who deny UDRS and manage to get through Test matches in india.

    Learn that when u point a finger at others four others are pointed at you. even a beginner would know that apart from Thendulkar or Dravid no one in that indian lineup would not even get to double figures out side the sub continent. THAT'S why INDIA does not tour Aus NZ SF or even ZIM.

    Face the reality. Your Indian Cricket board being the wealthiest Board does not make you rule cricket. learn to think out of your little bubble

  • MasterClass on October 20, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    "Sangakkara doesn't pretend to understand how the ranking system works" which is code for: India is not the No.1 test team. I'm sure he's not challenging Australia's No.1 ODI ranking. And that's exactly why he's a dweeb!

  • svinodmenon on October 20, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    I predict 3 -0 series win for Aussies, SL can expect a match win when they tour Australia next series i.e on 2020. Basically their experienced players never performed against aussies when they play outside SL. Anyways best of luck for their new arrivals of player.

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on October 20, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    srilanka can win only in srilanka.... there was murali and even after dat srilanks were unable to win a single test match in India, Australia or South Africa... Now Murali have retire from Test Cricket... so plz God, help Srilankan Team..... forget about India, Aussie or Africa... srilanka will find difficult to win test matches in England, Pakistan, Westindies or Newzealand.....

  • Crazy_Cricket_Fan on October 20, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    SL may be a good team but will be white washed for sure...you not only need terrific talent, you need bit luck too to win in AUS...considering our sub-continent hero's performances on fast tracks..i think its going to be near impossible task for SL..i'm not saying SL is bad..but AUS is toooooooo good to beat in AUS..thats it..

  • on October 20, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Only thing being, the young guns of Sri Lanka are yet to experience the aussie pitches.. All depends upon how well they adapt and cope up..

  • 9ST9 on October 20, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    @Lalanka de Silva- machan you have slightly MISUNDERSTOOD my comment. I have refered to the SL, Pak and Indian FANS who predict results. NOT Sanga. many SL fans have said SL will win 3-0 while i wish and pray it happens i don't see it very probable. And you may notice what i said about white is very true what he did to SL in the icc t20 he repeated today against India. Cheers.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 20, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    @Ravindran Gangadharan - 1.SL is NOT below par to India. This article is about SL-AUS so please don't pollute this by stating how good India is like you did in previous articles.

  • prikand on October 20, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Sanga,It is time to show your talent as a strong captain.We have been observing you succcumbing to pressure during the last year against strong opponents.It is a real chance.Grab it.Aussies are wounded.Ideal timing.On the hand wounded tigers are the worst.It is a real challenge and go for it.Good luck mate.

  • on October 20, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    sanga you can baet australia.only our lions can beat AUS in Australia.go sanga go.change our cricket history.I & all sri lankan wish u.

  • on October 20, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    I am looking forward for Suraj Randiv and Jeewan Mendis in this tour.I think Suraj will get a lot of bounce in these Aussie pitches.He bowled a beauty of a spell when Lankans met Aussies last time in T20 WC and will be looking forward to this tour.Jeewan's leg spin and his batting is yet to be seen in the big stage.But he is a highly regarded all rounder in the domestic circle.It is surely gonna be a cracker of a series.Aussies never give up and Lankans always show great spirit when they play Aussies.Can Ponting redeem himself and his team?And how will Sanga's young guns go in the series? will be two very interesting questions.Spare of thought for Vassy the great.He is such a great player and worked so hard.Now he deserves a place in the 11.But Will the young guys be able to keep him out will be interesting to see.

  • Crave_nz1 on October 20, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I think allot of people under estimate Australia I have to agree with Majr comments I hope Sri - Lanka well but with past preformances I don't see it being a easy task to beat Australia in Aussie. For those people who think Sri-lanka can win the WC they may but what games have you been watching lately ? Sri Lanka has not had a good all round preformance for sometime. They are capable of winning the WC but so are Aussie,SA,England, India exactly what wover said. I'am a Sri - lankan living in NZ so I see how proud and copetitive Australians are so Sanga is right their are no Cracks with aaussies they will always play to win !!

  • VajiraR on October 20, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    No Sanga, we don't have a settled and a winning combination yet. Composition of the team is not balanced. We are still at the testing level. We shouldn't have sent Murali, because there is nothing to test on Murali's abilities. What we should have done is to send 3/4 spinners such as Mendis, Rangana, Randiv & M Bandara (if it is possible to accommodate) and see how they fare. Then we will be able to find suitable partners for Murali in the WC. In the batting line-up too there are loose cogs such as Kandamby. Why take half fit Mathews? Joy ride? So, take my word. If we don't tighten-up the screws quickly, winning the WC can be a distant dream. We need shrewd and intelligent people at the decision making level.

  • on October 20, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    @ dsachit & Majr, mates where on earth on this article has Sanga predicted the results????? all he says is that its a challenge for SL to play Aus,,,, a challenge that the team looks forward to take on,,,,, in regard to Shane warne's comments,,, he never denied it,,,, but ponting and warne have made up ,,,, ( Know your facts before talking)

    @Ravindran its a captains duty to believe that the team he is leading are world beaters!!!!! if he believes his team cant win,, then whats the point????? and what do you mean SL cant win at home these days???? look no further SL beat India in the one dayers and drew the test series?????? infact SL's last home series defeat in tests comes at the hands of Pakistan (in 2006, march),,,, SO mate stop making STUPID COMMENTS!!!

  • Proteas123 on October 20, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Agree that Srl and Aus are the best contenders for WC. Would like SA to win but current ODI team does not look the part, chokers tag is sometimes a bit unfair though as they are a good team over all. Eng, SA and India all have a fair chance considering they are all good teams and can beat anyone on their day. Should be a good tournament.

  • 9ST9 on October 20, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    @ Majr - yeah i find it irritating to see Indians and Sri Lankans and Pakistanis predict their sides will win. Aussies are still good in ODI though they now lack the class to be a no1 test team.[ And the ranking is right. The way Aus bats is pathetic in tests] But still SL would be wary of Guys like white who pulled the game away from SL in T20 WC 2010. I dont see a 3-0 though probably gonna be a 2-1 either way

  • Nadeem1976 on October 20, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Sanga is a nice man. He is right. Australia is extremely tough to beat in australia. Last time i saw it it was SA who won in Australia and then beaten by Australia in SA. All square to Zero. WI won a series i think some 16 years ago with Ambrose at its best with Lara. But that goes to long time ago. Australizim is too strong to beat in cricket. Remember they are Worldchampion in ODI and also they won a unbelievable T2020 semi final against Pakistan a six month ago. Do not under estimate australia. Australia did well in India first match went to last wicket and second match went to last session. What else you want to test cricket. I would rather watch australia whole day instead of any other thing becuase they are so professional. and dangerous. Do not forget Ponting has unbelievable winning record at home. Ashes is not going to be easy for England. It is near to impossble to beat australia in australia.

  • on October 20, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Yep....When every one playing in Aussie pitches it will be very difficult rather than playing in home pitches. I completely with Sanga.... Best wishes Lankans...Hip Hip Hoooray

  • anikbrad on October 20, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    I AGREE THAT I FEEL SRILANKA IS THE BEST SET TO WIN WC AS THEY TEAM IS SET WITH DILSHAN, SANKA, MATHEW JAY, AS BAT AND MURLI, MALINGA AS BOWLER. BEST ASIAN FIELDING SIDE. THE ASIANS IN SUB CONTINENT HAS ADVANTAGE. BUT PAK NO HOPER'S. EARLIER THEY USED TO WIN OUT OF NOWHERE BECAUSE OF TALENTS OF AKRAM, INRAN, ANWAR, INZY, WAQUAR, BUT NOW NO SUCH TALENTED INDIVIDUALS SO DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO WIN. INDIA NOT GOOD IN PRESENT IN ODI AS THE TEAM IS NOT SET YET, MARK MY WORDS IN AUS ODI SERIES NOW ALSO. THE BOWLERS ARE NOT ECONOMICAL. SHEWAG IS A PALE SELF OF TEST, YUV IS EVEN OUT OF TEAM, GOUTI IS NOT GETTING RUN, YOUNG GUNS - ROHIT, KOHLI AND JADEJA, PATAHAN USELESS TO HELP IN WIN. TENDULKER DOES NOT PLAYS ODIS. TEAM IS NOT SET YET AS TENDULKER AND ZAHIR, BHAJJI AND GAUTI DOES NOT PLAY ENOUGH ODI SO EVEN THE YOUNG STARS DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO APROACH RAINA NOW BATS 1 DN AND KOLI SOME TIMES SOME TIMES DHONI AND EVEN ROHIT WHEN SACHIN RETURNS WHERE RAINA WILL BAT WHO WILL PLAY IS YUVI IS UNFIT.

  • on October 20, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    this is a challange for Sri Lanka. it would give the selectors a chance to watch with interest how players adapt to bouncy wickets good luck Sanga we wish you the best.

  • ABdareVinniers on October 20, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    India is probably a second home for the Lankans considering the amount of cricket they've all played there in the last year or two. So yes, SL are good contenders to lift the 2011 WC.

  • Percy_Fender on October 20, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    I do not understand why people from our sub continent have to engage themselves in these kind of utterances before a series is about to begin. They look quite foolish when things go wrong and they lose. Sangakarra for all his erudition and legal background should realise that Ponting may have failed in India but has an impressive record at home both as batsman and captain. What Shane Warne is purported to have said has already been denied by Warne. I wish Kumar knows that. Apart from these comments, I feel Australia has the team to do well both in the ODIs as well as the Ashes later. I only wish Sri Lanka does well. They seemed pretty lost the last time they were there. I also wish Murali finall shows the Australians that he is a true and forgiving champion who bears no ill will against the Hairs and Emersons of this world.

  • on October 20, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Jim1207,it is Aus who is not giving SL a proper series...anyway it is sorta better only to play short format games in this near of WC11 imho...but hey thats just my opinion !

  • sammykent on October 20, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    "Equanimity" - Sangakarra is so well spoken. It is a pleasure to read his articles and listen to his comments. Above all he is correct. Captains are criticised on a daily basis and should not be affected. When Australia pull off a big victory there is no question marks about captaincy. Ponting will be stepping down in the next couple of years and then we will all have a new punching bag.

  • on October 20, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    As long as Sangakarra understands that he captains a team that is below par to Australia, India, South Africa - he should be good to go. He is always prone to be acting like a captain of a team of world beaters - these days they dont even beat at home.

  • Itchy on October 20, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Peter": "But in Australia it usually takes something seriously wrong for an ex-player to break the code of support for the country's captain". Ever heard anything Neil Harvey has ever had to say about the Australian cricket team (or it's captains) over the last 15 years.

  • chokka04 on October 20, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Wishing Kumar & the Sri Lankan team the very best on their Australian ODI tour! I reckon it'll be tough playing the aussies who will be out to prove/redeem themselves after their tour of India...but at the same time the SLkan team looks promising! they've got the talent and a decent combination... with a bit of selfconfidence & heart they'll do well! best of luck! :)

  • Dhanno on October 20, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    lanka is major contender for WC 11 title. dont get me wrong, aussies are still the best ODI side around (Only cause SA will again mess up on big stage). But aussie gonna be preoccupied with ashes all this time, no real prep for WC, if ashes isnt a stroll in park for them then they will be mentally physically spend. SA, they have mastered indian conditions to some extend but can be vulnerable on big stage. That leaves India and Pak, well pakistan will win it if all remaining players are found to be match fixing drug addicts and thrown out of team, pak will find some new guys on karachi/lahore streets who might win it for them.. but its a fluke, if it happens.. they wont be champions and besides they dont get the home turf to play on.. india, well in last 5 years we never thought of test cricket and look where we will be before WC, playing 3 tests in SA. India has no set squad for ODIS and they are seriously going to be drained by time WC comes.. Leaves us with SLA and AUS. Mark my words

  • Jim1207 on October 20, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Only T20s and ODIs?! Where are these people now who were whinging about two test series as a shame? It does not take a brilliant brain to understand that two is greater than zero.

  • on October 20, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    well said Sanga,, & yes it is very interesting period for SL cricket,,,, I hope Vassy makes a come back,,, he has always being a top bowler in the dry dead pitches of the sub continent,,, he will be very useful in next years world cup,,, him together with Murali, Malinga & Mendis will for sure be a force to reckon with,,,, SL batting is always good in those conditions :)

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  • on October 20, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    well said Sanga,, & yes it is very interesting period for SL cricket,,,, I hope Vassy makes a come back,,, he has always being a top bowler in the dry dead pitches of the sub continent,,, he will be very useful in next years world cup,,, him together with Murali, Malinga & Mendis will for sure be a force to reckon with,,,, SL batting is always good in those conditions :)

  • Jim1207 on October 20, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Only T20s and ODIs?! Where are these people now who were whinging about two test series as a shame? It does not take a brilliant brain to understand that two is greater than zero.

  • Dhanno on October 20, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    lanka is major contender for WC 11 title. dont get me wrong, aussies are still the best ODI side around (Only cause SA will again mess up on big stage). But aussie gonna be preoccupied with ashes all this time, no real prep for WC, if ashes isnt a stroll in park for them then they will be mentally physically spend. SA, they have mastered indian conditions to some extend but can be vulnerable on big stage. That leaves India and Pak, well pakistan will win it if all remaining players are found to be match fixing drug addicts and thrown out of team, pak will find some new guys on karachi/lahore streets who might win it for them.. but its a fluke, if it happens.. they wont be champions and besides they dont get the home turf to play on.. india, well in last 5 years we never thought of test cricket and look where we will be before WC, playing 3 tests in SA. India has no set squad for ODIS and they are seriously going to be drained by time WC comes.. Leaves us with SLA and AUS. Mark my words

  • chokka04 on October 20, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Wishing Kumar & the Sri Lankan team the very best on their Australian ODI tour! I reckon it'll be tough playing the aussies who will be out to prove/redeem themselves after their tour of India...but at the same time the SLkan team looks promising! they've got the talent and a decent combination... with a bit of selfconfidence & heart they'll do well! best of luck! :)

  • Itchy on October 20, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Peter": "But in Australia it usually takes something seriously wrong for an ex-player to break the code of support for the country's captain". Ever heard anything Neil Harvey has ever had to say about the Australian cricket team (or it's captains) over the last 15 years.

  • on October 20, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    As long as Sangakarra understands that he captains a team that is below par to Australia, India, South Africa - he should be good to go. He is always prone to be acting like a captain of a team of world beaters - these days they dont even beat at home.

  • sammykent on October 20, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    "Equanimity" - Sangakarra is so well spoken. It is a pleasure to read his articles and listen to his comments. Above all he is correct. Captains are criticised on a daily basis and should not be affected. When Australia pull off a big victory there is no question marks about captaincy. Ponting will be stepping down in the next couple of years and then we will all have a new punching bag.

  • on October 20, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Jim1207,it is Aus who is not giving SL a proper series...anyway it is sorta better only to play short format games in this near of WC11 imho...but hey thats just my opinion !

  • Percy_Fender on October 20, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    I do not understand why people from our sub continent have to engage themselves in these kind of utterances before a series is about to begin. They look quite foolish when things go wrong and they lose. Sangakarra for all his erudition and legal background should realise that Ponting may have failed in India but has an impressive record at home both as batsman and captain. What Shane Warne is purported to have said has already been denied by Warne. I wish Kumar knows that. Apart from these comments, I feel Australia has the team to do well both in the ODIs as well as the Ashes later. I only wish Sri Lanka does well. They seemed pretty lost the last time they were there. I also wish Murali finall shows the Australians that he is a true and forgiving champion who bears no ill will against the Hairs and Emersons of this world.

  • ABdareVinniers on October 20, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    India is probably a second home for the Lankans considering the amount of cricket they've all played there in the last year or two. So yes, SL are good contenders to lift the 2011 WC.