Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11 October 22, 2010

Jayawardene aims to break winning drought

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka have never won a series against the Australians at home but Mahela Jayawardene believes the time is right over the next couple of weeks. Jayawardene, the former captain, is hopeful of success in the three ODIs next month as the hosts deal with a busy schedule that includes preparing for the Ashes.

"We've improved quite a bit in the last couple of years and our away form is pretty good, that's something we've always been trying to improve," Jayawardene said in Brisbane. "It's a great opportunity for us.

"It's going to be a bit tough for Australia, with a bit of a hectic schedule. Some of them will be fresh and some of them won't be fresh but Australia is Australia."

While Sri Lanka warm-up for the main games, which start with a Twenty20 international in Perth on October 31, their opponents are still in India finishing off a 50-over series. Kumar Sangakkara's men play Queensland at the Gabba today before facing New South Wales on Sunday and Wednesday.

Australia have never lost a series in their backyard to Sri Lanka in Tests or ODIs since their opening encounter in 1984-85.

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  • Ramzi on October 26, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    chamizzz im nt talkd abt SL.i talkd abt india.thy still didnt won a test series in SL after kapil dev s 1993 side.i knw v didnt get enough chancess agnst AUS,SA and ENG.if our countrys name call INDIA we will get alotz of test matches frm those countrys.i meant idian lions nly thr BACK YARDS.look wt hapand to them 2007 WC and 09,10 T20 WC.

  • chaminda on October 25, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    ramz_01 FYI

    go through the states and see wut SL has done in ENG, NZ,Pak, WI in their last few series, if given a fair chance in Aus & SA they ll surely rectify the records in those countries too, given a test match hear and there is not fair for a country or a player.

  • Ramzi on October 23, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    yeah Edward Sanjith u ryt.lions in thr own back yards bt away???

  • Ramzi on October 23, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    @ Sajeesh im nt gona SL is number one untill SL win test series evry country.if any country desrev number one shoud be won test series in evry country.anyway if any team deserve number one thy should beat da team under rank then them.i meant home nd away.remember SL starts play test cricket frm 1982 so thr r far young den india and if any team deserve number one thy should face evry y india evrytym ignore UDRS?? truth is thy scare to face da truth.remember only india nt useing UDRS in dis planet.dis is hw india using dis ti thr advantage.

  • Lalith on October 23, 2010, 12:04 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 last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    i think what mahela said about india was right!!! indians play well because of their backyard!!! but wait and see

  • nishantha on October 23, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Firstly a big bouquet to the Cricinfo admins for letting us Sri Lankan fans have our say and ensuring that this is not a one sided ramble ! Mr Harsh_ Vardhan2002 why are you getting LINGAM on us buddy as well as hot and bothered under the collar ? Talk facts and we are ready to answer you'll but all you guys do is pen down nonsense which has no bearing on the article concerned . Let me say that we do not consider India a threat at all - our team has been their equal and there are results to prove it ! Our competition lies in beating Aus and SA in their own countries , so you can shout yourselves hoarse from every roof top to boost your own egos but we don"t care a hoot !

  • Sajitha on October 23, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Guys let Indians comment in Sri Lankan articles because this is important for them more than India Vs Australia.They know this is the deciding tournament for the world cup.This will decide who would get the better chance in the final match of world cup. But I hope india would qualify to knockout stages.(But Bangladesh standing on their way)

  • Harshvardhan on October 23, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    well all u sl LINGAMS why can't sl win a bilateral series in india against india why was murli thwarted all over the place and cant help them win a single test match in india which i guess is more spin friendly and as hostile as down under where u guys got EGG breakfast in the 2003 tour well first win a test match in india then think of winning a test match in australia well then u may dream for winning a test series in india and oz well that might only take 2 to 3 decades not more LINGAMS

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    @Sajeesh.M.S - When did your No.1 side last win a test series in Sri Lanka?Even in one dayers,they just won two finals couple of times after loosing everything to SL in the first round.You edged past a second string Aussie side(Clearly with Bolligner gone they they had limited options).Clearly SA is the No.1 test side in the world.They are the best bowling line up and have perfect batting to match them.Even in subcontinent they give a run for their money.India has the worst bowling lineup in the world.They only can bowl with the SG bowl.Clearly they do not have a single world class bowler.

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