Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11 October 22, 2010

Jayawardene aims to break winning drought

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • ramz_01 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.

  • chamizzz 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.

  • ramz_01 on October 23, 2010, 14:48 GMT

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

  • ramz_01 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 challangers.bt 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.

  • LALITHKURUWITA 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 !!!!

  • 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

  • NISH67 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 !

  • sadSajith 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)

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily 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

  • 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.

  • ramz_01 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.

  • chamizzz 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.

  • ramz_01 on October 23, 2010, 14:48 GMT

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

  • ramz_01 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 challangers.bt 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.

  • LALITHKURUWITA 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 !!!!

  • 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

  • NISH67 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 !

  • sadSajith 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)

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily 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

  • 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.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 23, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Sajeesh.M.S: This is an AUS-SL article not 'How delusional Indian fans are' article. SA deserves to be the rank 1 team not India who hide behind the BCCI to cling onto the no.1 spot. But we'll have that argument later somewhere else.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 23, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    @Kiran Vemula : Murali was cleared by ICC. yes Murali did chuck according to old ICC rules but so did 99% bowlers. malinga chucks? Do you know an Aussie cricketer called jeff Thompson who has a similar action? Just because India doesn't have quality bowlers that doesn't mean others chuck. Sour grapes!!!

  • NISH67 on October 23, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    KiRAN ,I think you have forgotten HARBHAJAN SINGH - he needs to be in your list - Why it was you own Mr BEDI who said that Sehwag is the best off spinner in your country !

  • NISH67 on October 23, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Sajees.M.S , some simple facts for you to chew on - ALSO AGAIN I REPEAT THIS IS NOT AN ARTICLE ABOUT YINDIA ! WE get it that you 'r numberrrrr one - but after how many years of Test cricket - lets see 1932-2009 - If my maths is correct , that makes it 77 long years ! . After how many YYEARS - did u beat Australia in Australia - almost 50 years of test cricket - those days you were hammered by an innings in Australia in almost every match you played . After how many years of test cricket - did u beat England in England - 39 years , west Indies - 39 years - the list goes on . How long has Sri Lanka been in the test arena - 28 years . Achievements to date - World champions 1996 , semi finalists - 2003 , Finalist 2007 , T-20 Finalist 2008 , ICC champions trophy -joint champs 2002 , won test matches in ever country except Aus and SA - mainly because of lack of matches - last played in SA in 2002 ! So stop desecrating SL cricket and accept the facts !

  • on October 23, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    There are some bowlers who consistently throws (chucks) during their bowling. But Icc doesn't take care. In those list: Muttaiah muralidharan is first bowler, Shoaib Akthar, Malinga (I don't think he is bowling cleanly).

  • Sajeesh.M.S on October 22, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    @ramz_01 If india, doesn't deserve to be number one, then who deserves it? Srilanka???? Ha Ha Ha..They never one even a single TEST MATCH. I am not mentioning SERIES,but TEST..They lost to australia 3-0 at their home. Just show us winning a single test match in India. Then talk about India.Only that can be justified.

    India had won at least a single test in every foreign country when they last toured. (and even won the series in most countries)..

  • RaviReddy on October 22, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    @visualdp - I think many Indian fans disagreed with Mahela's comment where he mentioned Indians are not playing like a No:1 team should.. He had no right to say that as it is SL that employed extremely defensive tactics starting over no:4 when Sehwag was batting in the last series.

  • Agnar on October 22, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and proud of SL team. But I have no problems, in fact I like to see, people from other countries commenting on articles on Sri Lankan cricket. Cricket is truly an international game. It is wrong when Indian fans disrupted quarter finals in 1996. It is wrong when you jump at an Indian cricket fan who participate in this conversation because he is Indian. Cricket games should cultivate internationalism. Always remember that this is a game.

  • ramz_01 on October 22, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    he he vry funny vinay abt ur comment ere.he said sSL only cn win @hme.i think he is dnt knw much abt cricket.frm 06 SL won matches outside SL.06 in england test 1-1 ODI 50.07 WC loseing finalist (india knocked out frm 1st round nd thy only beat minnows namibia) 09 t20 finalist 20 10 loosing semis.remember Vinay Bhonslay theis all outside SL.yes india is number 01 in test ranking bt r'ber thy r still faild to beat SL in test series in SL after 1993.if SL cnt win outside SL India also cnt win outside SL.bcz india havnt won a test series in SL 4 17 years bt yet thr number one in test ranking.

  • stormy16 on October 22, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    If SL are to succeed in Aus the batting has to click. Taranga needs to cement opening slot with runs while the two Chamara's need consistancy which has been so ellusive. Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela and Anji pick themsleves but Chandimal must be given a chance if the others fail. Menids is a decent widl card specially with the WC where conditions will suit spin.

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    @sadsajith WELL SAID, THE BEST COMMENT I HAVE SEEN IN CRICINFO, YOU ARE JUST SPOT ON ;)

  • visualdp on October 22, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    I have seen lots of comments from Indian fans, about Sanga & Mahela who questioned India's ranking. Could anyone please tell us or point us in which statement Sanga or Mahela mentioned so...... They have questioned the basis & the time frames only. (never even say a word about India). Why these comments all about??? Cricinfo putting these things or ??? Please don't make pointless comments. Today match SL won comprehensively. Carry on the good works boys !!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    @NISH67.. me too wichya... agreed.. deez indian fanz ol over da place..

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka, do us proud :)

  • sadSajith on October 22, 2010, 12:25 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

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 22, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    hahahaha Indian fans are so jobless they state how good they THINK India is in a SL-AUS article. Please get a life

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    @ ALL INDIAN FANS, FYI - even if SL lost 3-0, we would not resort to extreme emotions n resort to violent protests against our cricket players. When SL won the 1996 WC, we fans did not go berserk and even we lost badly, failing to qualify for 2nd round in 99 WC, we did not become hysterical. For our fans in the ground, not everything is about cricket. We sing, dance n drink, have a good day out. And no, we dont disrupt matches just because our team loses. This is our cricket culture. The world knows what you guys did to your team after they were humiliatingly kicked out of the 2007 WC and 1996 WC semifinal. So dont be too bothered about our team losing 3-0 for the sky is not going to fall down on your heads :)

  • South_Indian on October 22, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Hahaha funny Indian fans, they are just commenting everywhere! as someone else already pointed out... its Aus vs SL web page and Ind is playing Aus currently... why these Indian fans are commenting here...?? Whatever be the article, the Indians have a comment or two. if only they had put in a 1/4 of their efforts commenting here before the Commonwealth Games started, they could have saved embarrassment LOL :P

  • NISH67 on October 22, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Thank you Kasun , Ranga and Main_Culprit ! You have echoed the sentiments of thousands of Sri lanka fans who browse the cricinfo site for their daily information on cricket ! I would also like to say that I was pleasantly surprised to see your comments published and finally let me add my 2 bits to this conversation and say to all those running down SL cricket - Please do comment constructively and according to the article as we are men enough to take it on the chin but do refrain from stupid irrelevant nonsense which only flames the fires of hatred between 2 sets of fans from brotherly countries .. CHEERS !

  • on October 22, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Well Well Sri Lankans are showing what their made of at the Gabba. The 95/96 VB siries was actually won by Sri Lanka. The mighty Aussies Umpires took it away from us. This is our best chance and lets hope our boys will do it this time. Good Luck to Maheal, Snga and the boys.

  • nshhamit on October 22, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    To set the record straight: Sangakkara never questioned India's number 1 status, he questioned the rankings system: the time frame and way in which points are aggregated and rankings assigned. I don't think cricket fans should vilify anyone for constructive comments about it and other issues. Sri Lanka doesn't receive invitations to play cricket abroad because the country has a population of under 21 million - it isn't a lucrative market compared to India and its expats. The WI, SA and Bang. aren't wealthy either - they don't travel abroad for many test series either. The SL board is corrupt and mismanages money - it had to recover losses by playing India several times this year, which resulted in cricket overkill between the two sides. Of the three wealthy boards- India, Eng and Aus, SL played India, are scheduled to play Aus in Oct/Nov and re-scheduled a tour of Eng because of rest-periods and tournament commitments already in place. They haven't been invited abroad for a while!!

  • cricket_slcsupport on October 22, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    It's easy to talk 3-0 for Sri Lanka. It has become a habit for Sri lanka to say we're going to have a whitewash before they leave for any tour. Guys it's now upto you to prove what you say. Everytime SL comes to a final they loose. Please make your mark in Australia you've got the talent and the men to do the work. Go forward Sanga & Co you can do it ! For heavens sake don't loose series to the Indian team. Doesn't matter if we loose Bangadesh or Zembawe.

  • on October 22, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    I think that SL can reverse the history this time but I prefer to talk less and show your talents. SL has a short but memorable history of cricket which most of the countries don't have. Wishing u all best in forthcoming series.

  • on October 22, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    @Osanda - Sri Lanka was never severely murdered by Australia always.Lankans were the side who destroyed Australia in 95/96 season.They lost almost every single match they played against us.Including the Singer Cup and they could only make 144 in the first test match they played against us following that season.And we were the first side to take Australia to the third final of the VB series,by winning the first final.As Tom Moody has once said we are the side that Aussies fear the most.I am not gonna dwell too much on that though because he might be talking about the Aussie side he played.And if you take the world cup records in neutral in venues between both sides,they have very rarely been one sided affairs,including the Final in 2007 and 2003 semis.(Only match I can remember which was one sided was in 2003 super six stage).I know you are not trying to undermines the Lankans.But we should always remember we love playing against Aussies and we can always kill them.;)

  • ranga_s on October 22, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Funniest thing is whenever SL play match and an article being posted it's always Indians posting comments saying SL can't win, compared to the 2 nations actually playing....I'm yet to see an Aussie seriously degrade the cricket SL plays..but Indians do that job big time...FYI SL came in to the finals in Australia couple of years back on the last VB series they played losing 2-1...SL were the semi-finalists of WC 2003 hel in SA..SL were the runners-up of the WC2007 in WI...They beat a full strength ENG team 5-0 in England.drew the test series there in 2006.played finals of World T20 in ENG. semi-finalists of T20 WC in SA.and beat Out of all the major tournaments inc. ASIA cup. No SL doubts Indian talent..Sanga didn't questioned Indian's #1. He questioned the rating system.Becoz the way Indians were playing they should have been #1 few month earlier.Aussies kept that#1 coz of the fault Sanga pointed in the rating system.I dnt like to say Indians are stupid..But I think they are jealous..

  • Main_Culprit on October 22, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I fail to wonder why there are comments on "YNDIAN CRICKET TEAM" (like they would pronounce) for every article published here even if it is about a 'storm in Tasmekistan'. There will be at least one Donkey to say, "Yndias no.1'.C'mon guys, we all admire your passion and enthusiasm, but not everything is about "YNDIAN cricket". Please dont spoil the nice articles publised here. The whole cricket world loves this site so lets try and keep it that way....

  • evenflow_1990 on October 22, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    i'm sri lankan. i'd like to see less talk and more walk from mahela. sanga talks big, but scores big.

  • on October 22, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    SL is a team that can only win in SL. Look at their record, look at Jayawardene, Sangakara, Samaraweera's record - majority of their runs / centuries are in SL (colomby, dambula) in tests as well as ODI's. Whatever wins they have overseas are aginst Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and recently WI who are not even 25% of their predecessors. To top all this Sangakkara questioned Indias no.1 status and he aspired to be the no.1 in tests. That is the biggest joke.

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    well its very sad to see some of the people saying that "SL haven't had any improvement during the past few years" must be some one who hardly watch cricket. its difficult in Australia but in my view i believe that SL will win the series 3-0. these days Oz lacking of some good pace bowlers and for last few years i only saw them beating weak teams like West Indies and Pakistan , but once they play agains India they struggled. and also because of the well balanced Srilankan side i think Oz can only see SL beating them 3-0 on their home soil.

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Less talking more working and performing, bcz talking gets you no where, while performing and doin it right is the hardest part ever.Mahela maybe a great cricketer but its not talking maked him great if he wanted to talk, predict etc he should have been a commentator not a cricketer and a great cricket better perform than talk the talk.Sorry Mahela but i expect a little maturity from you bcz our team was severly murdered from australia since the time we started playing against them, last time we met them in the WT20 we took them ever so lightly and what happen was very humiliating defeat for a team that had lost a lot of World Class players due to retirement and injuy,time to turn the tables but prove it out by performing well ,please...

  • reinventingcricket on October 22, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    To all Indian Fans! Firstly i must say i really admire your talents. Look at India when did you got TEST status? When did Sri Lanka? 1982..Sri Lanka won a world cup in 1996. You last won it in 1983 and 2007 T20. IN all the other world cup tournaments you have failed big time. Recently only you won test matches abroad..Australia after how many years? West India..After how many years? Sri Lanka has not won in India Australia South Africa..yet. But we will. How often we play in South Africa and Australia ? Just Grow up

  • QingdaoXI on October 22, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Jaywardhene be a dreamer but not be day dreamer, even ur not playing in today squad, i know ur anice talented player, but when its comes to australia ur are flopped, so it would have been better to play u all the game s instead of cooling ur heals. I hope u get a century and a fifty in this odi tournament and to keep ur form good for upcoming world cup. Best of Luck Dear.

  • nzcricket174 on October 22, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    The only way Sri Lanka can win is if they out-bowl Australia. Seeing as Australia have a lot of fast bowlers with injuries currently, its now or never for Sri Lanka. You have to remember though, Australia always seem to pull good players out of nowhere.

  • on October 22, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    "The same old cliché;" like we haven't heard this before from the same individual. I expect Sri Lanka to lose most games including some of the practice games on this tour. They haven't had any improvement during the past few years and therefore destined to get their asses kicked one more time in Australia for sure! Mahela still wrestles with the idea of opening for Sri Lanka in ODI's, which leaves the already shaky middle order more vulnerable than ever. Both Mahela and Kumar talk big before the actual competition, but usually fail to deliver in most occasions. I expect the same trend to continue here as well.

  • on October 22, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Don't think in your dreams also. Crocodile's Festival for Srilanka.

    On what basis Sangakkara commented about India's Number 1 position in Test rankings? India has got potential to be Number one.

  • Viper2.0 on October 22, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a chance only if Australia fields a second string team,like the one playing in India.With the ashes being the number one priority there is only a little chance that they might field a full strength paying 11 against the lankans.If they do play their full strength squad,then Sri Lanka has only a little chance of winning the series.Though i am not saying, they won't!

  • on October 22, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Will be a testing tour for Srilanka yet again. After having won the 1996 world cup, Srilanka has really not fulfilled the potential of beating Australia on their home ground. This will be a good time to see both the teams together. Australia is @ no. 5 currently and Srilanka will see this as a good opportunity to break the losing streak in Australia.

    The tour would be focussed on Muttiah Muralitharan, who was no-balled @ this very backyard back in the mid-nineties by Ross Emerson and Darell Hair. Now all is gone and Murali is nearing his natural end so a fitting farewell on this controversial homeland would be handy!

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  • on October 22, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    Will be a testing tour for Srilanka yet again. After having won the 1996 world cup, Srilanka has really not fulfilled the potential of beating Australia on their home ground. This will be a good time to see both the teams together. Australia is @ no. 5 currently and Srilanka will see this as a good opportunity to break the losing streak in Australia.

    The tour would be focussed on Muttiah Muralitharan, who was no-balled @ this very backyard back in the mid-nineties by Ross Emerson and Darell Hair. Now all is gone and Murali is nearing his natural end so a fitting farewell on this controversial homeland would be handy!

  • Viper2.0 on October 22, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka has a chance only if Australia fields a second string team,like the one playing in India.With the ashes being the number one priority there is only a little chance that they might field a full strength paying 11 against the lankans.If they do play their full strength squad,then Sri Lanka has only a little chance of winning the series.Though i am not saying, they won't!

  • on October 22, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Don't think in your dreams also. Crocodile's Festival for Srilanka.

    On what basis Sangakkara commented about India's Number 1 position in Test rankings? India has got potential to be Number one.

  • on October 22, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    "The same old cliché;" like we haven't heard this before from the same individual. I expect Sri Lanka to lose most games including some of the practice games on this tour. They haven't had any improvement during the past few years and therefore destined to get their asses kicked one more time in Australia for sure! Mahela still wrestles with the idea of opening for Sri Lanka in ODI's, which leaves the already shaky middle order more vulnerable than ever. Both Mahela and Kumar talk big before the actual competition, but usually fail to deliver in most occasions. I expect the same trend to continue here as well.

  • nzcricket174 on October 22, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    The only way Sri Lanka can win is if they out-bowl Australia. Seeing as Australia have a lot of fast bowlers with injuries currently, its now or never for Sri Lanka. You have to remember though, Australia always seem to pull good players out of nowhere.

  • QingdaoXI on October 22, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Jaywardhene be a dreamer but not be day dreamer, even ur not playing in today squad, i know ur anice talented player, but when its comes to australia ur are flopped, so it would have been better to play u all the game s instead of cooling ur heals. I hope u get a century and a fifty in this odi tournament and to keep ur form good for upcoming world cup. Best of Luck Dear.

  • reinventingcricket on October 22, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    To all Indian Fans! Firstly i must say i really admire your talents. Look at India when did you got TEST status? When did Sri Lanka? 1982..Sri Lanka won a world cup in 1996. You last won it in 1983 and 2007 T20. IN all the other world cup tournaments you have failed big time. Recently only you won test matches abroad..Australia after how many years? West India..After how many years? Sri Lanka has not won in India Australia South Africa..yet. But we will. How often we play in South Africa and Australia ? Just Grow up

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Less talking more working and performing, bcz talking gets you no where, while performing and doin it right is the hardest part ever.Mahela maybe a great cricketer but its not talking maked him great if he wanted to talk, predict etc he should have been a commentator not a cricketer and a great cricket better perform than talk the talk.Sorry Mahela but i expect a little maturity from you bcz our team was severly murdered from australia since the time we started playing against them, last time we met them in the WT20 we took them ever so lightly and what happen was very humiliating defeat for a team that had lost a lot of World Class players due to retirement and injuy,time to turn the tables but prove it out by performing well ,please...

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    well its very sad to see some of the people saying that "SL haven't had any improvement during the past few years" must be some one who hardly watch cricket. its difficult in Australia but in my view i believe that SL will win the series 3-0. these days Oz lacking of some good pace bowlers and for last few years i only saw them beating weak teams like West Indies and Pakistan , but once they play agains India they struggled. and also because of the well balanced Srilankan side i think Oz can only see SL beating them 3-0 on their home soil.

  • on October 22, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    SL is a team that can only win in SL. Look at their record, look at Jayawardene, Sangakara, Samaraweera's record - majority of their runs / centuries are in SL (colomby, dambula) in tests as well as ODI's. Whatever wins they have overseas are aginst Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and recently WI who are not even 25% of their predecessors. To top all this Sangakkara questioned Indias no.1 status and he aspired to be the no.1 in tests. That is the biggest joke.