Australia v Sri Lanka, one-off T20, Perth

A warm-up for bigger things

Peter English

October 30, 2010

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Match Facts

Sunday, October 31, Perth
Start time 17.35 local (09:35 GMT)


Muttiah Muralitharan prepares to bowl, New South Wales v Sri Lanka, Sydney, October 24, 2010
Muttiah Muralitharan is on his last tour of Australia © Getty Images
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The Big Picture

Sri Lanka's limited-overs team is peering towards the World Cup and Australia's players are trying not to think about the Ashes starting next month. A Twenty20 and three one-dayers have been squeezed in to shine some light on the start of the Australian cricket season, but both outfits are concerned more about the bigger challenges on the horizon.

One-off matches provide little in the long term but each squad has a host of players trying to prove they are worthy of more international action. Michael Clarke's performances in this format always come under scrutiny, with his vibrant leadership sitting next to overly cautious batting. If Australia's version of the three Ws - Warner, Watson and White - fire it won't matter too much what Clarke does with the bat.

Sri Lanka are in some good form after two comfortable warm-ups, but the intensity will increase when they step out on the WACA on Sunday afternoon. Mahela Jayawardene and Suraj Randiv, the offspinner, performed well in their win over New South Wales on Wednesday while Kumar Sangakkara hit form with a century against Queensland in a one-dayer last week.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Australia LLLWW
Sri Lanka WLLWL

Watch out for...

David Warner has had a strange month. Everyone knows he's a T20 expert but he craves more and was rewarded with a trip to India for three ODIs. He didn't play in any of them and when he returned home was dropped for the 50-over games against Sri Lanka. More quick runs are the only way to get back in.

Kumar Sangakkara juggles so many balls but is able to catch them all. As captain, wicketkeeper and senior batsman, it would be easy to be weighed down. Watch him in the field or at the crease and it soon becomes obvious that he is a master of everything. He and Jayawardene are the biggest threats for Australia.

Team news

Dirk Nannes is the veteran of the bowling attack with 14 Twenty20s for Australia, while Peter Siddle, Clint McKay and John Hastings are his possible support partners. Siddle is the only one of that trio with T20 experience, having appeared in one game. Steve O'Keefe, the left-arm spinner, will be looking for his second match after debuting against Pakistan in July.

Australia squad David Warner, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin (wk), Michael Clarke (capt), Cameron White, David Hussey, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Steve O'Keefe, Peter Siddle, Clint McKay, Dirk Nannes.

This will be the last chance for Australians to see Muttiah Muralitharan Down Under before he retires after the World Cup. That is a relief for the local batsmen. Whether Sri Lanka pick Randiv as well will depend on the pitch, but they also have the options of using the part-time turn of Jeevan Mendis or Tillakaratne Dilshan. With 16 men in the squad, they have a lot to choose from.

Sri Lanka squad Kumar Sangakkara (capt, wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv, Dammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal.

Pitch and conditions

It's easy to think of Perth, speed and bounce together, but the combination hasn't happened a lot lately. If the pitch is springy it will aid the home team, although Lasith Malinga might also have some fun. The weather forecast is sunny with a maximum of 29C.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have won eight matches in Australia against the hosts in all formats, but have never taken a series
  • In a throwback to the 1800s, all of Australia's squad comes from New South Wales or Victoria
  • Australia lead the head-to-head contests with two wins in three matches
  • Australia have lost their past three Tests, three T20s, and one ODI

    Quotes

    "He has nothing to prove to anyone right now. The last year or so I think we've seen a different Murali, more relaxed, I reckon, especially in the dressing room.''
    Mahela Jayawardene

    "They've got a pretty good team, a very good team, not to be taken lightly.''
    Cameron White is wary of the opposition.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

absolutely stunning. i am telling from the early days that we did not get the opportunities to play regularly. if so we should have produced more finest players. however we are satisfied with Sri Lanka's present rank and they can go further more. top of the ladder.

Posted by Lion_of_Lanka on (October 31, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

Hahaha SL can't win. Dilshan and Mahela can't bat outside the sub continent. SL can only win in SL. Aussies are gonna maul SL. Now where are those jobless Indians and Bigbanger666? 1st T20 defeat to Australia in Australia. Won by 7 wickets with 20 odd balls to spare! - Eat That! There is still plenty to come in the ODIs. Not a bad start for chucker's last tour eh Aussies? Note to Indians - Learn from Clarke to accept defeat graciously. He didn't complain about lights, umpiring, pitch etc. He admitted his team got outplayed.

Posted by 9ST9 on (October 31, 2010, 13:15 GMT)

SL - The first side to Beat Aus in Aus in a T20 . Should play against only Ban and Zim indeed. What a joke..... Seriously for a team Branded Flat track bullies the way SL batted in PERTH answers their critics unless the critics are too stupid to realise.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 31, 2010, 13:01 GMT)

@Sundaresh Srinivasan

How is the match? I think it is perfect start for your AUSSies for Ashes getting bashed in the big bash.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 31, 2010, 12:56 GMT)

@Bigbanger666 This is what you said The perfect start to the chucka's last tour would be for diamond dave warner to take him down town for a lazy 80 off his 4 overs. I'd pay alot to see that.!! This is what Machael Clerk said

"We got outplayed tonight," Michael Clarke said. "No excuses. They played really well, they played the cross bat shots well on a bouncy wicket."

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 31, 2010, 12:53 GMT)

@Praveen Murutham,

"We got outplayed tonight," Michael Clarke said. "No excuses. They played really well, they played the cross bat shots well on a bouncy wicket."

Posted by   on (October 31, 2010, 10:09 GMT)

LOL at Micheal Clarke now i know why he doesn't put himself in IPL Auctions coz such is his T20 game no one will bid for him

Posted by   on (October 31, 2010, 8:34 GMT)

@ praveen...... did u forget india crashing out of wc 2007 after loosing to bangladesh and sl..... guess india needs to play against bangladesh. so dat v dont get another riot after dis wc.

Posted by Aussie_Mike on (October 31, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

I should ask Steven, does anyone know how many ODIs SL has won in AU against AU with Murali in the playing XI ?

Posted by   on (October 31, 2010, 8:14 GMT)

looking at this it looks like its srilanka vs NSW/VICTORIA Combined X1 none of the playes are from other county's how can they ignore the south australian players who have had a great season in this format

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