Australia v Sri Lanka, one-off T20, Perth October 30, 2010

A warm-up for bigger things

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Match Facts

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

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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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

  • on October 31, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Come on SL!!! Gotta win!!! Good luck to Sanga & Co...

  • VipulPatki on October 31, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Some of the comments here are crazy. Unnecessarily getting jingoistic.

  • on October 31, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Ausies are back to home turf and they will be back to winning movement

  • CrackerDaddy on October 31, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Did anyone notice the concentration on Murali's face...whoa..scary.....that's all I'm gonna say right now...I'm sure all of you will read after the match end as of the results...

  • on October 31, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Praveen Murutham,i think you should put your foot where your mouth is,always a good comment is welcomed and a not all could make a point without creating a mess.The subcontinental teams are heading the cricket ranking and what else,take Bangledesh,they had a great series win against the much fancied New Zealand team.......we should learn to respect each team and to make positive comments and not make comments that has no meaning at all.Sri Lanka team deserves the number 3 test ranking and they have some of the best names in the game today.

  • on October 31, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Every one cares about the WC, but not the dum=dull Ashes series. Its showtime...

  • zidane617 on October 31, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I am actually getting really really sick of looking at Indian and Sri lankan fans going at each other for no other reason. If you look at a majority most of the indian fans will support Sri Lanka and most of the Sri Lankan fans support India, other than for a very small contigent of immature stupid fans from both countries spoiling the peace and harmony for everyone else. Admin I request you not to allow anyone to comment if they are not talking about cricket but making insulting comments about another country. Please I ask you to get rid of these ppl who makes these stupid comments and wasting everyones time. Thank You.

  • on October 31, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    i would like to answer for praveen marutham don't under reestimate sri lanka cricket we never khow until the laast ball ok

  • SLCricMonitor on October 31, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    To: Praveen Marutham, your opinion is very biased one. may be SL win, or lose, thats the nature. people normally have dreams, may be this is ur dream, you have rights to see ur own dreams but keep in mind,SL knows how strong they are and which teams are stronger than them. but most of the fans like you don't want to see the reality. see how ugly ur comment is. it is not fair a comment.

  • on October 31, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    @Beazle , lol , there are already 50 comments by 2 days even here , hw u can say people not interested , fans from SL , AUS r definitely interested i dont knw about others , even there are good crowd for warm up matches .

  • on October 31, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Aussies need a morale booster ahead of Ashes, thats why, they have chosen a team, which has not won against them in Australia and it might be a perfect warm-up for them

  • TheUglyTruth on October 31, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    To all Srilankan fans, ignore the jealous comments coming from certain cricinfo users. Its funny to see all that spite (i mean srsly wishing for an sl shitewash). They clearly dont kno what a sport is all about. Sure there is good competitiveness but its also bout the experience. WE SRILANKANS know exactly what thats all about (papara bands anyone? ;) My point is, let them say whatever they want. Free world, they r entitled to their opinion (sadly). Win or lose, we love our cricketers and we enjoy the game. Thats all that matters. For a country of 20m ppl in the subcontinent region, what we have achieved is undeniable. Nothing anyone says will change that. A guy from our little country became the worlds leading wicket taker in both formats. Did u honestly expect everyone to be able to handle that? I say bring on the boos! Im gonna b at the MCG on the 3rd. For every boo im gonna make sure my cheer is even louder. Good times + good cricket = who cares about what others think? Peace out!

  • first_slip on October 31, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    @Beazle, what Quality England Have Dude? compare to SL Team? only Swann maybe, & Disheartening to see Childish comments on SL team on this Site? which really indicate that indians dont like SL team.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 31, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    @Praveen Marutham

    SL ranked 3rd and AUS ranked 5th in Tests. So You need to ask AUS to play BAN & ZIM.

  • SLfan on October 31, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    @ Praveen Marutham - The Thing is we don't have anything to prove against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.... But what about your (pathetic) team? Still India is yet to prove that they can beat Zimbabwe !... Well done Zimbabians...your cricketers did it in the field, unlike these Indians who beat lots of teams only by their comments...LOL. So please first try to beat Zimbabwe mate, and after that you come & put your comments here.... LOL. About Bangladesh...I'm sure Bangladesh will beat India in the upcoming world cup & we Sri Lankans will definitely support you, Bangladeshis !

  • on October 31, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    LIONS WIL WIN THE AME,KEEP YOUR HOPES ON DILSHAN & MAHELA,THEY WIL OPENINIG TO DAY.

  • meatballeditor on October 31, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Yo, Beazle! I'm interested in the series (although I prefer Test matches to limited-overs). Both teams are among the top 5 in the world. As far as the Ashes are concerned, this is the appetizer to the main course for Australia. And I like the Sri Lankan team. They are always entertaining. And they've got a really cool flag!

  • featurewriter on October 30, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    In response to indnumerouno: No, the stats are right. Watson plays for New South Wales now. He hasn't played for Tasmania for a number of seasons. He returned to Queensland a few seasons back and then recently left for NSW (to be closer to his partner).

  • on October 30, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    indnumerouno you peanut shane watson is a nsw player now

  • on October 30, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    @ Kamal Kannan,,

    What are you exactly trying to say????? "Finally got the punishment of playing outside sri lanka" ?????? what punishment has the sri lankan team got??????? ( I know what you were TRYING to say,, watch your English)

    mates your comments are really funny,, (not) Get a LIFE!!!!!

  • dd71 on October 30, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    LOL.....Praveen Marutham.. NO OFFENCE MAN YOU CRACKS ME UP BUDDY....

  • Agnar on October 30, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Mr. Maruthan, In cricket most of the time the better team wins. Sometimes it does not happen that way. But unfortunately for some people you can never make a team loose by wishing just because you don't like that team for some unpleasant experience you had due to that teams play. This is fortunate for true cricket fans. Cricket fans come in many different forms. Some like good play of cricket. Of course they enjoy seeing their team win. But they are able to enjoy the game and appreciate the talents of other team when their team is loosing. Some watch cricket just to see their team win. Curse and walk away or switch off the TV when their team is loosing and feel miserable for days. Some even set fire to the ground when they are loosing. Let's always remember no matter who wins, which ever is the best team, cricket is just a game. It is a wonderful game. But it is not everything about life.

  • Beazle on October 30, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Has there ever been a more pointless series than this one?

    No one is interested in it -the Ashes are just 4 weeks away !

    Its crazy- and it is a classic-perhaps definitive example of how the greedy administrators care only about quantity-not quality.

  • klobania on October 30, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    @Praveen Marutham man i think u forgert to add india in ur list because we all know how india collapsed more than once against srilanka in recent times

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 30, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    @Praveen Marutham : Well India doesn't deserve to play even Zimbabwe & Bangladesh considering Bangladesh kicked them out of the last world cup and Zimbabwe beat them twice in a row to kick them out of the triangular series.

  • on October 30, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Mr cricket not playing.... hope his brother david hussey will take aussies home...

  • Asitha on October 30, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Where is Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas. They were massive players for Srilanka for years . . . .I think they can play this instead of Kapugedara and Fernando. This is only my opinion. \ have to give a chance ahead of World Cup.

  • on October 30, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    my 11 dilshan n mahela to open then chandimal,sanga,matthews,kapugedara,thisara perera,suraj randeev,lasith malinga,dilhara fernando,dhammika prasad...

  • on October 30, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    ONCE AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SL LOOSE THE MATCH AGAINST AUS ...I THINK BETTER SL TOUR BANGLADESH OR ZIMBABWE ....BCOZ THEY ARE BEST TEAMS AGAINST THEM.

  • indnumerouno on October 30, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    the stats and trivia column provides wrong data.......coz shane watson plays for the tasmanians and it says"all of the squad comes from victoria or NSW"

  • klobania on October 30, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    @Paddy Mohan we totally agree with u very well said. i think one day indian fans will realize that cricket is the game where only players r making money n nothing else. we should support our players as they r representatives of our country n we should stand with them irrespective of match result. but u know it is hard for some nations to face the reality. n those who r calling srilankans only perform in their country might forget that murali has performed everywhere as bowler cannot get highest number of wickets by performing only his country. i think those who r calling murali chuker still afraid of him. i think he is the best bowler world cricket has ever produced after imran khan n wasim akram. good luck srilanka dont care of these aussies n indian fans comments here. n show that u pple r not just flat pitches bullies or only make not big comments all the time

  • Philip_Gnana on October 30, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    Let the better team win. Sri Lanka need to take advantage seeing that the OZ are returning after a bad tour in India. The spin got them in the end. SL have a clear advantage with their options in spin. A few good batting all rounders too. A wll balanced side. Cameron White was correct in his opinion of the SL outfit. Cameron himself is the real danger for SL. He can take the match away as he did against the Sri Lankans last time around. The OZ have a better fast bowling attack. SL have only Malinga who can pose a real threat. Lets just concentrate on SL and the OZ. Let the other teams and their supporters just be the on lookers. Come on SL keep you chin up and play the game. Not to get high minded. Tip for Sanga, take Dhoni as an example of an astute captain. Let your performance do the talking. Sanga has a tendancy to open his mouth a bit too much like the OZ. So my advice, keep a low profile. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • mukundh1 on October 30, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    /*In a throwback to the 1800s, all of Australia's squad comes from New South Wales or Victoria */ What nonsense? Watson plays for Queensland!

  • 9ST9 on October 30, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    @Paddy Mohan - well said. Of course what sri lankans like is a good game. they don't want to see just SL win they want a good fight and to have fun. SL fans do not leave the ground when the team is losing neither do they throw stones or burn effigys. They have enough brain cells to realise that this is just a game after all. Neither do SL fans worship their players nor do they burn their effigies. Probably the most intelligent fans in South Asia.

  • on October 30, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    I am an Indian and I am a fan of Jayawardane (he is both class act and run machine), Murli (he is both the leading wicket taker and a humble person), Malinga (for his variation, yorkers, pace and deceptiveness)! I hope, Sri Lanka Thrashes Aussies! Good Luck my lovely beautiful Neighbour! I have alwys admired Sri Lanka! Although, Lately, some incidents have made me not like certain players like Sangakara (who made uncalled for comments), dilshan and Randiv (for the cheap act they did)! I, however, still love Sri-Lanka and would support them alwys!

  • on October 30, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    I dont want to comment who will win or whether Mathews better batsman over Chandimal,i only want to wish my mother Lanka Success and all the best for both teams but hope Sri Lanka will win.Jaya Wewa!

  • PHANTOM-X on October 30, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    @Bigbanger666..

    Grow up dude...

  • on October 30, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    I think sri lanka team always had the skills, they were also thinking very well and the momentum was building all the time after each win and the confidence was growing.we want to see lot of success.

  • 3rd_man on October 30, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Gayajith, are you day dreaming my friend? drop Mathews for Chandimal? on what grounds? I think you have very short memories. I would like to recall your memory 2010 T20 world cup against India. he was the guy batting till the end with Kapugedara. and he had played many good innings for sl in the recent past. I dont say Chandimal should not play. but Mathews as a allrounder, specially in Australian conditions could be vital for sl. also for my opinion he is the only guy who is in the team could captain sl in future. so Mathews should play all 3 formats for sl.

  • 3rd_man on October 30, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    Gayajith, are you day dreaming my friend? drop Mathews for Chandimal? on what grounds? I think you have very short memories. I would like to recall your memory 2010 T20 world cup against India. he was the guy batting till the end with Kapugedara. and he had played many good innings for sl in the recent past. I dont say Chandimal should not play. but Mathews as a allrounder, specially in Australian conditions could be vital for sl. also for my opinion he is the only guy who is in the team could captain sl in future. so Mathews should play all 3 formats for sl.

  • on October 30, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    @Kamal Kannan " finally they got the punishment of playin outside sri lanka" - whats the punishment in this?? you must be one of those Indian fans always hoping for other teams' losses more than India's victory, LOL. Hey kid, dont worry too much, in Srilankan culture, cricket is only a sport and not life. Even if SL gets whitewashed, we wont get hysterical and involve in violent demonstrations against our team, unlike some people (remember 2007 WC knock-out of your team???)

  • sali777 on October 30, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Really refreshing to see the Lankans back , and a great chance for them soften these clowns up for the poms to finish them off..the aussies are truly gifted when it comes to talking up a big game..lets see how they go trying to back it up this summer...your going down suckers!!!!

  • L.Pearce on October 30, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    SL, if they want to win/compete to the best, my eleven 1-3 Dilshan, Jayawardena, Sangakkara, 4-7 Kapugedera, Silva, Chandimal, Mathews 8-11 Kulasekera, Muralidaran, Fernando, Malinga

    AUS, i dont care, best case SL win worst case AUS win, my eleven (not that i care) open Warner, Watson middle Haddin, Clarke, White, Hussey, Smith tail Hastings, Siddle, McKay, Nannes

  • on October 30, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    i hope aus loose idnt personally like how they are taking england a joke .too bad aus bcz u gna to face muralithraran and malinga 1st before the ashes so thy cud potentially weaknen aus 4 sure!

  • on October 30, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    SL Better to keep the same team which played for the last ODI against India on MicroMAX cup.I think that's the best team.

  • on October 30, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka :) :) ................................................................

  • on October 30, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Hey Bigbanger666 ? your going too much lol!!! don't say anything to murali,he is clear and he is the legend and he is the champion bowler,all the people respect to murlali,while some few dogs are barking.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 30, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @Bigbanger666: Oooo Still upset Murali beat your lil' Warnie for the record? Life is unfair. Warner taking Murali for 80 in 4 overs? I'll be surprised if he scores more than 20. @Kamran: The only whitewash will be the one SA will be giving India.

  • LANKALOVER on October 30, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    I WANNA SEE THE GREAT SANATH "TERROR" JAYASURIYA ONE LAST TIME IN AUSTRALIA PLAYING RASPING DRIVES OFF SHAUN TAIT.

    A PLACE IN THE SL XI IN THE WORLD CUP 2011 WOULD BE THE FITTING TRIBUTE TO THIS MARAUDER FROM MATARA.

    ARE THE SLCB SELECTORS LISTENING...???

    LANKA LOVER (VSK IYER) CHENNAI, INDIA

  • tpjpower on October 30, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    @ Bigbanger666: As an Aussie it makes me pretty angry to see comments like yours. Firstly, to continue to call international cricket's leading wicket-taker a chucker after all the tests he's had to undergo is really childish. Secondly, declaring that a second-rate slogger like Warner will dismantle Murali is an insult to the cricketing intelligence of cricinfo readers. It's people like you who give Australian fans a bad reputation around the world. Grow up and give Murali some respect.

  • on October 30, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    I think sri lanka team should be, opening pair mahela & dilshan then sanga ,chamara silva,chamara kapugedara,as batsmens,and bowlers murali,malinga,suraj randiv with all rounders jeewan mendis ,tissara perera & anjelo mathews.Hope this might be a good choice, anyway hope to see good match and good win for a sri lanka,common lions make us proud!!!!!!!

  • visy on October 30, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    @Bigbanger666 - maybe murali should bowl underarm instead? i hear thats all the craze in australian one day cricket

  • on October 30, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    "all of Australia's squad comes from New South Wales or Victoria". an eye opener for pakistanis. few undeserving players were put into squad just to kill the point that provinces other than punjab didnt have their representatives in the team.

  • on October 30, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Its a tough ask playing the Aussies at the Waca If Sri Lanka are going to win this one they need to get warner, watson, and white out cheaplly ,malinga and murali ,need to bowl well.dilshan and mahela need to give Lanka a good start.Lets hope for a close exciting finish

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 30, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka should be destroyed against what is Australia's strongest looking T20 squad to date. Anything less than a flogging will be a bad sign for Australia heading into the Ashes. Sri Lanka's aim should be to win, obviously, or even to come close, anything to disrupt Australia's Ashes campaign will conversely help Sri Lanka.

  • Rocketman1 on October 30, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    It would be better playing a one off Test. Aussies will get a warm up against a decent Lankan outfit before the Ashes, especially after recent performances. "Murali's No Ball Farewell Tour of Australia" needs a bit more hype. Bring Back Darryl Hair and Ross Emerson for all the games. Aussies won't have much to whinge about after he's gone.

  • KALPANA. on October 30, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    IS SANATH JAYASURYA FINISHED..?? WOULD HE NOT PLAY THE WORLD CUP 2011..??

  • Bigbanger666 on October 30, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Apparently Murali is going to open the bowling on this tour in an attempt to break Shaun Taits 160kph mark.....LOL.

  • on October 30, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    go sri llanka go...u cn do it guys...

  • Bigbanger666 on October 30, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    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.!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 30, 2010, 6:31 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 the WACA on 31-10-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make waca 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 !!!!

  • fastcrew on October 30, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Wat a pathetic warm up. Well, i guess this is the warm up for a team ranked 5th in the world ahead of a five test series.... :D

  • on October 30, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    cricfan100, where were you when Mathews carried Sri Lanka in the last 20/20 world cupt in more than 3 games with his batting and fielding ? According to Ian Chapel who was a commentator in the matches Angelo is classy in his batting and suited to bat at the top may be a no 3 or a 4. I think you have benn biased on all your comments in the forum and trying to push Jeewan blindly....lol

  • on October 30, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    SL should drop Mathews and include Chandimal as a specialist batsman. Randiv should get a chance instead of Murali. At the end of the day what it count is win or not.

  • siszack on October 30, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    "Australia's players are trying not to think about the Ashes starting later this month"... LOL WE ARE STILL IN OCTOBER MATE!!!

  • loves_to_spooge on October 30, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    one last time to boo and jeer murali before he retires good riddance

  • IanJF on October 30, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    With ref to QUOTES - What made Cameron White think that SL can be taken lightly in the beginning ? How old is this guy? 20... ?? If so when SL turned this game up on its head way back in 1995-96 Cameron White would have been running in hes diapers @ home..

  • on October 30, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Really interesting to see what combination SL will use, seems like they got plenty of options to choose from. Anyway I do believe that Dinesh Chandimal should play in the team, if they wanna give him a fair opportunity before the world cup this is the time. All the best both teams!

  • catalyst213 on October 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Both teams are evenly matched, Sl have better players and AUS playing on home conditions, im sure its gonna be a great contest. I so wanted to see Ricky play but hopeto see him in the ODI's. My prediction, SL will win.

  • on October 30, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    sri lanka will be white washed.. finally they got the punishment of playin outside sri lanka....

  • cricfan100 on October 30, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    come on sri lanka we can do it this time.But for t20 it'll be bit hard for us as we are lacking fire power in comparison to austrailians. But i am sure we can win the onedayers as we have a balanced team.If we are to try new combinations first one we should try is kapu's batting possition.if he is to be in the team then he should bat @ no 3 or 4 .Other than that no use of having him in the team as he has failed many times batting in lower order. And also should give a fair chance to chandima &jeewanl. and also i don,t think we should pick mathews only for his batting.Though his domestic average is over 50 he could fail under quality quality as he has got limited range of shots and not that sound in technique. But if he plays as an allrounder then he should be the first choice.

  • Bigbanger666 on October 30, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Looking forward to see Murali thro a few down. I might thro a few down myself. LOL

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  • Bigbanger666 on October 30, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Looking forward to see Murali thro a few down. I might thro a few down myself. LOL

  • cricfan100 on October 30, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    come on sri lanka we can do it this time.But for t20 it'll be bit hard for us as we are lacking fire power in comparison to austrailians. But i am sure we can win the onedayers as we have a balanced team.If we are to try new combinations first one we should try is kapu's batting possition.if he is to be in the team then he should bat @ no 3 or 4 .Other than that no use of having him in the team as he has failed many times batting in lower order. And also should give a fair chance to chandima &jeewanl. and also i don,t think we should pick mathews only for his batting.Though his domestic average is over 50 he could fail under quality quality as he has got limited range of shots and not that sound in technique. But if he plays as an allrounder then he should be the first choice.

  • on October 30, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    sri lanka will be white washed.. finally they got the punishment of playin outside sri lanka....

  • catalyst213 on October 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    Both teams are evenly matched, Sl have better players and AUS playing on home conditions, im sure its gonna be a great contest. I so wanted to see Ricky play but hopeto see him in the ODI's. My prediction, SL will win.

  • on October 30, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Really interesting to see what combination SL will use, seems like they got plenty of options to choose from. Anyway I do believe that Dinesh Chandimal should play in the team, if they wanna give him a fair opportunity before the world cup this is the time. All the best both teams!

  • IanJF on October 30, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    With ref to QUOTES - What made Cameron White think that SL can be taken lightly in the beginning ? How old is this guy? 20... ?? If so when SL turned this game up on its head way back in 1995-96 Cameron White would have been running in hes diapers @ home..

  • loves_to_spooge on October 30, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    one last time to boo and jeer murali before he retires good riddance

  • siszack on October 30, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    "Australia's players are trying not to think about the Ashes starting later this month"... LOL WE ARE STILL IN OCTOBER MATE!!!

  • on October 30, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    SL should drop Mathews and include Chandimal as a specialist batsman. Randiv should get a chance instead of Murali. At the end of the day what it count is win or not.

  • on October 30, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    cricfan100, where were you when Mathews carried Sri Lanka in the last 20/20 world cupt in more than 3 games with his batting and fielding ? According to Ian Chapel who was a commentator in the matches Angelo is classy in his batting and suited to bat at the top may be a no 3 or a 4. I think you have benn biased on all your comments in the forum and trying to push Jeewan blindly....lol