Australia v Sri Lanka, one-off T20, Perth October 31, 2010

'We got outplayed' - Michael Clarke

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has said his side were outplayed by Sri Lanka in the only Twenty20 game between the two teams before they play three one-day internationals starting on November 3.

Sri Lanka cruised to a seven-wicket win at the WACA, restricting Australia to 133 for 8, their lowest ever total at home.

"They [Sri Lanka] played really well," Clarke said. "We were a little bit disappointing with the bat, especially up front losing four wickets early. I think we got outplayed. No doubt conditions were different to what we just faced in India, but look, we've had great preparation here, the nets are very similar to what we faced out in the middle so we have no excuses. Sri Lanka bowled really well."

Kumar Sangakkara made an unbeaten 44 off 43 balls to see Sri Lanka home with 3.3 overs to spare, sharing a 71-run partnership with Tillakaratne Dilshan. Both batsmen looked at ease at the crease, unlike the Australians, who struggled with the bounce offered by the WACA pitch.

"They played the cross-bat shots really well on a bouncy wicket," Clarke said. "I think we can learn from that, I think we tried to bowl a bit too short because there was a bit of pace and carry."

Sangakkara was full of praise for the way his bowlers and fielders performed. "We played a pretty good game from the start. We knew them winning the toss was an advantage for them but it just kept getting better for the batsman. I think the way we played first up with the choice of deliveries and the way we fielded, it was a great achievement to keep them down to around 130."

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  • hastah on November 2, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    CORRECTION :- Sri Lanka cruised to a seven-wicket win at the WACA, restricting Australia to 133 for 8, THEIR LOWEST TOTAL EVER AT HOME.

    Australia's LOWEST TOTAL EVER AT HOME WAS AGAINST PAKISTAN IN THIS MATCH http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/406207.html

  • Marcio on November 2, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Wrong, @ Shannon Fernando. Read the comments below and you will clearly see is the "no end" to comments like yours complaining about umpires, and they are not coming from Australian supporters. If you want to whinge, whinge, but don't then try to make out that others are worse at whinging even as you whinge. Australia lost the 1st test against on one call, and almost nobody said anything - certainly not the Australian team. That's called "coping it" where I come from. Compare that to the antics of certain other unmentionable teams and supporters when they think they have been "cheated". This thread is all the evidence we need.

  • on November 2, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Well its just T20. The Lankans don't stand a chance in ODIs. Let Dougie and Hilfenhaus return. We will see. SO its about time they stop boasting how great they are and worry about how to to avoid a clean sweep! @Nav84Smom We will see about that. I am sure you will eat your own words in a few months time.

  • sadSajith on November 2, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    First England then India now Sri Lanka then England again there are enough time for Aussies till world cup to fall down and defeated by Zimbabwe.

  • radhegee on November 1, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Remove Clarke , bring White as captain . Enough is enough . Clarke has been given enough run now . Time for a change has come .

  • on November 1, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    T20 is a far cry from test cricket. Australia's defeat in this match, while embarrassing, will have little bearing on the Ashes. But if SL win the pre-Ashes One day series, it will certainly affect Aussie confidence. And who knows what next - an English Ashes win down-under?!

  • cricaddict9118 on November 1, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    never expected an aussie captain appreciating cross batted shots of batsman frm sub-continent!! surely clarkey is not d most dominant captain arnd... aussie selectors should wake up soon and groom sm1 like white who naturally talented and is the most impact plyr in d side!!!

    "they out-played us" ,"they played well" true bt nt wat a oz captain would have been expected 2 say!!

  • on November 1, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    @Ashfaq Mahroof, well said that at the moment Aussies are playing like minnows. On the other hand, SL has projected itself to be one of the most united teams at the moment. It was complete team effort that caused this damage. Keep it Up SL!

  • sam-srilankan on November 1, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    michael clarke has over n over said that the conditions were different than they played in india. yes i agree but isnt this your own conditions, off all ppl ul should be more familiar with these conditions as this is wat ul have played all ur life. If sri lanka can adjust in space of 2 weeks, why cant the aussies?

  • Marcio on November 1, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka win and still whinge about the umpiring! What is this victim things across all sub-continent team supporters? Anyway, one T20 win doth not a summer make. One thing the Aussie team has always done well is admit defeat, and then do what's required to bounce back. They lost 5 games straight before the last world cup (3-0 to NZ) then smashed everyone to win the cup. Everyone knows the way these T20 games swing according to a few overs. In many ways this game was like the T20 final, where Australia lost 3 wickets for 8 in the first 3 overs - one ricochet catch, one run out and Haddin given out caught off hip. The game was over. The 50 over games are a more accurate test of talent and ability. Hopefully Australia will play a full strength team. It beggars belief how many recent Oz games have featured below-strength teams. Are the selectors TRYING to lose? Finally, when they decide to take T20 seriously, Clarke will have to go. He's now losing games, allowing oppositin. to dominate

  • hastah on November 2, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    CORRECTION :- Sri Lanka cruised to a seven-wicket win at the WACA, restricting Australia to 133 for 8, THEIR LOWEST TOTAL EVER AT HOME.

    Australia's LOWEST TOTAL EVER AT HOME WAS AGAINST PAKISTAN IN THIS MATCH http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/406207.html

  • Marcio on November 2, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Wrong, @ Shannon Fernando. Read the comments below and you will clearly see is the "no end" to comments like yours complaining about umpires, and they are not coming from Australian supporters. If you want to whinge, whinge, but don't then try to make out that others are worse at whinging even as you whinge. Australia lost the 1st test against on one call, and almost nobody said anything - certainly not the Australian team. That's called "coping it" where I come from. Compare that to the antics of certain other unmentionable teams and supporters when they think they have been "cheated". This thread is all the evidence we need.

  • on November 2, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Well its just T20. The Lankans don't stand a chance in ODIs. Let Dougie and Hilfenhaus return. We will see. SO its about time they stop boasting how great they are and worry about how to to avoid a clean sweep! @Nav84Smom We will see about that. I am sure you will eat your own words in a few months time.

  • sadSajith on November 2, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    First England then India now Sri Lanka then England again there are enough time for Aussies till world cup to fall down and defeated by Zimbabwe.

  • radhegee on November 1, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Remove Clarke , bring White as captain . Enough is enough . Clarke has been given enough run now . Time for a change has come .

  • on November 1, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    T20 is a far cry from test cricket. Australia's defeat in this match, while embarrassing, will have little bearing on the Ashes. But if SL win the pre-Ashes One day series, it will certainly affect Aussie confidence. And who knows what next - an English Ashes win down-under?!

  • cricaddict9118 on November 1, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    never expected an aussie captain appreciating cross batted shots of batsman frm sub-continent!! surely clarkey is not d most dominant captain arnd... aussie selectors should wake up soon and groom sm1 like white who naturally talented and is the most impact plyr in d side!!!

    "they out-played us" ,"they played well" true bt nt wat a oz captain would have been expected 2 say!!

  • on November 1, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    @Ashfaq Mahroof, well said that at the moment Aussies are playing like minnows. On the other hand, SL has projected itself to be one of the most united teams at the moment. It was complete team effort that caused this damage. Keep it Up SL!

  • sam-srilankan on November 1, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    michael clarke has over n over said that the conditions were different than they played in india. yes i agree but isnt this your own conditions, off all ppl ul should be more familiar with these conditions as this is wat ul have played all ur life. If sri lanka can adjust in space of 2 weeks, why cant the aussies?

  • Marcio on November 1, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka win and still whinge about the umpiring! What is this victim things across all sub-continent team supporters? Anyway, one T20 win doth not a summer make. One thing the Aussie team has always done well is admit defeat, and then do what's required to bounce back. They lost 5 games straight before the last world cup (3-0 to NZ) then smashed everyone to win the cup. Everyone knows the way these T20 games swing according to a few overs. In many ways this game was like the T20 final, where Australia lost 3 wickets for 8 in the first 3 overs - one ricochet catch, one run out and Haddin given out caught off hip. The game was over. The 50 over games are a more accurate test of talent and ability. Hopefully Australia will play a full strength team. It beggars belief how many recent Oz games have featured below-strength teams. Are the selectors TRYING to lose? Finally, when they decide to take T20 seriously, Clarke will have to go. He's now losing games, allowing oppositin. to dominate

  • DanieTJohn on November 1, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Lets wait and watch how competitive the Lankan's are. Wish them all the very best...

  • on November 1, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Australian top order crumbled, haddin and smith did well to get them back in the contest, but sri lanka just all class, jayawardene, sanga, and dilshan, they are some world class players, the ODI's will be interesting. Chandimals LBW decision was absolute craap, lucky sri lanka won, if that same decision was given to someone like clarke or something we wouldn't hear the end of it.

  • on November 1, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    @ska well a few words, i personally think that the word pushover, will be applied to australia during the ashes. With their current form they are nowhere as good as the team they were a few years back. and secondly, with me being a sri lankan even i am interested to see how many wins they can, lets use your wordings here, "stitch" together, because we have not performed consistently in Australia, and t20 and the 50 over game is totally different

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 1, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002: You are very optimistic about Aussie's chances aren't you? A lot of people like you said we would get trashed by Aussies @ WACA since we've not won a match there. But we did something your Indian team couldn't do - Beat Aussies in a t20 match in their own backyard. If I were you, I would worry about India being trashed by SA in SA rather than SL proving themselves in Australia. @Ska: Aussies lost the ashes last year, then lost the t20 final to England, then got trashed by India and now got handed the first t20 defeat in Australia by Sri Lanka. Tell me who are the pushovers now?

  • Biggus on November 1, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    @SettingSun-hahaha! You'll keep mate. You think this is pain? Man, I lived through the Packer-time national slump and this is nothing compared to that. Maybe you'll win the Ashes, maybe not. Give it a few months and we'll talk eh?

  • WilliamFranklin on November 1, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    People always give the excuse 'they did not take it seriously' when Australia lose a t20. Maybe they just got outplayed. A number of international sides appear to be around a similar standard now (Aus/Eng/S/SA). The Ashes will be very interesting.

  • Go_F.Alonso on November 1, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    A lot is being made of a T20 game. The Aussies seem to have lost badly but a T20 game could be won/lost in a space of 2-3 overs. They will no doubt come back strongly and give England a tough fight but hopefully end up losing by a close margin. As for SL, we'll see how many wins they can stitch together. Pushovers.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 1, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    @Stephen Terrill SL Bowlers kisses the chain before balingl because it reminds the bowler John Haward & Darrel Hair. SL batsmen see the ball coming to them like it is coming from John Haward & Darrel Hair.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 1, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    I think Aussies will bounce back. Aussies did not play that bad, but SL bowled very well and fielded very well. My only concern is Dilhara. He plays one game very good, then the next is very bad. Kula sould come in for Dilhara. Tharanga for Pukagedera. Looking forward to MCG. I need a good competitive game rather than the result.

  • cricket_fan_1 on November 1, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    @Geethike, klobania and others. Please don't drag India into this. It is a SL vs AU series. It's always nice to see a subcontinent team win against AU. Some SL fans comment on India's current no.1 Test ranking and it gets due response from some Indian Fans. Enjoy the series.

  • eminem on November 1, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    whats up with our selectors. Where the heck was hodge, hussey and tait. they are the best t20 players currently in oz. whats happening, I just dont get it. And michele Clarke.....I have time and again told this that this player is not and will not be captain material. He is a made or moulded captain and not a born leader. we need a born leader. It will be the death bells if he is made captain. Bring on Camron white or marcus north - they are the future captains of Australia.

  • cricket_fan_1 on November 1, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    @Geethike, klobania and others. Please don't drag India into this. It is a SL vs AU series. It's always nice to see a subcontinent team win against AU. Some SL fans comment on India's current no.1 Test ranking and it gets due response from some Indian Fans. Enjoy the series.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 1, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    I think Aussies will bounce back. Aussies did not play that bad, but SL bowled very well and fielded very well. My only concern is Dilhara. He plays one game very good, then the next is very bad. Kula sould come in for Dilhara. Tharanga for Pukagedera. Looking forward to MCG. I need a good competitive game rather than the result.

  • Vilander on November 1, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    SL Did wel,they have played short balls better this time. But Mith and Dougie might be more difficult to handle in ODI's.

  • shramiac1 on November 1, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    @Tonderai Dimairo I hardly call being one bad umpiring decsion away from winning the 1st test and only playing 1 out of 3 ODIs "being crushed" in India!

    Problem with T20 is that Clarke is in the team! Don't get me wrong.I like him! He'll be a good test captain and probaly a good ODI captain too. The trouble is, he is not a fast enough scorer to be in T20. He is barely fast enough for ODIs. Only 1 of his 5 ODI centuries has come at better than a run a ball. The ODI in India that actually got played he got 111 but off 139 balls which is far too slow! Especially when Australia could only manage 290, which isn't bad BUT only 3 wickets had fallen!! If only 3 out, a team should be well into the 300s!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on November 1, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Hey guys! Don't be rough on the Aussies. The Aussies don't mind losing to all the other countries. The Lankan's don't count. Only the Ashes do or didn't you know?

  • cricket_fan_1 on November 1, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    @Geethike, klobania and others. Please don't drag India into this. It is a SL vs AU series. It's always nice to see a subcontinent team win against AU. Some SL fans comment on India's current no.1 Test ranking and it gets due response from some Indian Fans. Enjoy the series.

  • on November 1, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Australians are the new minnows of Cricket !!!! ;) LOL

  • robheinen on November 1, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Australia need not to worry about the results of matches at this stage of their cricket. The rtesults are the results. No more, no less. The focus in my opinion should be on building their team and, more importantly, find a way to keep the australian national team performing on top level, without dependence on particular players. Building a team is much more important than having star players. Although I missed Shaun Tait yesterday. Watching two overs - preferably opening overs - of Shaun Tait can make up for a whole lost match.

  • visualdp on November 1, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Well done SL boys ..!!! Good performances by SL . This should be continue for the rest of the ODI series. Again Indian fans are saying there was no Mitchell Jhonson, Dougiee ,Hilfenhose or Tait. Very poor logic though.They don't believe that SL is a better side. Grow up guys. Before pointing a finger to others please take care of your own things.

  • Zookinii on November 1, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka ki jay! Well played Lanka, please don't become complacent now though. Stay focussed and do your best in these coming matches. Make Hindustan proud!

  • lastmanout99 on November 1, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how the australians react to this loss moving onto the 50 overs .It looked like australia did not take this one off game very seriously.With M.Hussey ,R.Ponting ,M.Jhonson returning for the ODI's australia will be much more competitive.It will also be interesting to see what kind of batting line up sri lanka will pick , especially with who will partner dilshan at the top. Sri lanka will definitely try different batting combinations in the ODI's.At this point sri lanka's bowling attack is way ahead of australia's because of it's ability to adapt to different conditions.All in all there is some good cricket to look forward too.

  • on November 1, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    aus world's dominace is ova they are declining crushed in the tests in india,crushed in the one dayers in india now againt sri lankla at 20 20 las nite.if sri lanks win the odi series which i hope will du then heading into the ashes aus are screwed 4 sure like never before whcih is gud!

  • on November 1, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Aussies need 2 take T20's more seriously, may be by recalling their senior players in their squad...

  • on November 1, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    We were there - and it was Great!!

    The Lankans outclassed the aussies in all departments. At one stage, I was actually happy to see the hodge / smith partnership, without that we were in danger of going home so early that the kids would have gone to bed at their normal bed time.

    Reiffel's firing of Chandimal looked dodgy from the stands, cricinfo match report confirms my suspicion that it did pitch outside the line of leg stump. Nice going reif, that's what a young batsman comming to bat at no 3 needs.

    The stroke making of the Sri Lankan batsmen was such a treat to watch, starting from Jayawardane. Nicely finished off by young Thisara Perera who quitely helped himslef for 17 runs off 4 balls, including the last ball which he launched into orbit thorough the night sky of Perth.

    On the halloween night, it was neither a trick nor a treat for the aussies.

  • on November 1, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    I think what Clarke tried to do by opening is to try out a bit of Mahela theory.But I think it was a big failure.He is not the kind of player Mahela is and it would be better to Aussies to stick to better opening pair.Word about Lankans.I never expected them to win so comprehensively in a WAKA pitch.Because understandably they are supoosed to find the short bowl a little menacing because they are not born and bread in fast bouncy tracks.The same way Aussies struggle with the spinning bowl and lack of wrist work.But boy didn't the Lankans show some class out there and preparation must have been great from the boys.Its a long way to go though.But this team has what it takes to bring home the glory,its just about "doing justice to your talent" for Sanga's boys.May the best team win.

  • on November 1, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    good clinical performance by SL .enjoyed watching the game .looking forward to ODI series :)

  • dawsonmox on November 1, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Australia's problem is that they are too NSW sentric and to arrogant for their own good. THe result was fantastic!

  • on November 1, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    By the way...where is this WACA??? somewhere near Colombo or Kandy... Those Lankan guys played as it is their backyard!!!

  • VipulPatki on November 1, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Outplayed is an understatement. Steamrolled would be a better term. Only when Haddin was playing we could sense any competition. Brilliant win, as was achieved by Pakistan as well courtsey the old work-horse Razzaq.

  • bboynexus on November 1, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    It was interesting to watch the game, I must admit. Terribly depressing, but interesting. It's interesting to watch Michael Clarke captain the team (even more so, his fateful decision to open the batting). As a figure of the game he's juxtaposed quite heavily with Ricky Ponting. The latter commands respect through a kind of venerability and sternness that the former lacks. Michael carries with him a very cheerful and casual disposition; as previously mentioned he often speaks on good terms with the opposing team out in the middle. Pointing doesn't really do this. Instead, as we saw in the recent Test series in India, he almost seems to forget about everything else around him. He becomes so focused and adamant; as if the bat becomes an extension of who he is out there. Despite his growing mortality and the criticisms he often receives, he's a truly remarkable player. I don't think Michael is at all ready to take on the captainship yet.

  • cricket_fan_1 on November 1, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    ha ha Clarke. Sorry Mate you lost a match on Home ground. That make it 5 in a row to the sub-continent Teams.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 1, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    look one loss does not make australia a poor T20 team has anyone won 11 consecutive matches at home look at their record i think watson and warner should open innings PUP is waste SL won and congrats to them but watchout when ricky get hold of team.fifty over is different ball game i think NO NEED TO PANIC AUS WILL WIN ODIS COMFORTABLY LOOK SL ARE YET TO PROVE AND WIN AN ODI SERIES IN AUS UNLIKE SA AND IND.IN THIS GAME THERE WERE NO TAIT,DOUGY,HUSS

  • on November 1, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    they're a quality outfit the sri lankans.

  • on November 1, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    @ Vamsi Krishna,

    its not Sri Lanka's fault that those Aussie players didnt play,,,, honestly I dont think it would have made a difference to the overall result,,,,, and my friend its seriously not cool to play down when a team have won so convincingly. learn to give credit when due or just keep shut!!!!!

  • SSJumbo123 on November 1, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Paul Reiffel's you're a classic. Didn't you know the whole world was watching you? Go back to unbiased umpiring school.

  • on November 1, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    @deepakposa tx ma friend,ur thinking is so right @Geethike; first of all, sorry for that, some of my nation friends who under estimated lanka's capability. I wonder why some of us showing ugly to others. every team has their capability. same they have weakness also. we are here to enjoy the SUCCESS OF CRICKET. today lankans did everything perfect, executed their plans, playing short balls very comfortably and foremost the captaincy of sanga(really awesome). CONGRATULATIONS TO SRILANKA AND FANS. we hope next ODIs will be crackers.

  • onlinegamer55 on November 1, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Out with Michael Clarke. In with Brad Hodge.

  • Lakpj on November 1, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    @Vamsi Krishna what do u think about Indians, are they experts on bouncy wickets.Players like Sachin and VSS are good, but other than that I don't think any other player is capable of handling any short stuff. That was evident during the last two T20 world cups.

  • SSJumbo123 on November 1, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Did anyone see the Paul Reiffel's umpiring last night in the T20/20? What a biased decision maker is he? The whole world was watching him playing as the 12th man for Australia. The question is why cricket Australia letting stuff like this get away?

  • on November 1, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    I noticed on the tv that a few of the Sri Lankan bowlers kept on kissing their neck chains before coming into bowl! what the heck is that for?

  • crow_eater on November 1, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    After watching Australia play last night I reckon some of those guys are good enough to get a game with Victoria or NSW even...................

  • SettingSun on October 31, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Blimey, Aussies! When was the last time you actually won a match? Is there any point us coming over for the Ashes? Maybe when we win the first three we will let you off having to play the last two. We don't want to demoralise you or anything.

  • SnowSnake on October 31, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    I think Australia and India are playing the number game very professionally. With so much cricket played these days, these two teams are keeping big picture in mind-- the ICC rankings. The T20 team for Australia clearly shows that Australia is using T20 games as practice cricket for up coming players. Except for Clarke and Watson, everyone else was either coming from injury or has not played for Australia in past 3 months in ODI and Tests. Australia is saving its players for Ashes. Even the ODIs in India were not taken that seriously both by India and Australia. Other teams (Pak. SL, WI etc.) don't get to play cricket that much, so they go full force with all players in all formats. Viewed from this perspective, the result was not entirely surprising. I think Australia will play ODIs strategically as well. It may go full force in 1st ODI,& if it wins it then all major players may not play the other two because Aus. #1 ranking in ODIs will remain guranteed by at least 2 points.

  • CandidIndian on October 31, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    @Geethike Dinith De Silva -First of all congrats on superb victory and i have great respect for SL team having said that before commenting on India's capability you should know that India has already won a CB series against Australia by beating them back to back matches in best of three finals and it was a very strong Aussie team with Gilchrist ,Hayden and Symonds .Your players played well that doesnt mean Indian cricketers are incapable.Comments directed at you or SL cricket by some of the Indian fans may have been not so humble but neither all the Indian fans are arrogant nor Indian team is incapable or poor.Anyways great to see a team from the subcontinent doing great against Aussies in Australia. Hope SL wins the ODI series also.

  • bowzer on October 31, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    It's time for Michael Clarke to go. Maybe by demoting him he may change his attitude and technique, whatever, like Hayden did and return a better player. But at this stage he seem to waste too many balls for T20 cricket. You can't have your number three batsman consistently having a strike rate at 100 or under. This puts too much pressure on the other players. Sorry Michael but your stats don't add up. SL played very well and with the right attitude.

  • Runster1 on October 31, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Aussie batsmen in this match just wanted to HIT it with all the force they could muster. It was worse than a slog. It wasnt cricket. These are the same people that claim that T20 is all about "slogging": its not. Bowlers patterns always have to vary and you have to take wickets. Sri lanka proved u can win T20 without the typical "slogging": its the ausseis who criticise the game that it is all slogging and they are the sloggers. Pathetic performance from australia. Nice performance from dilshan and sangy. Just shows that australia are losing their grip in all forms of the game: T20 and test cricket. Maybe odi, considering they lost to india b team in the odi tour.

  • on October 31, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    What the hell is Michael Clarke doing in the 2020 side? He's lost all his strokeplay from when he first made the Australian side and just can't hit boundaries anymore. His struggle put pressure on Watson and Warner. This has been going on for far too long and they keep giving him extra chances but he never takes them... Make Cameron White captain. Warner and Watson open, White at 3 , Dave Hussey, Callum Ferguson/Shaun Marsh Mike Hussey Haddin Smith Johnson Nannes Tait. Thats a pretty awesome side... Clarke just wastes balls and gives the opposition momentum.

  • evenflow_1990 on October 31, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    excellent performance from the boys. fantastic bowling to begin with, and then we cleaned up their bowlers. admittedly it wasn't their full strength bowling line up, but with 134 to chase, victory was a forgone conclusion anyway. we thrashed brett lee in the practice match. i think our batsmen are world class and in good form. my only concern is our batting from 4 - down though ... that doesn't look so strong. hopefully our bowling will keep scores low enough for the top 4 to handle =) and clarke's excuse is ridiculous, all subcontinental teams could use the same excuse when they lose in australia ...

  • on October 31, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    sl off to a flying start...and a confidence and a morale booster for the rest of the series in australia..

  • on October 31, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    @deepakposa peace man :), @Vamsi Krishna I never said we are masters at playing on bouncy tracks but at least the start was promising. Lets see what happens in the ODI series, I mean we all know how Indians crumble when they are bounced too. http://www.cricinfo.com/sl-tri2010/content/story/471946.html http://www.cricinfo.com/wt202009/content/story/408961.html

  • klobania on October 31, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    i think srilankans have silenced their critics particularly that of indian fans. they truely show they r not just flat pitch bullies. hats off to lanka

  • ygkd on October 31, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Bring back Mitchell Johnson - he only went for 4.4 an over - in a 4 day match against lowly Sth Aus. Well done, Callum Ferguson. Mitch Marsh? Marsh went for 4.5 and went wicketless. A road perhaps? Of course it was. Marsh made 1, or was it 0? His brother Shaun made a 100. Swing him into the team? The problem with Aus is that they can't seem to work out which is the best XI. I have seen the word "experimental" bandied around. The Sri Lankans don't seem to experiment. They have players who can play Tests and T20 without getting confused. Please, follow the Dickie Bird strategy - quality is quality. Ferguson is quality (120 odd of 140 odd balls I believe). Now, get him in the team.

  • mits6 on October 31, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    There is nothing like T20 specialists , by far we all have seen that players good in longer format are good in this too.

  • Nathan_123 on October 31, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    What a grate win by Srilanka! I really enjoyed the cut and pull shots from Mahela, Dilshan and Sanga. Why couldn't Aussies play the short balls as well as Srilankans? Good win at the Australians' back yard.

  • on October 31, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Great win Sri Lanka. We may be getting the team correct now. Now let's concentrate in defeating the Aussies 3-0 in the one dayers. This can be achieved if the middle order fires. Aussies will always have the excuse that their bowlers were hit by injury, but even Lee was taken apart in a practice game by SL.

  • on October 31, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    @Geethike: One T20I against an Aussie team which doesn't have Mitchel Johnson, Doug Bollinger and not even Ben Hilfenhaus; and you consider yourself masters of bouncy tracks..Win the ODI series, then the Indian fans will at least think that Lankans are not pushovers on bouncy tracks...

  • rhavs on October 31, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    All in all, Australia were pretty poor. With the bat they looked like they were rabbits that had been caught in the headlights of the freight train that is Malinga and with the ball they were disappointing. The absence of players like Mitchell Johnson and Michael Hussey may have affected them but if they're that bad without those two, what are they going to do in the ODIs and, more importantly, the Ashes? But a great win for Sri Lanka. And yes; Michael Clarke should stick to ODIs and Test. His use of power plays, field positionings was awful and his decision to open was even worse.

  • on October 31, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    The lamest excuse i have heard we were not used to these(home) conditions. Throw clarke out bring back the old players for t-20 warne, gilchrist ,symonds ,mcgrath and throw them in with the likes of watson, brad hodge , marsh and some good t-20 players. Obviously cricket Australia could use some of these players as they have a lot of T-20 experience playing in the IPL. More than clarke obvioulsy

  • deepakposa on October 31, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    @Geethike; first of all, sorry for that, some of my nation friends who under estimated lanka's capability. I wonder why some of us showing ugly to others. every team has their capability. same they have weakness also. we are here to enjoy the SUCCESS OF CRICKET. today lankans did everything perfect, executed their plans, playing short balls very comfortably and foremost the captaincy of sanga(really awesome). CONGRATULATIONS TO SRILANKA AND FANS. we hope next ODIs will be crackers.

  • Nathan_123 on October 31, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Michael Clarke was honest in his post match speach, that the Australians were completly out played by the Srilankans. The interesting things was how well the srilankans played the quick shorts balls. This shows how well Srilankan batsmens have adapted to the pace and bounce of the Australian wcikets. I think Ausies have under estimated the Srilanka thinking they can bully the Srilankans with quick short stuff. it's going to take a huge effert from the Ausies to win the oneday series here onwards. My money is on Srilanka. Well done Sanka and co!

  • boozed on October 31, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    ha ha wht a turnaround....look who's complaining abt bounce and pace.....aussies couldnt adjust coz they just played in subcontinent....and a subcontinent team adjusted better........wht has happened to the oz cricket once they boasted abt having 2-3 international level teams whn their grt team was playing..

  • xylo on October 31, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    a) clarke being in the side b) clarke opening and making use of PowerPlay and you wonder why you lose?

  • mits6 on October 31, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    lankans cruuuuuuuuuuuuuush australia . they were far too good for aussies. clarke-- absurd tactics , poor field placement . and plz no excuse ,that preparing for ashes

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Cark, don't you think you should just stick to ODIs and test matches? Seriously, and I am wondering what Indian fans would say next about Sri Lanka not being able to play in bouncy conditions :)...

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Poor Aussies couldn't adapt to their own conditions... :P

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Congrats Lanka. We in India keep wondering why the Aussies don't play you more often! Give it to them lads ;)

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    'We got outplayed' - Michael Clarke

    You had better get used to it :)

  • SnowSnake on October 31, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Congratulations, SL. Well deserved win. I liked the SL bowling part better. Best use of bouncy tracks. I think Australia need to press the PANIC button, if they haven't already. What is wrong with the team? They are losing in all formats of the game, all around the world. The strange part is, Australian batsmen do not appear to play short pitch ball well in their own backyard.

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  • SnowSnake on October 31, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Congratulations, SL. Well deserved win. I liked the SL bowling part better. Best use of bouncy tracks. I think Australia need to press the PANIC button, if they haven't already. What is wrong with the team? They are losing in all formats of the game, all around the world. The strange part is, Australian batsmen do not appear to play short pitch ball well in their own backyard.

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    'We got outplayed' - Michael Clarke

    You had better get used to it :)

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Congrats Lanka. We in India keep wondering why the Aussies don't play you more often! Give it to them lads ;)

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Poor Aussies couldn't adapt to their own conditions... :P

  • on October 31, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Cark, don't you think you should just stick to ODIs and test matches? Seriously, and I am wondering what Indian fans would say next about Sri Lanka not being able to play in bouncy conditions :)...

  • mits6 on October 31, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    lankans cruuuuuuuuuuuuuush australia . they were far too good for aussies. clarke-- absurd tactics , poor field placement . and plz no excuse ,that preparing for ashes

  • xylo on October 31, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    a) clarke being in the side b) clarke opening and making use of PowerPlay and you wonder why you lose?

  • boozed on October 31, 2010, 18:27 GMT

    ha ha wht a turnaround....look who's complaining abt bounce and pace.....aussies couldnt adjust coz they just played in subcontinent....and a subcontinent team adjusted better........wht has happened to the oz cricket once they boasted abt having 2-3 international level teams whn their grt team was playing..

  • Nathan_123 on October 31, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Michael Clarke was honest in his post match speach, that the Australians were completly out played by the Srilankans. The interesting things was how well the srilankans played the quick shorts balls. This shows how well Srilankan batsmens have adapted to the pace and bounce of the Australian wcikets. I think Ausies have under estimated the Srilanka thinking they can bully the Srilankans with quick short stuff. it's going to take a huge effert from the Ausies to win the oneday series here onwards. My money is on Srilanka. Well done Sanka and co!

  • deepakposa on October 31, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    @Geethike; first of all, sorry for that, some of my nation friends who under estimated lanka's capability. I wonder why some of us showing ugly to others. every team has their capability. same they have weakness also. we are here to enjoy the SUCCESS OF CRICKET. today lankans did everything perfect, executed their plans, playing short balls very comfortably and foremost the captaincy of sanga(really awesome). CONGRATULATIONS TO SRILANKA AND FANS. we hope next ODIs will be crackers.