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

'We got outplayed' - Michael Clarke

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Hasan 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.


  • 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Sajitha 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.

  • mayank 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 .

  • Dummy4 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?!

  • Poojan 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!!

  • Dummy4 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 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

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