Australia v Sri Lanka 2010-11

Australia need momentum for Ashes - Clarke

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November 1, 2010

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Michael Clarke is tested by the bouncer, Australia v Sri Lanka, Only Twenty20, Perth, October 31, 2010
Michael Clarke wants Australia to lift in the three ODIs over the coming week © Getty Images
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Australia must turn around their form in the three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka so they can enter the Ashes with some momentum, according to Michael Clarke. The Australians opened their home season with a demoralising seven-wicket loss to Kumar Sangakkara's men in Sunday's Twenty20 at the WACA, less than a month from the first Ashes Test.

It was Australia's first Twenty20 loss at home, and their fifth consecutive defeat across all formats, stretching back to July's Test series against Pakistan. That is hardly the form they want heading in to the battle to regain the urn and Clarke, who captained the Twenty20 outfit, said it was important to use the ODI series to change their fortunes.

"You want to win every game you play, in all three forms of the game," Clarke told reporters in Perth after the game. "I was told in the press conference we had won 10 out of 10 in this form of the game in Australia, so it is disappointing to lose our first Twenty20 game in Australia.

"It is important that we play good cricket and win these games against Sri Lanka to build momentum into the Test series against England. We need to improve, there is no doubt about it. We are not getting the results we would like in all three forms and we need to get better and keep working on our game, individually and as a team and keep working on the areas that aren't as good as they need to be."

Clarke opened the batting at the WACA and battled to 16 from 19 balls, which contributed to the team's below-par total. However, he was far from alone and it wasn't until Brad Haddin and Steven Smith combined for a counter-attacking sixth-wicket stand that the Australians began to find some touch.

"I thought it was the right decision for the team," Clarke said of opening alongside David Warner. "I made that decision, unfortunately we didn't score enough runs tonight. I felt good. Both Dave and I hit six balls in the first three overs out of the middle of the bat, but straight to the field, which was a little bit disappointing. If they find the gap we are off to a decent start."

Australia rested Michael Hussey and Mitchell Johnson, who instead turned out for Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match at Adelaide Oval. It wasn't an enjoyable experience for Hussey, who made a golden duck, and the pair will rejoin the limited-overs squad for Wednesday's first ODI at the MCG.

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Posted by bjcm12 on (November 5, 2010, 9:07 GMT)

Dear Wolver - you are pointing the finger at Steffan Abeysekara but reality is Micheal Clarke is going to ruin Aussie Cricket once he takes over the reigns from Ponting. It is nice to see Aussie fighting spirit still prevails after many retirements - over 14 top players but one must admit countries like Sri Lanka has risen above Aussies. Hope to see Aussies doing well in Ashes. But Wolver do not speak about other sports as this is cricinfo.

Drop Micheal Clarke from 20/20 he is not a player for that version of the game. he is a good test player and not a good captain either. Cameron White needs to take over the 20/20 captaincy and play second fiddle to Ponting in the one day side. God bless Australian Cricket after Ponting retires - if they do not put the correct person as the captain. Clarke will be another Kim Hughes in Aussie Cricket.

Posted by Proteas123 on (November 4, 2010, 8:44 GMT)

@ StefanAbeysekera - What is your problem with Aus? Sure they are not the oldest country but they have done very well and are a player on the international stage, as well as a great sporting country. Srilankans are not noted for other sport other sport and if your country is so grand, how come no one wants to play you guys. Let me guess, they are afraid you'll beat them. Of course with Sri pathetic away record that does not seem likely. Aus will bounce back, they are world champions across a number of sports.

Posted by CustomKid on (November 3, 2010, 23:12 GMT)

After last nights result I'm now certain the the Aussies won't retain the ashes. That was a down right disgrace and I'm ashamed at the lack of killer instinct my national side has.

It happened in India last month, the MCG last night, 1st test 2009 ashes, 2008 MCG v South Africa, 2008 WACA v South Africa. All games the Aussies had by the throat and let slip.

For the love of god get Allan Border or Steve Waugh in a consulting roll and teach these men how to land a killer blow and not let the opposition off the canvas. Losing the ashes might not be such a bad thing, at least it will force the selectors hand and force them to cut some dead wood or those under performing.

The key batsman this ashes will be Anderson, Flynn, and what ever other bunny fills 9,10, and 11. I can see it now they'll manage to hold out and force a draw or chase some unlikely total between them in key moments. How quicks cant remove the tail is beyond me. Last night was a disgrace. Siddle and Johnson please!

Posted by brando45 on (November 3, 2010, 14:11 GMT)

The Battle of the Blues over 130 years old , played by two great schools which even World War I and II could not halt despite all the fury, a game of cricket which is the second oldest in the World, a game that is older than the Ashes series between Australia and England, is indeed unique.

In Ceylon of the years gone by and Sri Lanka today, the Royal - Thomian cricket match is a undeclared holiday for the young and old of both schools . One cannot forget the fairer sex who has continued to add glamour to the event , irrespective of age .

Many great Prime Ministers , a former President, Ministers and leading citizens of the land in many fields have represented both schools in the Big Match . There has been many cricketers representing Ceylon and Sri Lanka from both schools with distinction . Some have captained the National Team with much acceptance. Thomians and Royalist young and old, continue to share the friendly rivalry each year and has also continued to uphold the greatest

Posted by Desi_In_US on (November 3, 2010, 13:35 GMT)

Seriously is Ashes a smoke screen for Australians to hide their horrible cricket form? I wonder what will be the excuse when they get their asses whipped by England? It's about time someone in the Aussie camp to admit that the other teams are out playing them in ever aspect of the game and not their Ashes excuse. Aussies have always been a strong opponent in the game, but this is not Waugh era anymore. That time has come and gone. But I guess that would be too much of a truth for the great Aussie team to fathom.

Posted by StefanAbeysekera on (November 3, 2010, 12:44 GMT)

Well we just had the one dayer - and Sri Lanka won again!!

Posted by Bigbanger666 on (November 3, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

@Hayden Brennan: Spot on.

Posted by   on (November 3, 2010, 11:23 GMT)

It Mohali defeat crucified Aus, MCG loss buried them for good.

Posted by MartoAus on (November 3, 2010, 5:49 GMT)

This series is pointless degrading for both teams. Nothing but a money-making exercise for Cricket Australia. Another ODI-only tour? Yawn.

Posted by longdonkey on (November 3, 2010, 0:10 GMT)

20/20 cricket is bearly cricket at all and the longer the form of the game the more you need consistency and all 11 players contributing and this is where a lot of teams fall down. While Sri Lanka's best 2-3 players are as good or better than Australia's, their worst 3 are much more inferior to Australia's worst 3. So as the form of the game gets longer the less chance SL have of winning. Australia will win any game that Jayarwardene or Sangakara don't hit a 100. As for 20/20 even South Australia can win 20/20 games. While saying that SL really did wipe NSW/Vic XI out in that 20/20 game.

Posted by Nujee on (November 2, 2010, 21:59 GMT)

@Craig simpson- i agree with the ashes team. I wourd prolly have jacques at 2 as but im not sure about katich to open, i would have him as 3. pup should def come in as the spinner in the side- hauritz is a waste of space. bowlers i would pick the same as u- siddle not good enuff and bollinger is prolly not ready yet

Posted by StefanAbeysekera on (November 2, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

Biggus - in Sri Lanka's world view (with its 2600 year history) your piddling little 133 year Ashes series is of little consequence. My old school Royal College and its cricket team in Colombo is older than Melbourne itself and cricket was played in Lanka before it was in Oz! No way you'll understand this with your mini history of 220 years. As for TimmyF (why don't people have the guts to give their real names?) please drop the knee jerk Oz whine - when you lose, it's big news, when you lose its 'of no importance'. What a bunch of colonials!!

Posted by gmathew on (November 2, 2010, 10:53 GMT)

@tIMMY f-23 says "appart from Sri Lanka who really cares about this little series AUS V Sri Lanka?" hahahaha YOU DO MATE and that is why you chose to spend time to read this article and write a comment. Tsk..tsk..such a bad loser. The grapes are truly sour. ROFL! @SnowSnake with "T20 cricket wins or losses cannot be taken seriously. T20 is a revenue generator" HAR HARHARHAR! If Timmy is suffering from a severe attack of sour grapes, Snow Snake takes the cake as he appears utterly delusional! He follows the game,reads this article and comments only to say-'You see I was not serious...I was simply watching and now that Aussie's have lost, i dont think T20 is a competetion. Aussie's you are a PRIZED collection of guys for future generations to laugh their heads out when we have sad situations in life to tide over. Thanks for being exactly the way you are!!! hahahahahahahaha

Posted by brando45 on (November 2, 2010, 10:31 GMT)

@At Timmyf_23, Mate, the series may not seem important to you,and it maybe sour grapes on your part to be disinterested after the T-20 thrashing. So get over it.But the players are still playing for their country,and after the T-20 defeat they have brought in more experienced players, simply because no country like to lose and be on a losing streak as the Aussies are at present.That will also impact thier pride and confidance for the Ashes.The lankans are ranked above the Aussies and the Poms in the test Rankings and are an exciting team to watch,and the crowds were fabulous at the T-20.If the Aussies get whitewashed 3-0 in the one dayers ( and I'm not saying they will cos they are still a fabulous team) do you honestly think the public will be saying its only an "unimportant series, blah blah"?No heads will roll even before the Ashes.

Posted by cricfan100 on (November 2, 2010, 10:21 GMT)

@TimmyF_23 , it seems like you have been hurt by the humiliating defeat on last sunday. don't make such cheap comments. Because it reflects the qualities of your people. but there are narrow minded people like you, so not surprised. on the other hand , these matches could be less important to you But does that mean it is less important to every one? What is that theory? are you einstein or what?

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 8:16 GMT)

i hope michael clarke reads some of these comments, and andrew hilditch can you please quit? you suck

Posted by cricketaddict000 on (November 2, 2010, 7:34 GMT)

@ Craig: Australia needs a spinner. A spinner is as crucial to a line-up as anyone. They're part of a combination. An attitude like yours is one reason we lost last year's Ashes: because they didn't think a spinner was necessary. Use Hauritz or Doherty of even O'keefe. Don't rely on North and Steve Smith. They are batsmen first. Also Clarke and Katich have bad backs and can't be relied upon each match. Keep Watson at the top of the order with Katich for Tests. Why change it if it works well. Ponting is no longer as great as he was, but as an Aussie, Sachin is always just a little bit better than Ponting. In Test and ODIs keep Clarke in. T20s, bring in Hodge and give White captaincy. Clarke will never be versatile enough for T20. Those calling for M Hussey to retire or be dropped, give him a break. He's registered 50s in his last ODI and last T20 (champions league). He's not done yet. Haddin can bat in T20, keep him there, look at last game to see why.

Posted by brando45 on (November 2, 2010, 6:03 GMT)

I think Australia is still a great team cos they got so many players that can turn a match aroung batting wise,unlike the Sri Lankans who still rely heavily on the top order.But the Lankans definitely have the better bowling line up..

Posted by Biggus on (November 2, 2010, 5:49 GMT)

@StefanAbeysekera-Our 'fixation' with the Ashes has nothing to do with an inferiority complex mate. Our 'fixation' with the Ashes has everything to do with a 133 year sporting rivalry between two countries with close historical and cultural ties, and despite the occasional outburst we are actually rather fond of each other. When the team that you follow has a similar series with a similar history maybe you will understand.

Posted by TimmyF_23 on (November 2, 2010, 5:43 GMT)

Seriously, in the grand scheme of things, appart from Sri Lanka who really cares about this little series AUS V Sri Lanka? It carries no importance and Englands warm up games with domestic teams carry more importance and interest. The crowds in this one day series will mirror the feelings of the public, 'nobody cares'. Its only Sri Lanka, in fact their series against anybody seem to gather no attention or interest. I'm not sure what to make of that but i do know, this series means nothing and is only a warm up for the Ashes. Dont be suprised if Aus drop a couple of games as players at times, find it difficult to get motivated for these games of lower importance.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2010, 5:17 GMT)

@Daxesh, I think you have Clarke confused with North. Sure, Clarke had a poor series in India and wasn't great against Pakistan, but come on every player is going to have poor series with the bat. And I can't recall him doing too much wrong since his test recall apart from these latest series. And i wholeheartedly agree with you chandrasekar re Johnson. Yes he can bowl some brilliant spells at times, but the thing is you never know what you're going to get with him. If he doesn't get wickets, he's usually getting spanked at close to 4 an over, which in tests is very expensive. Have not seen him of late just bowl tight lines and try to build pressure. I really think Clarke should play later in the innings. When he first played ODIs, he was coming in down the order and doing quite well. He's the type of player that can put the balls into gaps when the field is back and get the bigger hitters on strike. With the field up, he gets bogged down because he doesn't go over the top.

Posted by saby_2010 on (November 2, 2010, 4:35 GMT)

"Australia needs momentum for ashes".. and clarke too needs some momentum..He was never in T-20 leauge..He is an accumulator.. in todays cricketing world we get lot of player who can play better than over-rated player who sadly has learnt nothing from one of the greatest captain of all time.. ie ponting..

Posted by chandrasekar_sehwag on (November 2, 2010, 2:54 GMT)

White should be made the skipper in T20's and ferguson should take clarke's place in T20's. And please dump johnson out of all forms of the game, he's the most inconsistent bowler in the present era....

Posted by Marcio on (November 2, 2010, 2:26 GMT)

Ah yes, one T20 win and Si Lanka are world champions and Australia are finished. Let's see how long the rooster keeps crowing when the real action begins.

Posted by StefanAbeysekera on (November 2, 2010, 0:27 GMT)

The Australian media's fixation with the 'Ashes' is obsessive and points to an inferiority complex. Its my belief that on neutral wickets Sri Lanka would wipe out both England and Australia in all forms of the game. It has by far the best balanced side of the three. Yet all the news is about England/Oz. Utterly boring for those billion or so cricket lovers who don't buy into the Ashes myth.

Posted by Nujee on (November 2, 2010, 0:09 GMT)

@lananad- why should india be shamed of losing to SL??? they are an amazing team. I am an indian and i feel no shame in losing to these guys......they are awesome. if we beat them; great, if we dont........well the lankans have some world class players so you cant win all against them!!

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 22:58 GMT)

Well certainly our t20 team needs to be seperate from the 50 over and test sides. Clarke is too slow for the t20 game and should be removed from the side in favour of brad hodge. haddin should also be removed from the t20 side in favour of tim paine.

As far as the ashes go I would dump hauritz in favour of putting an extra batsmen in the side and relying on the part time spinners just like the windies did in the 80's. Why put a spinner in your side if he can't win matches for you.

I would drop ponting to 4 and bring in a new number 3. This is to releave pressure on ponting if something goes wrong early. maybe move katich to 3 and put hughes or jacques in with watson or leave katich at opener and put khawaja or jacques at 3.

My bowlers would be clarke (he bowled really well in qld the other night), hilfy and johnson.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 21:20 GMT)

Its fair enough talking about Mike Hussey being dropped from the test side. However you cant leave him out of the ODI and T-20 Squad look how many times he has helped australia recover when struggling as well as helping then to win games. His record speaks for itself and considering he bats usually at 6 or 7 he has been consistent throughout his ODI career especially.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

If Aus realy want to perform good then they should remove dump clarke immeidately. in the series he will perform badly 8-9 times and then will make 1 century and people will say clerke give answer to his critics!!

Posted by lananad on (November 1, 2010, 19:50 GMT)

Srilanka played like real prfessional Cricketers. They deserve much better. Being such a small island and to produce many talented players. India should be shame of it. Losing to SL in key matches previous World cups. Lets see who will win it this time.

Posted by true_cricket_fan on (November 1, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

"Both Dave and I hit six balls in the first three overs out of the middle of the bat, but straight to the field, which was a little bit disappointing. If they find the gap we are off to a decent start." This is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard! Couldn't stop laughing at it. No excuse could be more hilarious. The truth is, Aussies are stressing too much on the Ashes, instead of giving importance to win each and every series. No cricket fan will regret if this strategy of theirs hampers them and they end up losing 3-0 against SL.

Posted by SnowSnake on (November 1, 2010, 19:14 GMT)

I would not read to much into T20 loss. Australia will have a different team in ODI. T20 cricket wins or losses cannot be taken seriously. T20 is a revenue generator. ODIs and Tests is where legends are formed. Most serious players will stay away from T20 to minimize injuries so that they can play some serious cricket that matters!

Posted by satanswish on (November 1, 2010, 15:57 GMT)

Hope Aussies will improve after shameful defeat from Sri Lankanas & massive defeat in Ashes.

Posted by lankarminnows on (November 1, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

@amla sampith...i feel lanka are lucky to be even playing at this level...just wait and watch australia spank lankans black and blue.....

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 13:31 GMT)

aussies r very weak got a good opportunity to win d wprld cup..

Posted by boris6491 on (November 1, 2010, 12:31 GMT)

Clarke should worry about himself first. He may have scored a century in India, but its impact as an innings was certainly enhanced by White's monstrous hitting at the other end. Had White not produced an innings like that, Australia would have reached a below par score due to Clarke's snail pace scoring. His fielding is not what it used to be either. He talks alot about the team but very little about himself. He is one of the weakest points in the Australian limited overs outfit and his performance in the T20 did nothing to help his reputation as a player not at all fit for T20. I wasnt happy with his opening the batting either as Warner and Watson have been an excellent combination. Although it seems that many would lobby for his axing, the fact is he is considered the future captain which means that the selectors will always show a soft spot for him. I would love to see Hodge back in the picture but for some reason, the selectors keep ignoring him. He has a bit left in him still.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

@lankarminnows : It seems like you've made a new profile to write SL down. but i thought Aussies were lucky enough to loose the match by 7 wickets. if not dinesh chandimal got out to a poor decision, SL could have won it more commandingly!

Posted by SLfan on (November 1, 2010, 11:36 GMT)

I think Michael Hussey is the ideal choice for the captaincy of the T20 team...Also he is a true fighter & such a brilliant stroke maker to watch. Unfortunate for him to not being selected for the T20 team. Probably Michael Clarke can be a good test captain but he's not suitable for this format.

Posted by laughs on (November 1, 2010, 11:21 GMT)

Kumar Sangakara has motivated his team to win matches. Australia team is getting weaker and weaker which is an advantage for England players for the Ashes. Australia will lose all the 3 one day match against Sri lanka. Clarke is a not fit as a captain.....

Posted by pontingkhan on (November 1, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

I dont know if he is a candidate, but Shane watson has been the most consistent of them all with best best cricketing head on his shoulders

Posted by radhegee on (November 1, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

Well , I think Clarke should give way for White to lead Aussies in T20s . He is right man to lead aussies in this format , as he has captained Victoria for several years now and shown results that how capable he is as a leader and as a batsman. Also, I think White should be given a run in Test matches as a batsman in place of North who is vulnerable . Well the time has come for australia to play Cameron White In Ashes and regain it and their rankings , as White's attacking style of cricket could a great help .

Posted by popcorn on (November 1, 2010, 10:18 GMT)

Michael Clarke is a brilliant captain - don't underestimate him. He brings a vibrant leadership to the Team. He took Australia to the T20 World Cup Finals, remember? Or have you forgotten? And he defended a very low total against Pakistan in Australia. Remember? Or have have you forgotten? I won't forget the sight of his brilliant field placement - never seen even in ODIs - 8 men around the Indian batsmen to try and give the bowler his hatrick. A T20 game loss is no big deal. It is a lottery. Not Test Cricket.

Posted by SLfan on (November 1, 2010, 10:15 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan, I would like to request one thing from the Australian Cricket Officials....Please don't try to win future matches using bad umpiring.It will not do any good for your team.... We saw it yesterday, when Paul Reiffell was umpiring...Actually we are not surprised of seen that because even Paul Reiffel was not a gentleman cricketer, when he was playing for the country !..... But the current bunch of Australian cricketers (I believe) are gentlemen cricketers & I'm sure that they may not wish to win matches in unethical ways. If they can play with the team spirit & be well organized, then the results will go in their way....Looking forward to see an exciting ODI series and wish all the best for both teams !

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (November 1, 2010, 10:13 GMT)

Do not write off Aussies. They will bounce back under Ponting. I believe ODI series will be much closer if not Aussies will win comfortably. But I need to see how SL plays motivated Aussie outfit. If SL can win by 2-1, then it will prove. If SL looses narrowly or after a good fight, then I can believe they are one of the favourites for the WC.

But the match was very good as SL were much much better than Aussies in every department.

Posted by Aussie_Mike on (November 1, 2010, 9:24 GMT)

M Hussey instead of M Clarke should lead the AU Team after Punter, in all formats of the Game.

Posted by cricket_fan_1 on (November 1, 2010, 9:11 GMT)

@SL Fans. If you don't like some comments, ignore it. Don't start a war of words.... Everyone has an opinion.

Posted by lankarminnows on (November 1, 2010, 8:45 GMT)

i believe srilanka were just lucky to win a one off t20 against us. when it comes to odis or test matches, lankan are proven minnows against us.

Posted by Srini.M on (November 1, 2010, 8:45 GMT)

if Oz's had to get back their old form then, they have to "STOP" thinking more about the future & start focusing at the present.......... at least from now on.........

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 8:18 GMT)

the australia's dominance in world cricket is that there is so much competition in the game it's good to see world class cricket from the under would be a very good ashes this would be a test of nerves for the aussies

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (November 1, 2010, 8:02 GMT)

Dump Clarke from the T20 team and probably the ODI team too. Cameron White as captain for both. Brad Hodge his replacement in the team.

Posted by UNIVERSAL_CRICKETER on (November 1, 2010, 7:54 GMT)


Posted by Migara on (November 1, 2010, 7:40 GMT)

harsh_vardhan2002 looks like a jealous Indian more than an Aussie. Sorry mate, your #1 position is not going to last for long. We are going up the ladder. Once Sachin, Dravid and Laxman is done, you'll be wiping the floor with your joke of a bowling attack.

Posted by _Australian_ on (November 1, 2010, 6:50 GMT)

We would have momentum if CA would give some thought to when to play a series. We would have been better to play India in the 7 odi's and not tests. Then play Sri lanka after the Ashes as prep for the world cup. How are we expected to win when we are currently picking second string sides, resting players and pretty much insulting the value of playing for your country. The Australian cricket team is the only one of any team in any sport in our country that does not pick it's strongest international side to compete in games. This is not only insulting to the teams that they play against but also not fair on paying spectators and supporters alike. It is up to CA to better plan games so players get a chance to rest. If they elect to play in IPL etc they do so at their choice but should not complain about being away from family or scheduling.

Posted by Okakaboka on (November 1, 2010, 6:47 GMT)

Yep...I thought Clarke's field placements were pretty bad for the 20/20 match. He is not a good captain. Siddle looked good though.....

Posted by kevinja on (November 1, 2010, 6:43 GMT)

I think Sri Lankans have all the ingredients to perform really well in all forms of cricket. They deserve a better stage and more opportunities to show thier true potential. Give them a proper seires and see what happens. No point of talking about their strength at home and other countries like Australia and England should offer them more tours.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 6:35 GMT)

I think Clarke doesn't have the credentials to be a T20-smasher. It could only take the better apart of his elegancy, which would be a disadvantage in the longer formats. So the best thing he could do is to give up that 'little bit of cricket'(T20) format and focus on the great Test Cricket and ODIs, just like Ponting did.

Posted by dacha on (November 1, 2010, 6:34 GMT)

The most inept captaincy performance I have seen in many years, Clarke as opener to save his job? Surely a joke!

Posted by skkh on (November 1, 2010, 6:33 GMT)

Yes the aussies are in the rebuilding stage but then this present bunch of players have no passion or pride in playing for Australia. The only one who has this is Ponting and sadly he is not getting any younger. How can one keep Hodge away from the ODI and twenty20?. Not that the bench strength of the Aussies is not good, the problem lies with their selectors who are a bunch of jokerswho persist with North, Hussey, Johnson and many others in the team despite their failures time and again.

Posted by Runster1 on (November 1, 2010, 6:28 GMT)

LOL @PTtheAxis Mate, funny, but i think more directed at ponting. Pup is usually a better sportsman. Still love to watch watson play in any form of the game: odi, t20 test: he is a brilliant player who pup needs to become (well, not a bowler).

Posted by Bone101 on (November 1, 2010, 6:26 GMT)

The worst thing to happen in Clarke's career was to be annointed captain long before he had earnt it. He is ok, but certainly never lived up to the hype.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 6:09 GMT)

The Australian team and fans seem determined to lose everything before the Ashes , flicking it away dismissively , saying that nothing besides the Ashes is important. This is all to lure England into a false sense of security. Then the Aussies will spring . Marcus North will turn in a champion performance , a string of single digit figures. Nathan Hauritz will average 50 . With the ball, that is. Ditto for Michael Hussey , Mitchell Johnson and the rest of a pathetic excuse for an international team.

Posted by muski on (November 1, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

Its a pity that Aussies need the IPL to judge the caliber of their players. Guys like Shaun Marsh or Bollinger found their way to Aussie team through IPL. Why stick to guys like Clarke who is neither a good leader nor a great player to guide the tremendous talent floating around. In Shane Watson they have a level headed guy who is one of the leading allrounders of the day. Guys like White, Hodge,Hughes, Warner and Marsh should be given the long handle in T20. They are the future of Aussie T20 Cricket. Just imagine what would happen if Sanga and Co whip the Aussie boys in their own backyard in the ODI's. That could mean the penultimate nail in Ponting's coffin with the final one coming from the Englishmen during the Ashes. God help Aussie cricket.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 6:02 GMT)

Cricket is a mind game..who is have good strategy and implement properly will win the game. you dont want to be a Pollard at all the time..use the wrist and brain than power to win the game. concentration and temperament is more important. SL use their skill very well i hope they will utilize it during the ODIs as well then it will be turnaround another 1996 triumph for the Lankans

Posted by Marcio on (November 1, 2010, 5:59 GMT)

I suspect Australia will lift their game for the 50 over format. They got caught with their pants down in this first one. I tend to agree Clarke is not one of the best T20 batsmen in the country and should not be there. We can't afford a Mike Brearly (anyone remember him?) opening the batting and letting the opposition dominate from the word go. I mean, if you had a recipe for how to lose a match, that would be near the top of the list! The truth is that he is losing us games now. Sri Lanka are a good team, so you can't underestimate them - although I can see some supporters are getting carried away with things. Let's see them play over the stretch of a few games.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 5:59 GMT)

The Aussies r getting the test of their own medicine this time..They are on a losing streak..Perhaps they r more engrossed over Ashes...In the mean time they r losing much necessary momentum not only for the Ashes but for the the most important World Cup in 2011.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

I'm sorry, but we have to stop talking about Hodge coming in to the team. Yes I feel for the bloke, and yes he probably is the best batsman in the shorter forms in the country. But Australia needs to pick good younger players and build for the future. It would do more harm to the team to pick Hodge now, play him for a season, and then have to find a replacement again then. Its just one of those unlucky stories for Hodge and we have to get over it and move on. Also, was completely not impressed with Clarke's captaincy. It took til the 10th over for spin to come on, and by that stage SL were cruising. There was no imagination in the field placings. Sangakarra was inventive in the field, and his bowling changes were spot on. And I think what may help Clarke is dropping himself down to 7, because by then the field will already be back and he can chip it around easier and it may help free him up more.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

Michael Clarke is probably the most gifted cricketer in Australia. He can and will succeed in all three forms of the game in the next few months. Yoda has spoken.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 5:46 GMT)

@ Harsh_Vardhan2002,

That is the most stupidest thing ever!!!!!!! players like Mahela & Sanga are there in the team because they are good,,,,,that's just simple logic,,, Yesterday's win for SL was through their bowling, not batting,,,,, all these time armchair pundits such as your self was harping on the fact that its only because of Murali we win matches,, well yesterday Murali had a off day, in fact ( no disrespect) he's return was the worst of the SL bowlers,,,, but we still kept the them to 133,,,,, and as for the batting it was not just Mahela & sanga everyone who batted contributed ( except for the new boy Chandimal, who was touch unlucky to be given out,, but thats a part of the game) so get real man, wake up see that SL is not just a "only murali" or "two man show",, we have other players that can rise to the occasion!!!!!!

Posted by chamizzz on (November 1, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

harsh_vardhan2002 FYI, wait till the end of ODIs den u lll se wut SL got after Mahela and sangakkara

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 5:39 GMT)

Somebody here comments Sri lanka have only mahela and sanga ? i think he is bit blinder person . heheh he didnt see Dilshan , Kapu , Mathews , Thissara who hit massive two sixes . i can say only one thing My Sri Lanka is better then your Aussie. stop talking future focous on present , one thing Sri Lanka will win this ODI series with ( WHITE WASH ) .. watch out

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 5:25 GMT)

Cam White 4 captaincy ASAP!!!

Posted by CricketIndiaFanatic on (November 1, 2010, 5:15 GMT)

Go Sri Lanka Whitewash Aussies in the ODI's. I will be very happy to see those morons lose. Clarke T20 captain and opener ! What a real joke ! No cricketing brain at all. I think their selecters need to look beyond Clarke and Ponting. If they are still conservative about captaincy then I think that we are going to miss quality cricket from Australia for few years. May some sense prevail.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 5:09 GMT)

i think AUS can turn the table in ODI sries . full strength aus team will be handful for the srilankans. best of luck to SL :)

Posted by svshiradhonkar on (November 1, 2010, 5:02 GMT)

I think Aus. need a bowler who bowls swing bowling. like zaheer, pravin kumar. Just pace will not give wickets all the time. get G.Mcgrath as bowling coach and see results. R.Ponting Seems to be running out of ideas now. They need new mind,new face at captaincy. Good Luck for Both teams for ASHES...........................

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 4:53 GMT)

@harsh_vardhan2002 - he he...What about Dilshan who killed your attack?And what a bout Randiv who was the man of the match.Come up with better excuses next time.You say Australia have the bench strength to win even if they rest a few players.But my point is why can't they win with those players in the side??Any Idea?

Posted by David47 on (November 1, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

Michael Clarke is a test batsman ONLY - he is too slow for both ODI and hit and giggle cricket, and is not up the captaincy at international level in ANY form of the game. And you can see that on the field when he is "leading" the team - the body langauge of most of the players gives it away - they simply don't respect him as captain. Selectors - have a close look. Cam White for captain - do it now, before it's too late. Clarke out, Hodge in (no, I'm not a Victorian).

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 4:51 GMT)

@carjunan. i think you are right. I too noticed that. I could understand why Paul Reifel called Malinga's delivery for a wide. It was well below the batsman's head. And Clint Mckay delivery was looking very much above Dilshan's head but was not called wide. And to make it worst, channel 9 never shown a replay of Malinga's delivery in profile. that looks bit dodgy to me.

Posted by Chatz07 on (November 1, 2010, 4:33 GMT)

@harsh_vardhan: Mate be gracious in defeat. You were outplayed in the first match man. Take it like a sports man and just say well played instead of trying to compare the teams. Seriously. It is true that Sanga and Mahela are our best players. But every team has people who they depend upon. And mate this isnt a one off this is actually the 3rd game in which we hammerd the aussies in T20s. Even if sanga and mahela dont play we do have quality players in the benches. They might not have the same quality but they are good replacements. But the fact of the matter is, the better team won. DEAL WITH IT!!!

Posted by stunningseshu on (November 1, 2010, 3:34 GMT)

first stop talking abt ashes and prepare for current series, clark is letting asutralian T20 team down, with his below 100 strike rate, they got many T20 players in domestic circuit, clark being captain will never win single T20 match for their country.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (November 1, 2010, 3:31 GMT)

remove watson,clarke and ponting can oz compete of course on the other side remove sanga and mahela can they compete aussies will run through like hot knife through butter on th other hand sl are just a two man show look t20 anyone can win its a lottery but odis we will definetely see them through quite easily coz they have no replacement for sanga and mahela while for aus marsh warner ferguson white paine haddin if u remove pup and punter u have these u remove mahela sanga what have u got mate ?

Posted by BeCalmAndSupportEngland on (November 1, 2010, 2:54 GMT)

But ausie umpires were very bad.They showed they are one sided in the yesterdays game.if malinga bowls a bouncer it always a wide.but nanes bowls 2 meters over the head still it is a legal delivery.

Posted by PTtheAxis on (November 1, 2010, 2:49 GMT)

what he meant to say was - our umpires need to improve - just 2-3 decisions in our favour is not good enough

bring on some proper neutral umpires - not the billy bowden kind

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 2:41 GMT)

Definitely australia need momentum but I don't think they will get any sort of such momentum. They have failed in both bowling and batting in he recent past.

Posted by Aussie-07 on (November 1, 2010, 1:54 GMT)

The best thing for the team Clarke is for you "not to be part of the team". It is obvious that Clarke is no where close to that of a t/20 player a strike rate below a 100 is horrible in 20/20 cricket. He is limited much better players than him to have a place who can contribute significantly to Australia's t/20 team. White can be captain of the t/20 side and Marsh can take clarke position simple!

Posted by jtstriker9 on (November 1, 2010, 1:42 GMT)

It will have no bearing on the Ashes, only confidence i guess. The Ashes will depend in England. If they turn up, it has the potential to be a great series, but if they dont then it will be very one-sided!! Aussies are consistently above average, England can be very good or very bad varying from game to game. Lets hope for the former so we can have a great spectacle for us all to watch!!

Posted by   on (November 1, 2010, 1:04 GMT)

Don't go about finding replacements all the time. Give David Hussey captaincy for an year till Clarke works out his game. Try to play someone of the calibre of Phil Huges in all formats. It is more about getting the best out of the team members. Have 3 fast men and a genuine spinner and 2 all rounders who can fill-in when needed. Mark out the 20 people who will make it to the world cup. Stick to them immaterial of the results for now. I am sure you will come out of this mess which has been created. My ODI team will be: Warner, Watson, Ponting, Clarke, David Hussey, White, Haddin, Smith,Hastings, Johnson and Siddle,

Posted by onlinegamer55 on (November 1, 2010, 1:01 GMT)

Out with Michael Clarke. In with Brad Hodge. At least give some respect to Brad Hodge, who never got a fair game with the Australian selectors, and maintain him in the side. He's been performing incredibly well, and he is a team player, which are two assets Micahael Clarke is not having in the T20 arena. He appears to just be playing for his own spot, which is kinda weird, since he doesn't look like being axed any time soon anyways. I can't see anything wrong with putting Brad Hodge in. At least give him a standing ovation before his retirement? He's only got a year or two left in him anyway. It's better than anything Clarke has to offer. It'd also be worthwhile to bring in Phillip Hughes for the T20 side. Australia aren't taking any interest in this format of the game anyways so at least give some young players a chance to lift their spirits. Michael Clarke should be axed. Thank you for reading this post. Please come again. Thanks.

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (November 1, 2010, 0:51 GMT)

Whoever wins Ashes, I would be happy with 3-2 margin and the series should not be decided till the last session of the series. I remember Australia - India series of 1977- 78 under Bishan singh Bedi and Simpson. Also the Ashes series of 2005.

Posted by David_Boon on (November 1, 2010, 0:49 GMT)

Somebody should tell Clarke that the idea is to hit the ball OVER the gaps, not through them. Worst T20 player in the world. Kick him out of the team and make Cam White captain.

Posted by Something_Witty on (November 1, 2010, 0:38 GMT)

Meh it's just a t20. When you need to go at 10 runs an over, top order batting collapses are quite common and usually signal the end of the game for one side. That's what happened to us this match and that is the big flaw in t20 cricket.

Posted by SSJumbo123 on (November 1, 2010, 0:36 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?

Posted by Biggus on (November 1, 2010, 0:33 GMT)

Am I the only guy who really doesn't like 20/20 cricket? Taking nothing away from Sri Lanka, who after all wiped the floor with us, I just can't get excited about it. If they deal with us in similar fashion in the 50 over games that will concern me.

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