Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne November 2, 2010

Australia seek to regain winning feeling

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Match Facts

Wednesday, November 3, Melbourne
Start time 14.20 local (03.20 GMT)

The Big Picture

Sri Lanka's victory in the Twenty20 has given Australia plenty to think about. They haven't won an international match since the Lord's Test against Pakistan in July and, while they will claim their focus is on winning this series, as much as anything that is for the momentum that it would give their Ashes campaign. Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz and an out-of-form and under-pressure Michael Hussey are back in the squad, which features the majority of the men likely to take the field in the Gabba Test, although Ponting and Hauritz won't play in this one-day series opener.

"If you look at it that way, since July, it looks like a long time," Ponting said of the losing streak. "It's only a few games, really. There's no sugar-coating anything, we know we've got some work to do. It's really important that we do start getting that winning feeling back around the group again. There's no doubt that it's always a different feeling around the change rooms when you are winning games of cricket. We have to start that off pretty soon, and hopefully that's tomorrow."

Sri Lanka have never won a series in Australia and if they can carry their Twenty20 form in to the ODI arena, this could be their best chance yet of breaking that record. They are also planning ahead to the World Cup, which will partly be held in their own country starting next February. Last time they co-hosted the World Cup they emerged as the champions, and they deserve to be among the favourites in 2011. Following this tour they head back to Sri Lanka for a Test series against West Indies, so they too are hoping to build momentum heading in to a home series.

The other question is whether anybody will turn up to the match. Many Victorians have already taken an extra long weekend due to Tuesday's public holiday for the iconic Melbourne Cup horse race, and asking the public to back up immediately and attend another day of elite sport is ambitious.

Form guide

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Watch out for...

On Sunday, Peter Siddle played his first international match since January. It was a promising comeback for Siddle, who had sat out for nearly nine months due to stress fractures in his back. His recovery was geared towards making him available for the Ashes but to break back in to the side he needs to perform at every opportunity. If he plays on Wednesday, it will be his first one-day international at his home ground, the MCG.

Thisara Perera bowled well in the Twenty20 in Perth, where his 2 for 22 from four overs helped restrict Australia. But the hosts will be equally concerned about his batting, even though he faced only four balls. Perera came out towards the end of the chase and his scorebook read 1, 6, 4, 6. He monstered Steven Smith over long-on twice to confirm the victory, and if he gets the chance to spend five overs at the crease, he could do some serious damage.

Team news

Ponting will be in Launceston on Wednesday for the funeral of his grandmother, so Michael Clarke will remain in charge after leading Australia to defeat in Sunday's Twenty20 at the WACA. On Tuesday, Nathan Hauritz had not yet joined the squad following his Sheffield Shield performance over the past couple of days, so the Tasmanian spinner Xavier Doherty is in line to make his international debut. Michael Hussey and Mitchell Johnson are back after missing the T20, while there are plenty of bowling options, with Johnson, Clint McKay, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc and John Hastings all in the squad. Brad Haddin will play his first ODI since March and could be back near the top of the order.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Shaun Marsh, 3 Brad Haddin (wk), 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Cameron White, 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Steven Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 John Hastings, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Peter Siddle.

Kumar Sangakkara confirmed that Sri Lanka will open with Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan, and that Muttiah Muralitharan would take his place in the side for his first ODI since June. On an MCG pitch that could be affected by rain, that might make it difficult for Suraj Randiv to squeeze in as a second spinner, despite being the Man of the Match in Sunday's Twenty20 triumph.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (capt, wk), 5 Chamara Kapugedera, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Chamara Silva, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekera, 10 Muttiah Muralitharan, 11 Lasith Malinga.

Pitch and conditions

Australia's training session on Tuesday was interrupted by rain and isolated showers are forecast for Wednesday. The drop-in pitches at the MCG can be a little on the slow side, so don't expect the pace and bounce seen at the WACA on Sunday.

Stats and trivia

  • Michael Clarke has captained Australia 16 times in ODIs and has made two centuries in those games; in his remaining 163 one-day internationals he has managed only three hundreds
  • This is a Sri Lankan side with plenty of experience: Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have each played more than 30 ODIs in Australia
  • The MCG is Sri Lanka's best venue in Australia in ODIs against the hosts (of grounds where they have played more than once), with four wins from 11 meetings

    Quotes

    "If we start winning games of cricket again, the whole atmosphere and attitude around the team changes. We'll worry about the Ashes when that comes."
    Ricky Ponting

    "A player of Ricky's calibre not being in the side is a huge blow. He's one of the best batsmen of the last two decades."
    Kumar Sangakkara hopes the opposing captain's absence will help Sri Lanka.

    Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on November 3, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Really Don't understand why Shaun Marsh is been included in the middle rather Callum Ferguson should be in by default:(

  • steveasiri on November 3, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    The team i suggest is 1.Dilshan | 2.Mahela | 3.Chandimal | 4.Silva | 5.Sangakkara | 6.Mathews |7. murali | 8.Thisara Perera | 9.Randiv | 10.Kulasekara | 11.Malinga

  • on November 3, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Great to see Doherty in the team finally; they should have taken him to India before...hope Aussie selectors stay awake!!

  • cricfan100 on November 3, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    @Thilina Chámin Hewagama, it is the best 11 we have right now. may be with several changes in the batting line up(Mahela in the middle will be great, we can't expose him early and loose him.) it will be great.

  • Banksiaman on November 3, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    G'day Brydon,

    Good article - I don't think that Cricket Australia understands the significance of Melbourne Cup Day. It is not possible to keep on going to the same well. Also Thurs is another big race day ( Oaks Day) at Flemington. Time for Andrew Hilditch to move on.

    Cheers.

    Graeme Lewis WILLIAMTOWN NSW

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on November 3, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    My team, 1.dilshan 2.mahela 3.chandimal 4.sanga 5.mathews 6.j.mendis 7.thissara 8.randiv 9.kulasekara 10.malinga 11.murali

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

    No, @ Cricket.Buff, losing 5 in a row is not a record for Oz. Australia lost 5 in a row before the last 50 over world cup - then smashed everyone to win it easily.

  • evenflow_1990 on November 3, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    need to replace murali with randiv - i mean, we respect murali but like jayasuriya, he is useless against australia now. get rid of tharanga and let chandimal open - opening and batting at 3 aren't all that different, given how quickly we tend to lose one of our openers =P

  • on November 2, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    for lankans M.C.G line up shoukd be chndimal for tharanga, kapu for silva,randive for murali.way to go lions,allthe way.

  • SnowSnake on November 2, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    I predict that Australia will lose first ODI. What kind of team is this?

  • on November 3, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Really Don't understand why Shaun Marsh is been included in the middle rather Callum Ferguson should be in by default:(

  • steveasiri on November 3, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    The team i suggest is 1.Dilshan | 2.Mahela | 3.Chandimal | 4.Silva | 5.Sangakkara | 6.Mathews |7. murali | 8.Thisara Perera | 9.Randiv | 10.Kulasekara | 11.Malinga

  • on November 3, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Great to see Doherty in the team finally; they should have taken him to India before...hope Aussie selectors stay awake!!

  • cricfan100 on November 3, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    @Thilina Chámin Hewagama, it is the best 11 we have right now. may be with several changes in the batting line up(Mahela in the middle will be great, we can't expose him early and loose him.) it will be great.

  • Banksiaman on November 3, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    G'day Brydon,

    Good article - I don't think that Cricket Australia understands the significance of Melbourne Cup Day. It is not possible to keep on going to the same well. Also Thurs is another big race day ( Oaks Day) at Flemington. Time for Andrew Hilditch to move on.

    Cheers.

    Graeme Lewis WILLIAMTOWN NSW

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on November 3, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    My team, 1.dilshan 2.mahela 3.chandimal 4.sanga 5.mathews 6.j.mendis 7.thissara 8.randiv 9.kulasekara 10.malinga 11.murali

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

    No, @ Cricket.Buff, losing 5 in a row is not a record for Oz. Australia lost 5 in a row before the last 50 over world cup - then smashed everyone to win it easily.

  • evenflow_1990 on November 3, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    need to replace murali with randiv - i mean, we respect murali but like jayasuriya, he is useless against australia now. get rid of tharanga and let chandimal open - opening and batting at 3 aren't all that different, given how quickly we tend to lose one of our openers =P

  • on November 2, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    for lankans M.C.G line up shoukd be chndimal for tharanga, kapu for silva,randive for murali.way to go lions,allthe way.

  • SnowSnake on November 2, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    I predict that Australia will lose first ODI. What kind of team is this?

  • Roshini on November 2, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    Mark my words guys Aussies will be more than happy to face Murali than Randiv. We all know what a proven legend Murali is..but every legend too comes with a shelf life. Murali's recent form apart from IPL has been utter dismal and batters really fancy him now a days to score that many extra without giving the wicket away. Stats are there to prove it. If Sanga wants to play Murali out of sheer respect for the legend, then I have serious doubts when Sanga talks of establishing a so called winning culture ahead of WC 2011. It should be damn clear to selection panel that playing Murali now is not in the best interest of Sri Lankan world cup plans. I think we are the only nation that loves putting passengers on the park or go by the past laurels. First they toyed with Jayasuriya and now Murali..Come on SL wake up to the harsh realities of international cricket. WE HAVE ENOUGH TALENT AND PROVEN PERFORMERS TO FILL THE GAPS OF PASSENGERS AND UNDER ACHIEVERS....BELIEVE IN THEM PERIOD...

  • on November 2, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Come on Lanka. Beat them on their home turf.

  • CricketPissek on November 2, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    kapugedara is an amazing talent. hope he comes good. players need selectors backing them up, so kudos to them for giving him a chance. he plays bloody well on bouncy tracks as it suits his technique. he played well in the warmup, smashing lee for sixers! and he did well in his début tour in 2006/07 wen Benaud got quite excited haha. go sri lanka!!

  • cabinet96 on November 2, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    I think Australia want to play Ferguson in the Ashes which is why he isn't playing the ODI's. He can get 4 day practice and more time in the middle in the Shield

  • on November 2, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    The team who can win, 1.Dilshan | 2.Mahela | 3.Chandimal | 4.Silva | 5.Sangakkara | 6.Mathews | 7.Jeewan Mendis | 8.Thisara Perera | 9.Randiv | 10.Kulasekara | 11.Malinga

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Hey Sanga, Don't you want to win the match. what are you doing with only 4 bowlers ?? (or is Mathew going to ball ??). Defiantly Murali is no more a threat for Australians.

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    I think Sri-lankans have the edge over the Aussies no Ponting ,Hussey out of form Jonhston not faring to well vs S.A.Lanka should open with dilshan and Mahela .tharanga has let them down several times .chandimal should bat at no.4.let hope for a cracker of a match and bring in randiv for the Sydney game

  • on November 2, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    not enough bowlers.. as mathews cannot ball! if mathew can bowl, this will be gud. But also i think chamara silva should be replaced with dinesh chandimal.

  • lananad on November 2, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Srilanka is one of the best ODI teams in the World now and will win the World cup for the 2nd time.

  • --.-- on November 2, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Aussies have lost 5 matches in a row, 1 Test by Pak then 2 Tests and 1 ODI by India and now 1 T-20 by Lanka. Is this some kind of record ?

  • on November 2, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Hey who is this realaxis2010 ? mind your words when you talking to sri lankans world legend cricketers,we are best gentlemen cricketers in the cricket game,not like ausis,we all know how much gentle ausis,how to forget the andrew symons and other lols of ausis,think twice before you talk lol. if we get sanath jayasuriya he has change the era of cricket game play completely,and murli he make the world record that can't beat for many years or never,malinga he is a gift to sri lanka,and dilshan he invented the dilliscoop. And when we get sri lanka,we have the most of the cricketing world records.So keep in mind that lol f..... realaxis2010

  • on November 2, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    where is ajantha mendis?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 2, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Come on Aussies!!! Give a good fight tomorrow. Otherwise it will be a no contest for Poms. I think Michael Clerk's captaincy is not upto the mark. His field setting for bowlers was not good or the bowlers did not bowl to the field setting. But tomorrow match will be a very close contest. Good luck to both teams.

  • on November 2, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Hope it won't be raining tomorrow at MCG.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 2, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    I predict that SL will field the same side they did for the T20. Why mess with a winning combination? It is not like they have any T20 or ODI specialists or anything.

  • swat1999 on November 2, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Srilanka is better than Australia

  • Poholiyadda on November 2, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    If Sri Lanka pick Murali in place of Randiv Sri Lanka will lose this match. Randiv is the best spinner we got these days and Aussies will struggle against him for sure. Although Murali is a legend, he is now 39 and he is not capable as he was earlier in his younger days. Last T20 is the best example for that. Chandimal was a victim of poor biased umpiring on Sunday and I believe he should be given a another chance to prove his abilities as an batsman. He can be used instead of Thatranga, who has a bad record against Aussies.

  • NIBM on November 2, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    The Aussies need to build a new team with all these youngsters. They need to start from the selectors and may be a new coach. Someone good like Suresh Kalmadi.

  • on November 2, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Really can't believe why ' Kapugedara ' is playing for the 11.. he never capitalized even in sri lanka..lol .. Selecting Kapugedara is total worst

  • on November 2, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    well i guess... brad hodge must be in the team... he can open n play down the order as well.... paine must b left out..haddin must come in. either haddin or hodge can open innings wid watto... its high time dat ausies shud luk beyond hauritz ...

  • Supun679 on November 2, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    @cricfan100, sanga's probably not playing murali beacuase its his last ODI in melbourne. tactical decisions aside, id be devastated to not see murali bowling in the last match hed ever play in my city

  • on November 2, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Where are the Bowlers coming from for Australia?, they already have a pack: Bollinger, Hileffenus, Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Clarke, Lee, Nannes, Tait, Bracken and new bowlers are still coming in.

  • azzaman333 on November 2, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    There's no reason for Smith to be in the team.Neither his bowling nor his batting is worthy of a spot. Bring in Hodge, play him at 3, put haddin at 7, and the team is much better balanced.

  • varunsapra on November 2, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    sl is definately a good side, and without much pace and bounce in the pitch...they will hv an upper hand...shud include randiv in team

  • yohandf1984 on November 2, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Looking at the probabales in teams . SL bowling looks bit narrow. they hv got 3 bowlers + an allrounder in Thissara (Angelo is not gonna bowl this series). they need to hav either sural or dilhara instead of one chamara .SL achieved t20 success mainly due to their superb bowling and need to maintain same standard here. Since u hv thissara the dasher in no 7 & also Suraj at 8 (who already scored a ODI 50) .batting will b ok .Good luck to sri lanka

  • realaxis2010 on November 2, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    srilankan cricketers(??) are the worst in the world ...they are totally unorthodox ...they never became a technical expert in cricket ...none of their player plays cricket in a gentlemanly way ...they are not meant to play cricket"the gentleman's game"....look at their so called cricketers- murli ( always unorthodox & the chucker), indeed their list of chucker is very long ...malinga( he must be in baseball)...jayasuriya ( nobody knows how he got so many runs without having to learn batting techniques), one another cartoon dilshan .. srilanka is responsible for making the game dirty hitting...remember wc96 guys ...

  • on November 2, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    "The other question is whether anybody will turn up to the match. Many Victorians have already taken an extra long weekend due to Tuesday's public holiday for the iconic Melbourne Cup horse race, and asking the public to back up immediately and attend another day of elite sport is ambitious."

    Ridiculous! Despite being exam season down here, every Sri Lankan student I know is going for the match ... I admittedly am not sure about how much local support will be there but Australians are generally not cricket fanatics like Asians. However, I can confirm that the MCG will be echoing with cheers for the visitors! Good luck guys beat them up

  • chamara85 on November 2, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    It would be interesting to see how my former country srilanka does in this series. Not to mention the psycholgical pressure some australian groups are planning to use against the srilankan cricket team to distract by bringing in the politics of the ethnic conflict between the tamil minority and the sinhalese. The tamils claiming that around 40,000 tamils died in the last days of the conflict in may of 2009. http://www.eelanatham.info/?p=843

  • on November 2, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    SANGA Says that he is very confident about our cricket team. He is very keen on giving chances for the younger guys in the squad.This will be good chance to my school mate chamara kapugedara to establish his place for the sri lankan squad for the world cup 2011.I hope he will do better in this series,his destiny is on his hand.All the players in sri lankan cricket team squad has to play better cricket when they given a chance because I'm saying that there are lot good young cricketers that are playing well in domestic and international A team tours are hope to make there place in sri lankan cricket squad.So play well guys.

  • ramz_01 on November 2, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I dnt knw y SL try to make so many changes to t20 win v aussie.mahela better opener then tharanga.nd SL should giv chandimal or kapugedara @ 3.sanga chamara nd ange datz a gud batting line up.nd y no place 4 dilhara nd randiv? I thnk randiv bowling better then murali @ da mmnt.nd dilhara better wicket taker den kulasekara.evn tho he is inconsistent wit no balls nd death bowling.

  • on November 2, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    where the hell is callum ferguson and bret lee... they should be in the team straight forward.....

  • Meety on November 2, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Not sure about S Marsh, I think his brother is worth a selection though. I think O'Keefe should be given a crack at an ODI. I am pleased with Doherty's selection, keeps Hauritz safely wrapped up until the Tests. Hauritz didn't get much of an opportunity against a pretty poor QLD batting line up.

  • cricfan100 on November 2, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    sanga, How can you put mural,i in place of randiv.Murali is a legend we all know that , but considering the current form randiv is way ahead of murali, don't go with the reputation of the man. and tharanga to open? he will not score more than 15 runs. he is a flat track bully and dosen't have that quality what it needs to be a good operner and will fail under these conditions against some quality fast bowling. other than him you can tried with chandimal or jeewan(not as an opener). it is sad to see though you have the resources you are not using them to best of thier potential. reconsider about tharanga and murali, otherwise sorry for us tomorrow.

  • catalyst213 on November 2, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Im sure its going to be a great contest and yes, without Ponting in the 1st odi Sl may have the upper hand.

  • Zookinii on November 2, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    I would prefer if either Suraj Randiv or Dinesh Chandimal played instead of Kapugedera. I mean no disrespect to Kapugedera, he's a great fielder. Its just that I feel personally that Suraj or Chandimal offer much more to the SL side than him, and these two players have certainly proven on a more consistent basis that they can offer more.

  • on November 2, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    As the writer says"Australia seek to regain winning feeling" . if you have seen australia , they look like anything but a wiining unit.. although non selection of BRAD HODGE is baffling as per normal.. it will be inetresting to see if they manage to win a single game and have some momentum going into ASHES..

    on the current form, you woudnt want to put any money of them winning it..

  • on November 2, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    When a bias Commentator like Ian Healyon AIR says "where is Brad Hodge? he is Australia's best T20 and One day batsmen ? where is he? what AUS is trying to experiment?

    you know what a big mess AUS selection is in? about the last chance AUS gets is right and include Brad HODGE an give the guy respect he deserves

    with the current team SL wil win easy..

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  • on November 2, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    When a bias Commentator like Ian Healyon AIR says "where is Brad Hodge? he is Australia's best T20 and One day batsmen ? where is he? what AUS is trying to experiment?

    you know what a big mess AUS selection is in? about the last chance AUS gets is right and include Brad HODGE an give the guy respect he deserves

    with the current team SL wil win easy..

  • on November 2, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    As the writer says"Australia seek to regain winning feeling" . if you have seen australia , they look like anything but a wiining unit.. although non selection of BRAD HODGE is baffling as per normal.. it will be inetresting to see if they manage to win a single game and have some momentum going into ASHES..

    on the current form, you woudnt want to put any money of them winning it..

  • Zookinii on November 2, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    I would prefer if either Suraj Randiv or Dinesh Chandimal played instead of Kapugedera. I mean no disrespect to Kapugedera, he's a great fielder. Its just that I feel personally that Suraj or Chandimal offer much more to the SL side than him, and these two players have certainly proven on a more consistent basis that they can offer more.

  • catalyst213 on November 2, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Im sure its going to be a great contest and yes, without Ponting in the 1st odi Sl may have the upper hand.

  • cricfan100 on November 2, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    sanga, How can you put mural,i in place of randiv.Murali is a legend we all know that , but considering the current form randiv is way ahead of murali, don't go with the reputation of the man. and tharanga to open? he will not score more than 15 runs. he is a flat track bully and dosen't have that quality what it needs to be a good operner and will fail under these conditions against some quality fast bowling. other than him you can tried with chandimal or jeewan(not as an opener). it is sad to see though you have the resources you are not using them to best of thier potential. reconsider about tharanga and murali, otherwise sorry for us tomorrow.

  • Meety on November 2, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Not sure about S Marsh, I think his brother is worth a selection though. I think O'Keefe should be given a crack at an ODI. I am pleased with Doherty's selection, keeps Hauritz safely wrapped up until the Tests. Hauritz didn't get much of an opportunity against a pretty poor QLD batting line up.

  • on November 2, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    where the hell is callum ferguson and bret lee... they should be in the team straight forward.....

  • ramz_01 on November 2, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I dnt knw y SL try to make so many changes to t20 win v aussie.mahela better opener then tharanga.nd SL should giv chandimal or kapugedara @ 3.sanga chamara nd ange datz a gud batting line up.nd y no place 4 dilhara nd randiv? I thnk randiv bowling better then murali @ da mmnt.nd dilhara better wicket taker den kulasekara.evn tho he is inconsistent wit no balls nd death bowling.

  • on November 2, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    SANGA Says that he is very confident about our cricket team. He is very keen on giving chances for the younger guys in the squad.This will be good chance to my school mate chamara kapugedara to establish his place for the sri lankan squad for the world cup 2011.I hope he will do better in this series,his destiny is on his hand.All the players in sri lankan cricket team squad has to play better cricket when they given a chance because I'm saying that there are lot good young cricketers that are playing well in domestic and international A team tours are hope to make there place in sri lankan cricket squad.So play well guys.

  • chamara85 on November 2, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    It would be interesting to see how my former country srilanka does in this series. Not to mention the psycholgical pressure some australian groups are planning to use against the srilankan cricket team to distract by bringing in the politics of the ethnic conflict between the tamil minority and the sinhalese. The tamils claiming that around 40,000 tamils died in the last days of the conflict in may of 2009. http://www.eelanatham.info/?p=843