Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne November 3, 2010

Australia forget how to win

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The word 'choke' was not uttered when Michael Clarke answered questions about Australia's scarcely believable defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka. It didn't need to be. Whatever you like to call it, Australia are struggling to finish teams off, and the evidence has been building for a long time. It is a worrying trend for a team that in the next six months is hoping to regain the Ashes and retain the World Cup.

To allow Sri Lanka back into the game after reducing them to 8 for 107 in a chase of 240 was a failure of bowling and captaincy. Clarke is not a seasoned leader, and after this loss he'll no doubt be glad to hand control back to Ricky Ponting for Friday's second ODI. But whoever is in charge, Australia must find a way to regain their killer instinct.

The problem is occurring across all formats. A month ago, India's last two pairs added 92 and inflicted a similarly unbelievable one-wicket defeat on Ponting's men in the Mohali Test. The classic example was the Ashes opener last year in Cardiff, when Monty Panesar and James Anderson became national heroes for England by surviving a tense final period to secure a draw. The stakes weren't as high at the MCG, but the feeling was much the same after Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga fought back with a 132-run stand.

"What I'm so disappointed in is we got so close again and we couldn't finish the game off, which is an issue we've had for a while now in all three forms of the game," Clarke said. "We've got to look at that and ask ourselves questions, find out what we can do to improve that.

"Execution cost us today with both bat and ball. Having them 8 for 107, we got hit around the park. Mathews is a very good player, but Malinga is a No. 10 - a good No. 10, but he's still a No. 10 batsman. If we're good enough to execute our plans and get the top order out, I don't see any reason why we can't do it to the tailenders. But it's not the first time it's happened, and it's something we need to look at."

Mathews and Malinga batted superbly, but the Australians didn't make life too difficult. There was a distinct lack of yorkers from the fast men, who served up plenty of half-volleys that the batsmen could dispatch with power, and after the impressive debutant Xavier Doherty had completed his overs, nobody looked like getting a wicket.

Ponting has often been criticised over his choice of bowlers in crunch situations in the past couple of years, and Clarke will analyse his own decisions as much as anyone. He could not call on Steven Smith during the match-winning partnership as Smith had hurt his back while fielding, but given the success of Doherty, a couple of overs of Clarke's own spin might have been worth a try.

The loss stretched Australia's winless streak to six internationals across all formats. Not since the Lord's Test against Pakistan in July have they won a match, and as Mohammad Amir and co would attest, that seems like a lifetime ago. Australia look like they've forgotten how to win at all, and even victories in the remaining two ODIs won't erase the doubts ahead of the Ashes. And then there's a World Cup to play for, starting next February.

"I think [these games are] important for more than the Ashes," Clarke said. "We've got a one-day World Cup coming up after the Ashes and we need to be playing our best cricket now. Before this game we've got 10 matches leading up to a one-day World Cup. The Ashes is great, everybody's looking forward to it, but we need to be focused on what's in front of us because right now, we're not playing our best cricket and we need to be."

South Africa have traditionally entered major tournaments trying to dispel the notion that they choke at big moments. Australia have three months to ensure they don't develop a similar reputation.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Meety on November 5, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    @india.cricket_lover - don't count your chickens before they've hatched brother. Oz form prior to the 2007 W/cup was poor. Full credit to SL but Oz focus is not on this game. I do tip Matthews to go close to winning the player of the 2011 W/cup. @AK47_pk - not the Oz way unlike India who enjoy boosting averages against minnows!

  • Sujibandara on November 5, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    was this Match fixed??????????????????????????????????

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    bad luck aussies.after they lost world class palyers like mcgrath,warne,hayden and gili they are still struggling to find replacement.

  • on November 4, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Clarke can't lead a team , getting watson to bowl when you needed to get a wicket was pathetic. I think the sri lankans hit them so badly psychologically he couldn't think properly.

  • umapathi04 on November 4, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    i am dam sure that aussies not going to win the Ashes when they continue this form.they lost the advantage of brett lee,McGrath,haydos,gilli

  • shovwar on November 4, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    I am a SA fan. I admire sub-continent cricket as well. Its true that India, Pakistan, SL and Bangladesh are not as good as the others in playing the short balls but when it comes to slogging in the death, short ball is the 1 they are looking for (thanx to t20). I was watching SA vs Pak where SA bowlers were troubling Pak with their short balls as usual they but as soon as batting powerplay was on at the death those short balls were hit all around the park...SA still did not bowl any yorkers baring Theron. Even Morne Morkel who was very successful with his short balls earlier in the game was easily dispatched. Its not hard to hit short balls at the death anymore...u have to come with good yorkers...even Bangladesh hit NZ bowlers at the death. Start learning to bowl good yorkers at the death or else trouble in the WC in the sub-continent.

  • prikand on November 4, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Well,Well,Just enjoy the thrill of that exciting game of cricket.All can and will join the party apart from Aussies.What is this big fuss about Ashes.I am sure it has a great history and rivalry.But in cricketing terms it is a protracted longhaul course of boring five ,five day test ,matches with intermittent climaxes.Best of luck Aussies for Ashes.Hope one of the Asians will win the all important world cup in 2011.

  • abhyudayj on November 4, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    AT THIS MOMENT AUSSIES ARE STRUGGLING BUT THEY ARE CHAMPION SIDE, THEY CAN TURN THE TABLE, THEY ARE ONE OF THE FAVOURITE TO WIN THE WORLD CUP 2011

  • aussies_thebest on November 4, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    well everyone is having a go at the aussies now. yes aussies are at the receiving end these days. but wait and watch, this team will bounce back soon. i would still back the aussies to win this ODI series 2-1. ferguson is back and hopefully he gets picked in the XI. Ricky is back for the remaining ODI'S and you will see the difference. Clarke is still an immature captain. After RICKY retires dont know who will be the captain. but he will build the team like waugh did. yes at the moment AUSSIES are finding difficult to finish the game, i say every team go through a lean patch and that is what happening with the AUSSIES these days. Hopefully AUSSIES will win the ODI series and then start the ASHES series with full of confidence. BEST OF LUCK AUSSIES.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 4, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    @Hello All Lankan Sydneysiders!!!! Come with wearing Lion Hat, Jersey, Flags, Banners and make SCG like a ground in SL. Bring all Trouphets, Musics, and all musical instruments and make it a Sri Lankan Carnival at SCG tomorrow. Do not worry about the results. Get ready to dance 2 hours after the match out side SCG like in 2008.

  • Meety on November 5, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    @india.cricket_lover - don't count your chickens before they've hatched brother. Oz form prior to the 2007 W/cup was poor. Full credit to SL but Oz focus is not on this game. I do tip Matthews to go close to winning the player of the 2011 W/cup. @AK47_pk - not the Oz way unlike India who enjoy boosting averages against minnows!

  • Sujibandara on November 5, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    was this Match fixed??????????????????????????????????

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    bad luck aussies.after they lost world class palyers like mcgrath,warne,hayden and gili they are still struggling to find replacement.

  • on November 4, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Clarke can't lead a team , getting watson to bowl when you needed to get a wicket was pathetic. I think the sri lankans hit them so badly psychologically he couldn't think properly.

  • umapathi04 on November 4, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    i am dam sure that aussies not going to win the Ashes when they continue this form.they lost the advantage of brett lee,McGrath,haydos,gilli

  • shovwar on November 4, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    I am a SA fan. I admire sub-continent cricket as well. Its true that India, Pakistan, SL and Bangladesh are not as good as the others in playing the short balls but when it comes to slogging in the death, short ball is the 1 they are looking for (thanx to t20). I was watching SA vs Pak where SA bowlers were troubling Pak with their short balls as usual they but as soon as batting powerplay was on at the death those short balls were hit all around the park...SA still did not bowl any yorkers baring Theron. Even Morne Morkel who was very successful with his short balls earlier in the game was easily dispatched. Its not hard to hit short balls at the death anymore...u have to come with good yorkers...even Bangladesh hit NZ bowlers at the death. Start learning to bowl good yorkers at the death or else trouble in the WC in the sub-continent.

  • prikand on November 4, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Well,Well,Just enjoy the thrill of that exciting game of cricket.All can and will join the party apart from Aussies.What is this big fuss about Ashes.I am sure it has a great history and rivalry.But in cricketing terms it is a protracted longhaul course of boring five ,five day test ,matches with intermittent climaxes.Best of luck Aussies for Ashes.Hope one of the Asians will win the all important world cup in 2011.

  • abhyudayj on November 4, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    AT THIS MOMENT AUSSIES ARE STRUGGLING BUT THEY ARE CHAMPION SIDE, THEY CAN TURN THE TABLE, THEY ARE ONE OF THE FAVOURITE TO WIN THE WORLD CUP 2011

  • aussies_thebest on November 4, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    well everyone is having a go at the aussies now. yes aussies are at the receiving end these days. but wait and watch, this team will bounce back soon. i would still back the aussies to win this ODI series 2-1. ferguson is back and hopefully he gets picked in the XI. Ricky is back for the remaining ODI'S and you will see the difference. Clarke is still an immature captain. After RICKY retires dont know who will be the captain. but he will build the team like waugh did. yes at the moment AUSSIES are finding difficult to finish the game, i say every team go through a lean patch and that is what happening with the AUSSIES these days. Hopefully AUSSIES will win the ODI series and then start the ASHES series with full of confidence. BEST OF LUCK AUSSIES.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 4, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    @Hello All Lankan Sydneysiders!!!! Come with wearing Lion Hat, Jersey, Flags, Banners and make SCG like a ground in SL. Bring all Trouphets, Musics, and all musical instruments and make it a Sri Lankan Carnival at SCG tomorrow. Do not worry about the results. Get ready to dance 2 hours after the match out side SCG like in 2008.

  • on November 4, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    For all the people who are crying out Malinga does not know how to hold a bat, remember he has a test half century to his name.And he already he proved all the critics wrong.

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson tried intimidating Matthews and got hammered the next ball for six. Just because you cannot get him out, do not try sledging him out! Awesome fightback probably Sri Lanka's most exciting victory second to only their 1996 World Cup triumph!

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    @ Gopal Krishna Sharma Nandyala - Saying Ponting has done nothing is clearly foolish on your part.I am a Sri Lankan and I have no Love for Aussies,but Ponting should be given credit for the fighting spirit he has injected into Australians.He is a very talented player and a good aggressive captain.That is why we love playing against Aussies.Its always a great challenge and the matches are so exciting.Ponting should be given credit for what he has done for Aussies.Credit where its due.

  • stuartk319 on November 4, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Full credit to Sri Lanka; Matthews and Malinga backed themselves superbly. Australia batted OK but the bowling was mostly awful and the captaincy frazzled. Sri Lanka showed Aus how to bowl - straight and full at the stumps. Doherty did this superbly and Watson was a bit unlucky not to get some edges. Clarke seemed to panic immediately Matthews and Malinga got going - White, or even Hussey or Haddin are much better captaincy candidates IMHO.

  • on November 4, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Major issue with aussie is, they didnt tried any new players when they had players like gillie, hayden, langer, glenn, lee, warne, symond and few others. whn they retired they all did in a year time and that did made aussie team weak. They team which dominated the one day and test both are going to find it difficult to get that form back again. No team is not afraid of playing aussie's. I think like this bangladesh and zimbabwe can pull rabbit out of their hat...................

  • fadms on November 4, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    As much as people are criticising Australia, i think much has to be said about Sri Lanka as well. I am really worried about our batting especially the opening 2. Dilshan really needs to calm down and play a mature innings just like Hashim Amla does for SA. That was a bad shot he played and many a times he has let down the team and put the rest of the players esp Sanga under pressure. I would rather have a slow start if necessary to preserve our wickets and then launch when we are in a more secure situation. Other than that well done Sri Lanka....Am not Lankan by the way but Sri Lanka rocks and i love them to bits.

  • Seasole on November 4, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Wouldnt say or Agree that Australia has forgotten how to win, it is an appeal to all, kindly consider the aspect of balance aswell, Australia has humiliated every team including my Pakistan, now they are on the receiving end. As being a cricket loving guy, I am sure Australia current status prevailing will not help the Game and these Australians are tough, they will come back hard. Best of Luck Aussies.

  • on November 4, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    @Gopal Krishna Sharma Nandyala: "Ponting has been captain for 10 years and has not done anything"...So two World Cups, Champions trophy, and a record equalling streak of test wins is nothing to you? I'll admit that of late his captaincy has lacked imagination, but to say he has done nothing is just plain ignorance from someone who obviously doesn't like a guy and will say any random sentences to bag that guy out without having anything solid to back it up. I think the selectors are suffering from the fact that Clarke was said to be the next Australian captain before playing a game, so now they have to follow through with that even when its clear he's not up to the standard.

  • Meety on November 4, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Congrats to SL. Mathews was all grit & skill, Malinga was all grit & a whole lot of luck. This is a bad trend for Oz, it stretches back to the home test series v Sth Africa, last 2 Test series in India, and the last Ashes in England. Can't put opposition away. Whilst I thought Johnson was poor, I thought Siddle was diabolical. He bowled nothing but half trackers, & guess what Mathews swotted him over the legside repeatedly. Did Siddle & Johnson think just becos Mathews is from "asia" that he wouldn't like the short ball, he is a talented cricketer & chewed up the crud & spat it back. In saying this Malinga played & narrowly missed about 20 times in his innings - fortune favours the bold. Anyways - bring back B Lee!!!

  • sunny1307 on November 4, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    My ashes X1: watson, katich, punter(c), hughes, hussey, ferguson, haddin,bollinger, johnson, siddle, hilfenhaus

    My world cup X1:marsh, watson, punter(c), ferguson, hussey, white, haddin, johnson, lee, tait, bollinger

  • sunny1307 on November 4, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    michael clarke is a waste cricketer.....just in the team due to ricky's support and his hot girlfriend's hype.......let ricky come back and he will show sri lanka where they belong...ricky has to continue till home ashes 2014 and then give future captain the team what waugh gave to ricky.....

  • sarikkoirala on November 4, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    I still haven't figured out the reason behind bret lee being left out of the squad.In situations where the Ausies haven't been able to finish things off lately,Lee's experience would come handy.Andrew Hiditch seems to have something going through his mind because despite Lee making impressive comebacks in the domestic circuit why hasn't he been included in the squad?? The other thing that i'm not impressed is the face that why hasn't Callumn Ferguson been included in the team??despite the fact that clarke is the vice captain his form hasn't impressed me...he can't get going to the momentum that has been set up ..so with Ponting in for the second ODI I think that Ferguson should be bought in for clarke and clarke should be made to play a sheffield match ahead of the ashes given his form in the tour of india

  • dantoddd on November 4, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Why aren't Tait & Hilfenhaus playing? Both of those guys swing the ball and Australia is sorely lacking bowlers that can swing. And Tait has killer yorkers to compliment his pace

  • Marcio on November 4, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    "Apart from Xavier Doherty none of the Australians posed much threat to Sri Lanka" says the photo caption. So how did SL get to be 8/100? Gotta laugh at how people look at things through a distorted lens based on what happens at the end, not what happens through the bulk of the innings/game. If Malinga got out for a duck, the caption would read "SL had no answer to Australia's sustained attack." Let's see how the next one pans out.

  • Pramoda on November 4, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Some how Sri Lanka wins... its great.. but apart from Sanga and Mathews others are struggle to bat wel.I talk about the batting.. I think Silva must replace by Kapu or Chandimal.. Thisara also learn to play in every situations.. Not only hitting.. I prefered Dilshan,Tharanga,Chandimal,Sangakkara,Mahela,Mathews,Thisara,Randiv,Nuwan,Malinga,Murali... If Mathews fit to ball we can left Nuwan related to his current bad form.. But he is a great bowler..Because Mathews,Thisara,Nuwan all are same type bowlers, Its good to add Kapu.. He must improve his batting. He is also a great fielder..Sri Lanka some days struggle with their batting.. so its good to bat deep.. So when Mathews fit to bowl my lone up is Dilshan,Tharanga,Chandimal,Snga,Mahela,Mathews,Kapu,Thisara,Randiv,Malinga,Murali.. We have 6 bowlers with Dilshan to fill 50 overs..

  • on November 4, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Now that Aussies are getting their asses kicked even in their backyard, I wonder if they will still give Asian pitches as an excuse. This is a spent team,

  • shovwar on November 4, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    Yes!! I see all asian teams doing great in the WC....India would Dominate, Sri Lanka can crush any team, Pakistan is getting better the old guards are performing and Bangladesh would definitely spring a lotta surprises. Out of all these four Asian teams I think India and Srilanka has better chance of winning the WC. Pakistan's batting needs to improve and they are not consistent enough to win successive games and the time left is not enough to get into a good batting rhythm maybe they would bat good in few games but bowling is the only strength. Bangladesh would definitely Surprise a few Giant in a single game but not all the to the Final. They can beat India or SA or maybe Aus in a single game but at best to the Quarter Finals which is good for the minnows. I can see only England and SA outside Asia do good. England playing their best at the moment with players from different cultures. And SA are solid, maybe a lil shaky at the death except Steyn n Theron but explosive batting order.

  • Marcio on November 4, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Hmm, I wonder how often Australia will produce terrible performances like this after having the match won. There are also negatives to take for SL. The team was getting annihilated till the miraculous and unprecedented 9th wicket stand saved them. How often will that happen? Oz have mental problems, but they will work them out. I wouldn't write off Australia yet. For all those sub-continent bashers who are saying they will end up like the Windies, you are going to be in for a or a surprise. There may be no Gilchrist or Warne waiting, but there are numerous excellent players waiting in the wings. The talent depth is still very strong, believe it or not.

  • on November 4, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    @Gopal Krishna Sharma Nandyala: "Ponting has been captain for 10 years and has not done anything".I had to read this once again to make sure somebody wrote that, I thought you were being sarcastic!. Ponting in his prime was the best captain to ever walk onto a cricket field,more so than Clive lloyd or douglas Jardine or any other legedary captains look at his track record! He used strategies like I saw no other captain used except on the odd occasion Michael Vaughan, mahela jayawardene and Sourav ganguly.He won for the first time in Lanka he almost won the ashes and when he was in his prime it was a big surprise if a team scored more runs than his in the first innings in a test match or even bowled his side out! Let alone won.@Stephen Terrill: I was at the ground that day, and believe me malinga and Matthews hitting was far from slogging! It was a caluclated hitting during a partnership that last 20 overs, he sri Lankan crowd cheered more times when they blocked the ball than hit.

  • whippersnapper on November 4, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Ridiculous. Sorry to state the obvious, but that was unbelievably bad. Siddle should not have a one day place for a start and Johnson looks like he needs a spell in shield cricket for a while. Just plain terrible and demoralizing. And to hell with this "all credit to Sri Lanka" business. Australia should have won. Plain and simple. Sri Lanka didn't win this match as much as Australia lost. Do I sound bitter? I AM!

  • RJHB on November 4, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    That was a disgraceful effort by Australia, captain, batsmen and bowlers. Doherty had the match won, then Clarke inexplicably brings back Johnson who doesn't appear to have any control over where he puts the ball ever! Siddle is just coming back but wouldn't know what a bloody yorker is if one hit him on the big toe! Atleast Hastings was straightish though still too short. If White isn't to bowl anymore whats the point having him in the team??? There are better batsmen around. Where's Lee and/or Tait? Why can't Paine get a game, even as a batsman only? Why is the wrong Hussey playing? Don't have too long to improve or the World Cup is zero chance.

  • boris6491 on November 4, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    No doubt credit to the SL although it can honestly be said, this was a game Australia should have never lost. Brydon has touched upon a very important point which nobody would dare ever brand the once almighty Australians with: chokers. There is no other way to describe losing when you had a team 8 down needing more than 120. My worry has been the bowling. Siddle didn't bowl too badly but not venomously either. Johnson has been the biggest let down in my view. For all the hype surrounding him, he has been an utter disappointment. The Michael Clarke of bowling I would say, never performing when the team truly needs it being one of their most senior and highly thought of players. Doherty was extremely impressive and he excites me. I would have no doubt in my mind (although many would brand this as premature but given the stock of spin bowlers, it could well be logical) that he needs to be on the plane to the subcontinent. Adding Tait and Lee to this attack could make the difference.

  • Sands55 on November 4, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    I agree that Brett Lee should be brought straight back into this one day side. Andrew Hilditch seems to have a set against Lee for some reason. Lee is a wicket taker and a match winner as well as having a heap of experience and he is still very quick!

  • on November 4, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed the shocking bowling and complete lack of yorkers by our so called strike bowlers. We need Bob Simpson back to teach our bowlers how to bowl yorkers, slower balls and accurately. Not being able to get tail-enders out has been a problem since Warne & Mcgrath retired. Previously the captain left it up to them to get them out but now everyone has to do a bit more work and nobody seems to be bothered. Also tailenders bat better nowadays so you need a plan to get them out rather than just waiting for them to get out themselves.

  • on November 4, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    i think they need Brett Lee back in the line up, someone to finish off the tail quick n simple..............

  • Chris_Howard on November 4, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    How can you expect Australia to win when so many players have no pressure on them to perform? There's too many players the selectors won't dump. If players had to work as hard to keep their spot as they did to earn it, then Australia wouldn't lose these matches. If it was a footy team, there'd be players getting cut this week. But not Australia. Ponting will come in, someone might be rested, but no one will be cut for a bad performance or two... or ten.

  • CHI123nni on November 4, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    We all cannot under-estimate the great AUSTRALIANS.Even i am an INDIAN fan i still believe "AUSSIES" as favourite for World Cup and strong contender to INDIA and all other countries.Before last WORLD CUP also they lose many games and at the end we see what happened?Still Australia have match winners to retain their CUP.Don't ever under estimate HAT-TRICK WORLD CHAMPIONS.Atleast wait till WORLD CUP finish.

  • gulab_jamun on November 4, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    @shramiac1 could not have said it better myself. MJ is an absolute goose. He has had so many opportunities, don't know why selectors persist with him. Surely after so many yrs at international level, he should hv learnt to swing the ball by now. When is he going to understand that banging the ball half pitch is not going to work against good batsmen.

  • Marcio on November 4, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    You don't choke when you are 140 in front with two tail end bunnies to get out. You simply lose focus and forget where you are. Choking requires pressure, so it can't explain anything but the last 30-40 runs. The truth is this Australian team lacks leadership. Secondly, the bowling to tail enders is pathetic. How can a #10 who barely knows which end of the bat to hold and who averaged 7 before the innings be made to look like Bradman? Any park cricketer could do better than Johnson. He has to be dropped after that performance. This is the 4th time in recent history this has happened, and it has cost 3 series, all by a margin of one wicket. The Ashes (1st test), the 1st test against India, the 3rd one dayer against England recently, and now this game. Add to that the loss in the one dayer where they lost only 3 wickets and scored 290 and still lost...

  • Jaggadaaku on November 4, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    @ Darshana Sheran, West Indies was the strongest in 1970s and 1980s. They started to go down in early 1990s and gone at the bottom in mid 1990s. Attention to the whole world, the Asians are bouncing back in cricket.

  • MinusZero on November 3, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    totally agree shramiac1, Johnson sprays the ball around far too much. In most other sports the coach gets dumped when a team performs badly? Why not with the Aussie cricket team?

  • boooonnie on November 3, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    First up I think Sri Lanka have been great! I have been really impressed by their bowling. Yesterday the game was clearly won and lost in the bowling. Compare Malinga & co's last 10 overs bowling vs Siddle, Hastings and Johnson - world's apart! Then consider the nine wickets Aust took 3 were run out and 4 went to Doherty that means the others took 2 at average of 6+ an over. But this is not new, Aust's bowling has been unable to deliver wins during most of the post McGrath era. A lot has to do with injuries, lack of spinners and an overreliance on the inconsistant Johnson. For this rough period in aust cricket to end we will need good bowlers like Bollinger and Hilfeinhaus to start playing consistently for aust or for a new breed to arrive. Either way it will take some time - and sad to say to this time won't come soon enough to take the Ashes away from the Poms. Not this time.

  • Jaggadaaku on November 3, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Australia is gradually going down like West Indies had gone in mid 1990s. I don't know why Australia don't have another choice for captain-ship other than M Clarke. When last time Clarke made himself as a role model in any format of cricket? His strike rate is around 110 in T20. Even Ponting could have higher strike rate in T20. I don't know why Australia make him captain when they play T20? Clark is not even qualify to play T20. He is only and only good for test cricket and flattering (Kissing Ass) to Ponting and Australian Cricket Boards.

  • on November 3, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    ourn refusal to bowl yorkers at tailender cost us again. someone must be telling them not to bowl yorkers at the tailenders.i am tipping the not so wonder coach cooley is doing this and he is an overrated hack. we all know why the poms got it swinging. it wasn't because of him

  • Jimmyboris on November 3, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    The Australian cricket team is a boys club, Ponting has never won a big series as captain, and clarke is to busy trying to prove how awesome he is, they need to drop players out of form and get a captain like border waugh gilchrist one's that know were to put the field and lead the team when it matters most not just hitting runs when there is no pressure.

  • on November 3, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    How can clarke be the next captain, he cant even make any runs in all formats of the game. The selectors dont know who to pick in what positions, As a big mitchell johnson fan i will now say that he is over rated. What is with the selectors picking all victorian and nsw players except in this game with johnson, marsh and doherty who i thought should have been in the ODI and 20/20 format long before. Aussie's need some X factor and its not there. The aussie bowlers suck big time except for doherty. Bring back lee or a nannes or rimmington. Bowlers who know how to bowl a yorker, johnson sucks, siddle sucks, hastings is ok. Maybe even have a look at coyte, the guy took a hatrick and almost had 2 in the past week. Brad Hodge must come back asap, he is the best in formed batsman in australia.

  • shramiac1 on November 3, 2010, 22:54 GMT

    Once again world cricket's biggest "strike weapon" brings Australia down! Mitchell Johnson! The biggest pressure relief valve this side of an exploding oil rig! SL down and out, the spinners bowling well, No.10 walks out to bat, Clarke hands the ball to Johnson, WIDE!! What's new??? Time for Johnson to be dropped! He bowls so many bad balls between the good ones? Maybe he should get some bowling lessons rather than spending all his time in the tattoo parlours!!!!. Siddle is not ready to be back in the national side yet either! His constant half volleys followed by sloppy bouncers was excrucitaing to watch. Why can no Aussie bowl a yorker???? I'd rather the old dog Lee back in the team than Johnson!

  • AK47_pk on November 3, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    australia should only play teams like bangladesh zimbabwe nd kenya from now on.

  • ygkd on November 3, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    How about giving due credit to the Sri Lankans? I fully expected them to win, though I must say at plenty of wickets down for not many runs, I wondered what on Earth was happening. But they came back because they bat better and they bowl better and they have self-belief foundered on the team rather than the individual, rather like Aus used to have, even if SL isn't in that league. Currently, Australia is only the better side in the field. Matthews is a fine player and I have liked the look of Malinga since he first toured northern Australia as a very raw youngster. Their spinners can spin the ball properly, Sangakarra is a fine keeper/bat. Fellow, Australians, we must accept, our national team is not what it used to be. Sri Lanka aren't what they used to be either - the easybeats of international cricket. Good luck to them.

  • on November 3, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    This match and the other one at Dubai tells us that Pace is so overrated.The likes of Siddle,Johnson and Morkel were hit all over the park because they erred in length.Siddle was relentless in sending those short balls and Mathews clobbered them every time.It was pure mediocre bowling.These bowlers can't get yorkers even if their life is at stake.I think Lee would have made the difference.Srilanka and Pakistan are genuine contenders for the WC if they somehow get their batting right.Having said that,M and M show was surreal.Mathews is a very good cricketer.Malinga now has won a match with his bat in addition to his toe crushers.

  • on November 3, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    I feel sorry for Poor Oz fanz... 1st they criticise Ponting... but know they should understand that he is the best captain Australia ever had...

  • on November 3, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    As good as Malinga and Mathews played, the thing that defined the match for me was captaincy. With 8 down, Sangakarra took the powerplay, something that Australia just didnt think of and it took Clarke by surprise. Australia should have taken it before Marsh got out, or almost as soon as Smith went out there. Instead they waited til then end and there was too much pressure on the tail end batters. Then, when the Sri Lankans were hitting everything dished up by the seamers, he didn't change it up and bowl spin. Sure Smith had a bad back, but there's still himself and White who could bowl a couple of overs. The pace bowlers all were useless. I feel sorry for Doherty because he had such a good game and deserved better than that. He was let down by his captain.

  • MrFahd on November 3, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    i dont think so Clarke really deserve it being the skipper of Aussies international side... he should step down and let other deserving candidate represent them for better interest of Aussies cricket

  • on November 3, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    @Avroneel, Ponting cant possibly do better, this is Clarke's first defeat due to bad captaincy. Give him some time. Ponting's been captain for 10 years and not done anything

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    remarkable cricket happening arond the world. all by the asian teams. 1 amazing 1 wkt victory for INDIA over AUS. 2 minows B'desh make a clean sweep off NZ. 3 one man army abdul razzaq reviving PAK by scoring 64 off the last 65 runs to win against SA. & the latest. 4 heroic win 4 SL over AUS. again by 1 wkt, thanks to mathews and malinga.

    Its the dominance of asian cricket now. hopefully INDIA will win the WC

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Sri Lankans are a bunch of sloggers! they watch too many hours of baseball from America!! Australia are a bunch of losers and they'll continue to lose to a team playing baseball while the other was playing boring cricket

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    Australian's have to admit that they cannot remain invincible and swallow the bitter pill and sack the aging players. Clarke is out of form and should be given a break for a year to play domestic competition. The Aussies need a change of captaincy very soon across all formats and need persistence with rookie players. But for all that to happen they need to admit to themselves first that their golden era has ended. They will get drubbed by England in the Ashes. The Aussies will have to go through a trough, only then can they bounce back with conviction.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 3, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Doherty usually bowls 1 or 2 overs opening the innings, comes back to bowl in tandem with the other spinner (Krezja for Tasmania) and then bowls 2 or 3 overs at the death. So why didn't Michael Clarke use him like that? Clarke waited too long before giving Doherty a bowl and then bowled him basically straight. This seemed to me to be a big mistake and is not at all how he is usually used. The commentators also kept saying that Cameron White should have bowled with Doherty. He did well to get his 4 wickets but he still wasn't used well. Watson and Johnson also both got far too many overs.

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Everyone would agree on one thing, whether austrailia is good or bad, austrailia is the only team in the world which gives most exciting counters in the cricket mostly one-day, Just take a look at the Aus vs India ODI series in 2009, Both teams played extraordinary tendulkar scoring more than 150 in the ODI in the chase 0f target of 340... I hope u all have seen that. I am pretty sure that this world-cup would be a nail-biting one. One more thing, Austrailia is the only country which can have a much greater survival rate in Sub-continent pitches than the New Zealand, England and South Africa teams. The semi-finals of world cup would be Austrailia,India,Srililanka,(------------). If u take a look at previous 3 world cups, Austrailia faced all three major subcontinent teams in finals. Pakistan,India, sri-lanka,

  • on November 3, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Well this is real cricket we have seen until last ball bowled. Everybody talks about retired great player it was the day we cant even think about to win but everybody has to go nobody play longer time so we cant say this and other hand other team is going up & up with performance.and great team never can be in a day or two. all r seasoned by improving theselves. So stop talking about old days when u dont think to beat Australia. India started to beat them and now all doing this they came to know how to beat aus. Now other teams beginning to become like them......bring them down as much as u can to show the real face of defeat......

  • David47 on November 3, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Firstly, well done to SL - great fightback to take the match. Question for Aus selectors - where to from here boys?? Well, for starters Clarke's card should be marked "NEVER to captain Australia again in ANY form of cricket". Sorry, he's a nice enough guy but the bloke is clueless as a captain. I know this will raise the ire of Clarke fans but you could see it again on the field last night, and it's well known by those close to the team, most of the players simply don't respect him as a captain. White needs to come in as deputy to Ponting in ODIs, and made captain of the hit and giggle side. It NEEDS to be done TODAY.

  • india.cricket_lover on November 3, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    what this victory by s.lanka over australians has shown to the rest of the world is that the 2011 w.cup will be dominated by the asian teams.some of the results that prove this fact are...1). bangladesh thrashing n.zealand 4-0.... 2).india whitewashing australia 2-0 in tests n 1-0 in ODI'S....3). Despite all the controversies surrounding their cricket,pakistan beating s.africa in a close 2nd match of the ODI's....moreover,asian teams have always done well at the w.cup...pakistan won it in 1992,lanka in 1996,pak reached the finals in 1999,india reached the finals in 2003 n lanka reached the finals in 2007...thn india winning the inaugural t20 w.cup and pakisan winning the 2nd one...this clearly highlights asia's dominance in ICC EVENTS,and the 2011 w.cup being held in sub-continent,i except india,pakistan n s.lanka to reach the semis easily and an asian giant finally going on to win the cup.....And as far as australiais concerned,they take the ashes too seriously..

  • dsndhanushka on November 3, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka,, Lions r always first>>>

  • sandy.solar on November 3, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    I belive below will be the top ODI Aus squad for world cup 2011. Ricky Ponting(C),Michel Clark,Shane Watson,Micle hussey,Camaron White,Haddin(W),Brett Lee,Michel Jonson,Shaun Tait,Nathan Hartiz,Drik Nannes,Bollinger,Steven smith,Sahun Marsh,David Warner

  • Mayurlove on November 3, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Australia is gone......well done srilanka

  • radhegee on November 3, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    Enough is enough now for Michael Clarke , he is should be removed now ans White should be made Pointing's deputy.

  • on November 3, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    @ Syed Muhammed Imaduddin - If selectors need to select the playing eleven based on current form & recent performance ,Ponting's place itself doubtful in aussie team. Ponting can never play good against off spinners & for your kind info , Murali & Randiv never going to be easy for ponting !!! Let ponting bat properly , then only guiding entire aussie team for the victory comes into picture :-)

  • on November 3, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    All people know that Australia were best team when Gilchrist,Waugh brothers,Ponting,Hayden,Gillespi,Bret lee and Great Macgrath & Super Warne were playing together. Now they are just a good team like other many teams.Even before also many times their batting got failed , but due to great Mcgrath & Warne ,they were able to come out of danger many times.( Famous world cup semi against SA was a very good example ). Currently India & South Africa are the best teams & I don't think australia can reach their best in another 2-3 years for sure !!! Definitely for 1st & 2nd place , only fight is between India & South Africa for at least 1 year.

  • on November 3, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Most of you are forgetting, during 2007 world cup. We lost CB Series and then lost Kiwi, everyone thought, Aussie gone. But then, we end up kicking every ones' ass. Michael Clarke.... A JOKE. He knows nothing about captaincy. We lost due to his captaincy, even Ponting has played with new players, remember the day, Mckay made his debut against India @ Hyderabad ?? With how many regular players we were playing that day ?? Ponting showed that day, why he can make winning scripts. Clarke is a FULLY NOOB.

  • asims67 on November 3, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    so, is the ICC going to investigate this? funny how Australia seems to keep being involved with "unbelievable" games and no one ever seems to question or investigate that...

  • on November 3, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    Don't worry about the Australian cricket team, cricket lovers. We have the best domestic competition in the world, and we are going to continue to produce teams that challenge the best of the best. We are presently developing a new winning combination, and the lack of confidence and success is just a symptom of the changing of the guard. Bring on game 2!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    this reminds me of australia's build up before the 2007 world cup whitewashed by new zealand lost the common wealth bank series but then won the worldcup easily u can never count out the aussies!!! what worries me for australia is who is goin to become captain of aus after pointing ..clarke and m hussey are gud players but pathetic captains!!!maybe cameron white..

  • Viper2.0 on November 3, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Noting much to say,this was a game which they shouldn't have lost.They only have themselves to blame for this loss.But having said this nothing can be taken away from Srilanka,they played well.The Aussies are clearly struggling in the bowling department and they are missing two quality bowlers in Bollinger and Harris.Moreover they aren't even playing a full strength playing 11 which misses Ponting,Tait,Bollinger & Harris.Whereas Srilanka played their possible full strength playing 11 and struggled for most part of the innings until that wonderful partnership between malinga and mathews.With Ponting returning for the next match,i don't see Srilanka winning the next 2 odi's unless there is another miracle like the one we saw today.But well played Srilanka!

  • nandydesikan on November 3, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Only because results are not in their favor, their quality of "choking" in the death overs has been exposed. If you see their history of wins, there is one interesting observation. Either it is comprehensive or brilliance of exhibition of individual performance, be it Warne or Steve Waugh or Ponting or Langer or Hayden or Mcgrath or Lee. Close encounters have the habit of going against the Aussies from a result perspective for a long , long time. Few examples, 1.India Australia titan cup 1996 in Bangalore, India were 164/8 and manage to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, courtesy the Srinath and Kumble. 2. Australia NZ in an ODI in Aus, NZ are 253/8 in 42 overs chasing 330 odd, Mccullum and Vettori fasion a magical victory in which Vettori scores 50 off just 23 balls. Most of Ind-Aus test matches have been close, and India have won most of the close ones. Aussies are the actual chokers...sorry ...

  • on November 3, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    bring nannes ,shaun tait in odi's they can bowl yorkers well

  • anikbrad on November 3, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    this was aremarkable week for ODI SA vs Pak 1 ODI went to the wire and was remarkably won by Pak and 2nd ODI was a last ball affair and was till that a tense affair too and this SRI AUS match was a sure winner in term of humdingers. The best week for ODI history

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    bring nannes ,shaun tait in odi's they can bowl yorkers well

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    maruti123, bollinger not playing wasn't anything to do with complacency, that he is injured might have had something to do with it...

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    A wonderful game but the larger issue seems to be Australia"s inability to win games, that seem to be in the bag. It also demonstrates how the wheel can turn a full circle. In the early 2000s Australia would win from similar situations that Sri Lanka won from. Remember Andy Bichel and Michael Bevan against England in South Africa and several others? It seems crazy to look at positives but Australia has a decent bowler in Doherty and Haddin seems to be coming back into form. Australia are without Ponting, Bollinger and must have been hurt by Smith not bowling and must still be concerned about the poor bowling of Johnson and Siddle who bowled far too short and wide if I may add. Every loss is a learning, but sadly Australia does not seem to be learning. Johnson was there in India and at Mohali , but he still bowled short . Australia should think what is their best eleven and keep playing that till the world cup. If Lee and Tait are fit, then this team can still beat most but. sridhar

  • inswing on November 3, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Australia haven't forgotten anything. It is just the quality of the bowlers. McGrath, Gillispie, Lee, and Warne are gone, and replaced by bowlers that are good but not at the same level. The Aussie batting was occasionally brittle before too, but bowling saved them many times. Now, that safety is no longer there.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Australiahas completely lost it mentally. They obsess about Ashes when they are playing India. They talk about world cup while playing Sri lanka. Unless they play in the hear and now, they will continue to lose from winning positions. It is a good thing they will be playing an equally obsessive endland team for the 'ever-important' Ashes. Nevermind the fact that these are #4 and $5 teams playing.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Its been a problem for a long time... good that someone pointed this out

  • maruti123 on November 3, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Dont give excuses Aussies. We are playing an international game if you dont want to play ponting or Bollinger that's your problem . Well done Srilanka great come back. Batting and fielding definitley has to be up. Just grind the Aussies give them a 3-0 whitewash actually 4-0 With the twenty -twenty game. What a way to start the world cup Campaign.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Australia is a gone case man. I am telling u...lol.

  • on November 3, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    let all the Ponting's come.. this is just the bigging of the end of Aussie dominance. like what happend to the Great WI team in the 70's and 80's.. all good things will come to an end.. you can see India.. Sri Lanka .. England improving..

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    With ponting, the situation changes.. Aussies get super powered! But The Lions know the style to adapt and adopt! Sanga and his men wil fire back with life!! And if a complete innings was anchored by th no.10 batsmen, think what sri lanka can achieve with full force working together.. Remember Ausies would never have won in that position with the no. 10 batsmen!

  • Gupta.Ankur on November 3, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    I think Australia's future with Clarke at helm was at display here and Australians must gear up for more such stunning captaincy from "pup"....

  • MilindaSB on November 3, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    ha ha ha we c how mighty Aussies were crushed by India

  • stFleming on November 3, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Well Well very disappointing for Australia...Anyway Ricky Ponting is available for the 2nd ODI and lets hope a big hundred from him...Hope Aussies will knock down Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI...Good luck legendary Ricky...

  • landl47 on November 3, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    When you analyze the game, it becomes even more worrying for Australia. Haddin played well, but apart from him, there wasn't much against a Sri Lankan attack which shouldn't have excelled in these conditions. Hussey scratched out 71 with one boundary and no-one else did anything. They were rolled over by Perera, a 21-year old medium pacer. Their bowlers were even worse, with the exception of Doherty. He took 4 wickets, there were 3 run outs and the rest shared 2 wickets between them. Johnson, the supposed spearhead, went round the park for 68, carrying on his lack of form which stretches back to the games in England. Australia have to be asking themselves where the runs and wickets are going to come from over the next few months.

  • CricLand on November 3, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Good game by lankans. For the first time, i think England can win the Ashes. I always believed aussies will find their winning habits @ home. But the matches with lankans so far showed how vulnerable they have become. As the title of the article say, they forget what it takes to win the matches. It's really a writing on the wall for other teams (to India) that cricket is a team game and relying on one or two key superstars will be a problem in the future.

  • bharath74 on November 3, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    He could have used Hastings and Watson instead of Doherty and Johnson. He continued vt them even when they hit easily by Malinga especially. Clarke should have bowled a few more overs as well. M & M played an innings which will be remembered for long time.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    I don't see Clarke being a ideal captaicy candidate. Its high time Australia try and groom somebody else like C.White or Shane Watson who is more resourceful and creative

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Clarke is not suitable for captaincy........shame on U...!!!

  • kazam_razaq on November 3, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    australia needs to bring in brett lee & shaun tait ASAP at the expense of mitchell johnson who needs a wake up call.also they will have to bring in CALLUM FERGUSON at 4 bcoz he is really cool headed and runs his score tension free ponting well when he is not in the team everybody can see the difference so he should play for 2,3 years until AUSTRALIA gets an invincible player like him or any other good batsmen of the past. try WHITE as ODI & T20 skipper as he is a much better choice than CLARKE as WHITE looks like really a cool headed cricketer and his record for VICTORIA speaks for it

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    I am very pleased to see this

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    where s callum furguson n james hopes.bring back them.i had lot of faith on furguson.ponting should think of it.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    where is LUKE RONCHI , where is JESON KREJZA what d hell that aussie cricket board did to them............

  • Lovetesh on November 3, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    With key tournament so near, its high time that Aussie settle with their squad. Too much experiments with openers, fast bowlers and spinners. And put people where they belong Shaun Marsh is an opener, Brad Haddin is a finisher not other way around. Poor Marsh has to make way for Ponting while it should be Clarke who must go.

  • HarshaCD on November 3, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    As much as Ponting being probably the greatest bat Australia`s produced after Bradman, even he would not make much of a difference to this trend. The world has moved passed the Ponting era, and they are ready take on anything that Ponting offers.

  • arun.arul on November 3, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Its high time the Australian think tank brings in Callum Ferguson in the playing XI. He is one player who can steady the ship when top order fails and at the same time accelerate when situation demands.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Clarke is to blame!!!. . . Im sure Ian Chappel would have been disappointed by his captaincy.He gives away too many easy singles.He does not know to choke the batsman.He is only fit to go behind Lara Bingle!!!!!. . .I hope ponting comes back and takes control of things and let this amateur clarke take a backseat.I also hope these dumb selectors stop playing with the team composition and bring back their A team for the rest of the ODI's.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    wel done lankans :) australia deserve it big time

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    can any 1 tell me where is dirk nannes , tait and bret lee......

  • ragomsk on November 3, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    What I do not understand is if Smith had a bad back, and could not bowl, why was he on the field? Surely it makes better sense to have him retire and get a substitute so that he can have treatment and time to recover considering that there are 2 more matches to go!! Also do not forget Smith was fit enough to field in the covers and pick up a drive and throw the stumps down to run out Malinga! One wonders how bad the back really was!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Have other teams gotten better or has Australia gotten worst?

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    After all this, I am amazed by the fact that no one is criticizing Johnson even a bit. I am sure Johnson can't even be sure himself if he can hit 1 out of 10 balsl he bowls could hit the stumps. Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken are way better bowlers than current ones playing in XI and if common sense prevails, they should be in playing XI. If thats not done, either a miracle can save Australia from losing the Ashes, or lost Ashes will only bring much required changes. I can't believe I am saying this for a Cricketing System who were so ruthless to drop Steve Waugh and Jason Gillespie one time for couple of bad series.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 3, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Incredible story and the glaring truth. The Aussies are no longer what they used to be not for a lack of talent, the talent to beat any team, anywhere and in any format is there as they have proven by getting close on several occasions BUT the instinct and the execution is gone. It will return no doubt but the question is WHEN lol.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Best Strike Bowlers in Australia and in World are Lee, Tait who are injured and recovering right now. But these bowlers have habit of getting injured every now and then, so that being considered, Australia is left with current lot of bowlers most of the times. May be Lee, Tait and Bollinger will be back for WC and form best bowling lineup in World, but till then Australia has to live by the fact that rest of bowlers are ordinary at International Standards. The sooner they accept this situation and the better it is. Right now they are just not admitting that likes of Johnson, Siddle, Starc, Hastings are not good enough. They rely heavily on Johnson who has been pathetic in last 15 months, and on 5 occasions - 3rd Test V SA in Australia, 1st Test of last Ashes, 1st ODI V India in 2009, Mohali Test and this ODI, Johnson is the common bowler who couldn't remove Tail ender. Despit that statements by Aussie Captains and Coaches of Johnson bowling good recently, sums up the situation.

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    The days of foul-mouthing opponents into losing their mind are over. As a result a team hell-bent on sledging opponents out of the match is no longer winning matches. As simple as that!

  • Arsalan_RC on November 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Well its not choking!!!!!! its just Lack of quality players, specially the bowlers! the sooner Australians realize the better, or this " Choking " phenomenon will take over the Australians and they will think they are good but they choke, whereas as, the fact is, the are not good any more and they they do not choke, they simply lose because other sides have become better and will continue to lose so unless they find a couple of McGraths and Gilchrists! (sounds easy yeah?) oh.. and a few Shane warne's would halp aswell =D

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on November 3, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    dat was needed to pareral the world teams equally.... now u can see dat top 5 teams r pretty much same.... u can't predict who can win or loose.... an single team domination was and will never be good for cricket.... u always want uncertanity in matches.. great match.... lower order is fighting against Aussies.......

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Clarke said during the presentation that Smith could not be handed the ball because he hurt his back while fielding.

    Great win by the lankans !!

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Its hard to digest for everyone of what happened at the MCG, but remember this team is not the 100% mighty ausies, no bollinger, no ponting in todays game, let them come and then the media talk. I think after this many losses, ponting will come with a strong reply to the Lankan Lions, The classy pulls of Ponting will soon change the music ....,

    WARNING: PONTING COMING SOON!!!!!!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    When Bad Time Came Anything Doesnot Go In Your Favour We All Know That Aussies Have Potential And Capability To Bounce Back,Aussies Are Confused With Their Squad They Are Trying To Much This Is Not The Testing Time Try To More Aggresive Towards their Approach And Plans But Lankans M Factor Works For Them.......Go OZ Go And Show the WORLD WHAT U ARE WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD COME TO DEFEAT U U SHOWED THEM GO BACK WITH BARE FOOT.......

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    One of the greatest come back in a cricket match. Malinga Mathews very well played.

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  • on November 3, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    One of the greatest come back in a cricket match. Malinga Mathews very well played.

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    When Bad Time Came Anything Doesnot Go In Your Favour We All Know That Aussies Have Potential And Capability To Bounce Back,Aussies Are Confused With Their Squad They Are Trying To Much This Is Not The Testing Time Try To More Aggresive Towards their Approach And Plans But Lankans M Factor Works For Them.......Go OZ Go And Show the WORLD WHAT U ARE WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD COME TO DEFEAT U U SHOWED THEM GO BACK WITH BARE FOOT.......

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Its hard to digest for everyone of what happened at the MCG, but remember this team is not the 100% mighty ausies, no bollinger, no ponting in todays game, let them come and then the media talk. I think after this many losses, ponting will come with a strong reply to the Lankan Lions, The classy pulls of Ponting will soon change the music ....,

    WARNING: PONTING COMING SOON!!!!!!!

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Clarke said during the presentation that Smith could not be handed the ball because he hurt his back while fielding.

    Great win by the lankans !!

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on November 3, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    dat was needed to pareral the world teams equally.... now u can see dat top 5 teams r pretty much same.... u can't predict who can win or loose.... an single team domination was and will never be good for cricket.... u always want uncertanity in matches.. great match.... lower order is fighting against Aussies.......

  • Arsalan_RC on November 3, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Well its not choking!!!!!! its just Lack of quality players, specially the bowlers! the sooner Australians realize the better, or this " Choking " phenomenon will take over the Australians and they will think they are good but they choke, whereas as, the fact is, the are not good any more and they they do not choke, they simply lose because other sides have become better and will continue to lose so unless they find a couple of McGraths and Gilchrists! (sounds easy yeah?) oh.. and a few Shane warne's would halp aswell =D

  • on November 3, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    The days of foul-mouthing opponents into losing their mind are over. As a result a team hell-bent on sledging opponents out of the match is no longer winning matches. As simple as that!

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Best Strike Bowlers in Australia and in World are Lee, Tait who are injured and recovering right now. But these bowlers have habit of getting injured every now and then, so that being considered, Australia is left with current lot of bowlers most of the times. May be Lee, Tait and Bollinger will be back for WC and form best bowling lineup in World, but till then Australia has to live by the fact that rest of bowlers are ordinary at International Standards. The sooner they accept this situation and the better it is. Right now they are just not admitting that likes of Johnson, Siddle, Starc, Hastings are not good enough. They rely heavily on Johnson who has been pathetic in last 15 months, and on 5 occasions - 3rd Test V SA in Australia, 1st Test of last Ashes, 1st ODI V India in 2009, Mohali Test and this ODI, Johnson is the common bowler who couldn't remove Tail ender. Despit that statements by Aussie Captains and Coaches of Johnson bowling good recently, sums up the situation.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on November 3, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Incredible story and the glaring truth. The Aussies are no longer what they used to be not for a lack of talent, the talent to beat any team, anywhere and in any format is there as they have proven by getting close on several occasions BUT the instinct and the execution is gone. It will return no doubt but the question is WHEN lol.

  • on November 3, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    After all this, I am amazed by the fact that no one is criticizing Johnson even a bit. I am sure Johnson can't even be sure himself if he can hit 1 out of 10 balsl he bowls could hit the stumps. Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken are way better bowlers than current ones playing in XI and if common sense prevails, they should be in playing XI. If thats not done, either a miracle can save Australia from losing the Ashes, or lost Ashes will only bring much required changes. I can't believe I am saying this for a Cricketing System who were so ruthless to drop Steve Waugh and Jason Gillespie one time for couple of bad series.