Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Sydney November 5, 2010

Sangakkara credits Sri Lanka's self-belief in series win

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Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was unsurprisingly full of praise for his team after they wrapped up their first ever series victory on Australian soil with a 29-run win in the second one-dayer at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"There's a lot to be taken out of the way we played these games," he said. "It's fantastic. We played the way we believed we could coming here. It was just a case of us fighting to convert every opportunity and tonight I thought it was a great all-round performance."

The last time Sri Lanka were in Australia, in 2007-08, they were beaten 2-0 in the Test series and failed to reach the final of the CB series, which also included India. This time, they met an Australian side struggling for form, having lost five consecutive games across all formats going into this series. But Sangakkara insisted that Australia's struggles didn't take the gloss off a maiden series win down under.

"It means a lot," he said. "This is a stage we always wanted to get to where everyone does what is asked of them and you can't ask any more of the players. They have grown in stature and self-belief. Sri Lankan cricket seems to be in really good hands going forward."

While Sri Lanka's new generation of players, such as opening batsman Upul Tharanga and allrounders Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews, played a major role in the team's victory, Sangakkara also made special mention of Muttiah Muralitharan, who is on his final tour of the country.

"What more can he do?" Sangakkara said of Muralitharan. "To win the series in Australia on his last tour here. We are thankful to have a champion like him in the side."

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  • TATTUs on November 9, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    @nav84smom.

    I am not in both the groups you mentioned. I see what I see and comment about things. I follow cricket...yes CRICKET...AUS vs SL was also cricket I guess...

    About the future series..yeah...we will wait and see...I am no Nostradamus...I can only comment about present facts.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @TATTUs: Ohhhh I guess you are one of those Indian fans who had watched too much of 'India's greatest run chases', 'Classics', 'Hitz' and other programs where they keep on showing (and repeating) India's victories. Let me ask you this, If Indians are so great then why did you supporters call Dhoni & co. actors and burn their effigies when they lost the 2007 WC and T20 WCs? Guess according to you WI are the best team in the world since they won the first 3 WCs and since you are preoccupied with the past. My other question is are you so jobless to brag about India in a Aus vs SL article? (there is nothing to brag about, trust me, everyone in the world thinks India being no.1 is a joke and their pathetic display IN India against an inexperienced NZ team shows that) Go win in SA and then talk - I'll be the first to comment after India get whacked around by SA, Till then peace out

  • Ind_Cric_Fan79 on November 8, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Great display of character by Srilankans. Dear SRL fans, y r u underestimating IND al d time? There's no gud thing in it. Nyways, Congrats SRL for a convincing win in AUS. SL never struggled in this series except the last match. We shud be careful. These guys are tough contenders for us WC 2011.

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    @TheUglyTruth - Wow man.That is one of the best comments I have seen in cricinfo...yeah...win or loose we are with our boys,simply because they give their 100% to bring the glory home and they play for their country above everything else.That's the true Lankan Spirit.Proud to be a Lion.

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    @nav84smom

    Anything India is, SL has been worse. NOT WINNING A TEST IN INDIA,SA and AUS is a great achievement! isnt it?

    And what raw deal? You have played around 50 tests outside Subcontinent and won only 5! whose fault is it?

    And since 1997, after SL had established itself, it has played 30 tests outside the subcontinent, winning only 4. I dont think lack of tests is an excuse.

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    @TATTUs - About ENG,Sri Lanka drew the last test series they played in Englad.(1-1).They have only played 2 test series in ENG and they lost one and drew one.When ENG come to Sri Lanka...well...you know who is the winner,don't you...lolz

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    @TATTUs - This is the only time Sri Lanka played a bilateral one day series against Aussies in Australia.Ya its been a long time but one series.This is the first series they played and they won it.Whole world knows how Australia won the 95/96 Benson & Hedges series by cheating.Sri Lanka took Australia to the 3rd final for the first time in a VB series under the captaincy of Atapattu(mind you Gilly,Hayden and all the big guns were there).They were the No.2 side at that time in Tests as well as ODIs.In tests we have never played a 3 test match series in Australia.And mind you India got test status in 30s,but Sri Lanka in 1982.I know Indians are so jealous that Lankans are achieving things that Indians have failed to achieve playing test cricket for more than 50 years.Sorry mate,you have to live with it.And the best is yet to come.Soon you will see the Aussies getting pawned by our quicks in their own backyard.You saw the glimpse of it WACA didn't you.As clarke himself said.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @TATTUs: Just to let you know SL got a raw deal in FTP unlike India. But you guys seems to be struggling against NZ @ HOME. 15/5 HAHAHAHA Shows that India being number 1 is a joke.

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Just now got to know that SL has WON JUST 5 tests outside the subcontinent. Period!

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    @nav84smom.

    Check the record for Ind vs AUS last 15 years...you will know.check SL vs AUS also last 15 years.... Ind drew a series in 2003. Almost did it again in 2007. Won in England. Beat AUS SL in the tri series last time in AUS if you talk about ODIs. These are much better than never winning even a SINGLE TEST. Just think of it...Not even a SINGLE TEST WIN. LOL

  • TATTUs on November 9, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    @nav84smom.

    I am not in both the groups you mentioned. I see what I see and comment about things. I follow cricket...yes CRICKET...AUS vs SL was also cricket I guess...

    About the future series..yeah...we will wait and see...I am no Nostradamus...I can only comment about present facts.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    @TATTUs: Ohhhh I guess you are one of those Indian fans who had watched too much of 'India's greatest run chases', 'Classics', 'Hitz' and other programs where they keep on showing (and repeating) India's victories. Let me ask you this, If Indians are so great then why did you supporters call Dhoni & co. actors and burn their effigies when they lost the 2007 WC and T20 WCs? Guess according to you WI are the best team in the world since they won the first 3 WCs and since you are preoccupied with the past. My other question is are you so jobless to brag about India in a Aus vs SL article? (there is nothing to brag about, trust me, everyone in the world thinks India being no.1 is a joke and their pathetic display IN India against an inexperienced NZ team shows that) Go win in SA and then talk - I'll be the first to comment after India get whacked around by SA, Till then peace out

  • Ind_Cric_Fan79 on November 8, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Great display of character by Srilankans. Dear SRL fans, y r u underestimating IND al d time? There's no gud thing in it. Nyways, Congrats SRL for a convincing win in AUS. SL never struggled in this series except the last match. We shud be careful. These guys are tough contenders for us WC 2011.

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    @TheUglyTruth - Wow man.That is one of the best comments I have seen in cricinfo...yeah...win or loose we are with our boys,simply because they give their 100% to bring the glory home and they play for their country above everything else.That's the true Lankan Spirit.Proud to be a Lion.

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    @nav84smom

    Anything India is, SL has been worse. NOT WINNING A TEST IN INDIA,SA and AUS is a great achievement! isnt it?

    And what raw deal? You have played around 50 tests outside Subcontinent and won only 5! whose fault is it?

    And since 1997, after SL had established itself, it has played 30 tests outside the subcontinent, winning only 4. I dont think lack of tests is an excuse.

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    @TATTUs - About ENG,Sri Lanka drew the last test series they played in Englad.(1-1).They have only played 2 test series in ENG and they lost one and drew one.When ENG come to Sri Lanka...well...you know who is the winner,don't you...lolz

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    @TATTUs - This is the only time Sri Lanka played a bilateral one day series against Aussies in Australia.Ya its been a long time but one series.This is the first series they played and they won it.Whole world knows how Australia won the 95/96 Benson & Hedges series by cheating.Sri Lanka took Australia to the 3rd final for the first time in a VB series under the captaincy of Atapattu(mind you Gilly,Hayden and all the big guns were there).They were the No.2 side at that time in Tests as well as ODIs.In tests we have never played a 3 test match series in Australia.And mind you India got test status in 30s,but Sri Lanka in 1982.I know Indians are so jealous that Lankans are achieving things that Indians have failed to achieve playing test cricket for more than 50 years.Sorry mate,you have to live with it.And the best is yet to come.Soon you will see the Aussies getting pawned by our quicks in their own backyard.You saw the glimpse of it WACA didn't you.As clarke himself said.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @TATTUs: Just to let you know SL got a raw deal in FTP unlike India. But you guys seems to be struggling against NZ @ HOME. 15/5 HAHAHAHA Shows that India being number 1 is a joke.

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Just now got to know that SL has WON JUST 5 tests outside the subcontinent. Period!

  • TATTUs on November 8, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    @nav84smom.

    Check the record for Ind vs AUS last 15 years...you will know.check SL vs AUS also last 15 years.... Ind drew a series in 2003. Almost did it again in 2007. Won in England. Beat AUS SL in the tri series last time in AUS if you talk about ODIs. These are much better than never winning even a SINGLE TEST. Just think of it...Not even a SINGLE TEST WIN. LOL

  • on November 7, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    @CricSoul, We have beat AUS in AUS even with Mcgrath,Warne,Lee & Co who are all time greats.Bollinger,Hilfanhaus & othres are new comers.If SL team can beat AUS with those greats.why we can't now?.....Mind it.May be IND can not.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 7, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    @TATTUs: And when was the last time India won a test series in OZ? Oh that's right never. let's see how your overrated team performs in SA. @CricSoul: Really? Is he the best bowler in the world? Well we can say that if Mendis played, then OZ would've been more humiliated. As for Lee - his record against SL is very poor. Last time he played SL, he got whacked around the park by a player who is not even in the first XI.

  • aussielankan on November 7, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    @cricsoul...all we can do is play the side that is picked against us. What was sanga meant to say. 'im dissapointed at this win'. srsly then every aussie captain should have said that during there prime yrs as most other teams played with 'no quality bowlers' comparatively.

  • TATTUs on November 7, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    @Hashita

    LOL.

    Chances? Did you even draw any one of the tests against Australia last time you toured them? You are talking about winning.

  • partyanimal on November 6, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    put your money on australia, your hard earn money never gona waste. 100% Srilanka can't win the last game

  • CricSoul on November 6, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Oh no Sanga you cannot be happy at all after all you guys have beaten a Team which has no quality bowlers, u had not win against a pace attack of Lee,Bollinger,Tait, Bracken. If bollinger is in the team you guys would have slumped to a massive defeat. Mind it Sanga

  • on November 6, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    welldone guys!!!!....... I think credit must go to sanga... The way he handle the team member is just superb.. Specially the young/new followers.. So big thank to Sanga for all the hard work.. All the best.. Cheers..

  • SLCricMonitor on November 6, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    To TaniaM, Here we r talking abt ODI cricket, Test cricket is another thing. this is what happened when your heart is not accepting the truth. This win is a great one.

  • bhaloniaz on November 6, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Sangakkara has been a great leader. He moves with a great balance of self belief, caution and celebrations! With Perera, Mathews SL has fast bowling all-rounders, great spinners and great batsmen.

  • on November 6, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    @TaniyaM-sri lanka could have win test's in SA & AUS if they gave us more chances.Sri lanka didn't play a TEST in SA since 2003/2004. Being played over 100 test matches Mahela only played 4 test's in Aus .

  • Suban_singh on November 6, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    "Sri Lankan cricket seems to be in really good hands going forward." WELl played SRI LANKA...!!!!

  • Praviya on November 6, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    @ TATTUs: Win is a Win no matter what the situation is. Sri Lanka have achived so much in world cricket for this short period of time since they gained test status which none of the other so called mighty teams even can not dream of. We are a small nation with limited resources but with a big heart who have broken the most number of records in world cricket. Some may not be able to swallow the success story of the Sri Lankan cricket team leading to the world cup but that's the reality. We are playing well. So we win matches. Simple as that.

  • popcorn on November 6, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Deeply honoured that EVERY country thinks Australia is the FINAL FRONTIER. India,South Africa,Bangla Desh,England, West Indies, Pakistan,Zimbabwe, New Zealand,Sri Lanka rate a win against ANY of each of the other 8 as unworthy opponents!

  • first_slip on November 6, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    @Fan84, hey mate Who is David Warner? is he Better than Ponting ,Watson, hussy or white? warner is just a slogger who dont know how to build an inning, if Ponting Watson, hussy, white are Struggling against SL bowlers better if shut ur mouth up about Warner, yes Tait could have made few headaches to Sl but not lee, he is gone, & Sri lanken players or board didnt ask Aussies to not to play Tait or Lee against them, did they? so y are y r u barking?

  • SLfan on November 6, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    @ TheUglyTruth - Well said, mate ! Yeah, we should n't expect anyone's appreciation over this victory. If they give it, definitely we accept it. Otherwise, it's ok... People can have different ideas & they have the right to express it...So let them do it. That does not affect the result or the class of Sri Lankan players, since whole world witnessed it...The reality is those critics also know it well & they just do this to make themselves happy, since there is no other way for them at the moment. So let them to be happy as well. Cheers !

  • abhiyog on November 6, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    hats off to sri lanka for their maiden win in australia and hope they complete a clean sweep of the aussies and good to see asian teams doing well on aussie soil.

  • Nmiduna on November 6, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    hey aussies are stil NO1 in odi rankins by sme distance rit? so it's da world's best team we beat n it's da most dif thing we've achieved..or history and records are evidence for dat..Very true 'UGLYTRUTH'. its happy to see there are people who speak for our country lik this..its nt jst patriotism..its speakin for jstice..we've been prays of dis commercial world simply coz we are small and we've no big mney to thrw in like indians or aussiez..bt thank you for all who speak for Sl to give our due.youngsters shw more courage and belief under sanga's leadership..and all da credit for our seniors lik mahela,dil murali to backin up youngsters...and bein with them without and air of snobbery..we can go far..bt we need to improve..need to polish our rough ends..i thnk as a nation we've been lackin our spirit over the past yrs..gt together guyz.did you see arjuna praisin our team n selectors despite bein a 'true opposite party member'? dat's wht you call true PATRIOTISM!..jst think a minute.

  • Great_Chucker on November 6, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Sl fans ..has your team won a Test Match In AUS or SA

  • TheUglyTruth on November 6, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    To all the Srilankan fans - we know how well our boys played down under. Everyone else does too. Its just a bitter pill for arrogance to swallow. But its ok. Who needs approval. The stats says it all and for all their whining and sour grapes, nothing will change that. Let them put down this series victory, call Srilankans minnows, say that Australia wernt taking this seriously, whatever. Personally, i dont want Srilanka to go into the WC as favourites. Lets be humble about our abilities and give it our best shot. Let the Aussies n Indians put themselves up on the pedestal of favourites. Whats that saying?...the higher they are, the harder the fall. All are talented teams. Let cricket decide whos better and leave this cricinfo bickering to old housewives. Win or lose, proud of the LANKAN LIONS!!!

  • Cricketlover645 on November 6, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Good job well done Sanga & the team. Credit must go to Aravinda De Silva as well. We need to win tommorro. 1) What the hell all these Indian fans are doing here on a artical on Aus & SL,for them as long as Indian win they treat the players as Gods, but when they loose, they set fire to homes of the players... 2) ICC must give Sri Lanka a fair chance, to have 5 match series with other countries...

  • CKP2010 on November 6, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    @Fan84 Accept the defeat... what ever the OZ team to defeat them on the OZ soil consecutively in three encounters is a great achievement.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 6, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Some of the Aussie supporters still cannot digest the 2 losses and the series. They are trying to devalue the result. But after 1st match PUB mentioned that SL playeed better than us in all 3 departments. I am not writing off australia but I can say SL team is one of the top teams in the woorld now. Please accept the truth brothers.

  • Chatz07 on November 6, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Mr.TATTU, I dont know what you have against the Sri Lankan team. Mind you when we beat AUSSIE in the world cup back then they were the best team going around and we were considered minnows. Your cricketing facts are wayy off. If a team that consists of hussey,clarke,ponting,watson,mitchel and haddin can be beaten thats a good team in any1s mind. I dont know which country you are from, but dont you see how Australia and England never give Test matches to srilanka. Give US more oppertunities and we will show you how bright your future is. And yes compare the players we have to all the other countries and you will see how bright the Sri Lankan future is.

  • papadum on November 6, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    the reason why ponting isn't playing is because lanka as already won the series! @TATTUs we support our team all the way, regardless of what team we are up against. This was murali's last tour and malinga and angelo broke a world record. We are simply celebrating our achievements. Its called pride. And every team has a chance of the world cup. That's how cricket is. By the way things are goin, if ur sayin that lanka doesn't have a chance, then aussies won't even get close. And if they didn't care about this tour, why bother even organisin a tour. So are you sayin that the previously loses were due to the same reason? cause they didn't care? 7 in a row? why bother goin to other countries? @Harindu...ha ha so true! he can't hack the fact that they have lost.

  • Rocketman1 on November 6, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    The Australian selection process is no excuse. Sri Lanka and other subcontinent nations have struggled due to politics and have probably never fielded the best side possible. Australia is at quite an advantage not to be riddled with such corruption. This may be a weaker Aussie outfit, but the same could probably be said about the every other nation that lost to the Australian team of Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Gilchrist and so on. If you look at the opposition they crushed...you'd probably only give them about 5 or 6 out of 10 as compared to the Australians 11/10! West Indies had their time, and so did Australia. It looks like a new super power will rise soon...South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, ENGLAND?

  • visualdp on November 6, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    SO SO SO... Now ausse people are saying this is a small series. I really wish they have good brains instead of empty trash cans. They don't even know they have outplayed even with their best best team has played yesterday. Poor ausses!!!!! Surely Ashes will go to England. They saying about warner & lee, what a joke tell me one occasion that warner scored well against Sl & for your info, Lee has been trashed in the warm up game by SL lads. SL batsmen always like to target LEE & in this 2 games they have gone after your mighty Jhonson who cannot handle the stress & tension, So pathetic ....

  • ramz_01 on November 6, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Fan84 funny comment.WARNER? who s he? Rmber t20 match v SL he scored 5 of 16 nd bret lee playing 4 NSW v SL conceded 44 of 4 overs.u stil talking abt those ppls? Try to accept da deafet proper way mate.

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

    Ponting plans to play in Sheffield sheild becasue he is afraid to participate their 8th consecutive loss. He hand-over all the responsibilities to his poor vise captain and evade that situation. Then they can make their mind by saying "ponting was not their WARNER,,didnot play,,, BRETT LEE shaun tait did not bowl..) so this is not the complete OZZIE team,, they wll win" he he... Try to appreciate sri lankans's success

  • on November 6, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Well done, Kumar & guys. Keep it up for tomorrow's match - we need it!

  • on November 6, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Rats are the first to leave a sinking ship, ponting is of to play sheffield shield cricket despite them facing a 3-0 whitewash. I'm sure he doesn't want his name associated with this. He was a good captain when he had great players , however obviously he nor clarke are good leaders of men. Well done Sanga and the rest for a professional performance.

  • TATTUs on November 6, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka are jumping up and down like they have beaten the mightiest team ever who have never lost to any other team! LOL. Australians , who are playing the ODI series are a bunch of disinterested, weak and demoralized team. Try playing them after they have won the Ashes and Sri Lanka will know. None of the Australians care what happened against Sri Lanka. None made comments that their aim is to beat Sri Lanka. Ponting of all is not playing as [believe it or not] he wants to PREPARE[not play] for a SHIELD GAME! So thats how interested Australia are in this series. But nevertheless, Mathews and Perera were brilliant for the visitors. But if SL think they will win the World Cup or their future is all shiny based on this they are in a delirium!

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 6, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    @Fan84: Warner played the t20 match, What happened? Oh thats right, he couldn't even score 20 runs. Last time Lee played SL, He got whacked out of the park by a player who is not even in the playing XI. When OZ played India IN India - they played a team w/o Hussey (probably best batsman in the team) & Ponting. Please be gracious enough to support a fellow subcontinent team instead of devaluing it.

  • lanka_86 on November 6, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Well done Sanga and the boys. Often we could be proud of our nationality here in Australia due to recent developments, and this has increased our pride further.

  • on November 6, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian: Jaywardane has scored many a great innings outside subcontinent including his famous maiden ODI hundred (on debut ?) against Eng in Aussie. but true he may not have done enough recently to his abilities. Anyway BIG credit should go to Aravinda also 1. pretty good squad (but I would loved to see Chandimal used more) 2. letting the team arrive early to Aus and get all geared up in Aus condition. Aravinda I believe had this dream/ goal to see SL win in Aus from days he played. UNFORTUNATELY Aus/ Eng do not give enough opportunities to SL.. its TESTS we need in these soil - because SL now posses a great bowling attack (talented spinners + genuine quick bowlers) to go with its technical correct batsmen which it always had from even non-test playing times.

  • ghtvnath on November 6, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Jarr30, Fan84 you are so funny. Please accept, Sri Lanka outplayed Australia. at home... o boy, we are lions... Ausies are helpless cangaroos

  • on November 5, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Stand Up For the champions...

  • SR71M on November 5, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    Fan84, SL team also got too many star players we cannot fit into the 11 ;-))))) so bring on what Aussies got and we will match it... No worries...

  • papadum on November 5, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    I am so proud of our lions!It is sad, however, that some aussie fans here can't accept their loss. @Fan84: this is still a strong aussie team. Brett Lee wouldn't have made much of a difference in my opinion. His currently out of form. There was johnson, hussey, watson, etc. It was a strong team, but lanka proved to play better cricket on both occasions. @Jarr30, this may be a small series but no team or series shouldn't be taken lightly. Making up excusses for your loss won't do any good, which is what the aussie team does everytime they lose. The fact is, the aussies need to pick up their game before the world cup. Learn from the indian captain. No matter what team they are up against dhoni always says "they can't be taken lightly". The credit goes to the whole lankan team, who performed extradinarily well. It just sad to see people, rather than accepting their defeat and celebrating good cricket, making up pathetic excuses to cover up their mistakes eg, clarke hitting watson :P

  • on November 5, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Someone has said we don't congratulate the Sri Lankans but sorry we are probably feeling a bit cheated last night with the duckworth system. But in saying that we did not play as well as we should and the Sri Lankans have showed us who is wearing their heart on the sleeve. This is the best team I have seen from Sri Lanka and what a way for Murali to finish his career in australia with the series won. He is one player who deserves this. CA and selectors have to rethink the team I don't believe we have had the best team on the paddock and fancy not play doherty in Sydney I would have put him in ahead of Hauritz. CONGRATULATIONS SRI LANKA BUT I THINK THIS WILL TEACH THE AUSSIES A LESSONS THE PLAYERS AND SELECTORS WE HAVE NOT PLAYED OUR BEST.

  • Dan2982 on November 5, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Well done Sanga and the boys. A big credit to Aravinda and the gang as well. Not often we could be proud of our nationality here in Australia due to recent developments. But this squares it nicely. Let us meet in Gabba

  • Jarr30 on November 5, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    OK GUYS...This small series against Sri Lankans doesn't matter or is important to us, that's why Ponting prefers to play in Sheffield sheild than play lowly Lankans. We just came back from a tough series in India are waiting for the Ashes now...Pommies I promise you..WE WILL BACK.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 5, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    CA(Cricket Australia) needs to invite ZIM & BAN for 3 or 5 ODI series before the World Cup(WC). That would probably help to end losing streak of 11 ODI's, (assuming AUS looses next ODI against SL & 7 ODI's against POMS) and to experience winning feeling. CA needs appoint John Howard as the CEO of CA, because he has the ability to turn around any thing.

  • ygkd on November 5, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    A fine ODI series thus far, but where are the Lankan Tests? Instead of a 5 match yawn-fest between two boring teams (and yes, I know its the Ashes in Oz, but gee, they're not all that great are they?), why not a 6-Test tri-series with 2 games each to AvE, EvSL and AvSL? That would liven things up a bit. Two Tests with no Aus playing? No problem. The Lankan spectators are the only ones who turned up for the ODIs anyway and the Barmy Army is, well, plain barmy. We Australians have a bad habit of finding other things to do when the national team is in decline. Suddenly, next winter's rugby/AFL season becomes a hot topic of debate, almost as if cricket is suddenly no longer so important anyway. Methinks this is a nation too often in denial and that is one reason why the local elite cricket is in decline. It is too easy to blame the loss of Warne, McGrath etc. I mean, whoever thought they might, at some stage, retire? A little succession-planning was called for. Its just a tad late now.

  • Fan84 on November 5, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Mr sangakkara,,, U are playing the TEAM,, the doesnot have ,,,considering the present situation...(WARNER,,didnot play,,, BRETT LEE shaun tait did not bowl..) so this is not the complete OZZIE team,, they wll win,,wait ,, don't worry,,

  • klobania on November 5, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    i think today sri lanka have silenced critics all around the world who call them lions at home only. i m surprised why those pple r not commenting here n congrats the lankans for their best possible performance. may be they only know how to criticize someone

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on November 5, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    At least Sanga is right here.

  • on November 5, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    I am still waiting Jaywardane to score outside sub continent.....he was absent here also

  • kumara123 on November 5, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    This is great victory, unfortunately cricinfo is not publish any image on home page. This is terrible.

  • on November 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    ausie's made us suffer so many times....and its our turn now....& they jst felt the wrath of the LIONS....& they will suffer it more no on can mess with us and get away....for WE ARE LIONS....

  • ranilb on November 5, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Many other teams have won against Sri Lanka when they were new to international cricket. But those are recorded as wins against Sri Lanka. Same applies here. It does not matter if Austrailian team is not in their best shape, they lost a series to Sri Lanka. Otherwise they would have put up at least a better fight before losing in Austrailian soil.

    Very best wishes to Sri Lankan team for their performance. However, still they are not without worries when looking at the world cup. They have many things to improve if to be the world champiions. For sure they are in the right track. Several months back they were continuing to be 6th ranked ODI team since they lost to India so badly many years back. So things have changed. Everybody watch out for the lions!

  • darkmon.SL on November 5, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    There is no way to take off credit of this series victory bcos of pre Ashes hype.Great work team SL.Proud to be a Sri Lankan !

  • HarshaCD on November 5, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    SL cricket is definitely in great hands. The victories like Melbourne, and the chase of 413 against India (even though we lost by two runs) show what a fighting unit this team has become under Sanga. With bit more contributions from Mahela and Dilshan, this team can provide lot more memorable mometns for Sri Lankans to savour (Even in defeat).

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    This was a dream come true of a Sri Lankans now there wating 3-0 win and next step for 2011WC.They can do it.They have a well balnced team more then other teams and have a good young and exprienced telant to achive.

  • nshhamit on November 5, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    I have to credit Sanga here. He's right to praise his players after the series win. In the course of this series, he's also been serving up equal measures of guidance and caution. He knows that despite far more balanced contributions from the squad than there have been in the past, there's a lot more to be done before the WC. If you're an all-round cricket fan and enjoy seeing the game go from strength to strength, the SL series win was a step in the right direction, a great way for Murali to end his career, and SL fans would even say - sweet justice for one of their greatest players. The win should be applauded and acknowledged - not sullied, diminished or subjected to whining. It's a gentlemans' game after all. Australia aren't in their best form, but they aren't in their worst form either. And their perhaps temporary change in status is exactly that - temporary - a result of a very natural 'changing of guard' process that all teams go through, though not in parallel. Congrats SL!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    welldone guys!!!......... proud to be a sri lankan...Fell sorry about OZ's they are who are running out of excuses...

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  • on November 5, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    welldone guys!!!......... proud to be a sri lankan...Fell sorry about OZ's they are who are running out of excuses...

  • nshhamit on November 5, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    I have to credit Sanga here. He's right to praise his players after the series win. In the course of this series, he's also been serving up equal measures of guidance and caution. He knows that despite far more balanced contributions from the squad than there have been in the past, there's a lot more to be done before the WC. If you're an all-round cricket fan and enjoy seeing the game go from strength to strength, the SL series win was a step in the right direction, a great way for Murali to end his career, and SL fans would even say - sweet justice for one of their greatest players. The win should be applauded and acknowledged - not sullied, diminished or subjected to whining. It's a gentlemans' game after all. Australia aren't in their best form, but they aren't in their worst form either. And their perhaps temporary change in status is exactly that - temporary - a result of a very natural 'changing of guard' process that all teams go through, though not in parallel. Congrats SL!!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    This was a dream come true of a Sri Lankans now there wating 3-0 win and next step for 2011WC.They can do it.They have a well balnced team more then other teams and have a good young and exprienced telant to achive.

  • HarshaCD on November 5, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    SL cricket is definitely in great hands. The victories like Melbourne, and the chase of 413 against India (even though we lost by two runs) show what a fighting unit this team has become under Sanga. With bit more contributions from Mahela and Dilshan, this team can provide lot more memorable mometns for Sri Lankans to savour (Even in defeat).

  • darkmon.SL on November 5, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    There is no way to take off credit of this series victory bcos of pre Ashes hype.Great work team SL.Proud to be a Sri Lankan !

  • ranilb on November 5, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Many other teams have won against Sri Lanka when they were new to international cricket. But those are recorded as wins against Sri Lanka. Same applies here. It does not matter if Austrailian team is not in their best shape, they lost a series to Sri Lanka. Otherwise they would have put up at least a better fight before losing in Austrailian soil.

    Very best wishes to Sri Lankan team for their performance. However, still they are not without worries when looking at the world cup. They have many things to improve if to be the world champiions. For sure they are in the right track. Several months back they were continuing to be 6th ranked ODI team since they lost to India so badly many years back. So things have changed. Everybody watch out for the lions!

  • on November 5, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    ausie's made us suffer so many times....and its our turn now....& they jst felt the wrath of the LIONS....& they will suffer it more no on can mess with us and get away....for WE ARE LIONS....

  • kumara123 on November 5, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    This is great victory, unfortunately cricinfo is not publish any image on home page. This is terrible.

  • on November 5, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    I am still waiting Jaywardane to score outside sub continent.....he was absent here also

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on November 5, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    At least Sanga is right here.