Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane November 7, 2010

McKay ends Australia's losing streak

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Australia 2 for 119 (Clarke 50*) beat Sri Lanka 115 (Silva 33, McKay 5-33, Starc 4-27) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's series-winning hangover allowed Australia to end their seven-match losing streak as Clint McKay and Mitchell Starc set up the eight-wicket victory. The result meant Australia avoided their worst sequence of defeats and gave them a much-needed boost with the Ashes starting on November 25.

Despite the strength of their performance, Australia's opponents were not fully focused after achieving their first series win Down Under on Friday. McKay gained his maiden five-wicket haul and Starc picked up his first four international wickets as Sri Lanka fell to 115 on a bouncy surface with only a hint of green.

Kumar Sangakkara won the toss, batted and was soon regretting the decision. Only two batsmen reached double figures and 25 extras, including 14 wides, boosted the total in front of only 9,037 spectators. The total was the worst crowd for an ODI involving Australia at the Gabba.

The local batsmen had no real problems in their reply and Shane Watson (15) and Brad Haddin (31) were the only casualties, both going to Dilhara Fernando (2 for 47). Michael Clarke, who was in charge during Sri Lanka's stunning win in Melbourne, made sure of the win in the 22nd over, with his glide for four taking him to 50 off 51 balls.

Clarke peaked with back-to-back boundaries off Thisara Perara and lofted a straight six off Suraj Randiv shortly before the finish. The innings ended a difficult week for Clarke and gave him something to smile about.

McKay's three early strikes floored the tourists and Starc, the 20-year-old left-armer in his second ODI, did not let them get up as the batsmen lasted only 32 overs. McKay's damaging burst left the visitors at 3 for 14 in the fifth over and he returned to mop up Randiv and Perera to grab 5 for 33 off nine. Starc stepped in during his second spell to prevent a recovery on the way to a highly encouraging 4 for 27 off nine.

McKay produced a double-wicket maiden in the third over of the match and followed up with another breakthrough in his next effort. Aided by the extra lift, McKay forced Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) to pop a simple catch to Michael Hussey at square leg and then watched Sangakkara (0) aim a big drive and edge behind.

Mahela Jayawardene was also keen to attack but his thicker nick was taken by Cameron White at second slip. Upul Tharanga (28) resisted for a while before being lbw to Watson and then it was Starc's turn to collect his first victim, with Angelo Mathews playing on for 9.

Starc didn't have to wait long for his second breakthrough, which came when Jeevan Mendis (5) nicked a shorter ball to Haddin. Chamara Silva had been in charge of Sri Lanka's fightback but he inside-edged Starc and was bowled for 33, ending Sri Lanka's hopes of a decent total.

The tail didn't last long and the innings was over when Lasith Malinga swung Starc to deep midwicket. Sri Lanka, who were without Nuwan Kulasekara and Muttiah Muralitharan, came to Australia aiming for a first series win here and deserved their overall success, but they will be disappointed with the way the drought-breaking trip ended.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • spiritwithin on November 11, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    @nav84smom...now how on earth SL became the first team to beat OZ in OZ in an ODI series??is'nt india,pakistan,SA,england,nz and WI had done it before and that too against their full strength team..as for india performance in WI,SA and Aus,in WI india won their last test series,in australia the indian team lost a closely fought series 1-2 in their last tour but won the CB series where SL was the third team,not to forget india drew the previous series before that in australia by 1-1,in SA india again lost a closely fought series by 1-2,will u tell me has SL ever won a test in aus or SA or have won a series in WI???and india struggling to beat nz at home just shows that nz is playing very well bcoz just before that aus lost by 2-0,so that does'nt make india a bad side or nz better than australia...after murali SL will struggle to win any test matches home or away and can beat only a depleted side

  • playitfair on November 10, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    While all the comments here are respected.....some comments stink of bias against India. It looks like all Lankan's are unwilling to accept India's No. 1 position. The Aussies thrashed SL in this match, so the claims of SL being the best gets busted. The excuse of 'taking the game lightly as the series was won' indicates the lack of professionalism and is not the trait of true champions., which again proves that they are NOT the best. If SL beat Australia in WC of 1996, lets not forget India beat WI in 1983. The Australian team of 1996 was not as mighty as the WI team of 1983. The 2011 WC will be interesting to watch with SL, Ind, Pak, Aus, SA.......all having fair bit of chance of winning. Let the best team on the given day win. To all the Lankans - your considering India being No. 1 a joke, does not change the fact that India is currently No.1.....a fact which you must learn to accept gracefully.

  • swaroopjammula on November 10, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    @nav84smom:plz check the stats in the last two yrs India didnot loose a single test series whether it is in India or away.when sl came 2 India we defeated them 2-0. when we went to sl the series end result is 1-1.

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    @nav84smom somebody is hurt hmmm ...which was the team who stopped Aussies when they were in there top form...yes it was India and i am not talking about one days... i am talking about tests.. what are you in tests as what i said,just compare yourself to Australia and tell me frankly do you deserve your spot???(no Australia deserves your spot) and about New Zealand !! ups and downs were with Aussies too. btw Indian team were on the top except one day when martin stuck(dead pitch denied any other bowler to claim wickets). and just see who defied them "harbhajan" ,bring them on for next match... hahaha one-day flukes are easier then test wins. eagerly waiting for your new joke. chill.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 9, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Sourabh Sharma: Tell me about India's performance in SA, WI, AUS in tests. Dude, recently we became the first team to beat OZ in OZ and won the ODI series in OZ while your overrated jokers are struggling to beat an INEXPERIENCED NZ team @ HOME .India is the most overrated team in sporting history - it's more overrated than the English football team. Everyone considers India being number 1 a joke. Not only SL, but AUS, SA, ENG, PAK, NZ, BAN etc.

  • on November 8, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    @nav84smom- ok you have one player (sanga yes at top)so....???? we have 4 players doing very good against Aus. lets see your lankan team in tests... btw see your team's record at out of subcontinental pitches, they are joke for 3rd or where ever you are... your team played only 23 that too your most wins came at home grounds... Aussies deserve your place and you at england's.

  • SnowSnake on November 8, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Fernando bowled really well. He has improved his speed. If he can improve his line and length a little bit, he can be a great asset for SL team. Guys, this India bashing should stop. One game does not make or break India. Also, challanging ranking is starting to look silly especially when India has held this rank for around 11 months now. Except for Australia no team has been able to do that. Also, even if India is dethroned from #1 rank, it will take it back in short term. For India may to be a lot better than other teams, no other team can beat India consistently either. SA series will be good. While predicting an outcome is a fools errand, I doubt that India will be an easy team to beat.

  • on November 8, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    @TaniaM Where are we comprehencively beaten? winnig a series againts AUS 2-1 is a comprehencively beaten ? Winning a series mean a comprehencively beaten as per your knowledge? Are you studied? I remember how your IND umpire Prakash & Co scratch his head instead of giving out.That is the way IND umpires are working. Why IND does not like UDRS?......But SL came to WC final in 2007,T20 WC finals not with Darmasena's help. That too out of SL (Out of subcontinent as well).In those tournaments Our Mahela,Dilshan& Sanga becomes the Highers Runs getter respectively.But so called IND team out of the tournament first round iself.Why they can not sustain the bouncers.They lost all the matches against Test side in those.

  • 3rd_man on November 8, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Disappointing last game for srilanka.when we do the analysis all 3 top order experience batsman didn't score.for sanga and dishan can given an excuse,but not for mahela.he didn't contribute at all.some people talking him to open with Dilshan,I think we should stop this play around with opening spot now.otherwise we cant find proper opening pair.Mahela don't have proper attacking shots in front of the wicket for pace bowlers.it appear time and time again.he can only score behind the wicket using pace of the ball for fast bowlers.this is not IPL. Subcontinent wickets he may do well for average bowlers.Problem with Tharanga don't have shots on leg side. he can loft the ball ,sometimes don't play with soft hands to drop and run. that create lot of pressure to the team. some expect kapugedra to strengthen the middle order.that s joke.Kapu,Silva cant take responsibility like Mathews , to win matches for SL.so mahela should drop to middle order.then younger guys will play around him.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @TaniaM and rest of the Indians: Shows you didn't watch OZ-SL Matches and is just hear to argue. Though MJ had a bad series, Saga played well in the t20 and the first 2 ODIs. Do me a favour - Check Sanga's stats IN AUS and then compare that with VVS, SRT, Dravid - Sanga avg IN AUS - 65, VVS - 54, Sehwag - 59, Dravid - 48, SRT - 58 Clearly shows Sanga performs better than your fab 4 IN OZ. As for India - NZ, India failed to beat a young and inexperienced NZ side @ HOME that lost 4-0 to up and coming Bangladesh. If the pitches In India were not dead (Indian pitches are dead - no bounce because Indians can't play bouncers) 15/5 would've being 30 all out. India being number 1 is a joke and I can rest assure that India is going to lose badly IN SA.

  • spiritwithin on November 11, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    @nav84smom...now how on earth SL became the first team to beat OZ in OZ in an ODI series??is'nt india,pakistan,SA,england,nz and WI had done it before and that too against their full strength team..as for india performance in WI,SA and Aus,in WI india won their last test series,in australia the indian team lost a closely fought series 1-2 in their last tour but won the CB series where SL was the third team,not to forget india drew the previous series before that in australia by 1-1,in SA india again lost a closely fought series by 1-2,will u tell me has SL ever won a test in aus or SA or have won a series in WI???and india struggling to beat nz at home just shows that nz is playing very well bcoz just before that aus lost by 2-0,so that does'nt make india a bad side or nz better than australia...after murali SL will struggle to win any test matches home or away and can beat only a depleted side

  • playitfair on November 10, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    While all the comments here are respected.....some comments stink of bias against India. It looks like all Lankan's are unwilling to accept India's No. 1 position. The Aussies thrashed SL in this match, so the claims of SL being the best gets busted. The excuse of 'taking the game lightly as the series was won' indicates the lack of professionalism and is not the trait of true champions., which again proves that they are NOT the best. If SL beat Australia in WC of 1996, lets not forget India beat WI in 1983. The Australian team of 1996 was not as mighty as the WI team of 1983. The 2011 WC will be interesting to watch with SL, Ind, Pak, Aus, SA.......all having fair bit of chance of winning. Let the best team on the given day win. To all the Lankans - your considering India being No. 1 a joke, does not change the fact that India is currently No.1.....a fact which you must learn to accept gracefully.

  • swaroopjammula on November 10, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    @nav84smom:plz check the stats in the last two yrs India didnot loose a single test series whether it is in India or away.when sl came 2 India we defeated them 2-0. when we went to sl the series end result is 1-1.

  • on November 10, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    @nav84smom somebody is hurt hmmm ...which was the team who stopped Aussies when they were in there top form...yes it was India and i am not talking about one days... i am talking about tests.. what are you in tests as what i said,just compare yourself to Australia and tell me frankly do you deserve your spot???(no Australia deserves your spot) and about New Zealand !! ups and downs were with Aussies too. btw Indian team were on the top except one day when martin stuck(dead pitch denied any other bowler to claim wickets). and just see who defied them "harbhajan" ,bring them on for next match... hahaha one-day flukes are easier then test wins. eagerly waiting for your new joke. chill.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 9, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    Sourabh Sharma: Tell me about India's performance in SA, WI, AUS in tests. Dude, recently we became the first team to beat OZ in OZ and won the ODI series in OZ while your overrated jokers are struggling to beat an INEXPERIENCED NZ team @ HOME .India is the most overrated team in sporting history - it's more overrated than the English football team. Everyone considers India being number 1 a joke. Not only SL, but AUS, SA, ENG, PAK, NZ, BAN etc.

  • on November 8, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    @nav84smom- ok you have one player (sanga yes at top)so....???? we have 4 players doing very good against Aus. lets see your lankan team in tests... btw see your team's record at out of subcontinental pitches, they are joke for 3rd or where ever you are... your team played only 23 that too your most wins came at home grounds... Aussies deserve your place and you at england's.

  • SnowSnake on November 8, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Fernando bowled really well. He has improved his speed. If he can improve his line and length a little bit, he can be a great asset for SL team. Guys, this India bashing should stop. One game does not make or break India. Also, challanging ranking is starting to look silly especially when India has held this rank for around 11 months now. Except for Australia no team has been able to do that. Also, even if India is dethroned from #1 rank, it will take it back in short term. For India may to be a lot better than other teams, no other team can beat India consistently either. SA series will be good. While predicting an outcome is a fools errand, I doubt that India will be an easy team to beat.

  • on November 8, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    @TaniaM Where are we comprehencively beaten? winnig a series againts AUS 2-1 is a comprehencively beaten ? Winning a series mean a comprehencively beaten as per your knowledge? Are you studied? I remember how your IND umpire Prakash & Co scratch his head instead of giving out.That is the way IND umpires are working. Why IND does not like UDRS?......But SL came to WC final in 2007,T20 WC finals not with Darmasena's help. That too out of SL (Out of subcontinent as well).In those tournaments Our Mahela,Dilshan& Sanga becomes the Highers Runs getter respectively.But so called IND team out of the tournament first round iself.Why they can not sustain the bouncers.They lost all the matches against Test side in those.

  • 3rd_man on November 8, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Disappointing last game for srilanka.when we do the analysis all 3 top order experience batsman didn't score.for sanga and dishan can given an excuse,but not for mahela.he didn't contribute at all.some people talking him to open with Dilshan,I think we should stop this play around with opening spot now.otherwise we cant find proper opening pair.Mahela don't have proper attacking shots in front of the wicket for pace bowlers.it appear time and time again.he can only score behind the wicket using pace of the ball for fast bowlers.this is not IPL. Subcontinent wickets he may do well for average bowlers.Problem with Tharanga don't have shots on leg side. he can loft the ball ,sometimes don't play with soft hands to drop and run. that create lot of pressure to the team. some expect kapugedra to strengthen the middle order.that s joke.Kapu,Silva cant take responsibility like Mathews , to win matches for SL.so mahela should drop to middle order.then younger guys will play around him.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @TaniaM and rest of the Indians: Shows you didn't watch OZ-SL Matches and is just hear to argue. Though MJ had a bad series, Saga played well in the t20 and the first 2 ODIs. Do me a favour - Check Sanga's stats IN AUS and then compare that with VVS, SRT, Dravid - Sanga avg IN AUS - 65, VVS - 54, Sehwag - 59, Dravid - 48, SRT - 58 Clearly shows Sanga performs better than your fab 4 IN OZ. As for India - NZ, India failed to beat a young and inexperienced NZ side @ HOME that lost 4-0 to up and coming Bangladesh. If the pitches In India were not dead (Indian pitches are dead - no bounce because Indians can't play bouncers) 15/5 would've being 30 all out. India being number 1 is a joke and I can rest assure that India is going to lose badly IN SA.

  • magd2992 on November 8, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    How does a forgetful game between Aus and SL become about how good India are? Relevance, please.

  • Great_Chucker on November 8, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker ..see what Harb & VVS has done to "low" NZ.SL were comprehensively beaten...Sanga&Mahela can score "heavily" only in Colombo with the some assistance from local umpires Dharmasena &co...anyway how has your country won "any" tests against any major teams in past 10years

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 8, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    @Hagemaru_Hageda: Heard India is getting their backs kicked by a NZ team who lost 4-0 to up and coming Bangladesh team. Shows where India stands (No.1 in test - Joke of the year)

  • on November 8, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    @ zasohaib and Andrew Cowell-I can understand your feelings , I would urge you guys to see score card again for Ind vs NZ. :P

  • on November 8, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    @Ahamed Afker - with your disappointment understandable...would you please see again India stands against 'low' NZ!!!

  • bowzer on November 8, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    I feel sorry for the crowd who came and paid to see an exciting match especially after the last two. They should have played a T20 game after to make up for such a short game. They should do this too if a test match finishes less than 3 days.

  • on November 8, 2010, 3:23 GMT

    @Hagemaru_Hageda.Dear We know where SL stand,one match loss badly is not the true picture of a winning team like SL. SL is the only team win who won the WC against Aussie.No body even think of it.Before that please see where IND is stand in Test matches against low NZ.

  • bigbang07 on November 8, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Agree with a lot of the posts here: Sl played well but the scoreline 2-1 isnt a clear reflection of what happened as we won the 2nd game more outright, first was fortunate as we had Angelo around. Need to get the middle order sorted, been an issue for a long time plus we didnt seem to care playing for the last game, bit disappointing but satisfied overall. Hope these areas are addressed asap. World cup squad looks ok, just replace Silva (disappointing) with Chandimal, have Mahela (or even Kapu) open with Dilly for the wc-Kapu is more an opener so its hard to be versatile in the middle order. Maybe drop Tharanga.

    That said, Australia did very well today so congratulations. This lineup which played the 3rd odi was what I was expecting earlier-the Aus batting isnt exactly the problem for me, bowlers need more bite and Xavier and Starc showed promise on debut (4 wickets each!). Best of luck for the ashes, should be a closer series than whats going on in the media. Probably 2-1 for me.

  • on November 8, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    Dilhara,good as he is needs to work very hard before the world cup with his over stepping,he is good we all know that,good luck to the bloke.

  • Meety on November 7, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Don't like losing any series (even one that was fairly meaningless & poorly timed), SL played very well, Matthews looks the goods & their pace attack has a bit of depth. Oz will take alot away fom this series, I think Pup was good as captain & @ 1st drop, Starc should get a few more games this summer in the ODIs @ least, I thought Johnson was starting to look good again, & McKay was very good. Despite the losing streak (which I think was unfortunate rather than a major concern), I think Oz are still very well placed for the next World Cup. I am not quite as optimistic in the Tests because I don't think the selectors know what they are doing yet. Eng did beat WA after being in a bit of bother, but Magoffin was the only dangerous bowler Oz had - & he only bowled 32 balls in the match. Pomersbach got a wicket! I think the Poms will need alot more improvement - but they do have another 2 1st class games to fine tune.

  • David47 on November 7, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    Agree with Malomay 100% - and we've got to make sure we ditch Hauritz as well. But will the selectors have the courage and vision to do that?? I don't think so.

  • malomay on November 7, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Now that we've finally got another left arm bowler with the name Mitchell (who can actually bowl at the stumps, with a high arm, and the seam upright)....can we pleeeeeasse ditch the other bloke of the same name !!

  • meatballeditor on November 7, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    If Sri Lanka want to be World Champions, they had better start playing like World Champions; i.e. play EVERY game to WIN, whether you need to win it or not. Bobby Fischer became Chess World Champion because he played to win in every game, even if he only needed a draw to win the tournament. He never let up, never played below his strength. Sri Lanka might as well have stayed in bed, because they played as if half asleep. If a team doesn't want to win the game, why even bother showing up. This is a psychological weakness that Sri Lanka have to overcome if they want to be the best.

  • on November 7, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Zasohaib - Maybe India are having a '#1 in the world' hangover?

  • Biggus on November 7, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    @Ishara Jayakody-Good comment there mate. A nice win for us today but overall a good series win for Sri Lanka. We've both got a little homework to do before the world cup.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 7, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Winning a dead rubber is meaningless, but of course, for Australia it gives a sniff of a hint of a chance at winning the Ashes. Thus both teams get something out of it. This is how Australia should have played all along, and now they have that winning feeling. Is it too little too late? Time will tell. The next bit of excitement is waiting to see what Ashes squad Australia comes up with. Will Marcus North play? Nathan Hauritz? Apparently even Michael Hussey's spot is in doubt. And which bowlers will they take? What is Australia's best side? For me, I'd have the same top 4 as usual, with Cameron White for his captaincy credentials (not to mention that he is in amazingly good form) and Steve Smith as a batting all-rounder, go in with 4 fast bowlers, ideally Bollinger, Ryan Harris, Johnson and McKay. There ya go. Then we could win. Oh and can we please play a pure keeper, preferably Wade? Or am I asking too much?

  • darkmon.SL on November 7, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Watched the game for 30-40mins in tv set and our guys weren't even trying to win the game at all.They neglected the game like Ponting did before the game.Sad for ODI cricket to see games like this.But anyway all that matters is we won the series.Congratz Sanga and now focus on WI series and WC2011 ofc.Also I really really really hope that we will open with Mahela,Dili combo and Chamara silva and Tharanga(yeah he scored 86,but very lucky 86 where he didn't middled a single shot correctly) will be dropped and in comes Chandimal and Kapugedara/Jeewan Mendis.I mean come on Silva really does have a brain or nerve damage.Not even #10 batsmen play shots like he play :S.And Tharanga really needs to work on his technique,a lot infact.In today game I was hoping to see Chandimal or Kapu,but Silva gets the chance ahead them,for which reason I don't knw. And finally good luck Aussie's with Ashes ;) ;) ;) you guys can win the Ashes if you guys drop likes of Johnson,Hauritz and add Doherty,Starc.

  • on November 7, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    its ok SL.. you cant win everyday :) we won the series and that more than enough.. let not this bother your good work. keep goin on with it and lets bring the world cup to Sl for the 2nd time. GOOD LUCK ALL THE WAY BOYS.. WE ARE WITH YOU!!!! :D :D

  • SnowSnake on November 7, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    Congratulations, Australia. It was a kick-butt performance. The first two matches were close, but this was a top class win coming after a series loss. Congratulations, to SL as well for a well deserved series victory.

  • sunnymachoo on November 7, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    Series winning hangover!! =) LOL

  • TheBigFatFlapjack on November 7, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    And to all my cynical Lankan brethren who've been up in arms calling for the removal of Dilhara Fernando - remember he topped 150kph regularly today (faster than even M Johnson). His bowling was amazing, even if a tad expensive. Live and let live folks.

  • landl47 on November 7, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Winning dead rubber matches used to be an England specialty, but Australia seem to have taken it over. They did it in Engl;and and now again here. Unless Australia look at dropping Johnson and Siddle, supposedly the test match bowlers playing in this series, and playing McKay and Starc instead (and based on their showing in these games that wouldn't be a bad idea), I'm not sure what positives Australia can take from this win. I suppose the bowling of Watson was useful for a fourth seamer, but otherwise all they've learnt is that the side does better when the captain isn't playing. Is that really a lesson you want to learn just before the first test?

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on November 7, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Well Done Aussies!! Today you played like aussies & showed where srilankans actually stand...LOL

  • Marcio on November 7, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Looks like the Asian world domination of cricket is heading south again after its two week stint in the northern hemisphere LOL! Seriously, this is yet another in a long line of series where Australia has managed to lose the deciding game by a single wicket, despite being in dominant positions - the last Ashes, the last one day series vs Eng, the test series vs India, and add the 3 wicket loss to Pak. in the last test. At any rate the death of Oz cricket has been greatly exaggerated. There are numerous talented players waiting on the wings, unlike the Windies comparison, which our sub-continent friends are so keen to make, where the WI simply ran out of good players after their dominant period. If we add Ryan Harris, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, to the bowling line-up (just get rid of Johnson), we have a team capable of winning the world cup - if they get the mental part right and fire the selectors.

  • vattic on November 7, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I guess it happened for good...Now Oz are back in after a long dried up to start there ashes, and it will power them for an ashes regain,which would make them come up in test rankings and keep the competition between IND,SL,SA and AUZ for the test championship. And from SL point of view,its good now they can rethink about lot of things,specially about a good strong middle order where SL did not has after Arjuna and aravinda. SL had but not consistently.otherthan that they should think of always winning each and every game including dead rubbers like this,play their full team whenever it possible to keep the momentum. If so SL will be the greatest team in the world...!

  • zasohaib on November 7, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    i hope that aussies take heart from this victory....i just sense that this match is going to be the beginning of a terrific revival and will be marked as the starting point of a journey leading them back to the world no. 1 position......by the way,the so called No. 1 Test Team is in tatters against a mediocre NewZealand in "fortress india" :P.

  • on November 7, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I was expecting an Aussie whitewash, but that was not to be. It was totally a different Sri Lanka team today. Perhaps, the comfort of winning the series just was there in their mind and took this match quite ordinarily. They were lazy and clummsy to say in every department. Heading to World Cup, this not the way forward... I hope they will rectify their mistakes.

  • on November 7, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    australia cant get too complacent with this as sri lanka looked like they werent even trying today, so it remains to be unproven whether they can win during an alive series against an opponent that cares. however the fact that they were able to get the monkey off the back i think is important

  • Zookinii on November 7, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Good to see great bowling from Australia and finally a win. Hope they come back strong for the ashes. Unfortunately, it seemed Sri Lanka were not interested in playing this match with effort at all - which is kind of a shame, I was hoping for a match that was seemed slightly challenging.

  • Jimmy_Jim on November 7, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    If anyone's wondering why there are such low amount of spectators, it's because there aren't usually international cricket matches in Australia at this time of the year when it's right in the middle of exams for all students. Usually international games are held while all students are on the summer break.

  • Something_Witty on November 7, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    And about time too. Starc looks a really good prospect, could easily be one of our best bowlers in years to come.

  • on November 7, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Well done Aussies. Really glad that you are back in the form. Being Lankans, we shouldn't have bragged too much about the previous 3 wins. Our boys did alright. But Aussies were never pussies. Good to have them back as the usual rival. Hope SL will revive soon.

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  • on November 7, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Well done Aussies. Really glad that you are back in the form. Being Lankans, we shouldn't have bragged too much about the previous 3 wins. Our boys did alright. But Aussies were never pussies. Good to have them back as the usual rival. Hope SL will revive soon.

  • Something_Witty on November 7, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    And about time too. Starc looks a really good prospect, could easily be one of our best bowlers in years to come.

  • Jimmy_Jim on November 7, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    If anyone's wondering why there are such low amount of spectators, it's because there aren't usually international cricket matches in Australia at this time of the year when it's right in the middle of exams for all students. Usually international games are held while all students are on the summer break.

  • Zookinii on November 7, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Good to see great bowling from Australia and finally a win. Hope they come back strong for the ashes. Unfortunately, it seemed Sri Lanka were not interested in playing this match with effort at all - which is kind of a shame, I was hoping for a match that was seemed slightly challenging.

  • on November 7, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    australia cant get too complacent with this as sri lanka looked like they werent even trying today, so it remains to be unproven whether they can win during an alive series against an opponent that cares. however the fact that they were able to get the monkey off the back i think is important

  • on November 7, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I was expecting an Aussie whitewash, but that was not to be. It was totally a different Sri Lanka team today. Perhaps, the comfort of winning the series just was there in their mind and took this match quite ordinarily. They were lazy and clummsy to say in every department. Heading to World Cup, this not the way forward... I hope they will rectify their mistakes.

  • zasohaib on November 7, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    i hope that aussies take heart from this victory....i just sense that this match is going to be the beginning of a terrific revival and will be marked as the starting point of a journey leading them back to the world no. 1 position......by the way,the so called No. 1 Test Team is in tatters against a mediocre NewZealand in "fortress india" :P.

  • vattic on November 7, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I guess it happened for good...Now Oz are back in after a long dried up to start there ashes, and it will power them for an ashes regain,which would make them come up in test rankings and keep the competition between IND,SL,SA and AUZ for the test championship. And from SL point of view,its good now they can rethink about lot of things,specially about a good strong middle order where SL did not has after Arjuna and aravinda. SL had but not consistently.otherthan that they should think of always winning each and every game including dead rubbers like this,play their full team whenever it possible to keep the momentum. If so SL will be the greatest team in the world...!

  • Marcio on November 7, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Looks like the Asian world domination of cricket is heading south again after its two week stint in the northern hemisphere LOL! Seriously, this is yet another in a long line of series where Australia has managed to lose the deciding game by a single wicket, despite being in dominant positions - the last Ashes, the last one day series vs Eng, the test series vs India, and add the 3 wicket loss to Pak. in the last test. At any rate the death of Oz cricket has been greatly exaggerated. There are numerous talented players waiting on the wings, unlike the Windies comparison, which our sub-continent friends are so keen to make, where the WI simply ran out of good players after their dominant period. If we add Ryan Harris, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, to the bowling line-up (just get rid of Johnson), we have a team capable of winning the world cup - if they get the mental part right and fire the selectors.

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on November 7, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Well Done Aussies!! Today you played like aussies & showed where srilankans actually stand...LOL