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

A minor boost ahead of larger challenges

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"Can we start our summer now?" Michael Clarke, the stand-in captain, asked the question after Australia had ended a seven-match losing streak with an eight-wicket win over a switched-off Sri Lanka at the Gabba.

Australia's international summer usually opens in Brisbane with the first Test, but this three-game one-day series was squeezed in, with organisers hoping it would spark the Ashes summer. Instead it resulted in the home side falling to three defeats in a week in front of tiny crowds, including only 9037 for the dead rubber.

Clarke's half-century to finish off the contest and strong performances from Clint McKay and Mitchell Starc improved the local moods. McKay grabbed career-best figures of 5 for 33 and Starc impressed in his second ODI with 4 for 27 as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 115.

"It will kick-start our summer along nicely with the Ashes coming up, then the one-dayers before the World Cup," McKay said. "It's the first step in the right direction to make sure we play some good cricket all summer."

The win was Australia's first in all forms of the game since July and McKay said it was "a bit of a relief". "But with the belief we have in the group at the moment, we knew we weren't too far away," McKay said. "We had been playing good cricket at times but just hadn't come away with the win."

Starc is only 20 but showed he was one to watch and easily out-bowled Mitchell Johnson, the side's other left-arm fast man. "He hasn't stopped smiling," McKay said of Starc. "He bowled beautifully tonight and he's a great one for the future.

"There's a lot of young quicks coming through and Mitch put his hand up tonight. He bowled with good pace and had it swinging around a bit and he's going to be one to watch out for."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Vishnu27 on November 10, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    landl47: lets put this "rise" of yours into perspective: a home win against the WI, a hard fought home Ashes win, a credible away draw with SA, away win against Bang, a home win against Bang, a home win against Pak. Doesn't look so flash when you put it in that light. England have only travelled twice & played SA & Aust once in your "rise". Most of your "rise" has been at home bullying minnows (no offence to Bang, Pak, WI) with a Duke ball in favourable conditions. Not like you've been toughing out in the sub-continent pulling off miracles. Not sure where you think this 5th ("in their last 6 test series") win is?? The next England series in the archive list is Feb-Mar '09: an away loss to the WI. Nice try landl47, but not terribly accurate.

  • wildbill85 on November 9, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    @zapper22, I can't wait till Aus get thrashed by England during the ashes and the wonderful new excuses you will post on here for us to "enjoy." The series was done, but even so, SL should have taken this game seriously and I'm angry at their choice of shots and their choice of going with Dilhara Fernando over Kulasekara. Their lack of discipline at times is disgusting to watch. However, as you said previously about Australia's performance in game 2, SL too couldn't be bothered wasting their time beating a substandard aussie team when we have "more important" things (World Cup) to prepare for. We couldn't convince mcgrath, warne and gilly to come out of retirement just for this series, so I apologize to you on behalf of those who failed to convince them to play simply to enable us to beat a proper Australian side.

  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    landl47: you seem to know who is already bowling for Australia on the 25th. My suggestion is that there is only one lock: MJ. Who BTW bowled an encouragingly tidy 5ov spell without luck on Sunday. Mitchell Starc's selection in the AA game looks like a big indicator if others are unfit, judging on how poorly your top order went against another rangy quick on a bouncy pitch on the weekend. If he gets wickets against you at Bellerive, coupled with the fact he's a lefty, accurate, quick & generates extra bounce; he could well be a smokey for a baggy green in 16 days. Who will bowl for Australia in the 1st test will have a lot to do with fitness & form...

  • landl47 on November 9, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    @Micher: England have won 5 and tied one of their last 6 test series, going back to May 2009. They've won their last 5 ODI series (including wins over SA in SA and over Australia) and they're the current T20 World Champions. I call that a rise; however, even if you are not convinced, let me put it another way- they have risen above Australia. If they maintain that position through the Ashes series, I'll be happy

  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    landl47: stats don't lie. England does not travel well, especially to Australia. You're right, there is nothing sudden about England's rise. That's because it has been & gone already. Finn was still awful in the second dig & did not bowl well at all. I listened to the whole match on the radio & all the commentators were unimpressed, notably Jonathon Agnew. Put whatever spin you like on it landl47, England will not just come here & have it there own way. You lot don't like the hard decks with properly fast men coming at you, as evidenced with Steve Magoffin on the weekend. BTW: I didn't have room in the previous post to shred your top order. Granted Strauss got a ton. KP had numerous let offs during his stays. Cook: 'nuff said. Trott: very very scratchy & uncertain (out to a part-timer in the 2nd). Bell: all Aussies know what will happen there when the acid is poured. Morgan: 6 tests & counting... Have a look over your own back fence. It isn't so pretty. Tail propped you in the 1st dig

  • Mitcher on November 8, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @ landl47: England's rise? To fourth in the rankings?!?!? Look out! I'm happy to admit Aust are light years away from the force they once were but the thing giving me a healthy dose of hope for the Ashes is England remains a mediocre force. Take away their ability to bowl swing in Australia and this is at best a line ball call. If England can win their first live Ashes test in Australia in 20-odd years I'll start to be a little concerned. Until then just looking forward to a hard fought series.

  • landl47 on November 8, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    @Vishnu- you seem preoccupied with the past. I guess that is because the present doesn't look so good. There's nothing sudden about this England side's rise, it's been steady over the last 2 years- about the same length of time Australia have been in decline. Finn bowled well in the second innings against WA; he's a young guy who is making his first trip here. He'll be fine, which is more than you can say for any of the Aussie test bowlers on their showing so far. @Meety- the lowest form of wit is better than no wit at all. I agree with you, Ponting not playing in the Australian side is good, for the Australian side. They competed better in the two games he didn't play than in the one he did. Captaincy might be one of the biggest factors in England's successful bid to retain the Ashes.

  • on November 8, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Clarke is right.He wants to motivate his team.They need to get back their confidence.So he is trying to inject that into the young boys.SL beat them...yes...but that does not mean that the world is gonna end.They have to pull up their socks and perform.

  • sadSajith on November 8, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka won one t20,and 2 ODI matches.Aussies won only one match but Aussie fans saying Sri Lanka got lucky to win the series.Maybe losing is a shame but refusing it is even more shame.

  • Aussasinator on November 8, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Getting back to Oz cricket after a while. Interesting to see that people are still talking about Australia in the cricketing zone. Yawwwn!

  • Vishnu27 on November 10, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    landl47: lets put this "rise" of yours into perspective: a home win against the WI, a hard fought home Ashes win, a credible away draw with SA, away win against Bang, a home win against Bang, a home win against Pak. Doesn't look so flash when you put it in that light. England have only travelled twice & played SA & Aust once in your "rise". Most of your "rise" has been at home bullying minnows (no offence to Bang, Pak, WI) with a Duke ball in favourable conditions. Not like you've been toughing out in the sub-continent pulling off miracles. Not sure where you think this 5th ("in their last 6 test series") win is?? The next England series in the archive list is Feb-Mar '09: an away loss to the WI. Nice try landl47, but not terribly accurate.

  • wildbill85 on November 9, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    @zapper22, I can't wait till Aus get thrashed by England during the ashes and the wonderful new excuses you will post on here for us to "enjoy." The series was done, but even so, SL should have taken this game seriously and I'm angry at their choice of shots and their choice of going with Dilhara Fernando over Kulasekara. Their lack of discipline at times is disgusting to watch. However, as you said previously about Australia's performance in game 2, SL too couldn't be bothered wasting their time beating a substandard aussie team when we have "more important" things (World Cup) to prepare for. We couldn't convince mcgrath, warne and gilly to come out of retirement just for this series, so I apologize to you on behalf of those who failed to convince them to play simply to enable us to beat a proper Australian side.

  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    landl47: you seem to know who is already bowling for Australia on the 25th. My suggestion is that there is only one lock: MJ. Who BTW bowled an encouragingly tidy 5ov spell without luck on Sunday. Mitchell Starc's selection in the AA game looks like a big indicator if others are unfit, judging on how poorly your top order went against another rangy quick on a bouncy pitch on the weekend. If he gets wickets against you at Bellerive, coupled with the fact he's a lefty, accurate, quick & generates extra bounce; he could well be a smokey for a baggy green in 16 days. Who will bowl for Australia in the 1st test will have a lot to do with fitness & form...

  • landl47 on November 9, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    @Micher: England have won 5 and tied one of their last 6 test series, going back to May 2009. They've won their last 5 ODI series (including wins over SA in SA and over Australia) and they're the current T20 World Champions. I call that a rise; however, even if you are not convinced, let me put it another way- they have risen above Australia. If they maintain that position through the Ashes series, I'll be happy

  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    landl47: stats don't lie. England does not travel well, especially to Australia. You're right, there is nothing sudden about England's rise. That's because it has been & gone already. Finn was still awful in the second dig & did not bowl well at all. I listened to the whole match on the radio & all the commentators were unimpressed, notably Jonathon Agnew. Put whatever spin you like on it landl47, England will not just come here & have it there own way. You lot don't like the hard decks with properly fast men coming at you, as evidenced with Steve Magoffin on the weekend. BTW: I didn't have room in the previous post to shred your top order. Granted Strauss got a ton. KP had numerous let offs during his stays. Cook: 'nuff said. Trott: very very scratchy & uncertain (out to a part-timer in the 2nd). Bell: all Aussies know what will happen there when the acid is poured. Morgan: 6 tests & counting... Have a look over your own back fence. It isn't so pretty. Tail propped you in the 1st dig

  • Mitcher on November 8, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    @ landl47: England's rise? To fourth in the rankings?!?!? Look out! I'm happy to admit Aust are light years away from the force they once were but the thing giving me a healthy dose of hope for the Ashes is England remains a mediocre force. Take away their ability to bowl swing in Australia and this is at best a line ball call. If England can win their first live Ashes test in Australia in 20-odd years I'll start to be a little concerned. Until then just looking forward to a hard fought series.

  • landl47 on November 8, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    @Vishnu- you seem preoccupied with the past. I guess that is because the present doesn't look so good. There's nothing sudden about this England side's rise, it's been steady over the last 2 years- about the same length of time Australia have been in decline. Finn bowled well in the second innings against WA; he's a young guy who is making his first trip here. He'll be fine, which is more than you can say for any of the Aussie test bowlers on their showing so far. @Meety- the lowest form of wit is better than no wit at all. I agree with you, Ponting not playing in the Australian side is good, for the Australian side. They competed better in the two games he didn't play than in the one he did. Captaincy might be one of the biggest factors in England's successful bid to retain the Ashes.

  • on November 8, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Clarke is right.He wants to motivate his team.They need to get back their confidence.So he is trying to inject that into the young boys.SL beat them...yes...but that does not mean that the world is gonna end.They have to pull up their socks and perform.

  • sadSajith on November 8, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka won one t20,and 2 ODI matches.Aussies won only one match but Aussie fans saying Sri Lanka got lucky to win the series.Maybe losing is a shame but refusing it is even more shame.

  • Aussasinator on November 8, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Getting back to Oz cricket after a while. Interesting to see that people are still talking about Australia in the cricketing zone. Yawwwn!

  • on November 8, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    @zapper22. Yes once in while any team getting hammer like this one.How SL only get this luck?...What about AUS in the last WC?...How they won that because of pure luck nothing else.But in this series we beat AUS in first 2 ODI and T20 as well.If your bowlers can not get that 9th Wkt,that is purely your inability not your bad luck.And also How IND win firstever T20 WC is pure luck.Nothing else.Which proved next two editions.They never beat any Major team in the super 6.That how luck is work.Mind it.

  • Vishnu27 on November 8, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    The acerbic wit of landl47. I keep telling him/her that the ONLY tests England has won in this land post '86-87 are 3 paltry dead rubbers. With such wonderful touring pedigree in Australia this immensely talented & well honed England outfit is suddenly going to reverse this trend according to landl47. After terrorising Bangladesh & Pakistan in the northern summer, & now with a win against possibly the weakest state side in the nation we must endure more chest puffing. It needs to be said, had Magoffin's knee been okay the result would quite probably have been different. Magoffin was all over England in his 5.4 overs & they did not like the well directed steepling bounce. The position of the 3rd paceman is very problematic for England if Tremlett bowls poorly in the next tour match. He will play after the pies Finn threw: a man of hype & wickets against weak opposition at home, but didn't do anything alarming with the ball against WA. And what of Cook? Will they play the VC? Hope so!!!

  • Rooboy on November 8, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    @Andrew Jenkinson - so getting within one wicket of defeating the #1 ranked test side at their home is not good cricket huh? Reducing the vaunted SL batting line up to 8/100 is not good cricket? Playing good cricket and losing are not mutually exclusive. Any person who can't concede that Aus played some good cricket in India, despite losing, is really just revealing their own biases. Given your comment,Andrew Jenkinson, I'd say that you are the expert in idiotic statements! @sudzz71 - where in the article are any comments from players whining? Do you know what whining means? The only whining here is emanating from you!! @Ellis - get a grip! Where in this article does anyone take 'a back-hander at Sri Lanka'?! Clarke's quip about starting the summer in no way deflects credit from SL. And who the hell is 'pretending it never happened'?!? Seriously, you guys are so determined to criticise Australia that it causes you to read things that are just not there.

  • on November 8, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    @landl47 mate that is brilliant and I love it!

  • Lakpj on November 8, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    @zapper22 you seems to b hating SL cricket,sheer luck or not you Aussies lost the series and that is the end of that.We will see in the world cup, how Aussies are gonna win it this time with Hayden, McGrath and Gilly (and his golf ball too). for SL you better start dreaming SL to be knocked out from the 1st round especially since it is played in the sub continent.LoL.

  • on November 8, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    What is going on in cricket these days? India becomes no.1, Australia what we used to know as the best finally ended a 7-match losing streak, first there was match-fixing, now there's some new shit called spot-fixing. What's going on? Why cant it be normal like our parents say it was in the olden days. Hard, fast, aggressive fast bowling? Things changed so much.

  • Meety on November 8, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    @sudzz71 - what do you mean "This bunch of Aussies", the players aren't whinging, I am though - but I have praised SL's efforts just the same. The scheduling has been queer. Usually the cricket Summer doesn't start until late November - we still have Rugby League & Union being played at the moment which is a major distraction. @zapper22 - I agree it was a thrashing, but the Lankans beat us well in the 2nd game, to say they were lucky is not fair, they showed tons of fight to claw back from 8/104 in the 1st ODI. @Jason Miranda - whoever wins the Ashes should be in the Top 3. @Popcorn - hope so! @Ellis - where's your sense of humour? There was no discrediting SL in anything he said. You must be a Marcus North 4 Captain fan - LOL! @landl47 - there is a reason why they say "sarcasm is the lowest form of wit". BTW - Punter not playing was a good move for some 1st Class exposure. Winning is a habit & losing the losing streak no matter what form, is momentum. @ Puppster23 - agreed.

  • Chris_Howard on November 8, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    A bad win for Aussies. They'll just use it to paper over the cracks.

  • on November 7, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    I knew this would happen, everybody is getting carried away with mitchell starc and clint mckay. Look at the video tape. SL attitude to their batting gave these boys almost all of their wickets, my grandmother could have taken those wickets with the shots the SL made. Dont get carried away, starc isnt that good, infact dont even think he would make NSW team at full strength, with lee, clark, copeland, hazlewood, bracken etc. Also callum ferguson might be ok for the shorter format but not tests, have a look at his record he averages mid 30's in 1st class cricket. Look at starc's record compared to a copeland, cutting or a george. SL had a poor attitude i believe and australia should have won. Lets not get carried away just yet, there are still big problems for australia.

  • raisuren on November 7, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    I can't understand why everytime Srilanka start playing good cricket, they get carried away. They need to understand that to be a champion, you must play consistent cricket. Looking at the shots their batsmen played today, I cannot help but think about their indifferent attitude towards the game. No doubt about their talent but they must play consistent cricket if they are to stand head and shoulder amongst SA, Aus and India.

  • Puppster23 on November 7, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    @Ellis Jeez.... give Clarke a break!! He just made a light-hearted comment, and there is certainly nothing cynical about it. If anything, he is saying, this is how he expected his team to kick-start things this summer, and in respect to this series, this win is too little, too late! Get a feeling, that flogging Clarke, is one of Australia's favourite pass-times these days!!

  • Jharsha09 on November 7, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Go 'Englanders'! you will kick some butt! Aussies were thrashed, no question about it. The first loss was so humiliating. Very easy for them to forget.

  • landl47 on November 7, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Hooray for Australia- they superbly and ruthlessly (popcorn's words) won a dead-rubber match! The Sri Lankans had no answer to.... McKay and Starc, bowlers not in the test side. Johnson, of course, the only bowler playing who is likely to play in the first test, had no wickets today and a series haul of 1 for 130-odd, but what the heck, think of the momentum the Aussies have built up, with their captain not playing! In the meantime, poor old overrated England only won by 6 wickets chasing down a total of 243 and scoring at over 5 an over, with their captain (who was playing for his team) making a century. What a dismal performance. I think this shows clearly that the Australians have all the tools to beat England in a dead-rubber match. Once the Aussies are down more games than there are left to play, look out- they're dynamite!

  • Ellis on November 7, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Another idiotic comment from Clarke. The type that alienates cricket supporters in countries other than Australia. Australia were well beaten by Sri Lanka. Clarke should have acknowledged this and moved on, rather than taking a back-hander at Sri Lanka. Whether they like it or not, Australia has to deal with the fallout of being beaten by Sri Lanka. Denigrating the Sri Lankan performance is not the way to go. Pretending it never happened will not resolve issues. Some batsmen are out of form, and, the bowling is not up to par. Man up!

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 7, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Dead rubber or not, it was an emphatic, dominant win that gives some hope for success in the Ashes suddenly. The fact that it is on the same ground as the 1st test is a bonus too.

  • Bytheway on November 7, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    A day for the Antipodians.

  • on November 7, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Hai guys really am feeling very hapy by seeing todays match...Keep this momentum and Go ahead.....

  • 68704 on November 7, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Starc bowled well and I think the Australian fast bowling stocks are generally adequate to put it mildly/ I think the batting is still a worry and they need people like Callum Ferguson and maybe Brad hodge even for the world cup. Australia is a very competitve one day side and while they had a couple of bad days, I don"t think they are as bad as they have been shown to be. I think the Australian selectors need to remember that this is not the all conquering team of the past and they have to be careful and not continue to do dumb things like they have been doing in the past. Things like the rotation policy , sending Ponting off to play a shield game when they had lost seven matches in a row.... I think Australia needs to think it is in the same sorry state that it was in 87 and not delude itself to thinking it is still a great side. Chappell needs to find the successors to the future, whether Ferguson, Starc... Australia has the talent but it needs to be managed sridhar

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

    Dissapointing finish by SL.However full credit for winning the series.I feel Clark will be a sensible captain for Aussies with the time to come.He is a class batsmen with imaculate technique and treat to watch when he is keep going.Clark humbly credited the opposition when they were outplayed in first two matches which we didn't see in the third match Ponting captained.I saw one English paper humiliating him for hitting Shane Watson instead of wickets.That's a human error.Cheer up Michael..

  • Herath-UK on November 7, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    It's good Australia has something to smile about at last but Sri Lanka seemed to have not gone full gun blazing shown very well from the fact they rested the Kulasekera on a seaming wicket at Gabba.For Sri Lanka it is good they lost because they should not to peak early before the world cup.

    Ranil Herath Kent

  • popcorn on November 7, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Superb, ruthless, all-round performance - batting,bowling and fielding. Yes, this win has set the tone for the summer.Go Aussies,go!

  • Okakaboka on November 7, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Yes, it was clear Mackay and Starc bowled really well. Mackay is an underrated bowler but is suited to certain types of wickets. Both made Johnston look second rate. It is now clear that Johnston unbalances the bowling attack.....So, who will they pick for the ashes? Hilfenhaus, Bolinger, Mackay, Siddle, Starc, Johnston, Hastings? Mackay bowls at roughly the same pace as McGrath.....given a bit of time and experience, he could be that patient and consistent bowler the Australian attack needs. Johnston now appears a liability. Certainly, he needs to be removed from the one day squad.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    at last michell starc will pose a challenge fo johnson to fire back to regain his reputation, i think australia should try starc in the ashes along with mitchell johnson.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    i think the ashes series will be the toughest ask for Australia. Still both teams look shaky before the start of a massive test series. I deeply divided of who wins here but England are in the right frame of mind and look more focused and determined. Whoever does the cricket do the talking sure till the big prize. As for test rankings India is number one by default given their poor record over record overseas. If England win the ashes they should break in the top three teams.

  • zapper22 on November 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Wow...what a thrashing SL got. Like i had said earlier, it was just sheer good luck that gave SL the series win, else in 2 of the 3 ODIs (which includes the 1st ODI) they were completely at a loss. SL, hope you have this luck in the 2011 WC as well, else you aint going past the 1st round.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    How sad that the only people who actually performed at all through the series are not even close to test selection.

  • sudzz71 on November 7, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Well the summer indeed, If these serieses with India and Sri Lanka were such a drag then the Aussies would have been better off not playing isn't it? Why play then whine and take away the sheen from the victories drawn by the other team?

    This bunch of Aussies whine a lot more than the earlier group and win a lot less than the earlier group as well. I think if they spent a bit of time trying to win they will not need to whine as much.

  • Hoggy_1989 on November 7, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Well, let's ask ourselves why there were small crowds. The Melbourne game was played on a Wednesday, the day after the Melbourne Cup so people wouldn't be getting two days off work, or the money together to afford to go to both. And its a weekday on top of that. Adelaide game was also a weekday, and today's game was a dead rubber. If CA has actually bothered to schedule games when people might actually turn up and tickets don't cost so much...then you'd have better crowds. And then you've got people like cricinfo and other media saying ODIs are dead (WHICH THEY AREN'T, they just play so many of them)...so that doesn't help.

  • BradHinds on November 7, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    The Australian team's disposition is an interesting one. I've found that for most teams, if you were to lose seven games in a row (especially in incredibly close defeats that occur as a result of complacency and laspes as was the first test match in Mohali and the first ODI at the MCG), it tends to bear down on you quite heavily and the slump continues for quite a prolonged period of time.

    But not for Australia.

    I don't think there's any doubt that with each defeat, the team's resolve becomes more solid and impregnable. I'm not so sure Sri Lanka underplayed today. Certainly, they probably didn't play at their absolute best, but I never got the impression that they were slacking due to a lack of motivation or commitment. Australia simply played very well. And good for them. They've copped far too much slack from the media and, indeed, from many people on this very site. Sadistic, one member said a few days ago. He was absolutely right.

    Looking forward to the summer ahead!

  • on November 7, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    "We had been playing good cricket at times..."

    Exactly the kind of idiotic statement I'd expect from the Australian cricket camp.

  • boris6491 on November 7, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    This was a much more focused and comprehensive performance from the Aussies obviously brought on by their extreme determination not to be part of a record losing streak as well as Sri Lanka's relaxed attitude with truly nothing to play for. I was extremely impressed with Starc however. He looked the part and bowled stump to stump at a lively pace getting a bit of swing. He certainly outshone Johnson and if I were him, I would begin to get my act together as Starc will no doubt be on his heels. Hopefully, this will give the boost to the side much needed prior to the beginning of the Ashes. I wouldn't say however that we have seen a settled one day outfit, particularly in contrast to the SL team who seem to have a well gelled and complete team ready to compete in the WC. Australia are not at that stage and really need to start deciding who are truly the best group who give them the best chance of winning the WC are. I'm not sure that they have any more ODI cricket though till then.

  • banter123 on November 7, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Australia has got a huge pace battery,and pace battery is like the nose of our body,from time to time it is sensitive to flu's hazlewood,peter george,hilfenhaus,johnson,bollinger,mitch starc,ryan harris and many others are ready to charge in the main problem is the spinners,i would pick doherty ahead of hauritz,kretza looks good and smith in future may open the batting for australia...betcha

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  • banter123 on November 7, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Australia has got a huge pace battery,and pace battery is like the nose of our body,from time to time it is sensitive to flu's hazlewood,peter george,hilfenhaus,johnson,bollinger,mitch starc,ryan harris and many others are ready to charge in the main problem is the spinners,i would pick doherty ahead of hauritz,kretza looks good and smith in future may open the batting for australia...betcha

  • boris6491 on November 7, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    This was a much more focused and comprehensive performance from the Aussies obviously brought on by their extreme determination not to be part of a record losing streak as well as Sri Lanka's relaxed attitude with truly nothing to play for. I was extremely impressed with Starc however. He looked the part and bowled stump to stump at a lively pace getting a bit of swing. He certainly outshone Johnson and if I were him, I would begin to get my act together as Starc will no doubt be on his heels. Hopefully, this will give the boost to the side much needed prior to the beginning of the Ashes. I wouldn't say however that we have seen a settled one day outfit, particularly in contrast to the SL team who seem to have a well gelled and complete team ready to compete in the WC. Australia are not at that stage and really need to start deciding who are truly the best group who give them the best chance of winning the WC are. I'm not sure that they have any more ODI cricket though till then.

  • on November 7, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    "We had been playing good cricket at times..."

    Exactly the kind of idiotic statement I'd expect from the Australian cricket camp.

  • BradHinds on November 7, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    The Australian team's disposition is an interesting one. I've found that for most teams, if you were to lose seven games in a row (especially in incredibly close defeats that occur as a result of complacency and laspes as was the first test match in Mohali and the first ODI at the MCG), it tends to bear down on you quite heavily and the slump continues for quite a prolonged period of time.

    But not for Australia.

    I don't think there's any doubt that with each defeat, the team's resolve becomes more solid and impregnable. I'm not so sure Sri Lanka underplayed today. Certainly, they probably didn't play at their absolute best, but I never got the impression that they were slacking due to a lack of motivation or commitment. Australia simply played very well. And good for them. They've copped far too much slack from the media and, indeed, from many people on this very site. Sadistic, one member said a few days ago. He was absolutely right.

    Looking forward to the summer ahead!

  • Hoggy_1989 on November 7, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Well, let's ask ourselves why there were small crowds. The Melbourne game was played on a Wednesday, the day after the Melbourne Cup so people wouldn't be getting two days off work, or the money together to afford to go to both. And its a weekday on top of that. Adelaide game was also a weekday, and today's game was a dead rubber. If CA has actually bothered to schedule games when people might actually turn up and tickets don't cost so much...then you'd have better crowds. And then you've got people like cricinfo and other media saying ODIs are dead (WHICH THEY AREN'T, they just play so many of them)...so that doesn't help.

  • sudzz71 on November 7, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Well the summer indeed, If these serieses with India and Sri Lanka were such a drag then the Aussies would have been better off not playing isn't it? Why play then whine and take away the sheen from the victories drawn by the other team?

    This bunch of Aussies whine a lot more than the earlier group and win a lot less than the earlier group as well. I think if they spent a bit of time trying to win they will not need to whine as much.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    How sad that the only people who actually performed at all through the series are not even close to test selection.

  • zapper22 on November 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Wow...what a thrashing SL got. Like i had said earlier, it was just sheer good luck that gave SL the series win, else in 2 of the 3 ODIs (which includes the 1st ODI) they were completely at a loss. SL, hope you have this luck in the 2011 WC as well, else you aint going past the 1st round.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    i think the ashes series will be the toughest ask for Australia. Still both teams look shaky before the start of a massive test series. I deeply divided of who wins here but England are in the right frame of mind and look more focused and determined. Whoever does the cricket do the talking sure till the big prize. As for test rankings India is number one by default given their poor record over record overseas. If England win the ashes they should break in the top three teams.

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    at last michell starc will pose a challenge fo johnson to fire back to regain his reputation, i think australia should try starc in the ashes along with mitchell johnson.