Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 1st day December 26, 2012

Sri Lanka batsmen defeated by indiscipline

The MCG pitch was quick and Australia's attack assured, but neither were the menace Sri Lanka's batsmen made them out to be
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On the eve of the fixture, Mahela Jayawardene was asked to recall the biggest Test crowd his side had ever played for. "Lord's," he offered, "and maybe Mumbai and Madras. Tomorrow might be a special day." None of those stadia can even seat the number that stepped through turnstiles on Boxing Day in Melbourne. In Sri Lanka's 30-year Test history, they have never had a greater crowd than the 67,138 that saw them stripped of their fight and bullied out of their senses at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Even on a difficult tour of South Africa, spiced with green pitches and against the best pace attack in the world, Sri Lanka had not succumbed so woefully in the first innings. The Melbourne surface may have been faster than Sri Lanka had expected, but as David Warner illustrated with a boisterous 62 from 46, it was also tempered with a good deal of the benign. Likewise Australia's attack was intense and assured, but it was hardly the menace Sri Lanka's batsmen made it out to be.

Sri Lanka had spoken of how critical stability from the top order would be to any hope of victory, but in recent Tests, the most experienced group in the team have given the most flight to failure. Sharp swing bowling might have been their downfall in the home Tests against New Zealand, but at the MCG, they fashioned a collapse from indiscipline.

Tillakaratne Dilshan can cite his sparkling Hobart ton as justification for a hyper-aggressive approach despite the presence of swing, but even the "that's how I play" defense will be stretched thin by the baffling swipe across the line that allowed a Mitchell Johnson inswinger to disturb his stumps. There is a grey area between audacity and imprudence that players of Dilshan's ilk are allowed to tread, but there is a limit to talent, and fetching a straightening delivery on a fast surface with as wild a stroke as that is perhaps task beyond any batsman.

Mahela Jayawardene was out wafting at a delivery that was never threatening the stumps early in his innings. It is a manner of dismissal that has almost defined his career outside Sri Lanka, and severely frustrated his claims to batting greatness. Deliveries of that line trouble most batsmen early in their innings, but for a man of Jayawardene's talent, he has been staggeringly incapable of overcoming that weakness. In the last two years, he has averaged under 18 outside Asia, in eight Tests.

Thilan Samaraweera was out hooking - a rarity for him, which makes his dismissal so puzzling it is almost unfathomable. Angelo Mathews then drove hard at a wide one, when Sri Lanka's innings was already in tatters. There is occasional merit in launching a counterattack, especially on a pitch as good as this for batting, but having seen three of his team-mates out to loose strokes already, perhaps Mathews would have been better served by the resolve he has so often proved himself capable of. He is saved from the most exacting scrutiny by the shortcomings of the seniors above him, but he will likely be Test captain soon and he will then find moments of such incaution will attract far less generous assessments.

It is difficult to suggest a method of improvement, because as coach Graham Ford noted after play, Sri Lanka's collapse was no major fault of technique. It has been the case throughout their last few innings, where various batsmen have looked in form at different times but they have stumbled collectively. Much of the talk from the Sri Lanka camp before the match had been about staying grounded despite the significance of the Boxing Day Test, but perhaps that is a mental feat they did not quite manage.

"Some of it could be as a result of it being such a big occasion and the boys have been looking forward to it for such a long time," Ford said. "I think the desire to do well is extremely high, which at times can create a little extra pressure. It's not a technical thing, and I certainly know it's not a work ethic thing. The guys have worked unbelievably hard on skills that are required in these conditions. Once you get out there though, you've got to have a clear mind and you've got to make good decisions. I think Kumar showed just how important that is."

The capitulation was all the more disheartening because the day could have been one of celebration for Sri Lanka's greatest batsman. Kumar Sangakkara batted with the poise and skill entirely befitting a man who confirmed himself statistically among cricket's batting elite by crossing the 10,000-run threshold. He struck a trio of sublime boundaries off Johnson a few overs before an immaculate cover drive brought up the milestone just before lunch, as the biggest crowd he has ever played for roared their appreciation. By becoming equal fastest to the mark alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, and one innings ahead of Ricky Ponting, Sangakkara's achievement is Sri Lanka's second-best individual success after Muttiah Muralitharan's wicket tally, but his day's memories will be marred by the meekness of his colleagues. He deserves better than that from the team he has served so consistently, for so long.

Sri Lanka's bowling attack now finds itself having to bring the team into a match that may already have slipped away, when it was that batting that ought to have hidden the attack's inadequacies with a big total. Sri Lanka have stressed that this is a bowling attack in transition throughout the tour, but judging from the scorecards so far, you would think it was their batting that has been weak, green and ineffective.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent

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  • ramli on December 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Only occasional brilliance has been the order of SL in tests outside SL in spite of having Murali all these years. This capitulation is no surprise. Stroke play is the essence of SL always and would remain like that in the days to come. It will be unrealistic to expect the younger generation to develop special skill sets to conquer test cricket outside SL. So, just enjoy the occasional successes of SL in test cricket outside SL. SL will always be in the reckoning in limited overs cricket wherever it is played.

  • on December 26, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    How much twenty20 leagues are affecting the batsmen, we are seeing from how some teams are playing. Indians are already playing pathetically in tests. For which IPL is to be blamed. Now SL is also playing poorly. The way the top order has played in the last few tests indicates how much things are rotting. And above all SL board has made things such that no tests will be played for a long time against top opposition during the next full year. Where are things going? Unless something drastic is done, India and SL will play very poorly in tests.

  • mark2011 on December 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    it was very poor performance by SL..its sad to see our team does not seem to correct thier mistakes and play much improved cricket .. right from the NZ series in SL, top order is not doing what they should.. it was good bowling by Aus and indisciplined batting by SL team again that SL slumped cheaply as being the case for all recent 4 test...we lack fighting spirit, agression and mental toughness to win a test specially in Aus. after such poor batting display .. bowlling even didnt do much .. they let Aus to easily score runs.no real fighting to win a macth... very poor performance and attitude of SL players...Ii wonder when we can win .. unless some miracle happnd tomorrow...

  • on December 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Sri Lankans except a couple of players lack the skill,discipline or temperamant for Test Cricket.They should just play limited over cricket.

  • Chris_P on December 27, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Cricket aside, how was the crowd factor?! Great response by the Melbourne fans, just shows how seriously we take test cricket & it was good that the Lankans got to experience this atmosphere.

  • Metro-ant on December 27, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think it's wrong to suggest Sri Lanka is a one man team with Sanga especially seeing the way he got caught behind on 58, it is basically being considered acceptable now to choke 'Watson Style' between 50-99 runs and be considered a test cricketer. The reason for this? t20 cricket. Jayawardene's field setting was so defensive and absurd I hope Mathews will be the young aggressive captain Graeme Smith was at his age because that is what Sri Lanka need right now. Is Sri Lanka's best team in Australia now? It is more like a Rolling Stones world tour in 2035 than a professional test team going out to win. Out with the old in with the new blood I say.

  • on December 27, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    this is not only problem for srilanka, even india, pakistan, bangla all are suffer because all our asian grounds are flat track. now latest the T20 league are affect our longer version ( test) matches. definitely these things will make a problem for our asian test cricket.

  • Batman111 on December 27, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Get Maharoof for the 3rd test, he will be a handy bowler in aussie wickets..

  • SarathW on December 26, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Definitely Sri Lanka is going to loose this test match and possibly by an innings. So it is time to get rid of the one or two of the "so called" stars and give Chandimal a chance in the next test. He can't do any worse than Mahele or Thilan. Even if Thilan scores a hundred in the second innings he should ma\ke way for Chandimal because this game is already lost.

  • Simoc on December 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    The problem with the SL batting was that only Sangakarra gave the impression that he'de come in to bat all day. Kailis from South Africa always gives that impression. It's important because it lets the bowler knows he has to get you out and the pressure is on him not you.

  • ramli on December 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Only occasional brilliance has been the order of SL in tests outside SL in spite of having Murali all these years. This capitulation is no surprise. Stroke play is the essence of SL always and would remain like that in the days to come. It will be unrealistic to expect the younger generation to develop special skill sets to conquer test cricket outside SL. So, just enjoy the occasional successes of SL in test cricket outside SL. SL will always be in the reckoning in limited overs cricket wherever it is played.

  • on December 26, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    How much twenty20 leagues are affecting the batsmen, we are seeing from how some teams are playing. Indians are already playing pathetically in tests. For which IPL is to be blamed. Now SL is also playing poorly. The way the top order has played in the last few tests indicates how much things are rotting. And above all SL board has made things such that no tests will be played for a long time against top opposition during the next full year. Where are things going? Unless something drastic is done, India and SL will play very poorly in tests.

  • mark2011 on December 26, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    it was very poor performance by SL..its sad to see our team does not seem to correct thier mistakes and play much improved cricket .. right from the NZ series in SL, top order is not doing what they should.. it was good bowling by Aus and indisciplined batting by SL team again that SL slumped cheaply as being the case for all recent 4 test...we lack fighting spirit, agression and mental toughness to win a test specially in Aus. after such poor batting display .. bowlling even didnt do much .. they let Aus to easily score runs.no real fighting to win a macth... very poor performance and attitude of SL players...Ii wonder when we can win .. unless some miracle happnd tomorrow...

  • on December 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Sri Lankans except a couple of players lack the skill,discipline or temperamant for Test Cricket.They should just play limited over cricket.

  • Chris_P on December 27, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Cricket aside, how was the crowd factor?! Great response by the Melbourne fans, just shows how seriously we take test cricket & it was good that the Lankans got to experience this atmosphere.

  • Metro-ant on December 27, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think it's wrong to suggest Sri Lanka is a one man team with Sanga especially seeing the way he got caught behind on 58, it is basically being considered acceptable now to choke 'Watson Style' between 50-99 runs and be considered a test cricketer. The reason for this? t20 cricket. Jayawardene's field setting was so defensive and absurd I hope Mathews will be the young aggressive captain Graeme Smith was at his age because that is what Sri Lanka need right now. Is Sri Lanka's best team in Australia now? It is more like a Rolling Stones world tour in 2035 than a professional test team going out to win. Out with the old in with the new blood I say.

  • on December 27, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    this is not only problem for srilanka, even india, pakistan, bangla all are suffer because all our asian grounds are flat track. now latest the T20 league are affect our longer version ( test) matches. definitely these things will make a problem for our asian test cricket.

  • Batman111 on December 27, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Get Maharoof for the 3rd test, he will be a handy bowler in aussie wickets..

  • SarathW on December 26, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    Definitely Sri Lanka is going to loose this test match and possibly by an innings. So it is time to get rid of the one or two of the "so called" stars and give Chandimal a chance in the next test. He can't do any worse than Mahele or Thilan. Even if Thilan scores a hundred in the second innings he should ma\ke way for Chandimal because this game is already lost.

  • Simoc on December 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    The problem with the SL batting was that only Sangakarra gave the impression that he'de come in to bat all day. Kailis from South Africa always gives that impression. It's important because it lets the bowler knows he has to get you out and the pressure is on him not you.

  • Happy_AusBang on December 26, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    I thought some people were going over the top in praising Dilshan for his century in Hobart when the theme should have been "mate well done, but you need to remember this is test cricket and you need to be more circumspect; occupying the crease is just as important as scoring runs, and you don't have to score at ODI rate". Anyone could see he was going to implode soon and so it happened.

  • on December 26, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Apparently Sri Lanka's next Test series will be in November. That is of course assuming that the series is not cancelled due to a conflict of dates with a new Twenty 20 series.

  • on December 26, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Is it distraction of SLC vs Mahela affair? Also indifference or indiscipline.I have always wantd SL to do well overseas and it makes me proud when many foreigners come to see us play. And we earned the right to play at MCG due to our good performances recently in spite of SLC corruption, inefficient jokers as selectors with Arunasiri who was an average bowler in it for last 12 years (like Sanath playing indefintely). If we perform poorly its the end of the road. I anticipate it and hence i did not go to Melbourne and losing interest after 50 years following World cricket. Primary responsibility is Political interference and even Mahela and Kumar the 2 gentleman, have to succumb to some extent. The team can improve a bit if batting is consistent, tail enders more serious in batting, and batting order changed . Prasanna is one who shud go higher up . Mahela can be the Dhoni by batting lower down. Lastly a Sports Psychologist as our mentality needs a good pep up. Pouring water on ducks Bk

  • jackthelad on December 26, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Poor, and with no excuse for the conditions - Sri once again are proving that they are the world champions when it comes to crumbling under any kind of pressure. You say - 'Ah, but the modern game puts so much pressure on players' - I recall Keith Miller's comment (he flew Mosquitos for the RAF in the second world war) - 'Pressure is having a Messerschmidt up your arse - cricket is a game'.

  • on December 26, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Thanks to IPL SL go hard.dont foget this is test cricket.what ashame.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 26, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    " In Sri Lanka's 30-year Test history, they have never had a greater crowd than the 67,138 that saw them stripped of their fight and bullied out of their senses at the Melbourne Cricket Ground"

    Not sure about tests. But odis they had better in kolkata in 1996 WC which i guess had 90k-100k attendance(is it the largest?)

    But 67k in test matches can only happen in Aus or Eng but not in subcontinent.

  • St.John on December 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    While Agreeing with most what Andrew says I must however protest Sangakarra being called SL 'greatest batsmen'. He isnt...Aravinda De Silva was and even Sanath Jayasuriya was far better. KS is NOT a natural...more a coaching manual product. Watch some of the old Aravinda video clips on utube etc and judge...

  • Afta on December 26, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Pathetic display by Sri Lanka, When you score under 250 in a test match it's always 'catch up' cricket. Becomes very difficult to get back into the game. Cannot understand the indifference shown by the batsmen. Sanga & Mahela and Dilshan will retire sooner or later, Angelo at present is not mature enough to take on the captaincy and above all, the players we have now are of poor quality. So the cupboard looks bare for the next four years, minimum. It's difficult to get out of this rut and I absolutely blame the players and also the administrators for the mess we are in, cos it takes two to tango. It's dangerous to have a weak and corrupt administration, it permeates to the team and allows the team leaders to also call the shots. This is exactly what's happening at the moment, so how can you concentrate on the game..! May be other interests overshadow priorities. At the end of the day we as cricket lovers are disgraced and disheartened. This test is heading down a one way street

  • MilroyL.S.A.Don on December 26, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Miracles happen, but it takes time!!!!! SL must try to bowl s many an dot balls to drag this test to a draw or at least play 5 day cricket. SL new ball bowlers are not even close to Aussies...if they blame the wicket for being too fast...the ball on on SL court. Come on...young guys make use of the opportunity and show some attitude.

    SL batsman needs to play basic cricket, if you read this message play "V" on fast tracks.

  • priceless1 on December 26, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Just Pathetic display of Batting from the SL team , except Sanga all other were playing a T20 game ,its funny how after years and years of playing cricket these guys still don't know how to play in a 5 day game , I think Mahela , Dilshan ,Prasanna should call it Quits , they are not suitable for Test match cricket

  • warneneverchuck on December 26, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Well done SL. U showed today how to play in ausralia even though u have never won a single test. U have all right to call others flat track bullies if u play like this on bouncy wickets

  • Prabhash1985 on December 26, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    I would like to emphasize one thing. People talk about drop catches. Did you ever considered what sort of catch Dillie dropped? He was sitting a short mid on. That was a wierd field set. I cannot imagine how clever Mahela is. You can keep on blaming to Mahela and Sri Lankans. But, what really happened was (I watched the match honestly), they created chances. I think the Aussie captain had no clue what was going on. Yes, it was Clark. There were three fielders on that direction, but he still got into Mahela's trap. Mahela's class is never equaled. He is an atomic bomb. Do not forget what he did to us. He took us to finals many times, which is only second to Ricky Ponting. Respect the captain. And accept the defeat. But fight like heroes. Help them even by a single word. You can say thousands against, but try to be with them, because it's the right thing to do.

  • jerryman on December 26, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Please put up a fight.. lack of confidence in playing a long innings .. very disappointing performance for ths SL fans especially those residing in Austrailia .. a feeling of deja vu.. If the cricket board puts tests on the backburner instead of IPL .. this will be the demise of test cricket..

  • Prem2248 on December 26, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Jokers are totally responsible for all these blunders since, they want to carry on with these henchmen till the next WC. We badly need knowledgeable selectors like the ones they have in England at present.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 26, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Come on guys, it's not easy to play well when the ball moves in the early stages. Australians are quite used to their conditions. So, it's a normal thing that a guy like David Warner goes fast. But Sri Lankans will win the match. They way they fought back was amazing. Unfortunately two catches were dropped. If they were taken, it could have been five down, with Hussy on. Just play your natural game. Don't worry about what has happened. Just keep on threatening them, asking them questions. Keep on bowling in the proper line and length. Mahela attacks, and that's the only way out. He is sooo cunning. We can win. Come on lions! Fight back! Never give up!!! Fight till the last drop of blood! We can win! And WE WILL WIN!

  • donsls on December 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    I think the Sri Lankans forgot to bring Christmas gifts to the Australians and decided to give away wickets as gifts. Also they gave few more with the dropped catches. So there may be more to come. As an SL fan, really hurt to see this performance.

  • Nathan_123 on December 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Complete pathetic display of test match performance. SL looked like they have not turned up for the game this morning. I have seen worst performance by SL over the years and definitely this morning performance will be in the top 3 of the worst performances. Simply what srilankan cricketers lacking are mental toughness, the ability to concentrate for a longer period and complete commitment. The reason decision by the SLCB to reduce the test matches in the near future; does not help the SL cricket to redeem itself from the bottom ranked test nations. It's so heart breaking to see one of the best cricketing nations few years ago (under Murlalee's tenure) has been crumbling in front of your owns eyes. The system is such in Srilanka where the power is gone to wrong hands and they couldn't careless about Srilankan cricket. What a sad state of affairs!!!!

  • rayfanatics on December 26, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    @Herath-UK, pathetic form last two years? Mahela has been poor pretty much throughout his entire career outside Asia. The article on Sanga's 10K stats just exposes that for everyone.

  • Ruban_Varathan on December 26, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Unless some #MIRACLE happens in the first session.. Srilanka is sure to play catching game throughout the remaining days....Really disappointed to watch Miserable performances from Srilankan players....Gd Luck lanka!!

  • on December 26, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    I think it's a blessing in disguise that Mahela is giving up captaincy. His form is not helping with his captaincy and the regularity with which he nicks balls behind to the keeper or slips is ridiculous. I also am not a fan of his captaincy, especially his inability to cut down the easy singles at the start of a batsman's innings. Mathews might have a positive influence on the team going forward, although the shot he played today was diabolical. I'm just sad that I was looking forward for more than a year for this tour, and the elusive test win in Aus. That dream will remain a dream. Just depressing stuff. The Australian must be wondering what the administrators were thinking giving the boxing day test to SL. Sad sad sad.....

  • on December 26, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    The shots that Thilan Samaraweera, Dilshan and Angelo Mathews got out were rather more suited for the IPL...... What was the mental state of these 'batsmen'? And, Mathews is in line for the next captain? How truly pathetic.

    With this "experienced squad" performing this way, it is time that Sri Lanka got a new squad of youngsters like Dinesh Chandimal et. al.

  • Ruban_Varathan on December 26, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    As a Srilankan fan, I was very much excited to watch Srilankas HiFi performance.woke up early in the morning to see Srilankas fightback after der hard fought loss in the first test....But after seeing SL batting slideshow in the morning,i was totally irked to see the match further.....It was a collective failure from all so called greats...cant even able to judge which batsmen is in form...Dilshan who scored a brilliant 100 in hobart test miserably failed in this test and mathews who looked solid in the hobart test failed here.....SL team shamed the fans and the lovely crowd who stood for them.....mahela's captaincy looked toothless in this test...I think he is waiting for the time to run away from the captaincy....poor shot selection from the batsmen...Last 3 wickets were gifted to the aussies...I thought SL would manage to reach 200 mark but every batsmen on the feild is interested to return back to dressing room...Mahela is always called to set aggresive feildset...where all those?

  • on December 26, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Got up esrly in the morning at 3.30 (UAE time) to watch the match. What a shameful and nasty day which totally spoiled my day. Was this a professional innings played by seniors? Was it a specimen to the younger team members?

  • vallavarayar on December 26, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Honestly though, what did this author expect? A score of any significance? I am just happy my punt on a 3:0 Aussie win is almost assured.

  • on December 26, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Throwing wickets and getting out are two different things to say the least!

  • fazald on December 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    If South Africa had remained to play in the Boxing Day test I am sure a record breaking crowd of more than 67,138 would have turned up to witness the test match today.Unfortunately they were able to play only three tests which helped them to save their world test cricket rankings as the number one team in the world after being completely out-played by the aussies in the first two tests. Already the writing is on the wall for Sri Lanka on the first day that they are facing a heavy defeat in this Boxing Day test. The proceedings on the second day's play tomorrorw no doubt will decide the outcome of the match and the series.

  • Herath-UK on December 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I was dismayed to see Mahela walking in when the second wicket was lost in the twenties.How daft are the men at the helm not to send Mathew or Samaraweera instead knowing jolley well Mahela's pathetic form outside the subcontinent in the recent past.Hopefully the batting order will be changed for the second innings.The other man to be spoken to is Dilshan definitely. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Jeyan_Sinthu on December 26, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    This is an extreme poor display by SL batsmen. Fans were expecting more in the special boxing day test front of this huge crowd. Really heart breaking for sl fans.Totally fed up....!!

  • TYJAY on December 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    very poor display by SL. Dilshan is a very poor opener.

  • Test-is-the-best on December 26, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Mahela seems to have a less preference to be a test batsmen after the emergence of T20 tournaments. He could not score heavily in test matches as he did before 2010. This is the destiny of many sub continent players as they enjoy playing T20 instead of Test matches.There is no doubt that he is good T20 player for Sri Lanka. Sooner than later Mahela will end his test career . Situation in Australia, England & South Africa is much different though they have their own T20 tournaments . They gives the same or higher preference to test tournaments and enjoy the top 3 rankings in Tests today.

  • gsingh7 on December 26, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    sl batsmen defeated by lack of talent to play on bouncy seaming pitches like india and pak teams should be title, this is another whitewash for men from sl

  • No1fan on December 26, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    A shameful display by these Sri Lankans. don't think they will ever be given another Boxing Day test match again. The 2 dropped catches at the end of the day just summed up their attitude and mental state.

  • on December 26, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka's dream of winning a test match in Australia will remain a dream for eternity

  • on December 26, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Oh my goodness.. the largest crowd SL ever played for in a test?.. i feel ashamed of our fans..And angry at SLC for neglecting tests.

  • on December 26, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Oh my goodness.. the largest crowd SL ever played for in a test?.. i feel ashamed of our fans..And angry at SLC for neglecting tests.

  • on December 26, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Sri Lanka's dream of winning a test match in Australia will remain a dream for eternity

  • No1fan on December 26, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    A shameful display by these Sri Lankans. don't think they will ever be given another Boxing Day test match again. The 2 dropped catches at the end of the day just summed up their attitude and mental state.

  • gsingh7 on December 26, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    sl batsmen defeated by lack of talent to play on bouncy seaming pitches like india and pak teams should be title, this is another whitewash for men from sl

  • Test-is-the-best on December 26, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Mahela seems to have a less preference to be a test batsmen after the emergence of T20 tournaments. He could not score heavily in test matches as he did before 2010. This is the destiny of many sub continent players as they enjoy playing T20 instead of Test matches.There is no doubt that he is good T20 player for Sri Lanka. Sooner than later Mahela will end his test career . Situation in Australia, England & South Africa is much different though they have their own T20 tournaments . They gives the same or higher preference to test tournaments and enjoy the top 3 rankings in Tests today.

  • TYJAY on December 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    very poor display by SL. Dilshan is a very poor opener.

  • Jeyan_Sinthu on December 26, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    This is an extreme poor display by SL batsmen. Fans were expecting more in the special boxing day test front of this huge crowd. Really heart breaking for sl fans.Totally fed up....!!

  • Herath-UK on December 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I was dismayed to see Mahela walking in when the second wicket was lost in the twenties.How daft are the men at the helm not to send Mathew or Samaraweera instead knowing jolley well Mahela's pathetic form outside the subcontinent in the recent past.Hopefully the batting order will be changed for the second innings.The other man to be spoken to is Dilshan definitely. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • fazald on December 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    If South Africa had remained to play in the Boxing Day test I am sure a record breaking crowd of more than 67,138 would have turned up to witness the test match today.Unfortunately they were able to play only three tests which helped them to save their world test cricket rankings as the number one team in the world after being completely out-played by the aussies in the first two tests. Already the writing is on the wall for Sri Lanka on the first day that they are facing a heavy defeat in this Boxing Day test. The proceedings on the second day's play tomorrorw no doubt will decide the outcome of the match and the series.

  • on December 26, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Throwing wickets and getting out are two different things to say the least!