Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 1st day

Batsmen put Australia on top

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

December 14, 2012

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Australia 4 for 299 (Hughes 86, Clarke 70*, Warner 57, Welegedara 3-99) v Sri Lanka
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Phillip Hughes punches one through the off side, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 1st day, December 14, 2012
Phillip Hughes enjoyed his return to Test cricket © AFP

Australian spectators have been spoiled over the past few weeks. In Adelaide, Australia piled on 482 runs on the first day against South Africa, and at the WACA the following week 12 wickets fell on the opening day. But the start of the series against Sri Lanka took a much more meandering course, as first Phillip Hughes and David Warner, then Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, steered the Australians through the day safely to reach stumps at 4 for 299. It was a good day for the Australians, but by the standards set in the South African series, a somewhat muted one.

Apart from the occasional arresting moment - Mahela Jayawardene's leaping catch to dismiss Shane Watson, for example - nearly everything about the day was subdued. The pitch didn't offer the bowlers a lot of assistance, although the Sri Lankans didn't have the pace and bounce to make best use of what was there; the batsmen accumulated rather than obliterated; and even the crowd of 6221 was lacklustre, given that there was a special lunchtime farewell for Tasmania's finest, Ricky Ponting.

But that's Test cricket. Nearly 300 in a day was a fine outcome for Australia, and Sri Lanka need to find some sort of spark to ensure they are not gradually chiselled out of the match. Quick wickets on the second day would do it, but by the end of the first, Clarke and Hussey were rarely looking troubled. At stumps, Clarke was on 70, continuing his outstanding summer, and Hussey was on 37, and the only hint of discomfort was Clarke's hobbling after being struck a painful blow on the thigh by a delivery from Shaminda Eranga.

Smart stats

  • Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey have been involved in the most century-stands in 2012 (4). In 13 innings, they have added 1187 runs at an average of 107.90.
  • Hussey and Clarke have added 3254 runs in 62 innings at an average of 55.15 with nine century-stands. Only seven other Australian pairs have a higher partnership aggregate.
  • Clarke, the highest run-getter in 2012, is 72 runs away from becoming the second Australian player after Ricky Ponting to aggregate 1500 runs in a calendar year.
  • Phillip Hughes' 86 is his seventh fifty-plus score in 18 Tests. He has scored 1158 runs at an average of 36.18 with three centuries.
  • Hussey took his tally against Sri Lanka to 799 runs in six matches. In nine innings, Hussey has scored four centuries and two fifties at an average of 114.14.

The Clarke-Hussey partnership reached triple-figures in the final over of the day and as they have so often, the two men were constructing a middle-order fortress. At least this time, they had a solid base to work from, having come together at 4 for 198. Their partnership began when Hughes missed the chance to mark his return to Test cricket with a century. On 86, he was bowled when Chanaka Welegedara rolled the fingers on an offcutter and tickled the ball off the inside edge of the bat and on to the stumps.

It was an opportunity missed for Hughes, but his comeback was still very encouraging, and not since Shaun Marsh scored a hundred on debut had an Australian No.3 made as many in an innings. Hughes had been powerful through the off side, with his trademark cuts and also some crisp cover-drives, but he was also able to pick up singles through the leg side using his off-stump stance.

He cleared the boundary once, when he came down the pitch to Rangana Herath and smashed him over long-on, and his half-century came up from his 121st delivery with a square drive for three. He was lucky to survive on 77 when he slashed at Welegedara, the only bowler to take a wicket on the first day, and was caught behind off a no-ball. The reprieve wasn't too costly for the Sri Lankans, but it typified a disappointing day for them.

Hughes and David Warner had both played well in the first session until a mix-up in the last over before lunch ended Warner's hopes of a second Hobart hundred after his innings against New Zealand last year. Warner pushed Tillakaratne Dilshan to short cover and took off before stopping, only to see Hughes run through and complete the run while Angelo Mathews threw to the bowler's end.

It ended Warner's innings for 57 from 89 deliveries. He had struck eight boundaries and was especially strong through the off side, driving through cover when the seamers overpitched. Warner and Hughes had come together after Ed Cowan, on 4, skied a catch to mid-on when he tried to pull Welegedara. That left Australia at 1 for 18, hardly the start Clarke hoped for when he chose to bat on a pitch with some green patches.

The Sri Lankan seamers found the occasional edge, including one in the first over when Cowan was nearly taken low to the ground at slip off Nuwan Kulasekara, and a couple of others that whizzed past the stumps. But it wasn't until later in the day when Shane Watson, in his first innings at No.4, drove at Welegedara that an edge produced a result for Sri Lanka.

Watson was done by the angle across him and his thick edge flew to the vacant third slip region, but from second slip Jayawardene hurled himself to his right and plucked a one-handed take that must have been close to the finest of his 190 Test catches. It was the kind of spark that Sri Lanka required. They finished the day needing something special to lift them again.

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Posted by Not_Another_Keybord_Expert on (December 16, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

LOL...@tommytuckersaffa your life makes me sad

Posted by Meety on (December 15, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

@ Last_ride on (December 14 2012, 13:11 PM GMT) - rubbish! Sth Africa since their return to Test cricket have maintained a very good standard through out the 20 something years. However, when Oz was dominating, we would thrash teams home & away. Sth Africa win series alright, but they are NOT dominant. @SamRoy on (December 14 2012, 11:41 AM GMT) - NZ have really good seamers, but I rate Eranga as highly (potentially better than any of the Kiwis). He only had one wicket to show for his efforts, but he was heaps better. Herath is a mile better than any NZ spinners. In the end the NZ v SL was a draw, other than that, NZ play most of their cricket on juicy pitches, so it is not easy to make comparisons IMO.

Posted by Wallaroo on (December 15, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

@tommytuckersaffa Go and watch the Saffers play. Mate this is Aus playing SL and one has to say that Aus is on top at this stage. Your fellow Saffers must be thrilled to have a know nothing but thinks he's a know it all like you.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (December 15, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

I am a fan of Hughes, but he should start opening as he is the best opener in the country. Bring Khawaja in at 3 as he has scored runs in shield in some very bowler friendly conditions and has proven me wrong, most importantly his running between the wickets, fielding and attitude looks a 100% better then last year under boof and this was stated by Inevarity last week. I think you need to take a closer look at him mate, he is a much better player this year.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

@ tommy, i guess you would call kallis a coward as well then ?? considering he is hiding from the new ball at number 4 then

Posted by AndyMac2 on (December 14, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

I'm sick of hearing Clark called a coward because he won't put himself up the batting order. Surely its a tactical move (non-move?) because he's most effective at that position. He does the best for the team batting there, and more suited than other contenders. He has the concentration to stay in and potentially turn a game. Perhaps some of the other guys fend off the new ball better, and when the shine has gone, Clark comes in to plunder. Its a bit like saying that five eigth is a coward for not playing front row, when he may know the game inside out, be fast on his feet and have quick hands... but everyone knows he's most effective when the front row have take the sting out the defence, pass the ball back to the play maker and its "shut the gate"! Horses for courses I say!!

Posted by RoJayao on (December 14, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Still not convinced by Hughes, especially against very good fast bowlers. But he is very definitely a confidence player and maybe if he fills his boots with runs against SL and India he'll do ok against England, assuming they can keep an attack together!

Posted by ozwriter on (December 14, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

why are there 4 openers in the side? cowan has is bog average with an average of 31 after 4 series. he needs to be dropped ASAP.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 14, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Not too bad effort this. Sri Lankan bowlers actually bowled better as the day wore on & never tossed in the towel, an admirable trait. The pitch is playing uneven with some balls squirting up nastily off a length (Matthews nearly removed Clarke's head with one at just 124kpm) while others tended to stay a little low. Batting won't get easier. I actually liked last season's pitch for the simple reason that bowlers got a lot out of it & batsmen had to really earn their runs.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (December 14, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

@hyclass... nice to read a comment of some thought and substance... from the outside looking in it seems there is too much (real and feared) change around the oz team, with people looking over their shoulder and plenty of bad press. The selctions of Quiney and Hastings show an absence of planning and credible forethought. The problem therefore is with the management I'm afraid, starting with Arthur. A quick listen to him will underline this.

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 14, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Clarke the ultimate flat track home bully making runs on yet another road in Australia...let him come to subcontinent (India , UAE,)etc. or even at countries like England ,South Africa,Srilanka..i bet he'll even struggle to maintain an average of 20+ or so.....i bet..

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (December 14, 2012, 21:28 GMT)

Looks like another great series to follow. How many tests is it this time? Again, so many crazy predictions after Day 1 of a test... Some great players to watch out for in both teams, and whilst I'd go for the Aus. bowlers over Sri La's, some people need reminding that there are a number of key batsmen there with averages over 50...

Posted by Richie_P on (December 14, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Some pretty ordinary cricket in front of the usual dull Aussie crowd, kind of expected it really from two of crickets minnows, i guess both teams are playing conservative cricket as they are so used to losing in recent years!

Posted by Always-positive on (December 14, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

I see the "Rope a Dope" aussies are setting themselves for another embarrissing loss. Sri lanka have to many class batsmen compared to the couple in the rope a dopes.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 14, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

@late-cut: Don't mind the comments from some of the Indian fans. I am an Indian fan too but I can see the talent in SL team compared to our own team which is only about pride, money and selfishness. As far as the English fans go, let them celebrate a victory over a mediocre Indian team. They were ruthlessly exposed against SA's brilliance. A slightly above average test team who will be tested against the better teams any day. @Front-Foot-Lunge: Your logic of claiming Anderson to be the best bowler in the world speaks volumes about your IQ being the equivalent of an elementary school kid. I don't need to say anything more.

Posted by Independencechoice1 on (December 14, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Mahela please use Shaminda more with new ball.He can penetrate more with it. There is something more in the pitch than SL bowlers extracted and oz bowlers will get it. SL consider hiring a fast bowling specialist as the next head coach.Batting don't want too much care because that's our natural talent.Fast bowling is what we are more weak at.We should consider how to get maximum out of these conditions if we want to win here. WATCHOUT its there bowling,the primary match winner not batting.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (December 14, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

There are some very sensitive Aussie on these pages. My favourite being the delusional and precious Marcio. Australia do get stick and this is because you guys dish out your snarling obnoxious vitriol to all and sundry. Australian sport is massively on the slide and you guys have got to cop some abuse. What goes around comes around guys.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (December 14, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan , it is satisfied first day for us in this 3 test series . Honestly we r lacking fire power in pace attack and batting is vulnerable in these conditions . Advantage of spin bowling (specially of Herath) is largely nullified by pitch ) .Amid all disadvantages , we were not thrashed for 350 in first day . no hundreds yet . So Sri Lanka dont need to worry .Get early wickets so we can limit them to 425 . BUT we must bat well to be in competition . So Sanga , Mahela , Thilan , Dilshan show the way .

Posted by pat_one_back on (December 14, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Well played @Hyclass, some sad little peeps out there. I'll put it out there though that the time has come for selectors to stop meddling (one last change aside) and let the lads know they have the job, to go forth and be the best they can be. Who does their best when being constantly watched over their shoulder... Consistency on the field needs consistency off it, chicken or the egg perhaps but at some point you have to question the net value of swapping similar talents on temporary form. Khawaja in for Hughes after 3 tests for example as many will call for if he's any less than dominant.. Bowling I feel a little differently about as fitness and rhythm are a little more tangible than batting form.y 10c of hate free insight.

Posted by reality_check27 on (December 14, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

@late cut u saying all indians are sad and yet ur srilankan board keeps on cancelling test matches and asks to play with india like cancelling of test matches with west indies and cancelling test matchs with south africa dn ask india to play that tells u that if indians are sad that means ur wrost and all ur board cares about is money that is with india and except bangladesh only srilanka is the team who has won only 3 test series home and away in last 5 yeas that tells you where ur team belongs so first ask ur srilankans and ur board to get stop asking india for favours and then talk big.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Sick of hearing that Watson Should be opening,do they not understand that he struggles against a moving ball, 4 suited him, for 30 runs he looked comfortable, 4 or 5 for watto, he will be the new hussy, hughes was very solid, and clarke n hussy just fantastic.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 14, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Well played Clarke and Hussey. Our bowlers tried hard and managed to beat the bat but lacked the venom. We need early wickets tomorrow as if not 500 is definite. Today simply showed that we will struggle big time to run through Aussie batting, but will do well in the ODIs as our bowling attack comprises of run stoppers. @Chris_P, Aussies showed that they are the best fighters of tests when they came to SL last year. They were then a development XI against our established XI can taught us a good lesson.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 14, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@gsingh7, we did far better than you all in England last year. You people mutter about rain, but rain never saved us. We played well enough to keep England to just 1-0. India beat NZ this year 2-0 all due to umpiring howlers. There is always a cache whenever India wins a test match as they need 13 ment to win a test match. Also remember I want India to get thrashed inside 2 days in all test matches. Australia will do it for sure in India in March next year. The biggest upset in cricket will be if India passes 50 in a test match. Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Cummins and Starc are capable of getting India all out for less than 20 in a test match.

Posted by fan_2_fans on (December 14, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

@late--cut.Sri lanka are the minnows of world cricket.Sri lankan fans always talk big,but their team never wins at home as well as away with losses everywhere in UAE,India,SA,England,WI.I think ICC should reconsider the test status of SL. ''i guess its gonna be a batsmens game" what a joke.SL will allout within 150. Ha.te from india

Posted by 200ondebut on (December 14, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Looks like a few Aussies have taken the bait and bitten - LOL! C'mon guys, for a country that likes to dish it out you are pretty poor at taking it.

Just seen the highlights - and watching Warner and Hughes bat together reminded me of some of the great stanley cup matches.

Posted by calypsocricket on (December 14, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

SA,ENG and AUS are the Test Teams to play and defeat. No easy task as SL will find out in this series. AUS will use this as a warm up for the upcoming Ashes ! So far, ENG seems to be on top of their game in India. Not an easy task to beat India in their own comfort zone either. Take it as you want it cricket lovers, Test Cricket will rule once again ! Look at the damage T20 have done to batsmen around the world. Gayle, the shorter form best batsman, was a no show in Ban.Tendulkar refuses to take the "golden hand shake" and is being embarrased in every innings he bats. Ponting soiled his, before he realised that its' not worth it anymore, and Sanga, Jaya, and Dilshan time is up. Whilst Chanderpaul, the only senior who does not play T20, has rebirth his career. Kholi,Shewag,Dhoni and Gambir is stuck into IPL mode and is finding it very hard to adjust.

Posted by hyclass on (December 14, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

SL have a new opener called Karunaratne who looks like he might be the next big thing if his 1st class record and only Test are anything to judge by. He hails from St Josephs College for whom I played some Old Boys cricket here in Australia back in the early 90's. He has the ability to make big scores quickly and is only 21. His S/R in his only Test was in the mid 90's and his 1st class S/R is also quite high. It will be interesting to see how he deals with Starc's big weapon-late swing at high pace.

Posted by Selassie-I on (December 14, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Phil Hughes is playing much better after he came over to the counties to learn how to bat.

@ Late--cut - I would be careful with your words, the Indians have come to the end of an era, losing some great players, just like australia has... I'd be careful what you say when your batting line up is completley reliant on 2 players. Clarke & Huss get injured and I gaurantee that you will lose in India and lose back to back ashes.

Posted by KhanMitch on (December 14, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@pat_one_back and @wellrounded87 are correct, its time to get Khawaja in. I am a Queenslander so a little biased and i think that Khawaja is the best choice. He is Australia's most talented young batsmen with the stats to back it up. He has a great attitude and is an absolute workhorse who loves the game.Its not right to have 4 openers in the top order so get Hughes to open and Cowan to come out.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (December 14, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Hughes showed today why Punter had to retire. Cowan looks out of his element, an average of 30 after 4 series is not good enough and Khawaja should be looked at as the number 3 batsman.

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (December 14, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

@hris, exactly

dear haters;

Calm down for once and enjoy the game.

thank you :P

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (December 14, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

hey who says welegadara is our worst bowler? dont degrade him...he took 10 wickets in that match against SA which we won in durban ( the only one we won in SA)...and i dont think SA and AUS pitches are too maybe we still stand a chance to win this game...maybe im too optimistic ;)

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

@pat_one_back is correct, Khawaja must be bought in, give Cowan one more match to show what he can do otherwise we should slot Hughes to opener and get Khawaja at number 3 as he is the best 3 in the country.

Posted by RuwanFer on (December 14, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

There are only two fast bowlers in Sri Lanka that suites for these type of pitches in Australia. One is almost expired now, and the other is untested. Both are not on the touring squad. The untested is Kanishaka Alvitagala. You can guess the other!

Posted by Last_ride on (December 14, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

@Chris_p mate that is the past. Lets look at the present. We absolutely thrashed a over hyped England.Now we beat a very good Australian team. The results at home are bad i agree.But come on does anyone really care about Home results. Fact of the matter is we are the best touring side ever to play cricket. Even better then your great Australian side which twice lost In India.Once in England.

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (December 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

I think its going to be a batsman's game...SL need to restrict the Aussies as least as possible, less than 450 considering the way they are batting now...MJ's right when he said that the batsmen need to step up...SL have to post a big total by the end of the 3rd Day around 500 and get the aussies out as early as possible again...thats not going to be easy and thats exactly why i think SL cant win a test against AUS anywhere

Anyway every game can be won by SL..just need to do everything right and we cant be happy with today's(1st days) work unless they break the clarke and hussey partnership early next morning..herath's not going to work..its welegadara who'll have to do.

Every SL fan is hoping SL wins this match...and Good luck too from me to the SL team..

Posted by SLDude on (December 14, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

to prove my point : this is the cricinfo coment from an regular indian commentator : "over ball 31.4 Anderson to Gambhir, OUT, sliding across the left-hander again, now driven at, edged and gone and India are suddenly in real trouble". that wsnt sudden!! they were :Fall of wickets 1-1 (Sehwag, 0.3 ov), 2-59 (Pujara, 22.3 ov), 3-64 (Tendulkar, 27.5 ov), 4-71 (Gambhir, 31.4 ov)

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (December 14, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

If Herath has a good series, things could get interesting. When he flights and pitches his turning deliveries up even the South Africans struggle against him. Sure granted Aussies are good players of spin bowling especially in their own conditions. I am sure SL will be more competitive in the limited overs formats.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

@late--cut. I know our team is much hyped so is yours. So do not rejoice. After getting 4 wickets SL could not choke them or go for the kill. Your team also is a mediocre one without doubt. May be you do not want to admit because of misplaced pride. You do not possess any bowler of CV's class now. let us face it. To me, Sanga is over the hill now. All the same he is a good bat so is Mahela. The others will have to prove their worth.

Posted by Extraz on (December 14, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

A Pak fan here...Kulasekara is not a test Match bowler instead of him Prasad with some good pace and seam would have been better anyways as a Pakistani i m all here for Sri lanka hope to see you guys win best wishes from Pakistan.

Posted by hycIass on (December 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

@Pat_one_back agree with you, its time to get Khawaja in, my lineup would be Hughes, Warner, Khawaja, Watson, Clarke and Hussey

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

I am wondering How Pup is playing so well in after ascending the throne and not before. Any reasons for the same.l

Posted by brusselslion on (December 14, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

Sorry to burst the Aussie bubble but you have no chance in this series. My reasoning? @gsingh7 has predicted a 3-0 Oz series win: Other recent predictions - India 4 England 0. Even yesterday, he predicted an innings defeat for England in the other current Test (might still happen, I guess?)

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 14, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

I believe the hatred is grown in hearts because of media. In my childhood, I was so sad, later became very happy as I grew, as non of the commentators were biased towards any of the countries. Take Tony Greg for example. He admires my country a lot. There was a local commentator named Mr. Premasara Epasingha. He was the most beloved, and most unbiased commentator I ever saw. But, today, whenever we hear even the international commentary, I get shocked! Because, some people used to say nasty things about the opposite national team, and praise their own players as emperors in Cricket. I see this happening quite a lot. And I saw this today, too. I think it's time for UNBIASED COMMENTARY. It can bring CRICKET PEACE.

Posted by lukecannon on (December 14, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

@gsingh7- You must be making comments from the moon. I don't know if you know but your team is getting thrashed on your own home soil. I wouldn't worry about Sri lanka. A catch was dropped (very difficult one) and there was a wicket off a no-ball. Had those gone in Sri lanka's favour SL would have been on top and might even have ballled out aussies seeing as they were less than 200 for 4 wickets at one stage. And Clarke and Hussey have been playing and missing all day. So i think SL bowlers have done their homework where as your team can't ball out a side when they are 5 down for 133 or something(On their own pitches) Its quite sad to watch India bat as well. I don't even wanna begin. Dilshan is in form and so is the lower order and i heard sangas made a half century in the practice match. I am sure they will give a good contest. In the mean time why don't you figure out why Tendulkar is missing straight balls. There's a good lad.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (December 14, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

I think we better keep our mouths shut, and watch the match... If Sri Lanka pull this back, which they did earlier, it's going to be a new page in the history of Sri Lankan Cricket.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 14, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

Sorry to burst the Aussie bubble but you have no chance in this series. My reasoning? @gsingh7 has predicted a 3-0 Oz series win: Other recent predictions - India 4 England 0. Even yesterday, he predicted an innings defeat for England in the other current Test (might still happen, I guess?)

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 14, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

lankan mates, dont expect that ur batsmen wud survive the aussie attack , i wud like to see ur response at end of day 3 or4 , no way in this world will this test extend to 5 days , now u can talk big all u can , but poor bowling on first day elevated any doubts i had about the series result , get ready for some quick bouncy aussie assault,

Posted by ultracoach on (December 14, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

Thank you for unfair comments from All Indian fans. Guess you all should be thankfull that there is another test match going on at same time as India struggling against England. You have an avenue to release your frustration. Why would one wish for 3-0 whitewash for SL? Whether it will materialize or not is something. But what is more probable of happening in the backyard is more clearer.

Posted by C.Dila on (December 14, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

@gsingh7 before you hate other teams just look at what happen to your team.but i want to tell u that i don't hate indians i always support Asian teams over english teams.

Posted by yorkslanka on (December 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Well done to Aus, who took day one..the promising thing from our bowling was that even though we did not have high pace ( part from eranga occasionally) we bowled tight lines and tried to make the best of what we have..obvious comment but we have to get mr cricket and Clarke quickly our we will be behind the game..the result balances of these wickets I believe...good luck SL ..

Posted by SamRoy on (December 14, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

@Meety I expect SL to draw at least one test match (atleast Sangakkara, Jayawardena, Dilshan, Samaraweera and Mathews have that much class in them). I think a 2-0 series win will be a far reflection where the two teams are at the moment. But I strongly disagree on your comment about SL having a stronger bowling attack compared to NZ. Boult, Bracewell and Southee are very young and very talented (not as much as Pattinson and Starc but better than Mcdermott, Coulter-Nile and Hazlewood, to give you an idea). You might think I am joking but I am not, Southee has improved by leaps and bounds in his last 2 series in India and SL. Just hope that ridiculous NZ board gets sacked and they can have Ryder and Taylor back. You see, I want good cricket teams from every country so we can have good competitive test cricket. Btw, Hughes still looks a temporary fix to Australia's big problem: absence of young quality batsman and let's wait till he performs against SA, England and Pakistan.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 14, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Love still getting comments from South Aficans and English - TommyTuckerSaffa if we are as ordinary as you think we are you must be embarrassed by SOuth Africa in the past year except for the Perth test. Clarke a coward for batting at five well I guess the likes of Steve Waugh and Allan Border were cowards too - it is working him batting at 5 and taking care of the second new ball. Viv the greatest out of the last 18 tests we have won 9 and lost 4 if we dont have a good bat or bowler then the worl cricket at the moment is at an all time low. You must be embarrassed with the english performance against South Africa where our nobody team pushed them and you were flogged. Time for people to get a sense of reality, the aussie team is not as good as it was 5 years ago and they have young players building there own destiny but the results over the last 15 months has been very good.

Posted by hris on (December 14, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

@tommytuckersaffa, @Front-Foot-Lunge, @VivtheGreatest

why all the hate? so much hatred, criticisms in every single comment you make. Not reading a comment fully, taking wrong meaning outta every one of them. Imagining what the comment meant rather than reading what it actually did, just to fuel the hate fire. Every fan has a right to hope that their team and players get better but you guys are more interested in Oz team and hoping their players fail.

Calm down for once and enjoy the game.

Posted by jb633 on (December 14, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Decent article and it does reflect a relativley ordinary day of test match cricket. The Hobart pitch normall offers a little more assistance on day one but I can understand why CA may have not wanted a repeat of last year's deck. I think SL have missed a big trick in not picking Thisa Perera. Watching him in a few games in Palakelle he looked decent on decks that nip around. He generally produces a bolt upright seam which allows the bowler to extract anything in the pitch. I think Oz may bat on and on tomorrow as they bat down to no 11 and they will only want to bat on this pitch once. It did seem a touch uneven at times and it will be interesting to see how the likes of Siddle get on here. From an English point of view I am glad to see Hilf keep his place and can't see why Oz are persisting with him. There are some injuries, not sure exactly who is out, but I really don't think he will do well against England. If Pattinson is fit I would go Starc, Siddle, Patto, Lyon.

Posted by wellrounded87 on (December 14, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

I think Cowan needs to go. He just doesn't have the talent i think. Sure he made a good 100 against SA in Brisbane and he's had a few 50's but he simply isn't scoring enough runs. I think he doesn't have the talent to succeed at test level unfortunately. He's got the will and the grit but just not the ability to make him great. He will forever be a solid replacement for injured players but i think Khawaja Doolan or Burns are the men to look to in the future. And if Watto doesn't pick up his game soon get Ben Cutting in there instead, much better bowler and probably just as valuable if not more valuable with the bat

Posted by hyclass on (December 14, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

@pat_one_back...I agree as many others do with your observations. It's also a long time since so many team members were only a game or two away from being dropped. In batting terms, guys like Cowan, Watson, Hughes and even Warner aren't so well established that they can afford mediocre games. Wades position as keeper is regularly in the gun and the bowlers are a game by game proposition. What I would say is that there is a good base standard across the board meaning that whomever is chosen can be expected to acquit themselves with a certain level of professionalism. At this point, only Clarke has the metaphoric fireworks in terms of results. I think batting has been highlighted because the bowling periphery is more promising but I have no doubt that if called upon, there are a number of batsmen who could do a job. I felt the selection of Quiney was myopic and there were better qualified candidates. I felt the same about Forrests prior selection-victims of their long term records.

Posted by hyclass on (December 14, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge...I take it that like so many others who lack a life, your comments are to provoke a response rather than anything of substance. Congratulations. I regard Clarke as a man and captain of high integrity, a deep thinker on the game who was willing to walk away from 20/20 as Hughes did last season if he felt it would contribute to his success as it anecdotally has. This pitch was the subject of an article in the last week on its suitability for Test and 1st class cricket given its recent re-laying and inherently poor characteristics. Scores this season are a testimony to it. Australia, surprisingly to many, recently challenged SA for the number 1 status and did a solid job without taking home the prize. It indicates that either the top isn't very high or that Aus isn't so far away, depending upon perspective. If there isn't the obvious depth that existed a decade ago, the changing nature of player career models and funding may have contributed. Players now must choose.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 14, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

@pat_one_back I disagree just a little bit. I would prefer Warner and Watson to open. I am not sure how well Hughes will play against good bowling attacks like SA, England and Pakistan (when they get Amir back) but currently let's give him benefit of doubt. Even NZ has a good bowling attack when Bracewell, Boult and Southee are fit. Anyway, so currently batting should be 1.Warner 2.Watson 3.Clarke 4. Khawaja 5. Hughes 6. Hussey. I always believe the best batsman in the team bats at 3 and currently Clarke is by far the best.

Posted by whofriggincares on (December 14, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Another test in Australia and more meaningless one line crap from @tommytuckersaffa. Your comments just prove you know very little about our great game. GET A LIFE

Posted by Marcio on (December 14, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

@VivtheGreatest, why don't you actually read what is written? You keep rubbishing everything Australian, and anybody who wants to say something good about any Australian player. There's nothing written about "greatness"" anywhere, dude; and it is perfectly reasonable for me to write that the young players will improve (what I actually wrote). You are the one who clearly stated that AUS does not have any batsmen or bowlers, ridiculous given that they came within a hair's breadth of beating SA 2 weeks ago and that they have hardly lost a game in 2 years. I have no idea why you take everything about Australian success personally. Maybe you should just avoid stories about Australia, given that they win a hell of a lot more games than they lose.

Posted by late--cut on (December 14, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

@gsingh7; No problem. We hate you too, from the bottom of our hearts. Btw my dream has already come true as Indian Cricket is on a crash course as we r speaking right now. @Front-Foot-Lunge; You need a reality check Pal. Either you are trying to stir things up or completely detached from the reality. Or its just profound frustration. India 75/4..huh huh haaa....I bet Afganistan would have given Poms a better fight. What a sad lil man you are, I mean you all indians are.. SL vs AUS -I guess Its gonna be a batsmen's game considering the inexperience bowling attacks from both sides. I bet Sanga can't wait to get his hands on the bat. :) G'luck Team SL. Remember "Lions lead the way"....

Posted by odda on (December 14, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

@ gsingh7 - Even-though Sri - Lanka lose this series 3-0 it's much better than 4-0 series loss (lightning bulbs moment) in Australia/England.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

@ gsingh7 since you are so interested about SL getting beaten 3-0 , I believe your an indian suffering from the scars of a 4-0 thrashing

Posted by stormy16 on (December 14, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Decent days cricket but unless SL take a wicket or two early one feels its a matter of time before Aus put the foot down and takes the game away. The most concerned person would be Watto who needs to get some runs badly. Given SL's limitations with the ball, they should feel they did a decent job with 4 wickets and be in a position where a another wicket or two early tomorrow and anything can happen. For Aus it will be to see out the first hour and new ball and then basically bat in to a position of strength.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 14, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

The ultimate battle of the minnows. Flat decks will mean a comedic run-fest for both sides against club-rate bowling that both Australia and Sri Lanka will no doubt serve up. Clarke will get out-captained yet again, and the series will prove little for both sides. Get ready for the end-of-2012 Christmas Minnow Bash!

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 14, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

expect whitewash of lankaq in aus 3-0 , bowling is worse than indian bowling battting 2 levels below , i wud like to see innings defeat in all 3 matches

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@Meety; Nice to see some effective comments of you. Good to read. We can do bat well but consistency is the problem with us. See how our top three failed at the same time in the NZ series. We are not in hurry to predict our batting line up performance based on practice match. It was a flat track to dance.

Posted by pat_one_back on (December 14, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Here here @ Gazooligan. @FFL, you and your cowardly colleague @Tommytuckersaffa should meet up, you share half a team and it might spare the rest of us your unintelligent, uninsighful drivel. Cowan, for all his determination just seems to lack the natural ability to be a solid long term prospect, Khawaja in for Cowan, Hughes and Warner to open and then we'll have our top order sorted until Watson breaks again. Looked like a tricky track with similar length balls striking either toe or sticker, I can see Watson's stump to stump bowling doing well on his old ground. 300 looks very solid given the SL's were very disciplined in line & length, runs won't be at all easy by day 3.

Posted by mfmfaiq on (December 14, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Srilanka Bowl Well Though..Australia Didn't get a Chance to Free Their Arms to Get Quick Runs.. Day is Australia's With Two Giants On the Crease!!! Mahela's Catch Was Awesome!! Probably the Catch of the Year!!

Posted by Sanga2014 on (December 14, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Specially Kulasekara. He surprised batsman queit few occations with tight lines and good lengths without pace

Posted by Meety on (December 14, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

@ hyclass on (December 14 2012, 07:53 AM GMT) - I would love to see Cosgrove score a few more runs & make the tour to India, I think he'd do well there & could be good in England. @Gazooligan on (December 14 2012, 08:21 AM GMT) - well said! I agee that the day wasn't the greatest day of Test cricket, but it was absorbing. I give 10 out 10 for effort by the Lankans with the ball & in the field. Their good efforts meant a wicket never looked that far away. Looking at Sri Lanka's batting line up, on pure stats, they are not far off the Saffa team that toured here previously. Fundamental difference is their batsmen generally do a lot better at home than abroad. I think that the Lankans will be pleased with the effort but are about 2 wickets shy of parity. @ colombo_SL on (December 14 2012, 08:32 AM GMT) - you should have some confidence in the batting line up when they have 3 players with 50+ averages. They are good enough to compete, & cash in if Oz bowlers are off their game!

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 14, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

@Marcio, Man u are one optimistic guy if u think that this current Oz side is on the threshold of greatness. I think its time a lot of u guys realised that ur team of the late 90,s to 2007 was a once in a lifetime team with so many terrific players together. This one is not gonna win anything significant abroad and will probably struggle at home too.

Posted by Biggus on (December 14, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Australia's day although it may have been tighter but for a few slip-ups by SL. The first session tomorrow will be pivotal.

Posted by Meety on (December 14, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

@Posted by ScoreField on (December 14 2012, 00:32 AM GMT) - no way! Zimbabwe & Bangladesh tie for that honour, followed by India. Sri Lanka is probably better than NZ. Herath is one of the best spinners in world cricket, Eranga has heaps of promise, & their medium pacers are definately showing signs of improvement. @ TommytuckerSaffa on (December 14 2012, 05:39 AM GMT) - just like Kallis, AB de Villiers & any other middle order legend - hey? @Sinhaya-2 on (December 14 2012, 06:51 AM GMT) - mate, I think you set the bar a bit low. Yes SL doesn't have a great Test record in Oz, but 4/299 is IMO not a great day for SL. I think SL was disciplined in the main, quite ironic that the worse bowler took the wickets. That catch MJ took was a screamer, reminded me a bit of the Hobart hometown hero who retired a week or two ago! @Marcio on (December 14 2012, 07:13 AM GMT) - well said! There was no cowards on the Test pitch today or this summer except some of the bloggers on this site!

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

I have no enough words to praise the batting skills of Clarke. Good cricketer to watch.

Posted by Marcio on (December 14, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@Sanga2014, I agree, from what I saw SL bowled well most of the time. The opening bowlers were bowling no slower than bowlers like Hilfy, Anderson, Broad etc. The pitch does have the odd kink, but looks a good surface. I suspect Starc might get a bit of life out of it! Glad Hughes got some runs. Let's face it, no matter how many runs he gets, critics will say they are 'not real', but every failure will be put under the microscope and blown up to the size of a planet. Same goes for Warner, Cowan etc.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 14, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

4/300 is a decent days work for the batting side but 2 or 3 wickets short of what the bowling side would like. A points decision to Australia after day 1. 450+ would be a good score on this pitch and the Aussies should get that by tea tomorrow unless they collapse. ... the pitch is already playing a bit up and down and won't be easy to bat on late in the match. .. those cracks look a bit dodgy too. .... there is a very good chance of rain in the next few days so a result in this game won't be easy to come by. .. lets hope for a full days play tomorrow.

Posted by swauzzie on (December 14, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge. I take it you haven't watched a single minute of the match? Thought so. You just like blurting out ignorant comments based on - well not facts anyway!" Flat decks and weak bowling units " You see had you seen any of the match you'd have seen a huge variation in bounce & a ┬┤degree of movement that should it stay this way, will provide a very interresting match up when the Aussie Quicks get a shot. Well done Hughes today! Great to see you do what Quinney couldn't!

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

We are eagerly waiting to hear a happy news on Tony Greig. Can any Australian help us? What his situation right now. He is very popular here in Sri lanka & we love him a lot.

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Even better than witnessing Phil Hughes's sparkling 86 was seeing that he's at last succeeded in eschewing those suicidal wafts outside Off. The way he paced his innings was also first-rate: not a hint of his former over-eagerness to score at a run a ball. The sooner the Aussie selectors realise Cowan will never be more than adequate & move Hughes up to open with Warner the better, as it'll free up No. 3 for Khawaja or Doolan.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Win in Australia is a over due for Sri Lankans. we can at least dreaming of it this time due to relatively weaken Australian team. Still Australia is a very good test side, but relatively weak when compared with previous teams of them.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

I feel our batting line up is strong enough to put resistance on Australian attack. It is entirely depend on how we negotiate with new ball. Hope Dimuth karunarathna continue his form the second innings of the last match with NZ.

Posted by mateyman on (December 14, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

@front-foot-lunge, you are confusing the two concurrently running test series

Posted by Sanga2014 on (December 14, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Sri Lankans bowled really well. but they were unlucky to not to reward with wickets

Posted by Gazooligan on (December 14, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

I do get a chuckle when I read so many comments from the sad sacks on here giving their "armchair expert" opinions of each days play. If you have it in for a player, or team, it is always easy to sit back and find something to pick on. That said, many don't even do that well here. If a player fails, or simply fails to excel they should be dropped, if another does well they do so by being "cowardly"! Seriously people, drop your prejudices and offer a reasonable opinion or keep it to yourselves. To those who target this craft of opinion and offer valid insights, whether I agree with them or not, thank you. While the day may not have been outstanding for the highlights package I thought it offered some good minor battles and momentum shifts and it is good to watch two teams that are going through a period of change fighting for the upper hand. Let's wait and see what tomorrow brings, but I was pleased to see Hughes make a good start to his re-entry and hope he can build on that foundation

Posted by hyclass on (December 14, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

@sanga2014...while the SL batting line up has long been admired, the promise of runs does not always equate to the delivery of runs. NZ's recent series v SL would have me being more circumspect about SL's chances. I think with respect to the Australian domestic scene,there has been a strong lack of leadership from CA that has left batsmen confused as to the nature of selection.The fantasy of form across all three formats as a selection criterion is brought into focus by the absence of Shield cricket for over a month during a critical Test series. It hardly screams ,'Test Cricket' as the premier format when 20 over a side slogfest games take precedence over Shield. There are enough good performances in Shield to suggest that Australia has talent in spades if it can unravel the twisted insertion of T20 into the domestic scene. I expect when players are encouraged in the disciplines of endurance,patience & the inclusion of defensive game plans, that they will inevitably prosper in Tests.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 14, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa, You mean the same medium pace attack that beat South Africa by over 200 runs in Durban earlier this year? Got it.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 14, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

@Sanga2014. Again, did you not catch the results when Australia toured Sri Lanka last year with a very much more inexperienced team? Try playing a decent game of cricket for once & appreciate the game a little please.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Excellent catch from Mahela! Excellent work.

Posted by hyclass on (December 14, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Agreed @Marcio on all points.The uneven nature of this relaid pitch has been the subject of recent articles and warranted a cautious first day approach. It was always going to make cross bat shots hazardous.Certainly Eranga's pace was quite good, getting into the 140's and as high as 144km/h. The Hughes slash and edge off a no-ball, was to a poor ball. I doubt anyone could feel hard done by and it demonstrated the uneven bounce that often saw defensive shots hitting low on the bat or plays and misses by Watson to cut shots. Its long been my opinion that Watson struggles with fatigue, despite an exemplary technique. If he starts a session, I mark him down to be out in the last 20 minutes, just as he was today. It also explains his poor conversion and ordinary S/R.This team doesn't have the identity of the great sides but is very workmanlike.For me, the next best batsman in the country is Cosgrove, who seems to lack the necessary application and looks destined to remain the prodigal son.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Eranga seems to be a good bowler. Hope, he may become a tough bowler with his experience!

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Hope Kulasekara, Eranga & Welegedara can do something with new ball, tomorrow morning. But it is still a tough task due to the super form of Hussy & Clarke.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 14, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Good day for Australia! Well played by Hughes. Still Australia haven't completely dominated this match. They have plenty to do so. If Sri Lankan can get rid of this 5th wicket partnership, they may have a good chance to penetrate into Australia's tail.

Posted by nthuq on (December 14, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Predicting 500 or so if Sri Lanka bowls well. A few more if they don't quite or are unlucky. The pitch looks tricky even with Sri Lanka's steady medium pacers bowling on it, and we will be in for a close day if Sri Lanka's experienced batting line up gets near Australia's 1st innings total. Great to see a real tricky track for our batsmen to prove themselves on.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 14, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

What a boring series. Flat decks and weak bowling units will mean a comedic run-fest for both sides against club-rate bowling that both Australia and Sri Lanka will no doubt serve up. Clarke will get out-captained yet again, and the series will prove little for both sides. Get ready for the end-of-2012 Christmas Minnow Bash!

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

wow what has happen to aussy pitches ?? where is the fast bwling friendly wickets ? its looks like playing in india he he even in galle in the first day we had batter fast bwling conditions than this one

Posted by dan1234 on (December 14, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

@I-Like-Cricket Don't feed the trolls

Posted by Sanga2014 on (December 14, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Australian bowler will not be able to do lot more in this pitch

Posted by Sanga2014 on (December 14, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

350-400 will not be a good total against Top heavy Sri Lankan bating lineup.

Posted by Marcio on (December 14, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

I think there is the making of a very good AUS side here, given another year or two. Hughes should do well this series and in India. Despite the usual critics, the results over the past two years show quite clearly that this is a good team. @Vivthe greatest, if AUS has no good batsmen or bowlers, what does it say about the state of world cricket, given that AUS has only lost one game in the last 12 months? The truth is that there is a tremendous amount of improvement to be made in the many youngsters in the side e.g. Starc, Warner, Hughes etc.

Posted by Marcio on (December 14, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa, personally "cowardly" is a terms I more freely associate with people who come on to dicussion boards and constantly run down others, every single post, no exception (that I have seen yet). I noted from the AUS-SA seris that Australians scoring lots of runs at record pace upsets you. I suggest you look away now, as you are only going to get more angry.

Posted by I-Like-Cricket on (December 14, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa, you're joking right? Two half-centruies and a total of almost 200 isn't good enough when your best batsman is still to come?

Posted by   on (December 14, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Reckon A Mendis would have been a handful on this pitch especially as the match wears on.

Posted by Solace1 on (December 14, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Now tomorrow morning we can walk out and pick the remaining wickets comfortably, and our aggressive openers will make a 100 each off 120 balls and tame this same Aussie bowling line up which breathed fire against India last year, great times ahead!!

Posted by Solace1 on (December 14, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Great day for Srilanka, just compare this performance with that of India's performance last year, we effected a run out which shows our great fielding skills, we picked wickets of no ball which shows we are teasing the aussies and finally finish with 4 precious wickets and have given away only 299 runs, india can't imagine doing such things to put AUS on the backfoot!!

Posted by Samdanh on (December 14, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

Shane Watson keeps drving home the point that he is more fit for playing @number 8 after Wade. His bowling is going to be key. For ODIs he would be bettter @4 or 5 and @1 for T20 games. My advice for Aus would be to use this series to test out one or two more batsmen who are patient, could grind, graft for runs and play long innings- which will stand them good stead when they play in India

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 14, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@Hitwicket99, Thats one more batsman and bowler than this current Oz side has.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 14, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

@freo75 on (December 14 2012, 02:39 AM GMT) Considering Warner's brilliant innings where he carried his bat on a pitch that bamboozled everyone else in Hobart last year, your comment is without foundation. He obviously does have the temperament and making an impatient or lazy stroke does not change that.

Good to see Hughes make a decent start, I think it's a bonus not getting a 100 because that would only have brought the haters out decrying that it was against weak opposition. Mind you in the first two matches we saw some very ordinary bowling by the Saffas.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 14, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Another test match in Australia, another road.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 14, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Clarke hiding from the new ball and still batting at 5. Coward.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 14, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Wow, this Ozzie batting lineup 1-4 is very ordinary and it's painful to watch against a medium pace Sri Lankan attack.

Posted by freo75 on (December 14, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Warner demonstrating yet again that he lacks the temprament for test cricket

Posted by On_The_Boundary on (December 14, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

Looks like Warner was too keen for lunch!

Showed some inexperience/lack of patience there. One can only hope he learns from his mistake.

Posted by Hitwicket99 on (December 14, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

You cannot tour Australia with 3 batmen and 2 bowlers.

Posted by ScoreField on (December 14, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

SL has THE Worst bowling unit of any test sides... no way they can any test match here unless ausies throw-away wkts..

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