Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 2nd day

Hussey, bowlers keep Australia in control

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

December 15, 2012

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Sri Lanka 4 for 87 (Dilshan 50*) trail Australia 5 for 450 dec (Hussey 115*, Hughes 87, Clarke 74, Wade 68*, Warner 57, Welegedara 3-130) by 363 runs
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Michael Hussey works one through the off side, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 2nd day, December 15, 2012
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On a rainy day in Hobart, Australia tightened their grip on the first Test considerably thanks to Michael Hussey's third century of the summer, a bold declaration from Michael Clarke, and a quartet of top-order wickets, including Sri Lanka's two best batsmen. When stumps was called at 6.40pm, the day lengthened considerably to make up time lost to wet weather earlier, the Sri Lankans were 4 for 87, still trailing by 363, and they were relying heavily on Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was on 50.

Dilshan had looked solid, striking eight boundaries, and was especially strong when crunching the ball through point. Mitchell Starc had not provided the level of control Clarke wanted from his new-ball bowler, leaking a few too many runs, but the rest of the attack was tight and drew mistakes from the Sri Lankans, most importantly from Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, neither of whom had any real impact.

Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle, both of whom missed Australia's previous Test against South Africa in Perth, struck early blows, finding handy seam movement on the Bellerive Oval pitch. Hilfenhaus, whose weapon is typically swing, seamed a delivery across the left-hander Dimuth Karunaratne, whose thick edge was taken at shoulder height by Matthew Wade as the pitch showed some of the inconsistent bounce it had displayed on the first day.

The bigger blow came when Siddle enticed a drive from Sangakkara, who was on 4, and the thick edge was snapped up by Hussey at gully. That left Sri Lanka at 2 for 42 in response to Australia's 450, and things got worse for the visitors when Shane Watson nipped a ball back in to Jayawardene, who was adjudged lbw for 12. After a few glances back at the stumps to see how far forward he was, Jayawardene asked for a review, but replays did not save him.

If that wasn't trouble enough for Sri Lanka, the loss of Thilan Samaraweera for 7 at the end of the day's play was another major concern. Samaraweera cut hard at Nathan Lyon and the extra bounce surprised the batsman, whose edge was taken on the second grab by Wade, and stumps was promptly called. Wickets had punctuated the Sri Lankan innings far too frequently for their liking, and they closed the day still 164 runs away from avoiding the follow-on.

Smart stats

  • Michael Hussey scored his fifth century in six Tests against Sri Lanka. Among Australian batsmen who have 500-plus runs against Sri Lanka, Hussey averages the highest (125.28).
  • Only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of Hussey on the list of batsmen with the most centuries against Sri Lanka. Hussey's average is by far the highest among all batsmen with four or more centuries against Sri Lanka.
  • The 146-run stand between Hussey and Matthew Wade is the third-highest sixth-wicket stand for Australia against Sri Lanka.
  • This is the first time against Sri Lanka and the seventh time overall that Australia have had century stands for the fifth and sixth wickets.
  • For the fifth time, Australia managed five fifty-plus scores in the top order (1-7). The previous occasion also came in Hobart in 2007-08.

Captains can be reluctant to enforce the follow-on if their bowlers have had a heavy workload, but if Clarke's men are able to knock over the Sri Lankans cheaply on the third day, he will be seriously tempted to send them in again, given the possibility of further showers over the course of the match. Wet weather had delayed the start of the day's play by 50 minutes and also caused a lengthy postponement straight after lunch, and the delays might have encouraged Clarke to call an early end to Australia's innings.

The brisk rate at which Hussey and Matthew Wade scored after lunch helped make the decision a little easier though, and Clarke called the batsmen in at 5 for 450 with about half an hour left until tea. The Hussey-Wade partnership reached 146 by the end of the innings and the boundaries had started to flow in the later stages as Sri Lanka struggled to find any way into the lower order.

Hussey was even willing to go for his strokes as his century approached and it nearly cost him, for on 96 he pulled Shaminda Eranga and should have been caught at deep midwicket, only to breathe a sigh of relief when the ball spilled out of the hands of Angelo Mathews and bounced over the boundary.

That brought up Hussey's century from his 171st delivery and it was his fourth Test hundred in 2012, the most he has ever managed in a calendar year. Generally his pulling was crisp and effective and after he reached his milestone, another pull off Eranga whistled off the bat and over the fence for his only six. He ended up unbeaten on 115 and had strong support from Wade, who finished on 68.

Wade's half-century came from his 119th delivery with a quick single and he was strong through the off side, a couple of cover-drives for four among his highlights. In his first Test innings on the ground on which he grew up playing his club cricket, Wade was cautious before lunch as the Australians aimed to consolidate following the early loss of Clarke, who was taken at first slip for 74 when Eranga nipped a ball away off the seam.

That breakthrough came in the third over of the day but the Sri Lankans didn't manage to put together the string of wickets they really needed, although they had a chance to get rid of Wade on 20 when he pulled Chanaka Welegedara and the ball whizzed through the fingers of the substitute fielder Suraj Randiv at midwicket. The ball was flying but Randiv, typically a very reliable fielder, had a genuine chance to make the catch stick, but instead it raced away and became Wade's first boundary.

It was the kind of chance the Sri Lankans could not afford to miss, given how few opportunities were created. By the close of play, it was up to Dilshan and the lower middle-order batsmen to ensure Australia weren't given too many chances either.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by Solace1 on (December 16, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@Sinhaya: What r u talking about? we dont need that side of angelo, we need his aggressive side to chase the big target that will be set up by australians!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 16, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

@Sinhaya-2, nice to see a response brother. But we made too many mistakes with the bat. Kulasekara should have stayed on. First 4 wickets falling all due to errors was pathetic. Well Angelo showed that he has the ability to wait long and that is a good sign for the 2nd innings of ours.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 16, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan, thanks a lot for your comments on Samaraweera. But I would say that until Samaraweera scored 2 tons in the South Africa tour last year, his overseas record was not upto the mark. Since that SA tour, Samaraweera is yet to make an impact. Hope he does it on this tour or if not, his career will be on the line. Laxman was always great against the Aussies more than any other side.

Also, mate you are right in asking SL India fans to stop bashing but what can I do when Narbavi like people never stop?

Posted by amilag on (December 16, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

Come on SL. You cannot write off SL very easily.Good fight from Dilshan and Mathews. If rain does not continue to interfere, we can see a good game of cricket.

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 16, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

@Narbavi. Clarke already realised that ur team is weaker than Bangladesh after winning the series 4-0.

Posted by TYJAY on (December 15, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

I hope Jayawardena will retire from test cricket soon. Like Ricky his time is up!! Pathetic batting in Hobart!

Posted by kc69 on (December 15, 2012, 23:27 GMT)

Wll done matey,i believe aussies are gonna retain their killer instinct against a weak lankan team after the drubbing they recieved against SA

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

I hope yet another solid innings from Wade has the power to silence Brad Haddin and his extremely pushy publicist(s)..

Posted by CUSE on (December 15, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

@ Narbavi If INDIA was the opponent, Clarke would declare at 350/0 at 51.2 overs (run rate - 6.82 ) with Warner 203* and Cowan 134* (extras - 13), and so-called ASHWIN (18.2 - 0 - 154 - 0). hahahahahahaha !!!! LOL !!!!

POOR INDIAINS !!!!, Can not win at HOME or AWAY, Cannot at least draw a test at HOME or AWAY, which occasionally achieved by Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

Cricinfo, if you have enough guts, please publish.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 15, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

Hussey could be the poster boy for Berger Paints, he just keeps on doing what he does.

Posted by popped on (December 15, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Narbavi mate posted u r comments on the wrong article then?? ind V eng article is not this, one good day don't make hay does it?, the way its going for your countrymen you'll be lucky to get a test against BANG or SL , lucky IND can pay them to play you!!! that's the only reason they give you the time of day

Posted by priceless1 on (December 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

Pathetic batting from SL , specially from their senior players , if they cannot figure out how to go about in Aussie conditions ,better they watch few videos of Hashim Amla's innings during the last test series .....

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

Srilanka cant even win in Srilanka. It will be a miracle if they win this test. Dilshan will be out early in the third day. God bless.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 15, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

last 6 test aus played in india , india won 4 drew 2 , with a whitewash included, same will be done in few months with india rejuvenated and inspired after hurting in present series, india still undefeated at home from 2004 when steve waugh cheated india to deny a drawn series, india is above 2 levels of sl as seen in wc finals and 4-1 win in columbo with kohli smashing malinga of 24 runs(youtube it), sl collapse in aus is imminent and innings defeat is in order, last i checked sl have never won 1 match in aus and india (test) #fact

Posted by BDforever on (December 15, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Instead of concerning about Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket Indian fans should have more concerns about Sachin's losing his middle stump continuously lol.

Posted by lionspaw on (December 15, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Congratulations Mike hussy, careless batting from sanga, thilan, mahela and Top of all that I heard that Shane Warne is coming back. Is that true that he is going to play for ashes next year? great thing about that is, we knew as Sri Lankans, eventhough shane warne retired earlier than Muralitharan he will come back and try to break the world record after the retirement of murali. And now it has happenned and we wish him all the best.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

I'm not a big fan of Dilhara... But the guy still has the venom and still can clock much higher than this bunch. I don't think he deserve to be in every test match but Sri Lanka should put him for at least 1 out of 3 games in a series until we unearth a reliable pace bowler. ...just saying, as there is nothing positive to write about this match. Even with this talent we can perform better than this......all these years it's individual performances that won matches for us not the team as a whole!!!

Posted by landl47 on (December 15, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Good, efficient display by Australia. No surprises in the batting, the SL attack isn't geared to Australian wickets and it always looked likely that Aus would post a good score. The question hanging over SL is whether their top batsman- Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela and Sama- can keep going for yet another series, since they are all over 35. Today they didn't look good apart from Dilshan, but they're all class batsmen and they won't just roll over. Aus bowled well and getting Sama at the end of the day was a bonus, especially as it was Lyon who got him. A good day's cricket and kudos (again) to Clarke for his positive approach. I'm not sure there's another captain in world cricket who would have declared at 450-5, and he's been fully vindicated by the score at the end of the day. Good on him.

Posted by Akshita29 on (December 15, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

I am an Indian fan and Like the Srilankan team very much and enjoy watching them play . All the best Srilanka . At least draw this match .

Posted by Akshita29 on (December 15, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

@Narbavi Clarke likes to declare early at times if he thinks he would need to force a win . He even declared once while his team was trailing to force a win .Clarke has sensed that rain is going to be an issue and hence he declared early . Its nothing to do with teams like Bangladesh ..

Posted by stormy16 on (December 15, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

The expected has occurred but very dissappinting from SL with the bat. The bowling is weak and not much can be done about that but the big three again poor with the bat. They did little against NZ in the last test and for guys with such impressive records there was hardly a whimper. The series was always going to be a case of if SL can manage to bat long enough to force a draw and it remains the same.

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 15, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

SL is a very good team. But they got less competitive by playing too much cricket with IND during 2004-2009. Those matches were really torturous for audience. I recall SL was contender for ICC#1 ranking which was claimed by IND then. Now, what we see IND is sliding down from average to below average team, and SL is struggling in Test. I believe that SL will recover soon, but they need to avoid playing matches with mediocre teams like IND. Match is still not finished, Dilshan is still not out, they can avoid follow-on. Good luck SL.

Posted by lukecannon on (December 15, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Sri lanka.. I m very dissapointed in the shot selection of Sangakkara and Samaraweera. The kid ,Dimuth got a good delivery , angling away. But i thought he looked good. Tried to play some strokes and didn't show any nerves. Dilshan is in great form. He could have had probably 25 more runs had he hit more of those cracking drives in the gaps. He kept hitting them straight at fielders. Mahela got a good delivery,nipping back in. But i thought his footwork was a little too slow. He started coming forward and when he realised the ball was coming into him..too late. Samaraweera's shot was pathetic for a batsman who was in the top 10 very recntly and having that much experience. Why would you cut a delivery off the 1st ball off spin on a track where length balls have leapt out the ground (as if there's a demon in there) in the LAST OVER OF THE DAY???? Surely you'd want to make sure you don't lose your wicket?? .With Dilshan in and Mathews and P jaya to come I'm thinking 250-300.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

1.2 Billion..! But cant come up wtih 11 men for a football team or 15 with for a rugby team yet. Im not gonna say who.lol.Sri Lankans must be really proud for wt they have achieved.An Awesome Cricket team ,good Football team & a very good Rugby team.Lets not talk about other sports for those 1.2 Billion!

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 15, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Did I come on the wrong bit.I could have sworn india were not playing in this match?

All said it was not abad day for Aus. See you in the summer

Posted by Narbavi on (December 15, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

450 for 5 declared? ha ha, captains generally do that only to teams like Bangladesh, glad Clarke has realized that Srilanka isn't far ahead of Bangladesh!!

Posted by OzWally on (December 15, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

@tommytuckersaffa - Another road? It appears that the Sri Lankans stumbled on a few speed bumps then. Here's a tip, wait until both sides bat before you call a pitch a road. And bashing anything OZ doesn't make your team better, just you a bigger boor (which is interestingly very close to boer).

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 15, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Y SL fans always talk abt india's last tour tour of AUs ENG and not Before that in last 10 years. I want them to do well but they can't see how performance befor last tour in this decade. See the number of runs Sachin dravid laxman scored ther

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 15, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Y SL fans always talk abt india's last tour tour of AUs ENG and not Before that in last 10 years. I want them to do well but they can't see how performance befor last tour in this decade. See the number of runs Sachin dravid laxman scored ther

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 15, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Dude y u criticize India at least they performbetter except last tours in Aus ENG so hope that SL does well if u guys want to fight then I m ready

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

@reality_check27, thanks a lot indeed. Cricket being globally a minority sport means fans must not bash opponents. I admit I have trash talked about team India, but it was largely due to trash talks by Indian fans. I know some Indian fans are nice, but some are definitely the opposite. At the moment only Pakistan are the best team from the sub continent. Today anyway proved yet again why we have our worse of all test record against Australia both home and away.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 15, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

It is turning out to be clarke vs cook at the moment. There is not much difference between Eng and Aus. I want to see some fight from SL (though samaraweera was out i expect him to play well in this series ) He is like laxman and i will be watching the match when i get time.

@SL and Indian fans can you stop this bashing for a while please.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

Enough said... Sri Lanka don't have to worry about the affect that would have when the seniors leave. Even with them it's the same old story... Sanga is good but he needs 3-4 innings of failure until he fires in the last game to save a test (usually after a 2-0 lost) to keep his place for the next tour. This picture looks more like every senior from Sri Lanka's past.....please some how get to your 10,000 and give up the place to a promising youngster...I mentioned 10k because no one in subcontinent is a "Bradman" (except Murali) and their personal milestones matter to them the most. Dishan deserves his place though he is in the same age category but he's more agile and can go on for few more years.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

Can someone tell me why Indians are so bothered about Aus vs SL match than their own match? And Please, can someone remind their population and how successful Australia & SL are comparing to that. Dear Indians,there is a massive different between u & Lankans.Win or lose We'd support our team.We'd never burn their houses.plus we'd never warship them too.lol.I can give so many reasons to show the clear difference but cricinfo cant publish em.Good luck India. ps: SL didnt lose 0:4 in England and managed to drew the home series too when Eng were Ranked W.No1. :D

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

I do not know what is going on with these indian fans one says india gona win 2mmorow (4th day in the test where they stil trail 40 runs and have about 2 wickets).SL did not play well .lions start slowly but when they roar there will be no one to stop them . Some said SL is a club team I think he is a indian and i would like to remind you that we played u in 2011 WC final and knock you out of the VB series last year if you think indians are world champion they are not after winning wc u loose way too many matches so you are not any more If u remember last year we started really poor but finished in high note

Posted by Solace1 on (December 15, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Yes brother, its all in the mindset, we can still post 380 tomorrow since attacking batsmen like Dilshan and matthews are there, if kula can fire low down the order we may cross 400 and show the aussies how good we are

Posted by mondotv on (December 15, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Clarke shows once again what an astute Captain he is. He's summed up the track, the weather and rightly concluded that 450 was enough to put some real pressure on Sri lanka. SL has awesome batting line up but they won't have played on this kind of deck much. Australia's attack doesn't look great but good enough on a deck doing a bit and Clarke clearly caught Sri Lanka on the hop thus making he best of the weapons he has at his disposal. Love Test cricket... it really is a mind game.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

.still srilank not won test match in australia!!un beleivable..and they are poinitng fingers at others !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Mihil Ranathunga india used to give fight and draw series in australi when their batsman are in best form and australia got world class bowling .. but now srilanka claaim thneir batsman are best in world..still dnt know how to score in front of australias A grade bowling !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 15, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Perera32 ..srilanka team are at their best batsman now..still dnt know how to score runs..when idnian wer at best ..tehy drawn series in australia,africa,england... and as far dnt forget 6-1 defeat !!!!!!!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

The ultimate battle of the minnows continues. Get ready for the Christmas Minnow Big Bash!

Posted by Tumbarumbar on (December 15, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Humphrey Hollins said 'Why on earth would anyone listen to the channel nine commentary?'. The answer is clear. You get the chance to hear things like this.

Commentator: You can vote on how many runs you think Phil Hughes will get through your Vodaphone app. How many do you think he'll get Bill (Lawrie)? (Hughes is on 86)

Bill: He'll get plenty don't you worry about that, when this fellow gets a start he goes on with it.

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

It is quite obvious that neither the selection of the Team nor the 11 for the match, Sri Lankan selectors have done the SWOT. After Vaas and for a brief period Malinga we have had no good fast bowler. It was quite evident in this match with the three being quite pedestrian. Eranga is excused being new and yet he had promise. Sri Lanka selected five fast bowlers when their strength is spin. For inexplicable reasons Dhanangaya and Ajantha were left out and now the team is reaping what the selectors sowed. Sanga, Mahela and Tilan had no reasons to play those rank bad shots which were juvenile. But all is not lost, and as you know Indians yesterday too were 87/4 and today they are almost 300. So tomorrow Dilshan and Mathews must dig in just as Dhoni and Kholi did and show Aussies what two together can do

Posted by maf17 on (December 15, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

I'm afraid I wasnt as impressed with Phil Hughes as a lot of other people seemed to be. Yes, he seemed more comfortable and played a couple of excellent shots, but then Sri Lanka's attack would scare no-one. Much sterner tests await, as anyone who watched Anderson dismantle India's top order the same day would agree.

Posted by Rooboy on (December 15, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Wow. Tommysaffa or whatever sure has a lot to say for a fan of a team that has underachieved woefully for the better part of two decades. Doesn't really seem to know what he's talking about either, given most 'flat tracks' don't have a high degree of variable bounce from day one. Oh well, gloat while you can tommy ... Hopefully Aus will play SA in a quarter or semi final of the next World Cup, which, as we all know, is a gold pass to automatic qualification for the next round

Posted by brusselslion on (December 15, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

What's the attendance been like for this game? Is it comparable with previous years?

Posted by CharonTFm on (December 15, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

For those Ind Fans I wouldn't talk it up if I were you. Being Aus fan I rather watch SL Vs AUS as SL play fair and hard. They don't complain like you do and whine like hell. They give up halfway

Posted by jimbond on (December 15, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

SL's strength (like India) was in their batting. When the batting fails, there is not much else to look up to. I was hoping from a good show from Samaraweera- though not today, he will definitely do well in this series. I am not very optimistic about the rest on Australian wickets. Why is Chandimal not in the team? It is funny how new pace bowlers keep on emerging in Pak, whereas in the entire history of India and SL, they had just one really good pacer each.

As for Hussey, he has been the best Aussie batsman ever since he made his debut and also extremely underrated. The day Mike Hussey retires, it is difficult to find a replacement in tests or ODIs or 20/20.

Posted by Herath-UK on (December 15, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

At least I can enjoy England pulling off a grand win shortly and hope Anderson is made man of the series though Cook will get it. Hope is not lost for the Lankans remembering the epic 190 odd Dilshan made at Lords. Mathew looks more mature with his batting and could make a good fight back. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

@Meety and other Aussie fans, I am so glad to see your foreign minister Bob Carr in Sri Lanka at the moment. I salute Australia big time indeed.

Posted by Gloryof96 on (December 15, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

@ gsingh7, wow, your the best soothsayer in the world. In your dreamland, Ind beat Aus 4-0 in Aus earlier this year!!!, also ur beating the poms 4-0 in Ind now ..... great

Posted by valleypf on (December 15, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

TommytuckerSaffa Why put the fact that the current Sri Lankan score is higher than your IQ on the Internet? Shouldn't you be trying to keep that fact secret?

Posted by ca2ca on (December 15, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Sanga is in ICC top 10 but for long time he is having a lean time & out of form. Can't remember when contributed to the team recently. Better he admit it & leave his place for a guy like Chandimal than making himself a walking wicket. No shame in loosing with green horns but this ???

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@Meety, well we should have played Nuwan Pradeep instead of Welegedara. Sadly our best domestic bowler Sachithra Senanayake is not touring and this is pathetic. Anyway, great work by Hussey and Clarke. Well we Lankans had a poor 1st test last year in England and South Africa and strongly rebounded in the 2nd test. So hope it happens this time too. We are definitely on track to lose this test match. We will do far better in Melbourne and Sydney due to the big SL support base. Important thing to remember about this Aussie bowling is that they wont give you sleepless nights but still they are wicket takers. Better to depend on regular singles rather than boundaries. @Moppa, I better be realistic and not too optimistic. I respect Aussie players and fans a lot.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (December 15, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

What a aggressive captain Clarke is ..... He thought 450 is more than enough for Toothless SL lions ... ha ha .... What a way to insult SL.... Best part is they took four wickets in one session.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Well Sri Lanka are placed today exactly at 87/4, which India was at stumps yesterday and Kohli and Dhoni batted on for long today. So Aussie saying is that the Lankan innings is not over until Angelo is dismissed. Can Angelo repeat his ODI heroics against Aussies in tests? Angelo's sole test ton is against Aussies. Well what is shocking about our batting today was that we tackled the wicket taking balls very well, but the 4 dismissals were due to pure rashness. Surely why did Samaraweera want to cut the last over of the day? Why not defend? Why could n't Karunaratne leave the away going ball? Dilshan looked safe and hope he can score freely tomorrow. Well played Hussey and great captaincy by Clarke!

Posted by Slysta on (December 15, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Pfff, listen to old TommyTucker railing about Australian pitches being roads. Here's a newsflash for you, mate: rubbish seam-bowling goes the journey in this country, always has and always will. Proteas learned that in Brisbane and Adelaide, Australia got a sharp reminder in Perth, and now Sri Lanka in Hobart. If Brisbane was such a road, why did the Proteas need a full day of rain to escape defeat? If Adelaide was such a road, why couldn't the Proteas make any sort of stab at getting 430 off 150 overs, against an attack one seamer short? Both results were still in doubt in the last hour of the fifth evening... and that's because they're good cricket wickets where nobody gets a free ride over the five days.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 15, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Somebody please remind me when SL won a test last time in India or AUS.

Posted by MrKricket on (December 15, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

I thought Clarke declared a little early - other captains would have pushed on to 550 or 600. But then they managed to apply the pressure and get the wickets. Always good to see Hussey score runs - I think he will be harder to replace than Ponting - getting better with age if a bit lucky at times! Just saw Dhoni get run out for 99! I think India is in trouble now. Will be lucky to win now you'd think. Wonder how Aus will go over there.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

@gsingh7 & few like that; I can clearly see that you are not watching Ind vs. Eng match these days except today. You seems to prefer Aus. Vs. SL match over your match due to poor performance of Indians on your home soil.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

@gsingh7 ; What a way to dream. I can understand your poor situation due to consistent defeats at test cricket. Keep it up lol.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Great stuff by the Huss and Wade. Contrary to what little timmy tucker says, this pitch is not a road, as evidenced by the trouble Sri Lanka now find themselves in. At least the Lankans jumped at the chance to play in Australia this summer, unlike the saffers (the board, not the players), who decided playing a meaningless T20 is more important than THE Boxing Day Test. If the rains stays away I can see Australia wrapping this match up mid-way through day four.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

@MisterObvious; Good comment of you.

Posted by Stark62 on (December 15, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

It's Ind vs Aus, all over again!!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 15, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Laxman alone has scored more centuries against AUS than Sanga Mahela and dilshan combined which shows how good these SL batsman r.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

@perera. Still u can't win single test in india and AUS. At least Indians r good on flat tracks u guys r not good even on that.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

@Imsrk; You seems to be an expert in giving excuses. Keep it up.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Today is a party day for some Indian fans due to two reasons. 1. Sri Lanka failed to achieve success 2. India performed well. Some Indian fans are very lucky, because they can have party on our failures too.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Sri Lankan team has to do tomorrow what exactly Indian team did today. well played Dhoni & Kholi.

Posted by Marcio on (December 15, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Whoa! This thread is a little embarrassing - like watching the couple you invited to dinner tearing each other's hair out in your lounge room. I do hope SL and IND fans can kiss and make up.

Posted by BottledWater on (December 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Half the people who comment here are ignorant and have no idea whatsoever about cricket. honestly i am an Australian but i respect the Sri Lankan team immensely for what they've done in Australia in the past few ODI series including the triangular with India. Their performances in Tests have been disappointing, but for a tiny nation they have incredible fight and talent which is disproportionate to it's size as a county (as does WI). With that said, I hope to see them pick up their game to their full capability and provide some real competition.

Posted by reality_check27 on (December 15, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

well i am an indian and must say that the bahing against srilanka is not right and same goes for srilankans it doesnt matter who started but should stop these are sportsmen and our team after losing big names is struggling and so is srilanka struggling it is sad to see that both these good teams are in bad position and so fansfrom both nations should wish for each others best as there are only 10 teset playing nations and these two are one of the best so what if they are not doing well now every team has suffered in the past and this is a phase that will pass but insulting each others team will do no good to anyone best of luck lankans for ur match

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

As i mentioned yesterday, the way Sri Lankans negotiate with the new ball is the key for Sri Lankans. They once again proved it that they are weak on new ball. Hope they can build a partnership tomorow to minimise the gap of runs between two teams. Happy to see Dilshan back into form.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

'Imsrk', I'm not even going to say anything. Here are the results.

4th Test: Australia v India at Adelaide - Jan 24-28, 2012 Australia 604/7d and 167/5d; India 272 and 201 Australia won by 298 runs

3rd Test: Australia v India at Perth - Jan 13-15, 2012 India 161 and 171; Australia 369 Australia won by an innings and 37 runs

2nd Test: Australia v India at Sydney - Jan 3-6, 2012 India 191 and 400; Australia 659/4d Australia won by an innings and 68 runs

1st Test: Australia v India at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2011 Australia 333 and 240; India 282 and 169 Australia won by 122 runs Now, if you call that a good performance by India, you must seriously have something wrong with you. While I have said I am not going 'bash' another cricketing nation such as India, who i believe are a team of high callibre, but their performance was incredibly poor last summer. As you can see, they lost two games by a margin of an entire innings. We can't bat outside of Lanka? What hypocrisy,uneducated fool.

Posted by spiritwithin on (December 15, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

@Perera32,its amusing when SL fan calls others as flat track bully when their team has the worst record among subcontinent teams away from home(excluding zim and BD),just for a reminder Mahela Jayawardene averages a lowly 36 away from home,Sanga averages a mediocre 30 in eng & SA and then Aus will be added as well after the series is over..and what d u mean by 10-1 loses??it seems u forgot to add india's win against NZ,WI in between,these two r the very same team against whom ur team were unable to win a series that too playing at home,apart from the last one year when india is very poor they did quite well away compared to SL..and indian fans r giving u back bcoz ur very same lankan fans were mocking india's loss,so now u will get back the very same thing..best of luck

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 15, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Goood performance by Australians today. Well played by Hussy & Wade. This partnership put Australia in a strong position. Poor batting from Sri Lankan also let them down.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

@Mihil Ranathunga..what d u mean by "" indian team who were shamed time and time again in Australia.""??indian team apart from last tour has done well in australia in the last decade and were the only subcontinent team to win tests downunder since 2000,india managed to drew in 2003 and lost a closely contested 2008 series by 1-2,and if SL is playing in aus after 3yrs then same is the case with other teams,india played in 2003 and then 5yrs later in 2008 and again after 3yrs in 2011,so dont give excuses about such big gaps..

Posted by pat_one_back on (December 15, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

@Tommytukkasaffa, if you must continue posting biased ignorant and unintellegent comments, you should wait until the end of the day. Better to be silent and let people think your stupid than to post your drivel and prove it! A cracking knock from Huss, great support from Wade, some skilful bowling, Aussies can be content their improving!

Posted by Dazako on (December 15, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

@gsingh7 the difference between Sri Lanka V Aus and India V England matches are that Sri Lanka are playing away from home on green pitch in Tassie (India would have barely reached 100 in both innings facing this attack on this pitch). And India are playing at home on a spinning track where the game looks like pittering out to a draw. Im Kinda sick of hearing from ppl from countries not playing in this series rubbishing players, teams, pitch etc, go watch your own team play.

Posted by Perera32 on (December 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Congrats to Hussey for getting a 100. Sri lanka were very ordinary today. Drop catches and poor shot selection on a flat pitch is very dissapointing. The only positive was that Karunaratne looked very comfortable opening and Dilshan looks to be in good form. Samaraweera was a little unlucky but Sanga and Mahela got out to very poor shot selection. A couple of 100's by flat track bullies Kohli and Dhoni on a slow low flat track have woken up the Indian fans who were sleeping after the 10-1 loses!!!, I kind of missed these Indians btw.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 15, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Indians did well in ENG AUS when their top batsman at peak. SLbatsman r at their peak of carrier eg Sanga Mahela dilshan etc but stil they r not doin well in AUS bcoz they can not score outside SL except Sanga who can bat well anywher in world

Posted by grug76 on (December 15, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

@TommyTucker... much like people who talk a lot purely because they are impressed by the sound of their own voice, it appears you post comments purely for some sort of thrill at seeing your pathetic ramblings on the internet... do us all a favour and start your own blog so you can delight yourself as much as you like and leave cricinfo alone so people can post and read meaningful and informed comments about the games without having to be subjected to your rubbish. Thank you

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Yeah we didn't play well at all, but I dislike the fact that many of the people commenting are abusing the Sri lankan team and their fans. Fair enough, if a few, over confident Sri-lankan fans display their jingoism, it may be annoying, particularly if they also return the censure of other cricketing nations. However, I cannot stand the castigation against the Sri-Lankan fan base as a whole and phrase such as 'Sri Lanka are going to lose tomorrow', particularly by the highly optimistic Indian fan 'gsingh7' mentioned below me. It is not as if India played well either, but I'm not going to carry on about their failures, because I am respectful of other cricketing nations. I myself am a lankan fan and cannot deny the joy I derive from their success. Sri Lanka can hopefully hang in there and hopefully deliver a moderate total and hopefully avoid the follow on and do better in the second innings. I agree, every fan should steer clear of 'bashing' other nations on their lack of success.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

@maddy20 SL would have atleast win a match if they were given more chances 10 or eleven test matches for the last 12 years for srilanka in aus ? we would have done lot better than your lacklusture indian team who were shamed time and time again in Australia. Like the last summer. But SL get's a chance about once a 3 year so they have to make it count with the reserves they've got, which are always fluctuating.

Posted by Meety on (December 15, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

@Looch on (December 15 2012, 05:06 AM GMT) - well said & true! @gsingh7 on (December 15 2012, 05:48 AM GMT) - I'd put Sri Lanka's attack ahead of India. @disco_bob on (December 15 2012, 08:14 AM GMT) - LOL! == == == The one worry I had for SL was that their form coming into the series wasn't great. The bowlers kept them in the series v NZ, I thought Sanga must be due a big score, not yet it seems. I like Samaweera, but that shot for the last over - when Lyon had him in a bit of trouble with bounce in the previous over was the difference between a below par batting response & a poor one for Sri Lanka. Really in a bit of trouble with 3 days to go! @Sinhaya on (December 15 2012, 02:16 AM GMT) - said yesterday the worst bowler got all the wickets, shows bowling is a team effort & the team effort was good yesterday!

Posted by MisterObvious on (December 15, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Oy, TommySaffy, rubbish about the "road" as prepared by scheming groundsmen in Tazzie. Where's the logic in rolling out a flattie for elegant bats like Dilshan, Jayawardene, Sanga to score double tons on? Oops, I see Lanka is 4/87 at stumps. Not such a "road" after all, is it, mate?

Ease up on the Oz bashing, eh, as if it's a hobby or vocation. SA just beat Oz in a real close series. SA a great, well-balanced team & deserve their ranking. Oz not all that far from pulling even & may do so soon when our top order stabilises (with Punter now gone, which is good for forward progress). Would love to have a Steyn or Morkel, though.

Anyway, Oz currently in driver's seat vs Lanka - but in cricket you can crash & burn at any time. Never count your chooks till the fat lady yodels. Looking for Lyon to come up big tomorrow with SL getting the jitters. Might see Dilshan carry his bat - looked awesome today.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 15, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

its not ur fault lankan fans, ur team is not up to mark, i told yesterday how sl will crumble infront of aus bowling on green pitches,now i am proved right, meanwhile india is 227/4 , we will win 2morrow evening on 4th day, sl will be defeated by an innings by tea on 4th day

Posted by fan_2_fans on (December 15, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

Where are the SL fans ha?When AUS were batting they were saying its flat pitch,and our batsmen will score atleast 450 on this pitch against ordinary AUS bowling attack.So what happened?Even AUS know how weak team SL is and declared their innings on 450/5.SL team is just nothing more than a club team.

@late--cut.With due respect to Afghanistan,even Afghnaistan can beat this team.

Posted by maddy20 on (December 15, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Thats because of SL fans constantly mudsliging India when we were down.FOr a side that has not yet won a single test match in Aus,the Lankan fans really forget how bad their side is. Mahela, Sangakkara will win it they said. But they were sitting ducks for Aussie quicks. Given the potency of the Aussie pace battery it would be a miraclei if they can save a single test, let alone winning any!

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Why on earth would anyone listen to the channel nine commentary? Unless you in the market for some once in a lifetime memorabilia.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 15, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

I hope we get to see the other Mitchell play a Test in this series, his comeback in Perth was promising.

@TommyTS, you do realise that even as a troll you are an excruciating bore who makes makes FFL look like Oscar Wilde

Posted by dan1234 on (December 15, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

This no. 6 ranked SL team playing nothing like they did in Durban last December when they smashed the Saffas. Would like to see a bit more fight from them.

Posted by nthuq on (December 15, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

Great to see Mike Hussey the top scorer in an innings for once. He's been overshadowed far too often lately for my liking. And the trolls should be ignored. They're still psychologically scarred from the era of Aussie domination.

Posted by Andross on (December 15, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

TommytuckerSaffa You sir, are a troll. If you don't like what's happening, don't watch.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (December 15, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

What a diff. half a session makes...or a change of innings...err..I should say change of Batting teams makes.... A 'flat' track when the Aussies were batting suddenly has turned into a green monster which SL batsmen had to deal with!!...Oh..the vagaries of Test cricket..Gotta love this game!! And yes..'opening bowlers bowling at 125kph' do have say of course.... It's not all about the pitch playing truant always.....

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

to the indian fan lets not bring ind-eng series in the aus-sl article,i m sure SL wont struggle as much as india did in aus last summer...

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 15, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Lots and lots of work for the Lankans to do tomorrow. They really need to get close to our score so a couple of them have to dig in like ticks. ... hard to see it happening but then again I remember saying something similar a few weeks ago and was wrong about that. Twice. .. still can't see it happening this time though. .. Aussies surging ahead at this stage but tomorrow is pay day I reckon. .. SL can turn it all around or Oz will really tighten the screws. The test will be won or lost tomorrow.

Posted by yohandf1984 on (December 15, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Well well . Now we r 87/4 and in a stage facing another innings defeat in Australia . Only Dilshan is there and follow on is unavoidable . Mahela , Kumar , Thilan what you all have done ? dont criticize youngster Dimuth . Mini milestone for Wlagedara as he became 15 th (10th fast bowler) Sri lankan to get 50 test wickets .

Posted by lukecannon on (December 15, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

@ gsingh7- Do i have to remind you the 8-0 whitewash. No? Then your comments don't count seeing as England is already 2-1 up in your own country. hahaha India going for a win tomorow? lol i'd be more surprised if tendulkar can stop losing his middle stump constantly.

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

Expect a lot of Indian comments here today telling how SL is so bad while India is number 1 team.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 15, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Husseys drop on 96 was a shocker. Come on Lankan lions you are better than that.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 15, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

No. 3 vs no.6 in world rankings. A bit of a battle of the minnows here.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 15, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

i called it yesterdy, that with worst attack in modren times, even clarke have no doubts of declaration, hope the bundle this minnow sl side today only, wud love a innings win , btw india is out of danger today and going for win 2morrow

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

get thisara in for kulasekara we need a bowler who hit deck hard and just take a look at his performance in green track even in test

Posted by   on (December 15, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

I'm watching Ben Hilfenhaus bowling and his action is bloody terrible!I cannot see how he's going to swing the ball with his arm so low and he's getting front on with it.I dunno what the new bowling coach is doing with these people,compared to last summer when all the bowlers were bowling fuller and the ball was swinging,now they've gone back to how they were bowling pre Billy McDermott.Somebody please fix this tragedy,England will get 500+ per innings if we bowl as bad as this

Posted by Looch on (December 15, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa, turn the sound down and enjoy the ABC commentary, you may even learn something especially about certain pitches of which your knowldege is sorely lacking.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 15, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Another test match in Australia, another road. Listening to the Ozzie channel 9 commentary is painful too, making it sound like an amazing batting masterclass. Meanwhile in reality it's a flat track with Sri Lankan opening bowlers bowling at 125kph...Hope Sri Lanka bat well and get 450 so they can get a draw. These negative tactics by Ozzie groundsmen must stop.

Posted by ShehanJ on (December 15, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

Only rain can stop Australia winning the match and the series.

Posted by Moppa on (December 15, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

@Sinhaya, playing for the draw after four sessions is a bit pessimistic, isn't it?

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 15, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Welegedara is our worse bowler but he has got the wickets. But anyway, dropping Wade is extremely costly. Aussies will pile 500, but hope we wont wilt under scoreboard pressure. If we in reply can post 380 by late tomorrow, we can draw the match. No way can we win this match now. Full credit to Hussey once again. At least our bowlers bowling tightly shows that we will excel in the ODIs as our bowlers are proving to be run stoppers and not wicket takers.

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