Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 5th day

Australia's wicketkeeper-bowler

Plays of the day from the fifth day of the Hobart Test between Australia and Sri Lanka

Andrew Fernando at Bellerive Oval

December 18, 2012

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Matthew Wade bowls his first over in first-class cricket, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 5th day, December 18, 2012
Matthew Wade, Australia's wicketkeeper, bowled an over of medium-pace © Getty Images
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The surprise bowling change
With the Test in the balance, most might have expected Michael Clarke to exhaust every frontline bowling resource available to him on the final day, but Australia's captain lived up to his reputation as an enterprising leader by introducing the least likely bowler in his playing XI into the attack, the over before tea. Matthew Wade had never bowled in any form of professional cricket, but delivered a maiden to Thilan Samaraweera, who in turn seemed wise to Clarke's hope that he would attempt an expansive stroke off the wicketkeeper-batsman-bowler and make a mistake.

The injury
Angelo Mathews had defused the vagaries of the cracked Hobart surface for 47 deliveries when Mitchell Starc dug one in short, and though Mathews ducked, the ball failed to bounce as expected and thudded into his elbow. The end-flap of his forearm guard appeared not to have shielded the blow much, as the batsman sunk to the ground clutching his elbow almost immediately. What ensued thereafter was predictably drawn out. Sri Lanka's physio came on to the field, and continued to treat Mathews leisurely for several minutes, before leaving.

The review
Sri Lanka had had a woeful time with DRS until the final innings of the match, failing to overturn any decisions at each time of asking, and finding themselves without reviews to use when incorrect decisions were made to their detriment. Kumar Sangakkara reversed that trend late on the fifth morning though, when Shane Watson got the ball to hit a crack and dart into his pads. Nigel Llong did not hesitate to give Sangakkara out, but as the Australian players crowded around the pitch in celebration, obstructing Sangakkara's view of the umpire, the batsmen threw his hand and bat above his head to form a 'T' visible to Llong, and the review found the ball to be hitting him outside the line.

The loose stroke
Mathews has been Sri Lanka's form batsmen over the past month, but he will be kicking himself for the wayward drive that ended his 61-ball innings. Peter Siddle had been largely threatening the stumps in the second session, but pitched one well wide of off stump, and though Mathews had been disciplined with his shot selection to that point, he let fly with an angled-bat drive. The thin edge was swallowed by Wade, who had resumed wicketkeeping duties after tea, and that strike began the final sequence for Sri Lanka, as the five remaining wickets fell in the session.

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Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

@ narbavi- yes sl lost, but still they have played good cricket than what india did last year.... you r calling this is a flat wicket...it shows your knowledge in cricket. if indians were in the same place, they would have lost by innings considering their recent performance.

Posted by Yoker111 on (December 19, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

SL had a fair chance to go for the win but they let them selves down, this is where aggrisveness and patience cannot be played at the same time by SL. That is there weakness. Mahela should have attacked and taken it smoothly with the support of Sanga. it would have made a difference, it was a pity dilshan missed out as well. Play hard or go home boys.. good luck

Posted by landl47 on (December 18, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Alas, every country has posters who think saying other sides are useless is amusing. Australia has RandyOZ and jonesy2, India has gsingh7 and we (England) have Front-Foot-Lunge. For the record, this was a very good test to watch, SL fought hard and Aus played very well to win with a bowler down and Clarke hobbling. As I've said many times, I'm impressed with Starc; he's a young guy and he'll have bad days, but he bowled really well at the death yesterday. Siddle had perhaps his best test and those who said being a vegetarian was a problem for him now have to eat their meatless words. Lyon is bowling well with no help from the pitch- he'll be a threat in India. Aus's batting remains a concern and Watson did nothing to show he is a #4, although he bowled well. Let's hope Clarke is not badly hurt. SL were what we expected, useful batting, not much threat with the ball. It's hard to see them winning a test, but they might force a draw on a friendly pitch.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

very disappointed we couldn't last a day. May be that was hard to do with the uneven bounce that was in the pitch. May be next match... Some people have came here to comment without watching even the cricinfo commentary. Shame on you haters.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Great fight from Sri Lanka, pitch was really difficult to bat on with a lot of uneven bounce. Mathews's lose shot was the turning point, if not we would have saved the match. its not fair to compare South Africa's effort against this, because Australia had Shane Watson to bowl this time and the pitch was completely different and hard to bat. Well played Australia, hard fought win. Tough test cricket as we know and love !

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (December 18, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

I must appreciate the australians strategy and aggressiveness. They were able to secure win even in Flat track as SL looked to draw the test. Its the real guts from Clarke and co to declare at 450 on a flat track. That crucial decision won the match for australia. Best part is they proved they were right to declare at 450 and didnt respect SL too much. Only Aussies can take such brave decision and prove they were right....

Posted by sidh78 on (December 18, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

the overated sl team not win even aus has a half of its strength.in real sl are nothing track bullies.even they lost to minows nz at their home.ind even bd whitewashed that nz team but not sl.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (December 18, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Mahela Jayawardene must be the worst captain of Sri Lanka. He over-thinks and keeps it complicated. And when Sri Lanka lose he awlays displays poor sportsmanship like hinting ball tampering with Siiddle and last year accusing the Indian team of trying to run out a big backing THiramanne. Angelo Mattews does not seem very sensible either though he is a talented cricketer. It may be best to have Sanga do the job again or Samaweera for tests.

Posted by Perera32 on (December 18, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Australia deserved the win in the end but they were poor in the first 2 sessions. This pitch was very difficult to bat on and it was great to see Sri lanka fight until the last hour of the test match. I'm sure the pitches in the MCG and SCG will help the Sri lankan bowlers more.

Posted by Biggus on (December 18, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Kudos to the Lankans for fighting it out until the end, you really have to admire their tenacity. Regarding the ball tampering issue they now say they saw nothing but brought it up because the camera zoomed in. I find that odd I'm afraid, are we to bring everything that is zoomed in to the attention of the match committee? Yesterday they saw ball tampering, today they say they saw nothing. Honestly, make up your mind guys. You shouldn't bring these accusations up on a speculative basis, and I would have expected better from them, given that they are customarily real gentlemen. Anyway.....on to Melbourne.

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Starc what a revelation. He just bowls perfect yorker when things are not working. His T20 skills paid off in extra ordinary manner. Siddle is a tireless work horse. Australia need to get their third seamer right before next game.

Posted by Marcio on (December 18, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Good spirit shown by the S Lankans. But as I predicted, surviving for the whole day on that track was always going to be real tough. Just conceded too many runs in the first innings. It sure was tight in the end, but the timing of Clarke's 1st innings declaration and run push in the second proved to be perfect. Great to see Starc bowling well. I thought he and Lyon bowled really well before lunch, too, without much luck. I hope Lyon can add an extra ball or two to his repertoire, as he seems to struggle for wickets in second innings. But he does have a valuable role in the team, as he tends to be very tight with his lines. Maybe he can see the physio to get his elbow loosened up so that he can bypass that 15 degree thing. Other spin bowlers seem to bending arms all over the place these days, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (December 18, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Sri Lanka fought well after a poor start on the day 1 & 2. Dilshan led the counter attack on day three which boosted the confidence of the whole team. However the final result may deteriorate the confidence yet again which could badly affect the second test match. I would blame Mahela for poor batting display in both innings which hampered a much better finish.

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

@FFL, you might amuse yourself, but to everyone else you are just a bore. Now get to bed before I tell your mummy that you have been up playing on the computer again.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 18, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge : The fact is in cricket tests in Australia it has been very rare that any spin bowler has bowled there team to victory - except for Warne. Lyon did his job in the first innings and should have had Sangakkara out early in the second. If players want to be defensive against spin in Australian conditions it is quite easy Australia have been dominated test matches where all opposition can do is hold on for a draw. The truth is not many spinners have great records in Australia and Muralitharan, Vettori and Swann have also been like club level spinners. I suggest if the cricket doesnt meet your standards how about you turn off.

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

@ gsingh7: QUite rich coming from an Indian fan. atleast SL did not ask the wickets to be prepared to their wish. ALso they fought all the way. now tell me, when did ur team fight last in tests? @ brusselslion- excellent comment and u r right. and finally @Front-Foot-Lunge- dont gloat, u just beat a below average Indian team. also now that Murali has retired, can u ask ECB to give SL a late summer tests please? ever since July 1999, they seem to scarred to play SL in the late summer? lol!. just bcos they won, dont get ur knickers in a twist

Posted by Slysta on (December 18, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

You guys need to give poor old FFL a break - he knows all about club cricket, having watched England play a solid month at that standard in the UAE earlier this year... For Australia, relief, reward for summer-long effort, and a step forward. No real surprise that the seamers took the wickets - McGrath took more fourth-innings wickets than Warne ever did, if I remember correctly - but it is true that Lyon needs to find a way to get more dangerous more often. It's true that the wicket wasn't a classic day-5 spinner's pitch, but it is a fact that Herath made himself dangerous on the fourth afternoon in similar conditions, so there is clearly a big gap in both class and experience there at the moment. But hopefully Starc takes rhythm and belief from this game, and channels it into more productive and sustained spells against the SL top-order in Melbourne. Wonderful from Siddle again, though if he is our leading seam technician, we will have old-ball problems in India...

Posted by Chris_P on (December 18, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Enthralling game to the end. This is what test cricket is about, 2 teams trying hard.

Posted by PFEL on (December 18, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

FrontFootLunge, the only joke here is your comments

Posted by Webba84 on (December 18, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

@Gihan Priyashantha Peries - Well done on completely misunderstanding what that paragraph means.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Mathew wade Ha ha ha wicket keeper bowling. Very good. Australian wicketkeeper also can bowl. There was an drama about ball tampering. Good good good. Any other tactics in next match. I'm exited to see and also when you loose what excuse you can bring. I'm learning

Posted by brusselslion on (December 18, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Finally, you've found a role for Hughes in the Australian side!

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (December 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

FFL,Narbavi & Sugath didnt watch the match it seems. @FFL, the pitch was suited for seamers, that why they ended up with 9 wickets and SL beat Eng and the very same Pak team which gave Eng a 3-0 thrashing.So dont just gloat because you won 2-1 against a pathetic team. @Narbavi, it was one of the most uneven paced pitches in Aus, something even Healy hadnt seen.SL did well to come close as have only 11.4 overs remaining. @Sugath unless a Dilshan miracle, had SL gone for the win this match would have been over a long time ago. All in all , a great Test match fought down to the end.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Well done Australia. Good comprehensive win especially given the fact that you were a bowler light (OK, it was only Hilf but he could have filled in fora couple of overs). Unfortunately, for Aussie fans, I see that @gsingh7 has joined you early. A word of warning: you have 6 months of "India wil beat Oz 4-0"".. by an innnings", etc. to come. However, he hasn't got a predicition right so far this year - India 4 England 0, etc. - so expect SL to turn this series around and beat you. On the positive side, you will probably win 4-0 in India.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Flat pitch! Turning Pitch! It seems some of the comments have no idea... In any case, I'm sick of channel nine's biased commentary, as soon as SL makes successful reviews batting last the commentators suddenly start talking about how DRS is favouring batsmen and making draws inevitable. It's just a shame that Tony Grieg isn't around to sort these guys out.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

@jbgardener phil hughes kept wicket

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 18, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

@ Gihan Priyashantha Peries : are you suggesting that the Aussies were deliberately trying to obstruct the umpires vision of Sanga's request for a review? .. that's an interesting tactic that will never work. .. they would have to form a scrum around him and march him off the field... even the dumbest umpire would be aware that something screwy was going on ...nice try though Gihan.

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (December 18, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

This match had everything. It was attractive, fascinating and full of drama. Congratulations to both sides for great batting, great bowling, great captaincy, a great fightback and excellent run rates. This is what real test cricket is all about. Just compare this wonderful match with the bore-fest that has been taking place over in India. I know which I prefer. Cannot wait to see 70,000 at the MCG for a repeat.

Posted by jeauxx on (December 18, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@jbgardener - Hughes kept.

Posted by edgie on (December 18, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Not sure about Sri Lanka wining the test, but I do think they could have drawn the test if some of their players adopted a similar mindset that Faf and AB had in the 2nd test. And what's more, Sri Lanka were only 5 wickets down with something like two hours left in the game, surely they could have just knuckled down and shut the scoring runs shop? Aussies are also VERY lucky to have won this test, because imagine how their psyche would have been shattered if they ddin't win this one. Siddle and Starc i must say bowled very well in the last hours or so, but I think if Aus didn't win this, Siddle would have retired :)

Posted by Fazil_79 on (December 18, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Hughes was keeping while Wade tried his bowling skills.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 18, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

Lyon is improving and nobody is saying he is very good. He has potential though. As for @Front-Foot-Lunge I am not sure how well England is going to play Pattinson (he has to stay fit for the whole Ashes), Starc and Siddle. Bell will obviously score a lot of ducks as he normally does in adverse conditions. Though England's bowling looks great if Finn stays fit. I think Anderson, Finn, Swann, Panesar is slightly better than Pattinson, Starc, Siddle, Lyon. Any way England is slight favourites but Australia is coming around nicely under easily the best captain in the world and Austalia's best captain since Ian Chappell.

Posted by dan1234 on (December 18, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge Decades of being absolutely demolished by Australian cricket during their golden period has left you terribly scarred hasn't it? I sense a lot of pent up frustration and anger in you. Maybe one day your team will get to number 1 and actually hold it for an extended period of time. Try to relax until then.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Well played both the teams. Aussies were expected to win, but Lankans fought hard.

Posted by jbgardener on (December 18, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

who kept wicket to Wade's bowling?

Posted by Mitcher on (December 18, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

FFL: Sri Lanka, bottom of the rung? Didn't England get flogged by them in a recent test? Failing to win a series in Sri Lanka, again? Oh diddums...

Posted by Andross on (December 18, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

I do wish people would stop calling this a battle of the minnows. Nobody was calling Aus a minnow for two games while they had SA on the ropes, then, all of a sudden, they lose one match and they're a bottom rung side. As for Lyon, he might not have gotten wickets, but he was extremely economical, & that builds pressure under which wickets are taken. Not to mention he would have had Sangakarra in the second innings if Clark hadn't dropped a rather straight forward catch.

And perhaps if Front-Foot-Lunge wishes to claim that it's like watching club cricket, he could put the creams on and see how well he does in the team. I'd like to see him do better.

Posted by Sugath on (December 18, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Quite simply Sri Lanka adopted wrong tactics from the word go in second innings. had any other team spent so many overs, they would have won. From the first ball the Lankans were defending when the best weapon would have been to attack in a managed way. They were laden footed when Lyon bowled and simply afraid of the fast guys. The Sri Lankans have not done their own SWOT analysis for tour or for the match. If they were to do SWOT for Melbourne, then bring rookie spinner Dhananjaya and Aussies will have no clue. SL strengths in bowling is in spin and not pace. So go with two pacies plus Mathews and have Herath and Dhananjaya and that will be the winning formula

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 18, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

well done aus, what a bowling by starc, i told earlier sl is 2 levels below aus and cud not win any test there, i am proved right,again, waiting for aus to finish series on high before coming to flat track bullies INDIA, last two times aus has been whitewashed in india in 2008 and 2010 , it wud be 3rd straight time with team rejuvenated , hope sl lift them up and atleast put some fight, not surrender like this on flat track.. well played australia

Posted by Black_Rider on (December 18, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge :: One of the minnows did beat England this year.....

Posted by   on (December 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

"Nigel Llong did not hesitate to give Sangakkara out, but as the Australian players crowded around the pitch in celebration, obstructing Sangakkara's view of the umpire, the batsmen threw his hand and bat above his head to form a 'T' visible to Llong, and the review found the ball to be hitting him outside the line."

Look at the gentlemen's act.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 18, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

A flat pitch, clarke injured, couldn't complete his innings, hilfenhaus injured throughout the game, so a bowler short, virtually it was 9 vs 11, yet the result didn't change, what more needs to be done to register their first win in aus?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 18, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

lol at this result. How can the guy employed as 'spinner' in your team, Lyon, NOT TAKE A SINGLE WICKET ON A TURNING LAST DAY PITCH???? Sri Lanka are the boom of the rung in world cricket. This contest is the ultimate battle for the minnows. And what a shoddy state of affairs when the guy that is meant to turn the ball, but doesn't, can't even buy a wicket on a last day pitch. What a joke of a contest, this is almost club cricket.

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