Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Sri Lanka thrown to the lions

The Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

December 28, 2012

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Australia 460 (Clarke 106, Johnson 92*, Watson 83, Warner 62, Prasad 3-106, Eranga 3-109) beat Sri Lanka 156 and 103 (Johnson 2-16, Bird 2-29) by an innings and 201 runs
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Mitchell Johnson drives down the ground, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 2nd day, December 27, 2012
Mitchell Johnson was left unbeaten on 92 after Nathan Lyon and Jackson Bird fell quickly © Getty Images
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In his summary of the 1974-75 Ashes series, Wisden's correspondent John Thicknesse wrote of the havoc wrought by Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson that "England's batsmen must have experienced the same sort of emotion as they waited for the next ball as early Christians felt as they waited in the Colosseum for the lions."

Sri Lanka's batsmen were wracked by that same feeling of helplessness and inevitability as Australia completed a fearful mauling of the tourists in the Boxing Day Test, as the incisiveness of the home bowling attack combined with a dreadful glut of injuries to have the match over by 2.10pm on the third afternoon. The fall of Sri Lanka's seventh wicket, fittingly to a short-pitched ball, meant the end of the contest, as none of Prasanna Jayawardene, Chanaka Welegedara or Kumar Sangakkara were fit to bat.

Sangakkara had suffered a suspected finger fracture at the hands of the man of the match Mitchell Johnson, who began the day by guiding Australia's tail to a lead of 304 and ended it as the chief inflictor of pain on a Sri Lankan team that was overwhelmed even more comprehensively than India had been last year.

Australia's victory was a reward for a consistently diligent and aggressive pursuit of victory, though it was hard to define how well they had played given the collective weakness of their opponents, who had clearly thrown their best and only punch in Hobart. Nonetheless it was a triumphant way for Michael Clarke's team to conclude the year, even if they had their own injury worry in the shape of Shane Watson's problematic calf.

The destruction of Sri Lanka's innings began in the first over. Dimuth Karunaratne was farcically run out after taking his team's first run, and next ball Tillakaratne Dilshan squeezed a Johnson short ball to short leg. Jackson Bird again made a striking impression, deceiving Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera with his immaculate line and a little movement in either direction.

Bird and Nathan Lyon had failed to keep Johnson company for long enough to allow the left-hander his second Test hundred after a rasping effort in Cape Town in 2009, but this was to seem of little consequence once the Sri Lankans began batting.

Lyon's intention when play resumed had to be to hang around while Johnson pushed towards his second Test century. However his actions did not match the goal, as after taking a single to get off a duck he was late on a pull shot at Angelo Mathews and lobbed the simplest of catches to midwicket.

That left Johnson with the company of only the last man Bird, who with a first-class batting average of 8.22 was certainly entitled to his station beneath Lyon in the order. Needing another 17 runs when Bird walked tot he middle, Johnson set about the task with good sense, pinching singles here and there while also driving Mathews sweetly down the ground.

He had made it as far as 92 when Bird faced up to Shaminda Eranga, who delivered a ball that was fast, full and more or less wasted on the batsman, who was comically late as the ball crashed into middle and off stumps. Johnson accepted a gesture of consolation from Bird before jogging off the field, assuming his next task of taking the new ball in the second innings.

Johnson did not have long to wait for a celebration, Karaunaratne pushing into the offside third ball of the innings and setting off fatally for a second run as David Warner fielded and threw sharply back to the bowler, whose dive to break the stumps beat Karunaratne comfortably. Dilshan's first ball was short, fast and at the batsman's armpit, forcing a self-preervative stroke that lopped off glove and thigh for Ed Cowan to run back and catch - 2 for 1.

Jayawardene's decline as an international batsman on foreign shores has been dispiriting for those who have witnessed his best, and here he was defeated by Bird's line, unsure whether to play or leave and withdrawing his bat too late to avoid a wretched inside edge onto the stumps.

Samaraweera played Bird uncertainly from the crease, and when the bowler seamed one back at him was pinned in front for a clear LBW, the batsman's DRS referral made more out of desperation than calculation. Replays duly showed the ball striking leg stump, leaving Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews to limp to the interval.

Not long after lunch, Sangakkara winced when fending a Johnson delivery off the glove and shook his head forlornly when the team physio examined the damage. He left the field to become the third Sri Lankan sent to hospital during the match, and the remainder of the innings was not to be long in returning to the dressing room.

Mathews dragged an attempted pull shot onto the stumps, Dhammika Prasad followed two consecutive sixes off the bowling of Lyon by skying a vain attempt at a third, and Eranga was cornered by a short-pitcher from Peter Siddle and plopped a catch to Ed Cowan at short leg. The innings had felt as much blood sport as Test match, and like the 1974-75 Englishmen, Sri Lanka were much the bloodier.

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Posted by Sageleaf on (December 29, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

SL should give a fight to the Australians. All II can feel is their top 4 players are aging and it's time to bring in the young blood in to the side. Just listen to the Australian commentators and you could learn a lot. I wonder how effective are our coaches in Batting, bowling, fielding? SL dropped so many catches against the Kiwis and now doing with the Aussies. Their batting is very poor. Mahela is just leaking runs when the SL team is fielding. Clarke's fielding set up is immaculate and done lot of home work about the SL cricketers. Guys just look at the tapes. The Aussies are true professionals. Most SL players are so unfit in the field they don't even move and their reflexes are slow. That's why SL dropped many catches. I don't think SL coaches are helpful. You have to be physically fit to play the game 5 days. I think Mahela, Sanga era is over. It's time to move on and get some good coaches too. I'm happy some players are injured so others get to play.

Posted by miles100 on (December 28, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

For the past 30 years after gaining the test status, SLC made many millions of dollars, however up to today they haven't addressed the main weakness of SL- building young genuine fast bowlers and genuine swing bowlers as well as helping to build a few good bouncy wickets for school games. This is one reason why many of our batsmen struggle.The other reason why we struggle is not bringing the best players in the Isalnd to the side at the age 18 to 21 yrs regularly since our club standards are poor. They brought Karunaratne at the age 24/25 instead of 3-4 years earlier from SL U19 team. Also since fast bowling is physically demanding in 50-75% of the time, They should build a fast bowling academy for young best fastbowlers in the up country of SL where the altitude is very high however with an ample supply of nutritions and a few coaches & a physio. If these are done properly,I assure SL will be always best cricket team in the world also with a brave, positive and strategic captain.

Posted by OzWally on (December 28, 2012, 23:45 GMT)

@ddlj26 - Good point about the lack of a spin duo to equal England's. However, SA found a way to win there without a spinner, and India's batsmen have slipped even further from when that series was played. Anderson & Finn caused plenty of problems for them (and took wickets) this last tour as well.

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (December 28, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

SL_Colombo and Sinhaya, we share your pain and we know it must hurt a lot as evident from aggrieved quality of your posts. SL was exposed to harsh conditions and expectations were over the top for a team that has few good players but they are 35+, and it is not fair to some extent. Thank heavens the next test is not in Perth otherwise there would not be enough fit players left to play six a side. Yes, Srilankan pseudo-english fans are fun to read but it sometimes betrays not enough confidence in their own team.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge; Not once have I mentioned that we are better than England, I have also said that England outplayed us I am humble in loss maybe you should be humble in victory.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (December 28, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

Delusional self righteous Aussies like the oh-so-sensitive little lamb, Marcio and Shaggy are clearly without irony. Please do read the comments of fellow Aussies on these boards if you wish to see bias, tiresome trolling. Aussies dish it out but can't take it. Some perspective needed for you guys I think.

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (December 28, 2012, 22:44 GMT)

I always get a laugh reading front-foot-lunge, belligerent Aussie bashing without any heed of reality. I think English fans are the ones who are actually cock-a-hoop about beating a very ordinary Asian team (just), not the Australians. We are fully aware that beating Sri Lanka in Australia should be (and was) a doddle. They've never won a test here after all. This Australia team is still building, but we will see how Australia and England really compare come the Ashes. I think it will be closer than the English fans expect.

Posted by xylo on (December 28, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

If Johnson has actually improved, then kudos to him. But, if Sri Lanka succumbed to a mediocre Johnson, that reveals major problems for the Sri Lankan team.

Posted by dalboy12 on (December 28, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

Haha the England v Aussie stuff here is getting even better than the traditional Pakistan v India battle of words. SL were always going to a hiding in this series - Aussie pitches are very different than what they are use to, something all you Aussie supporters out there seem to miss --- your pitches are unique and its a very large reason for all the Aussie success at home over the last few decades. I would say that the Aussie pitches contribute to Aussie success at home as much as Sub-cont pitches have contributed to theirs. That does not take away at all from Aussie success, its just home advantage and its why winning in Aussie is one of the hardest things to do in cricket. Also Aussie have come of a hard series against SA, so were always going to be fired up for this one especially as they failed against in the killer blow against SA and got a complete hiding in Perth (get over it Marcion ---you got thrashed in Perth). For what its worth, I think Ashes will be very close.

Posted by SLMaster on (December 28, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

SL lost because of very poor planning than silks. Top administrators should be the first to blame. Plans going in to this tour are bad. Plans are awful that they cannot play Bird who is in his debut. Not enough practice matches. Not picking faster bowlers who can bowl bouncers and yokers. Eranga was exceptional because he did exactly that...he marked 140k most of the times. Not enough practice to duck under the bouncers. This is the case in the last tour to Australia too. Practices to play straight as much as possible were not done. Batsmen failed to place the front foot right...except Sangakara.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

@Herath-UK; Mathews is bit of unfortunate here. Because SLC hasn't train a person to take the captaincy when it was due. I also feel that SL is yet to find the good captain for the future. It is unfair to ask from the son to take part in the expenses of the home before he finds a permanent employment. It may badly affects his performance. Mathews is not at either Initial Stage or Maturity stage of the growing curve. But he is in the growing stage.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

@gnanzcupid; Not only our youngsters, but also seniors were failed in this match. New year test would be a really opportunity to assess strengths of our youngsters further because we have to play with lot of youngster. Hope you are in alert.

Posted by Herath-UK on (December 28, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

The Major cause for this debacle is Mahela's loss of form; he should sit out of the Sydney Test and Dilshan should take over temporarily. Please don't make Mathew the captain after Mahela;he does not deserve it yet. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

1. If you can make one heap of all your winnings, And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss; And lose, and start again at your beginnings, And never breathe a word about your loss;

2. If you can force your heart & nerve & sinew, To serve your turn long after they are gone; And so hold on when there is nothing in you, Except the will which says to them:"Hold On!"

3. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too'

4. Yours is the Earth & everything that's in it, And- which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Come on Sri Lanka!

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

@baghels.a on (December 28 2012, 19:03 PM GMT), it's not PLAYING the short forms that is the problem, it is doing so while abandoning any pretence at caring about Test cricket. Take the Indian team as an example, they play down their Test losses and almost explode with joy at pointless and useless T20's

Posted by Danksl on (December 28, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

First time in my life I'm happy that SL got defeated badly. Now at least we can get rid of the aged players and get Jeevan, Kapu, Chandimal, Dananjaya, Mendis, Bhanuka and Upul to play this game

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Class performance by Mitchell Johnson. Might be very happy to end the 2012 with giving birth to a Kid & giving rebirth to his performance. Well done!

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

What ever happens we are always with our Sri Lankan team. I'm sure they will bounce back at Sydney & start the new year in style. Come on Lions, "MAKE DESPERATION INTO JUBILATION". We are eagerly waiting to see your performance & make you country proud.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

For the next match Chandimal should be played instead of Prasanna. I'm pleased with bowling of Dammika Prasad. He played better than i thought.We just want put enough runs on the board to exert pressure on Australians. So it is going to be the new year. SL team is going to play with new players. It is a big opportunity to assess the strength of our younger players against mighty Australians at the moment. It is always better to start the new year with new players & new hopes. Hopes keep us alive even in the defeat. Hope our team will play to their potential in new year test & make it a turnaround.

Posted by one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on (December 28, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

@colombo-SL, hold on to that 47 that Australia were bowled out for in SA if it makes you feel better. However, take a dose of reality with it....SA lost their last 9 for 47 during the same two hour period, meaning that it probably had something to do with the wicket during a specific period of the match. Watching SL's batting yesterday, I doubt they would have scored over 10 given the same bowling and conditions. Yesterday's wicket was a belter. MJ scored a chanceless 92.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

We just want to play one or two sessions very well at the beginning of 3rd test. Then it is easy to put most of the things on the right track. In both test matches, we couldn't get the driving seat of a single session. Opening combination is vital for Sri Lankans. I still believe, it is better to include Tharanga Paranavithana in third test instead of Dimuth Karunarathna (Hope our fans may laugh at me). Dimuth is a good player & aggressive. When consider about the batting style of Dilshan, Paranavithana is the most suitable partner for him in tests specially in Australia. Our opening partnership was bad in previous four test matches. It created a unnecessary burden on the top order specially in Australian conditions. So, dealing with the new ball is the most important part that we have to look into seriously. Lahiru thrimanne is the ideal replacement for Sanga. But i believe, it is better Dilshan open the inning with Paranavithan & Dimuth should play at N0.3.

Posted by ozziespirit on (December 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Lots of arguing here about how Aus have beaten a Sri Lankan team mins 3 key batsmen through injury. Look guys, no Aussie fan is saying we're better than England, those last Ashes and England's tour of India show that, but look at how much potential we've got in our seam department as well as guys like Warner at the top of the order. Yes, England are better, but we'll see what next year brings.

Posted by baghels.a on (December 28, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

It is funny how every time Sub continent teams lose a test series all the purists gang up to pin all the blame on the IPL and T -20 in general and long winding conversation starts about T-20 cricket and it's impact on test cricket, Funny then South Africans whose more or less entire team plays in IPL are no. 1 in tests ?? handful of Lankans take part in IPL and from last 4 years and is it only now that class players such as Sanga,Mahela, Dilshan have become bad all of a sudden.If Lankans or Indians had won there respective series would it have meant that IPL is having a good effect on test format going by the same logic.How about realising that on current form India and Lanka were not just good enough.Purists have this Irrational feat that IPL is going to sound deathknell for test cricket in Asia, well if a five year brash upstart has gathered so much mass support and momentum to derail a 125 year old format then may be foundations of Test cricket was never deep in the first place ??

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Very disappointed about the Mahela's recent performance. But i feel personally sorry about him. He is now 35+. As far as i concern, at this age a player should only consider about his batting or bowling. Captaincy is a over burden for a player who are at the eve for retirement. SLC was unable to train a person for the captaincy at the time it was due. I'm proud that Mahela took that responsibility to steer the team for an year. I think, it has affected his batting heavily. I appreciate his "country before self attitude". So i'm reluctant or think twice before just throwing words against him. Still i'm very proud of him. I feel you may find your form at Sydney & lead from front.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

There are lot of things to consider in terms of cricket. In this SL team, no one has played a test here in Melbourne ever before. Unfortunate to see even Mahela, Sanga & Dilshan haven't played a test before this match. Pathetic. It is not fair enough to blame on defeats & saying useless comments like removing from test cricket etc. Actually countries like SL, Bangladesh & Zimbabwe should be given fair amount of chance to play more test cricket. (Feel sorry about the SLC decision on SA & WI tour to come). I feel ICC doesn't take the necessary initiatives to spread test cricket. For the previous 30+ years only SL, Ban & Zimababwe have got the opportunity to play test cricket. SL got most of the matches after 1996 WC triumph. Otherwise no effective schedule from ICC to spread test cricket in world.

Posted by Htc-Android on (December 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Its unfortunate 3 of our players dint come to bat. otherwise we could have avoided this innings defeat. sanga was batting well with mathews before he got injured. after that we got exposed to the tail and bowled out 102. everyone need to remember we only lost 7 wickets. im not giving excuses for this poor performance. but we could have avoided this embarassement, if our injured players came into bat.

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

Being an Indian, I must say Sanga What a classy act...He is a gem of a batsmen who has played in all conditions...Hope his finger injury is not serious and comes back to third test to show his class.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

"When we are right no one remember us, when we are wrong no one forget us". This is the nature of the world. So, we just want to consider the constructive comments here & build on that. Like to see some good comments here from genuine cricket fans.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 28, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Test didn't last even 3 days that shows how good. Mahela Sanga and company is. Great players like Sachin Lara had always scored tons of runs against mighty AUS but Sanga and company can't handle siddle and company then how these SL players r great

Posted by tokoloshe on (December 28, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

This Oz team is starting to take shape (and as a Saffa it pains me to say that!). I dont rate Siddle although he has the heart of a lion. I think that bHilfenhaus when fit is a better option and then there are a plethora of other guys to take the reins. Need to sort out no 3 spot and also get a more solid iopender with Warner. SA and Oz will be the dominant teams for the next 3 years. What has happened to deLange from SA?

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Most important thing is to consider the next job in hand. We have to play in Sydney without Sangakkara & welegedara. Australians were collapsed for 47 in an inning against SA. Most importantly, they played well after that inning. NZ team lost first test(2012) in Galle within 3 days & came from behind to win the second & tie the series. Those are the positives we have to take & move on to build

Posted by ca2ca on (December 28, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

Yes Aussies took us to cleaners, showed how to play test cricket.How calm were Clarke and Watson on the 2nd day start before they started scoring. I think sub cont. teams are good only in limited over games. Test cricket is a class above. Ind, Pak & SL may win some tests but generally it is not their game.

Posted by ddlj26 on (December 28, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

@ozwally I might be wrong here, but australia unfortunately dont have the spin repertoire that england had on their recent test series and that i believe will be the difference between the current australian squad and the english squad... On indian pitches if you dont have quality spinners you most likely will end up on the losing end and that is a fact from history and not something i am claiming out of blind love for my country !!!

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

I'm not try to give excuses for our defeat. The most important thing is to assess what are the areas we have to improve & how can we move on from here? For the sake of simplicity or just to get the necessary mental boost lets assume this match as a match to forget for Sri Lankans. But they should take lessons from this & should use effectively in future endeavors.

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 28, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Well played Australia. Absolutely brilliant. Never try to take credit away from you. You deserved this win. What a way celebrate your most prestigious cricket event of the year.

Posted by OzWally on (December 28, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

@Salmin(fishing in)Columbia - Yes, we lost to England and India (at your place), but that was over 2 years ago and at our LOW point after 10 years on top. Like to know which direction these 3 teams have gone since then? Australia 11 wins 3 losses 5 draws - including a win in the Sub-con (@ Sri Lanka, something England couldn't do in 2011/12), England 10 wins -7 losses -3 draws & India 8 wins -12 losses -7 draws.

I can't wait for this series to over so we can move on to India. If you couldn't even beat England at home, can't wait to see what we do to you.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

I think SA are the BEST test team at the moment. England are second and the Aussies third. I know Australia have just thrashed the Lankans but hey, they only beat an average team who are AWAY from home. To me, Australia WILL continue to remain third on the ICC list for at least another year. For those of you following test cricket, and Ashes cricket especially should have some fun in the coming summer. One thing I can say with conviction, this Aussie team WILL test England. Whether they can win or not remains to be seen.

Posted by rayfanatics on (December 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Ok, SL has made the Ozzies look powerful than they are. But as a word of warning to all Poms, Australia has depth in their bowling reserves which the English can only dream of in both pace and accuracy. Come the Ashes next summer, I think England is going to have it tough. Keeping the Saffers out of this, because right now they are on a different plane. If Johnson maintains his form, I see a few English batsmen nursing painful injuries.

Posted by samincolumbia on (December 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury - The 'Poms' whacked your 'great' team in your own backyard the last time the two teams met. Also, India whacked your team when they played in India the last time. As for SL 'creaming' India, they should try to win a single test in India first, before thinking of creaming. Heck, the SL even made mediocre Mitch look world class!

Posted by OzWally on (December 28, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Is it just me or are all our English friends here getting a little ahead of themselves. They sound a lot like we Australians (and our team) did before the 2005 series, thinking we only had to show up to win. I think you'll find this team is much different (& better) than the last one you faced. Our series results (with like teams) since then have either matched or surpassed your own. And now your team is the one that has passed it's peak and is on the decline.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

Indian fan here...what pathetic display by Lankans...was expecting Sri Lanka to fare well in Australia after Indians failed there last year.....Dinesh Chandimal/Upul Tharanga/Thisara Perera/Ajanta Mendis/Parnavitana/Thirimanne should picked in test team as soon as possible...Anyways All teams except South Africa are ordinary...Australia havent won in sub continent...they could not beat SA at home..Clarke has got hundreds in good batting conditions..but failed in West Indies and in Perth on greenish wicket against Steyn/Morkel and Philander

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

Seems everybody blaming IPL for every debacle in cricketing world. Stop this guys every country has some kind of T20 tournament and yes all of them are lucrative. And moreover IPL is not just played by SL and Ind, there are other nations playing too.

Other teams are just adapting well and India is not so stop blaming IPL, India is in transition phase and we need some bowlers to take over Bhajji, Zaheer , Kumble etc. Will happen be patient

Posted by subbu85 on (December 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Sri Lankan cricket is the worst cricket, I had ever seen.......poorest country, they dont even have bucks to conduct matches in their own backyard, instead they depend on rich boards like BCCI and starts blaming India.........shameless creatures on earth.....Coming to Mahela Jayawardena (so called legend according to foolish Lankans)....he scored 90% of his runs in Sri Lanka and that too against weak teams like west indies, bangladesh, new zealand.......entire world knows his overseas record and how shame it is......these lankans will never change........it's a shame for them they never won a single test match in Australia......atleast India managed to draw few series and won few matches........

Posted by Afta on (December 28, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

I've commented in a previous article. The cupboard is bare, we have no quality replacements nor in the making. It's going to take another 4 years and more to build another respectable team..! Even though we crow about our talent, nobody has translated into action, sometimes I wonder, "do we really have or produce quality players?" It was always a flash in a pan and that we can find many. If you want to be respected, It's all about reaching the top and staying there. I doubt Sri Lanka has that class. Too much poli-ticking, bickering and howling. (The administration and senior players are to blame) It's a huge disappointment.

Posted by swervin on (December 28, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

love the Sri Lankans but pretty lame for two of their batsman to not bat in the second innings - Sanggakara is a champion and understand he broke his hand but surprised the other two didn't come out (one with a runner etc) - probably wouldn't have changed the result but doesn't show much fight...admit i don't know the full extent of their injuries but just surprised that not one of them would come out...pretty disappointing and somewhat takes the glee off the victory for Aus...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

The inability of subcontinental teams to be competitive outside Asia is deeply troubling and embarrassing because when the western teams come to the subcontinent they often manage to win or draw series easily and they NEVER get thrashed the way subcontinent teams are when they go abroad. Considering how popular Cricket is in these countries as compared to the western countries who have several sports it's really embarrassing and shows we have a long way to go.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

@ ProdigyA on (December 28 2012, 15:25 PM GMT) shameless surrender you are kidding, no Sri Lankin has boasted what they will do to us like the poms or Indians have, the Sri Lankins are full of respect, and i still think they would cream India no matter what you say.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

@reality_check27 and ProdigyA, kindly check the name please! Someone is impostering my name as "Sinhya". I never brought in India to this. Kindly check the screen name of the commentor before mentioning the name. This is a pure disaster and nothing but a monumental tragedy. @reality_check27 but one thing I want to correct you. You said we have not beaten any team in a test series and that is wrong. We have beaten Pakistan and NZ in test series in their shores. India indeed has done well in Australia in the past decade by winning 2 tests, which no other sub continent team managed. Pakistan last did it in 1995 in Sydney. Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by groundreality on (December 28, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

A_Vacant_Slip - You clearly didn't get a word of my post, did you? My point was that Lanka also would've suffered the same fate if their series had more matches. England players are just good at adapting to the conditions. 2 tests is a farce of a series, and helped Lanka save the blushes. Take the scoreline after the first two tests in the India v England series. Ooh what a surprise! The same scoreline as the SL v Eng series! Get it now, troll?

Oh, and by the way, you lost a series 1-0 to a rebuilding Aussie side at home in 2011. Got a justification for that, troll? And let us not even talk about the hammering you got from the "poor" Indian team in ODIs in your backyard.

Lastly, for a proud English fan (not Sri "Lanks", LOL!), the quality of your English is HIGHLY suspect. Can't frame a sentence without a dozen schoolboyish spelling and grammar errors. Such a laughable attempt at posing as an England fan.

Posted by Hindh on (December 28, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

@Vacant slip. India lost to eng becoz India at present is totally a team under transition . If India had a settled side there not even wud have been a sniff for england. Remember india beat Eng in Eng in 2007. The country that invented cricket took 28 years to win a series in India...LOL while in the same period INdia beat eng in in eng in 1986 and 2007 and drew in 2002.

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

@Sinhaya - As usual you find comfort by comparing India last tour to Aus instead of looking into the horrible performance of SL and their shameless surrender. Well, apart from the last tour India won matches in Aus and drew several series. Aus aside, India manhandles SL everytime, in SL and oustide. So stop looking for excuses and see how SL can save some grace.

Posted by ca2ca on (December 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

After this disgracing show on MCG, the title some Indians fans paste "Minnows" apply well to this lacklustre perfomance by SL team. I've never seen a SL team so negative. No spirit, no application, no guts to hold on. Fans expects more from senior batters and what have they offered (except Dilshan's century). Now whom to blame ? Down fall of SL cricket started after winning 96 WC final. Crooks creeped in to adminstration, presents seniors are grredy to make some bucks over test matches (England tours). Arjuna Ranatunga predicted, IPL will kill SL test cricket, 2) we won't be able to beat Bangladesh if present SLC runs cricket, Replace the aging T20 style batters with young players who may have a heart to play for your country. Its no shame to loose with rookies but not with guys with 10 K runs records.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

It is surprising how the sub-continent teams are failing repeatably in overseas condition. I remember , Sourabh Ganguly once saying , it is a the biggest achievement of sub-continent team to win in Australia, England & SA. That is the only proof of supremacy and sure signs that the team is improving. But now I don't find this appetite in any of the sub-continent captains.

Posted by groundreality on (December 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

A_Vacant_Slip - You clearly didn't get a word of my post, did you? My point was that Lanka also would've suffered the same fate if their series had more matches. England players are just good at adapting to the conditions. 2 tests is a farce of a series, and helped Lanka save the blushes. Take the scoreline after the first two tests in the India v England series. Ooh what a surprise! The same scoreline as the SL v Eng series! Get it now, troll?

Oh, and by the way, you lost a series 1-0 to a rebuilding Aussie side at home in 2011. Got a justification for that, troll? And let us not even talk about the hammering you got from the "poor" Indian team in ODIs in your backyard.

Lastly, for a proud English fan (not Sri "Lanks", LOL!), the quality of your English is HIGHLY suspect. Can't frame a sentence without a dozen schoolboyish spelling and grammar errors. Such a laughable attempt at posing as an England fan.

Posted by SSJG on (December 28, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

The reason why SL cricket board scrapt tests with SA and WI is that to avoid "Sri Lanka being thrown to the more lions" in 2013, so that they can play with their level of teams in 2013. What planning and long term strategy to safe guard the players and play in to IPL hands. Jokes apart... However playing with Zim and Ban will be a challenge with this level of standards.Hope SL will not loose their test status as a result in the long run. If the team really wants to improve they should stand up and play for the country and not for IPL and the board should take care of them.

Posted by owlseye on (December 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

I do not blame the players for this fate of the Sri Lankan Test Cricket, but the Board of Cricket of Sri Lanka for neglecting the players of a great calibre at a certain time. For messing up with the dignity of players and depriving of their wages for years on BCCSL merits, this is the consequence what we all have to bear. I think it is high time for the Cricket Board management ro resign if they still feel any shame for what they have done. Where are the back up players to replace the nearing retirements?How many allrounders do we have in a test match team?None of the bowlers can bat in this team comparatively. Where is the depth of batting? Why do we have three teams for three different scenario? Why not put them all in a pool and cull for a genuine Cricket team? If we did that we were certain to get a place in Test Cricket competition. The players have done their best at their peak and now what do we expect of them in the twilight ages? Give the captaincy to an alrounder the least.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 28, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

@CoreDump on (December 28 2012, 09:45 AM GMT) you are undoubtedly a comedy boy of the HIGHEST ORDER. @CoreDump - have a look at these recent series result against England and see if you can see the odd two out; Pak beat Eng in UAE, lost in England, Sri Lanka drew in Sri Lanka, lost in England, Bangladesh lost in Bangladesh, lost in England, India lost in India and lost in England. Do you need a clue? Because clearly you have none. PS I am proud England fan, not Sri Lanks. Now @maddy20 - why could you possibly be here? Still smarting from the whacking England gave you in your home and coming here to have a gloat at Sri Lanka I expect!?!??

Posted by reality_check27 on (December 28, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@sinhaya what is wrong with you mate . you compare india india have drwan test series in australia in 2003/2004 yes this time it was not a good tour. But india have drwan test series in australia when southafrica,england and pakistan were getting whitewashed out there and srilanka doesnt even come anywhere close to india as they havent even won a test match in australia and india as well . lets compare srilanka playing away from home havent beaten anyteam yet in a test series couldnt even beat westindies while india has drawn test series in southafrica and srilanka. india won in westindies in newzealand so have only lost to england and australia and ur home record dont even get me started on that. and you said we are better than india india never got bowled out in 2 and half days and nearly three players from ur team were missing because they couldnt play fast bowling and got injured ended up in hospital by mitchell johnson. so dont comment without looking at facts

Posted by Sugath on (December 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

One thing is certain, if Sri Lanka use the same bowlers, barring Welagedara/Kulasekara who are injured, then it will be curtains for Lanka, a sure 3-0 result. The only way out is to use our strengths, go with three spinners, Herath, Mendis and Dhananjaya with Eranga and Mathews and Thisara to use the new ball.

My team is Dilshan, Karunarathne, Dinesh, Mahela, Tilan, Mathews, Thisara, Herath, Eranga, Mendis and Akila. Tghis team will definitely beat Australia and will will the T20 and ODI series

Posted by brando45 on (December 28, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Mahelas decline as an international batsmen?In my opinion he was never an international batsmen.Sure the occational half century and the rare century ,but lets face it he only scores at home on flat tracks.He comes into bat ,gets caught begind off a pace bowler and goes back to the pavilion.This is so commonplace that not even the commentaters talk about it anymore.I think he not only needs to give up the captaincy but also please leave the team. and give someone else a chance.As a SriLankan fan his presance in the team had always been an enigma to me.He would have been dropeed from any other international team ages a go for consistant poor form. The SRilankan public back home do not even watch the ricket matches on Tv anymore.They are so disillusioned by this teams.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 28, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Cant bat, cant bowl, cant field. Their batsmen have always been flat pitch bullies and their bowling as mediocre as ever. To be brutally honest they dont have the talent to win even at home, forget in places like Australia. A total annihilation.

Posted by miles100 on (December 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

For the last 30 years, SL has not addressed their biggest issue, Genuine fast bowling and genuine swing bowling & having a few fast wickets in SL. This is one reason why most of our batsmen struggle to play fast bowlers. Fast bowling is physically demanding in 50-75% of the cases even if you have the best coaches.Even if our fast bowlers don't have larger frames as western fast bowlers & the climate & nutritional supply like the western countries, still we can improve the physical ability of best SL young teenage fast bowlers, if they put the best young teenage fast bowlers in to a fast bowling academy built in the up country of SL where the altitude is very high and give them the right nutrition, a physio and a couple of coaches. Question is, For35 years now, SLC made Billions of dollars and have they invested on such a plan? If we can do this as well as bring players to the national side at the age of 19 yrs, I can assure that SL is unbeatable by any team for many years to come.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (December 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Sri Lankan test cricket is sliding down after reaching its peak in 2009. I would blame the authorities and senior players for making or backing test cancellations to play domestic T20 tournaments. No team cannot survive merely playing ODI or T20 series with other countries.This is what the teams like Zimbabwe and Ireland facing today. They do not get high profiled tournaments around the year. The teams without test status have no certainty to play ODI world cup even . Teams like England,South Africa & Australia would not try to arrange T20 or ODI tournaments so often. So I am sure the KILLING TESTS will definitely endanger the cricket in Sri Lanka

Posted by Inducker on (December 28, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

All the diet of T20 / one day is coming home to roost. Teams are not bothering to last the pace of a test match. Good players e.g. Gayle and Malinga pull out of test cricket. New Zealanders duck out of the SA tests at the first opportunity. What an insult to have T20 on Boxing Day instead of a test match in SA. The Cricketing boards are giving in. What they don't realise is that the predictablity of T20 will make it boring eventually. I predict the IPL crowds will dwindle in time

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28 2012, 13:28 PM GMT) only god knows why i spend 30 seconds reading your dribble, but if you go to any English article you will not find one aussie (maybe 1 ) who bags for the sake of it. get a new girlfriend mate..

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 28, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

@sinhaya to answer few of your questions. The test matches against england were cut off for not being thrashed 0-3 again. You must be thankful to your board for that. Secondly lankan board prefers odi and t20 to manage with their financial crisis. A bankrupt board cant run cricket in a country. So its justified according to your board. But the saddest part is that these policies and poor quality cricket from lankans are detrimental to cricket. Cricket is the loser here unfortunately.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

So you " missed the tantrums but did catch the ultimate in arrogance the sprinkler dance"...Where do I begin.. let's take Ponting - Do enlighten us, what was he like that series? Anything jog your memory? :) Seeing that the Sprinkler dance was the ultimate in arrogance, you must be pretty shocked by the Australia under Ponting (before, like so many other Australian cricketers, he had his career ruined and ended by England, who you'll remember started the famous Australian 'Slide') having the worst reputation for sportsmanship amongst any international team then or since. So my dear Shaggy, I'm afraid whinging and tantrums won't save Australia next year, although they'll no doubt try. There's a lot to be said for being able to hold up your hands and saying "They are just the better team" - Australian fans like yourself are yet to learn that trait and put an end to the reputation as the world's worst losers.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa on (December 28 2012, 12:45 PM GMT) yeah Tommys back are we3 going to see the saffers play test cricket this year tommy, or are you and your LEGENDS only prepared to play England for the next decade.,

Posted by jb633 on (December 28, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

@Sinhya- legend. Always great to hear Ind/SL fans who prop up the test match format. I could not agree with you more. The SLC are only interested in money and effectivley they are short changing the fans. To be a good side you must still put 90 % of the focus into test cricket. At the end of the day the best cricketers in T20 cricket are normally good in test matches too. Gayle, Amla, Devilliers, Hussey, Kholi, Pietersen, Ajmal, Steyn, Morkel etc. To try and learn the game in the T20 format is destroying the skills of the Sub Continetal players. If the BCCI and SLC are not careful they will lose the backing of their own fans. At the end of the day fans want to see a strong national side more than anything else. It is only natural. To jepordise the future of the international side for a few exta quid is just wrong. If these performances continue there will be a point where Oz/Eng/SA will not want Sri Lanka to tour as the games are so meaningless. The fans deserve more.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 28, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

australia are playing Sri lanka aren't they? indian fans having a crack at Sri lanka is like gettingis ironic.as for all you crowing Aussie fans well done on beating a team with 8 players.just a reminder that last time you played one of the big boys you lost.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

In the boxing day test of last year in SA, Srilanka won the match after a crushing defeat same as this (But most players unhurt) versus the proteas. This is your chance SL , no pressure now. Show what you came to do.. And win with a second string side.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

see you in the summer boys. Look forward to beating you once more.lets face it if Sri Lanka can play that badly against Johnson then they really are poor.

Posted by satanswish on (December 28, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Mewing Lions deserved innings defeat. Pathetic display of test cricket totally. I had already predicted 3-0 whitewash defeat to mewing lions and they are not disappointing me.

Posted by inefekt on (December 28, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge You seem to be using the term 'thrashing' very loosely. England won 2-1 in 2009 after barely surviving the first test, winning the second by 115 runs, drawing a very evenly balanced third test, losing the fourth test by an innings and 80 runs before winning the fifth by 197 runs. Over the entire series England scored 2869 runs while losing 84 wickets. Australia scored slightly more runs with 2886 while losing less wickets with 71. Hardly a dominant performance by England wouldn't you say? If series were decided on cumulative scores then the Aussies would have won quite comfortably! (said very much tongue-in-cheek!!) Even the 2011 series in Oz was 1-1 after the first three tests before you soundly beat us in the final two tests. You guys scored a total of 2864 runs and lost 56 wickets. The Aussies scored 2631 runs and lost 91 wickets. That series more closely resembles a thrashing but it's still not close to being humiliated 5-0.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 28, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Not having seen the match, it's difficult to know whether Oz were that good or SL that bad; somewhere in between probably? Whatever the answer, Australia have clearly had a very good home series and are moving in the right direction.

Still unanswered questions about some of the Aussie batters and the spinner(s). Not sure if the India series will answer the questions about the batters as they don't have the quality in the bowling department. Might give an indication about how good (or bad) Lyon is. Brewing up nicely for the Ashes.

NB. Bad news for you guys: Tremlett should be fit for the new English season and hopes to be involved in the Ashes tests.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

RohanMarkJay - i believe most Australian fans are saying they will be competetive with England. Front-Foot-Lunge is proclaiming a 5-0 whitewash as he believes there is a massive gulf between the two teams. I agree with your assessment.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge No need to get defensive I only researched what you told me to research. Yes you got the 20 wickets had nothing to do with Swann. You were dominant in the last two tests all I'm saying that there is not the gap that you proclaim and it will be a very good contest in the upcoming series. Sorry I dont share your blikered view that the Aussies are crazy to even turn up. I missed the tantrums but did catch the ultimate in arrogance the sprinkler dance. Good luck with the upcoming series. Next post please return to your buzz words.

Posted by fazald on (December 28, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

It was a pathetic display by Sri Lanka and I reckon the credit should go to the debutant Jackson Bird who kept on the pressure at one end by consistently bowling good line and length which frustrated the batsmen while Mitchell Johnson and Siddle kept the batsmen guessing by bowling some awkward deliveries at the other end. The Sri Lankans had no answer to such quality fast bowling not witnessed for a very long time in aussie cricket not since the Warne and McGrath era. It would be very exciting to watch Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird bowling at tandem in the Sydney test while Peter Siddle is rested. No doubt it would be very difficuilt for Sri Lanka to bounce back from this crushing defeat in the final match in Sydney.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28 2012, 12:32 PM GMT) why not get him to watch bodyline, you won that as well. but a victory ot two every 40 years does not impress many, unless your English.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

@ RohanMarkJay on (December 28 2012, 12:30 PM GMT) it has nothing to do with arrogance, you say making the Aussies look better than what they are, what are they on the take? like cheats?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 28, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Sri Lanka that was poor cricket and with that effort you have to say that only the top 5 teams should be allowed to play test cricket - the rest can play pyjama cricket until they are good enough.

Lots of Aussies here getting over excited about their 'amazing' victory against 6 man SL team. 2 unanswered questions for these particular Aussie fans... 1. How do you beat SA .. 2. How do you beat England..

Posted by Marcio on (December 28, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Keep watching that DVD of the last Ashes series, @FFL. Now I finally understand why your comments - and those of so many of your countrymen - are so out of touch with reality. You are already stuck in the past. The reality is that the AUS team has outperformed England since that last Ashes series, winning 11 of 18 tests and losing just 3. If the rankings were more up to date, AUS would be ranked higher than England. So do keep that DVD in the player, and keep right on trashing everything and everyone non-English (or at least, not playing for the English team, given its 'international' flavour).

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

@Shaggy076, lol, You must have been absent from your motherland in 2010/11. Check out the DVD, it'll be a revelation for you. Once you've caught up on what you've missed, try explaining how the English bowlers had no problem whatsoever taking 20 Australian wickets (in fact they did it with their eyes closed!) and their batsman battered Australia into a whinging, whining fit of tantrums as Australia have unfortunately always been famous for. More of the same next year. :)

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

This is what happens often with the teams from Subcontinent when they are Down under !!!!!! 1st it was India then Lanka ..... Interestingly same Aussie bowlers were mowed and taken to cleaners by Saffers and that too at their fastest track...

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (December 28, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

For once I agree with Front Foot lunge the England fan. Aussies crowing how good their team is and how they will do in England come the Ashes. I am sorry but that is the aussie arrogance surfing again. The reality is Australia is a work in progress and are going in the right direction. Yes they have good bowlers, but they are bowlers the Sri Lankan bats should easily handle given their talent and career averages. But they didn't. Making Aussies look better than they actually are. The reality is England and Australia are very evenly matched cricket sides with equally good bowling attacks. However England's home ground advantage next year in their own seam and swing conditions should give England a definite edge over Australia. Hard to tell who will win the ashes next year but it certainly wont be as easy for Australia as some aussies now claim after their demolition of Sri Lanka at the MCG.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

What a sad end to the game, we were out played in all aspects and now scarred for the Rest of the tour. Well done to the Aussies, we are no better than the new Commers to the test scene. @mahanama wow you are a smart cookie have You considered being a cric jerno? @ sinhaya love your comments and your Spirit lets hope we can salvage some thing in Sydney

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

ok Front-Foot-Lunge took your advise researched Ashes and Swann, bowling average of 40 and Anderson at 38. Clearly we are going to get at least 400 an innings (800 a game). I feel confident now that we wont lose now we just need to work on getting 20 wickets.

Posted by here2rock on (December 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

The TheRisingTeam says "First India now Sri Lanka, you might as well play teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and give them plenty of Cricket because the only top teams in Test Cricket right now are South Africa, England and Australia". I have to agree with you. The overdose of T20 is showing its effects because Sri Lanka and India are the full participants of IPL every season. The players only think about earning more every year, Test Cricket is not their top priority. It is pity because if the administrators in those countries were smart both could exist at the same time. I think Tendulkar once said that Test Match Cricket is the main meal and T20 only desserts but things have turned the other way now. T20 is death of Test Match cricket in Asia. Test Match Cricket in Asia RIP.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Australian cricket remains the same.It is ,the rest of the world, that is ,in decline."In the land of the blind,the man with one eye is king".

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge; Your obviously more than qualified to talk about living in bubbles. Anderson is he the bloke that averages 38 with the ball in Ashes tests. Clarke's not scared he is just effective where he is, I'm sure our South African friends can let you know how good his 150 was on a mine-field where SOuth Africa were then bowled out for 90 and Australia for 40 after that innings. I did watch the tests and yes Cook was good as for a masterclass I noticed that the Indian bowling was led by Ashwin (av of 70 against Australia), Ojha (av 38 against Australia) and the fielding led by a mobile Sehwag and Tendulkar. You have beaten us the last two series, other than the last 2 matches it has been barely dominant and your not as far in front of us as you think you are. By all means keep posting your insular comments using your favourite buzz words of Minnow, and phrases such as big bash, scared schoolboy and medium pace spinner. Keep thinking your important mate cos noone else does.

Posted by here2rock on (December 28, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

It is becoming a familiar result that Asian sides getting blown away by either England, Australia for South Africa. The overdose of T20 cricket it taking it's toll, and gap between Test Match cricket is getting wider. I am guessing that the Test Cricket will cease to exist in in Asia within the next 5 years. . Only Test Match playing countries left will be Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand. Sri Lankans had other things on their mind, they must be thinking about the coming IPL auction soon. They had too many distractions. It is pity to see the drop in standard of cricket after Australia V South Africa series. It was closely fought series. Australia V Sri Lanka is like Pros V School Boys Cricket Team. They will be wiped out 3-0 in Sydney.

Posted by Mayan. on (December 28, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

We Are Minnows, Accept It, Our Great Captain havent scored more than 20 in four innings so how do u expect us to compete with aussie,

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Mark my words,SL Cricket will be on par with the Bangladeshis in a few series' time.With all the experienced players on the verge of retirement,and a change of leadership to Matthews,i don't see SL cricket recovering from this point on(in test cricket).Unless some cricket bodies seriously consider limiting the T20 arena,Test cricket will only be a 3 country competition

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

@Harshani Pereira, yes but surely why could n't the tests also be played along with the ODIs and T20s? I am also angry with the SLC for not using DRS for home series after using Haroon Lorgat for USD 100,000 for 6 weeks! Where on earth was the money to pay Mr Lorgat? Surely DRS sans hotspot will cost far less than USD 100,000 for a 2 or 3 test series. So no way does a cricket board comprising of "A GRADE" corrupt personnel deserve to see a team winning tests like this. I also want MJ and KS to protest against culling test matches next year. Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by whofriggincares on (December 28, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

@frontfootlunge, doesnt surprise me that 2 is countless for you. Even amongst your 3 VICTORIES OUT OF THE LAST 12 SERIES there was a very memorable 5-0 whitewash for the aussies. They dont happen very often do they . 123 test victorys to 100 throughout the history of the ashes (thats 23 more, a big number for you to deal with ask mum for help) no wonder you are crowing while there is some measure of success. make the most of it . And I guess you will have to ask one of us what it feels like to win 8 in a row, because you will never get to experience that , maybe that is why you are so bitter. As for Cook who is a fine player by the way, he didnt even average above 50 in a very strong calendar year let alone his career.

Posted by Marcio on (December 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

It's not easy for sub-continent and WI teams to bat in AUS conditions, and they were really outgunned in this game. None of the WI, SL, PAK or WI teams have won a single test in their most recent tours. The SAs were pretty lucky to get away with a series win here, regardless of the arrogant crowing of a few commentators on these boards. Basically, the only team to do any good here in the past 20 years is England last time - and it might pay to recall that even they only won 5 of the 14 internationals they played against AUS that tour, and lost 8 (drew 1). The SA's won just 1 of their 4 internationals here recently, and were outplayed in the other 3 test/tour games which ended in draws. Winning in Australia isn't easy. Still, I think SL should do well in the ODI's, as they will be presented with flatter tracks, and they have some very good batsmen there. Recall, they were the best team in the preliminary rounds of the tri-series last season (with AUS and IND).

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge; Those stats that you talk about, England have held the Ashes for last three years. You also use the term dominant, it was a close tussel when England won back the Ashes three years ago. You were dominant for two tests in the last series held over a 3 week period. That makes you dominant for 3 weeks.

Posted by Stymie on (December 28, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

I felt genuinely deprived today when I plonked in front of the TV, only to watch the last Lankan wicket fall and realising the rest of the team was unfit to play! Australia allowed our domestic long-form cricket competition to decline and when all the legends moved on, we were unable replace them satisfactorily. It has taken over four years to turn the corner and become genuinely competitive again. It is unfortunate that Sri Lanka appears to have a similar issue with player development, combined with (from what I read on Cricinfo) team management/coaching/board problems. For the sake of the health of the long-form game I hope you find a way to conquer those problems and come back strong.

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

@Greatest_Game, another way to look at it is that SL's bowlers have bowler much tighter lines and been much more economical than SA's bowlers in the corresponding first two tests of the respective series. The difference here is that instead of AUS losing a key bowler in the 1st innings of the 2nd test, it was SL. I have never seen a touring team smashed around as badly as the SA attack was for long periods of the last series. Rather than gloating about SA's comeback in a series that was basically gone - courtesy of of Dame Fortune - maybe you should say a prayer of thanks and show a little humility. Anyway, I'm not sure that winning a series where you were outgunned for all but the last 3 days is a good thing. It could potentially create certain metal "issues" - like arrogance where it is not earned.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

@Shaggy076, If you feel you've taken a fancy to this game called cricket, check out a series that's played between England and Australia. It's a called the Ashes. When you've researched who's been thrashing who for the last five years, do get back, especially when you've researched names like Swann, Anderson and Cook. Oh, and 766. :)

Posted by lancia71 on (December 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

For MJ to score, we should bring the SSC or Galle to Aussie.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

At least our players were down and out straight to the hospital, unlike some teams who were properly defeated when their limbs were in perfect order. All in all most disastrous test match ever played in recent history.. 3 players retired hurt.

Posted by Mervo on (December 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Johnson was stunning. Even as he was wreaking havoc the commentators Healy and Slater were rubbishing him. Bill Lawry, one of the oldest commentators said that this guys has taken 6 wickets and almost scored a century, "what do you want?" When will Australians recognise a talent that is special? We really do need some decent commentators who do not aggrandise themselves. Get rid of Slater who was a mediocre cricketer and is a terrible commentator.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

@ Warren Smith on (December 28 2012, 10:22 AM GMT) by no means am i standing up for a mediocre England, but the Saffers only play a test series on average every 9 months. But just like England if thats the best they can do when they are on top of their game and we are minnows. well history will tell.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

An awful dilemma for the Lankans now. I suppose Chandimal comes in as keeper should Prassana be unfit. However who will cover Sanga? Will Paranivatana come in at 3 or will Thirramanne be flown over. As for Welegedera, will Pradeep or Randiv replace him?

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

@FFL, "...and have lost the last countless Ashes..." It may help you to count if you use your fingers. After you get the hang of that I'd recommend Sesame Street as suitable further education.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

@Warren Smith, As you didn't manage to catch the series I'll leave you to discover the famous games you missed, games played on minefields, that the cricket world has been lit up by for the last few months. Outside the bubble of Minnow cricket you guys have got to go on, you would've seen a series littered by masterclasses in skill - Anderson (remember him :) ) running riot on flat decks and Cook, who doesn't hide down the order at number 6 like the scared schoolboy Clarke, scoring hundreds on minefields. Those innings after innings defeat in your own back yard sure still hurt..766 anyone?

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

I find it funny that the Indians are bagging Sri Lanka, at least their batsman were getting hit, not running out the way.

Posted by whofriggincares on (December 28, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

@IAN45 must have been some seriously lousy bowling when Mitch J smashed 96 not and then 123 not against the saffers on their home patch hey? Seem to remember him bringing up his ton by hitting Steyn (who anyone who knows the game knows is a seriously good bowler)for MAXIMUM. People forget just how good this bloke is when his head is in the right place. Was at the G today and he was outrageously good. A.Flower will be taking notice I can assure you of that. He is hungry and has that very dangerous look in his eyes. you dont win the GS sobers award for ICC player of the year without a certain amount of talent.He is the missing link no doubt.With lionhearted Siddle bowling outies and anyone one of Cummins ,Paterson Starc,Bird etc etc, we are not as far behind Steyn and co as some comments would have you believe . IF (and it is a big if) they can get most of these guys fit we might be seeing a return of the windies 4 pacemen style of attack. If you dont fear that you dont have brains.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

@ Cricket-tragic-AU, Your 'tragic' username is adept for an Australian cricket fan, let's try some stats eh? You don't deny then that England, as is fact, are dominant over Australia and have been for five long years. There you go, easy. Do answer the question old boy. Good luck in the Christmas Minnow Big Bash, try not to look outside the bubble and under no circumstances compare man for man Australia and England's test teams - you'll be in for one heck of a shock :)

Posted by Rooboy on (December 28, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Oh yeah mahaanama. That's some crazy stuff coming from your keyboard. It's not like Johnson was going head hunting, or even finger hunting. He was just putting the ball in difficult areas and the SL batsmen lacked the technique, and the heart, to defend either their wicket or their body. Some childish comments get printed here and yours are right up there. Front-foot-fool - lol, no, 'countless' Ashes series would be like winning every one from say, 1989-2003. The fact that you get as carried away as you do over a couple of series, which do little to redress Australia's long term dominance over england, just highlights how starved of success you've been as an english(/south african) supporter over the years.

Posted by loudmouth on (December 28, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

Wow Front Foot Lunge! How's that for holiday vitriol! What did you get for Xmas? Divorced? Well you gotta hand it to England for winning in India but it really was a sumptuous sight watching your boys go down 3 - 0 in UAE. But I'm sure you've got those 'winners' goggles on now that allow you to forget defeats like that - or even the 2 - 0 against SA @ home this summer. Even the Aussies did better than that in the last SA series in Oz. In the words of Freddie Flintoff 'Cricket has a funny way of biting you on the bum' (sic). Talk it up my man because you know England will NEVER have a team like the 80s Windies or the 2000s Aussies. Fact.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge : Find it interesting that you say England dominance over the last 5 years, think you will find Australia have won 7 tests and England 5 in that time.

Posted by stormy16 on (December 28, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

There is poor, then very poor, and then pathetic, and then there is the SL performance at the MCG. Honestly it is not acceptable for a touring side with 4 experienced batters to fold for 103 and 156. Not taking anything away from the Aussies who were ruthless and brilliant but SL didn't bat, bowl or field in that game. Its almost like they were asleep in the middle. Not just the thrashing but the dismissals themselves were of school boy stuff. They were aimlessly reckless or unable to cope with a decent delivery and simply not up to test level. CA are probably wondering why they gave such a blue ticket event to SL - something they havent done for a long time and with good reason.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@frontfootlunge - you could say the same about the 'english' team that recently beat a poor indian team after getting thrashed at home by an SA team who hadnt played test cricket for 9 months.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@ sinhaya

mate as i know , test matches erased by a political force .The tv channel wants ODIs only, to make money . sl board is helpless here. Finaly i dont want you to get upset like this ,as i feel your realy a good cricket fan who has a nice taste of this game ,dont forget how we came back in SA. WE CAN DO IT.

Posted by Cricket-tragic-AU on (December 28, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge - once again trolling with no stats - trouble reading your own language. Hmm...5 years the English have held the Ashes - I wonder if that makes up for the fact the between 1989 and 2005 you didn't even have a sniff at the urn - in 25 years you only won 7 tests to Australia's 24 - now you're relying on beating minnows India to stake your claim? After Pakistan and Sth Africa demolished you? Hold onto that buddy - because when you surrender the urn again (this time without cheating by using chew mints to shine the ball), the Aus victory will be all the sweeter. Troll away ;-)

Posted by Selfishkar on (December 28, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

The same Aussie attack was taken to cleaners by South Africa in a more difficult pitch at Perth shows that SA are class act, Aus bowling is average and SL is hopeless.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Front-Foot_lunge : Assuming your take on Sri Lanka is correct, how come you couldnt beat them this year?

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 28, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Last summer India atleast take the tests to fourth day, but Sri Lanka is bundle out in 2 and half days. Now Aussies are ready, bring on Ashes.

Posted by lancia71 on (December 28, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Guys I am a sri Lankan. Hard truth is we don't deserve to play outside the subcontinent. It's a shame to see so called "greats" not getting in line. Only exception is Sanga. May be slc is the most corrupt board in the world but that's not the main reason for this poor showing. We are simply not GOOD ENOUGH. Imagine these guys facing up to holding and co.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge 'Countless Ashes'? I am sorry but not at all surprised to hear that you are unable to count to two.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28 2012, 09:50 AM GMT) Talk about living in the past, England have beat no-one nor won anything since those GLORY days of 2 years ago.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

As some poster posted earlier India and Srilanka are sides of the same coin.every time we see these sides play the question comes to mind "whos worse"at the moment it should be India since they re pathetic even at home(prepared for the barrage from Indian fans..)needless to say,concentration on T20 by both nations contribute significantly towards this.Though in Sl's case the effect could be more drastic since they are yet to win a test in Aus/SA/WI..they have their all time greats in Mahela and Sanga and i just feel they may keep missing the bus for quite some time since the likes of Murali are already gone.Pakistan keeps producing quality bowlers despite the presence of a joke of a cricket board.Ind and SL boards are very good at making money from cricket(IPL,SPL etc)in the process killing quality cricket.just wonder whether a mis functional quirk of a board aka PCB will help test cricket in these two countries..

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Shame on sri lankans for the pathetic display at MCG on boxing day Test. Team should come to sri lanka without any participation of the tour to avoid any disaster

Posted by creekeetman on (December 28, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

sri lanka's test team is almost as bad as bangladesh's, when mahala and kumar leave, this team will be completely useless... time for a two division test league, fans dont need to see 3 day tests, and pathetic displays such as this. i for one would much rather see the top teams playing each other, like the recently concluded india/eng, and aus/sa series.

Posted by anver777 on (December 28, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

A humiliating defeat, SL supporters won't easily forget this Boxing day test.... what a poor effort by the team. So disappointing to watch, can't imagine whether it was a Test match or 3day warm up game before a Test !!! SL is going bad to worst in Tests on foreign soils !!!!

Posted by Marcio on (December 28, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@maddy20, what "2-0 thrashing" are yopu talking about? You have a very short memory indeed. More correct would be that Australia want to correct the absurdity of losing the first test by one wicket after the blatantly poor umpiring and having the highest run scorer in the other team stand there and bat two innings with a runner because of a "sore back", while showing absolutely no discomfort at all. That is the kind of thing that sticks in memory. A genuine thrashing would be 4-0, each game won by a huge margin and most as good as over by the third day.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

very few teams win in Australia even after mcgrath and warne retired. it tells lot about Australia's cricket structure

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 28, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Well done Australia: Australian fans going cock-a-hoop over a series involving a tragically weak Sri Lankan team, afflicted by a has-been batting line up who have all fallen out with the Sri Lankan cricket board and had only 4 non injured batsmen for the match, is like the Skegness 3rd XL celebrating promotion to the Featherstone Brewery Second Division when compared to the skill that England showed in batting on minefields in India. What a bottom of the barrel scraping this series is, But Hey, when you're Australia, there's not much else to cheer about. It's not like they can hide the fact that they've got a seamer pretending to be a spinner, and have lost the last countless Ashes, in full knowledge that England have been the better team for these five years of English dominance over Australia.

Posted by groundreality on (December 28, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

A_Vacant_Slip - Ooh, can't stand it when I insult your co-trolls? Or perhaps angry that I left you out from the list of trolls? Ha ha. If what SL is suffering is the same as what India suffered, why did you trolls insult India so much? Check those articles again, Lankan fans insulting comments are more in number than Indian fans' comments. Now it is coming back to bite you in the nether region LOL!

Also, even the latest home defeats for India aren't worse than Lanka's. Remember, the same England team beat you in your backyard in the second test match (KP's assault). Its just that Lankan board schedules less number of matches to avoid embarrassment. Or perhaps they realize that the world would rather watch paint dry than Lankans play. Either way, the board saves Lanka from humiliation, not the players LOL!

Posted by jacobs_the_man on (December 28, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

I wouldn't be that excited if i was an aussie. Us kiwi's beat SriLanka and that was in sri Lanka. Quite a similarity the Kiwis and Lankins. Both lack guts and discipline.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

maddy20, weren't India going to avenge their England whitewash? I suppose when Australia get there it'll be 'this time for sure'

Posted by groundreality on (December 28, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

A_Vacant_Slip - Ooh, can't stand it when I insult your co-trolls? Or perhaps angry that I left you out from the list of trolls? Ha ha. If what SL is suffering is the same as what India suffered, why did you trolls insult India so much? Check those articles again, Lankan fans insulting comments are more in number than Indian fans' comments. Now it is coming back to bite you in the nether region LOL!

Also, even the latest home defeats for India aren't worse than Lanka's. Remember, the same England team beat you in your backyard in the second test match (KP's assault). Its just that Lankan board schedules less number of matches to avoid embarrassment. Or perhaps they realize that the world would rather watch paint dry than Lankans play. Either way, the board saves Lanka from humiliation, not the players LOL!

Posted by just_Test_lover on (December 28, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

I find that Sri Lanka and maybe India too, focus too much on ODI/T20 that the quality of batsman ship is poorer for it in the test arenas.

Tours are now 3 tests not 5 as in the past, players are not playing for the home teams first class games in the off instead playing IPL/Big Bash etc. The only countries that are making an effort to improve their test teams are England, Australia, South Africa and Bangladesh who are trying. But the rest are just T20 mad.

Lets call T20 th Spoilt child who ruins the big brothers image. But the end of the day it is quality test players that make legends and make it big in all formats.

Posted by jb633 on (December 28, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Congrats to Oz who thoroughly deserved the thumping victory. Jackson Bird looks a great prospect and I think his "nip" will be effective on English pitches. It must be encouraging to see so many of the fast bowlers come in and do well. It seems they have some excellent up and coming talents. For Sri Lanka the picture has never looked so bleak. The ease at which they folded can no longer be ignored. To be fair to the Sri Lankan fans they rarely give excuses like "we don't care about tests" or "because it is away from home it doesn't count" but this has got to end. Sri Lanka must encourage some of the younger batsmen to go and play domestic cricket in ENG/AUS to develop techniques against the moving/bouncing ball. If Sri Lanka want their national team to remain a significant symbol of the country they must encourage their players to abandon the IPL and go and play in alien conditions. They need to learn at some point.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 28, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Congratulations and WELL PLAYED AUSTRALIA! You all truly deserve to win. I am happy we lost actually. I celebrated our defeat. Here is why we deserve to get thrashed in this test match.

1. Sanga is grumbling saying we are not getting enough tests, but he and MJ kept insisting forever wanting to play IPL and that was why we did not play 3 tests against England this year. In 2009 these fellows only refused to tour England for tests instead wanting to play IPL.

2. None of the senior players protested when useless SLC postponed the home test matches against SA scheduled for July next year.

3. Inefficient SLC only culling off tests from our itinerary to keep playing ODIs and T20s and desperate to play SLPL when it is a futile tournament which will never match IPL. SLC hope understands the value of test cricket

4. This is a good eye opener like what happened after our 1999 world cup debacle forcing changes in the team.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

@Mahaanama, perhaps if your bowlers were good enough to hit a target as small as a finger from 22 yards, they might actually be able to bowl us out.

Posted by maddy20 on (December 28, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Australia are literally battering the Lankans here. Next time they tour Aus Lankans should book a casualty ward in advance. I have lost count of the number of injuries courtesy of some searing short pitched bowling by the Aus. I see the Aus team is gaining strength again and we are in for a serious fight when they tour India in Feb more so because they would want to avenge the last two 2-0 thrashings they got here.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

JimBond - Johnson has come up against South africa on many occasions and cleaned them up. In 2009 he led an unexperiened Australian team to victory in South Africa. If he produces his best he can compete with both the English and SOuth Africans. As for Kallis, Johnson cleaned him up and forced him to retire hurt in that series.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (December 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

@popcorn and Hyclass are spot on, it was a great win by our boys today and Clarke continues to show what a good captain he is but Khawaja has to feel very unlucky for the next test. What more does he have to do to get a chance, perhaps he should consider marrying overseas because he is getting treated very unfairly by the selectors.

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (December 28, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

@CoreDump Well said...

@SL fans... If injury is the only reason for Srilanka's loss why cant you win the last match. @Mahanama ... Definitely SL wont mind bowling at body line if they have bowlers like in aus. Im sure Sanga, Jayawardene and dilshan are all hyena and they will do whatever to win the match. They try stupid tricks and call themselves as smart cricketers

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Patchmaster - Johnson has never been dropped just was out of the game for a while with injury and took sometime to find his form. Yes he did have a couple of bad series against England however his Ashes record is a lot better than Jimmy Anderson.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 28, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

@ Mahaanama on (December 28 2012, 05:25 AM GMT) : .. and 10,000 ex-cricketers just rolled over in their graves. Seriously mate, maybe cricket is not the sport for you. Have you considered lawn bowls or ping pong. BTW, I can recall McGrath snapping S. Jayasuriya's arm with a magnificent bouncer in a one dayer circa 2001. Glen had a definite mean streak, pretty much all decent fast bowlers do.

So, what the hell do we do with Johnson now? .. This is what he is capable of but he is also capable of barely hitting the pitch for over after over. .. All I've ever wanted from Mitch was a bit of consistency from match to match. Has he got it now or is this just another of his "up" times which will be quickly followed by a few shockers? I suppose one way to see is to keep picking him and see if he's turned the corner.

Posted by yahlcolts on (December 28, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

@Mahaanama, your comments re Bodyline show you don't really understand what happened back then...Sri Lanka's issues came from technical flaws handling the short ball and a rampant Mitch, Bodyline involved field placements illegal in the modern game and players much less protected than today. Just enjoy the rare spectacle of truly aggressive fast bowling, and tell your blokes to drink more milk.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (December 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

Great! Now Johnson will be plane to England in a couple of month! That's free run and many laugh. @CoreDump - all that is happening to Sri Lanka is the same as what happened to India. Bearing in mind recent humiiliation India comedy boy should be keeping quiet....

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Minnows are countries which are yet to win a test match in Australia. That means Lanka and Bangladesh are minnows. Hence proved. btw where is GerradLK:D

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

It is surprising how the sub-continent teams are failing repeatably in overseas condition. I remember , Sourabh Ganguly once saying , it is a the biggest achievement of sub-continent team to win in Australia, England & SA. That is the only proof of supremacy and sure signs that the team is improving. But now I don't find this appetite in any of the sub-continent captains.

Posted by dalboy12 on (December 28, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Another win to Aussie -- well done you can only play whoever is in front of you. I'm no fan of Johnson and people comparing him to Kallis as an allrounder are a bit premature to say the least, but he played well and just needs to get consistent, remember he was smashed all round the park in his last test. And to say he tried to hurt batsman - is a bit rough, in the end I'm sure he's after wickets not broken bones. Aussie has always had very unique pitches that everyone else struggles on except SA really --- who have similar pitches. Thats why I've always thought it funny when people have a go at India, etc for doctored pitches. All countries have unique pitches that they play better on -- it's called home advantage. Here in NZ and England they seam, in Aussie they are fast and bouncy, in India, SL they are flatter and spin. I have no problem with it -- it shows the really great teams, as they are the ones that can play in all conditions.

Posted by NAZMO-CRICKFANN on (December 28, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Australia are gonna fold within the next 40 days watch see

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

this is normal, until you play cricket this is on the card. What i worry is sangas role in next match and what im happy is chandimal gets a game. As i predict from the start of the series next one is the most favorable match for us . COMMMOON LIONS WAKE UP WE CAN DO IT . As some big nation we cant wait for50 years to win a test in AUS

Posted by bhrangi on (December 28, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@Mahaanama : Funny your comments are ., Just understand Test cricket is dying in Subcontinent., SA is world class team as of now., after that England and Australia will come in test cricket.

Posted by Patchmaster on (December 28, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

During the game Ian Healy made the comment (whilst Johnson was bowling) that 'no batsmen have ever really taken Johnson apart....'. Maybe Healy didn;t have a TV set or a ticket to the game in the Ashes series where Nearly every English Batsman took him apart, somuch so that they dropped Johnson and he didn't play again for nearly two years......funny how that memory thing works eh Mr Healy ?

Posted by groundreality on (December 28, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Ha ha, my dear Lankan kids, now THIS is why you don't laugh at the misfortunes of a neighbor. A painful lesson learned today! At least India always lasted more than 2.5 days, and didn't have "batsmen" from gully cricket who are unable to even hold a bat to the likes of Johnson. This isn't handball or volleyball, you're given a bat only for that purpose LOL! I hope the next venue has even more bounce to double the injury count. 3-0 whitewash, here we come!

Where is the "insightful" troll bMike and hubris specialist Ranil Herath who compulsively thumps his Lankan chest even in non-SL matches?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

My answer to sugath: Even on turning tracks Sri Lanka are no good since the retirement of murali. History Shows that every Spinner has revelled bowling against Sri Lanka. Even Nathan Lyon took a 5- for on Debut against SL in Galle and that series was lost by SL at home in 2011.Even New Zealand, ranked No. 8 in the icc test rankings, were able to draw the test series in Srilanka only a month ago. Sri lanka have not won a single test match in India which is known for producing spinning pitches.Furthermore in 2003-04, even when Murali was there, Aus won the test series 3-0 clean sweep in SL . Why do you brag when your team can't play and you don't know the Facts.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Pathetic performance by the Sri Lankans. It seems even they have FORGOTTEN how to play test cricket. Australia on the other hand should try to keep their feet on the ground. We all saw how SA humiliated them recently. Still, a decent performance from the world's no. 3 test team.

Posted by groundreality on (December 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Ha ha, my dear Lankan kids, now THIS is why you don't laugh at the misfortunes of a neighbor. A painful lesson learned today! At least India always lasted more than 2.5 days, and didn't have "batsmen" from gully cricket who are unable to even hold a bat to the likes of Johnson. This isn't handball or volleyball, you're given a bat only for that purpose LOL! I hope the next venue has even more bounce to double the injury count. 3-0 whitewash, here we come!

Where is the "insightful" troll bMike and hubris specialist Ranil Herath who compulsively thumps his Lankan chest even in non-SL matches? Hiding where the mice are, gentlemen?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

shame. what else to tell. Highly rated tour but, came without proper preparations. In future SL may be only good for short format games. At this moment all sub continent teams are not good for test match cricket.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

@sinhya. I do understand that Getting innings defeated is frustrating for any fan. Have to feel for you guys. But You come here feeling good for your performance and making worst comparisons which are so ugly and shameful. May i know in what way you performed better than indians did dear? In letting the aus take only 7 wickets in your 2nd innings without thinking that the other 3 are painfully injured due to their poor application? That can be the only way i think you could have bettered the indians. I don understand your logic dear,if there is any.

Posted by ste13 on (December 28, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Very bad for test cricket. There are only four competitive teams - Aust, SA, England and Pakistan. I would add India to this set-up, but only if they sent people enjoying the game, not T20 "stars". For Sri Lanka - they want to have international commitments behind, to let them focus on t20. Why then not to select young blood, players who would show more passion and more fight. I think Sri lanka is rock bottom of test cricket league in terms of commitment and passion. Bangladesh are at least enjoying their game. Now West Indies apparrently too.

Posted by jimbond on (December 28, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Against major teams-MJ's type of bowling will work against India or SL, and maybe Pak. Most other teams are going to smack him out of the attack. Hence it is only logical that when Australia play SA or England, Johnson is replaced by someone like Pattinson or Cummins or Hilfenhaus who have a bit more sting. It would have been fun if Johnson would have been made to bowl against Kallis or Amla.

Posted by jimbond on (December 28, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

The only positive out of Sangakkara/Prasanna getting injured is that Chandimal will get a game. This will be Mahela's last series in Australia- hope he gives some thing in the next test- to be remembered for. Considering that the next match is in Sydney, Mahela should be able to do better. SL needs to weigh its spin options carefully for the tests, as the surface may take spin. Who will partner Herath is the key issue. Hope SL win the test, though it is the in-form man's (Clarke's) home ground.

Posted by kc69 on (December 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I have seen many fan's appreciate Aussie performance but i still believe SA is the best test side in world,which can win both home and away matches.Aussies and English have a tight fight for #2 spot which will settle when Australia win's in India(In case if its better than Eng's 2-1)this upcoming summer.Sorry fact for us(asian teams) test cricket is dying and its better we all stick to Shorter formats such as T20's.

Posted by valleypf on (December 28, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

We are seeing the true cost to Test Cricket of the children's game T20. Those Countries at the top of the Test ladder, with little between them, also place the least importance on the children's game. Those who denigrate Australia simply do not understand the mentality that has made us the most successful Test playing Nation ever. SA and England might briefly spend time at the top but simply are not genuinely good enough to stay there whereas Australia is building a team to dominate for a decade. There are still gaps and weaknesses such as Watson at 4 not 6 and our average spin bowlers, but our domestic competition is the best in the World and gives the cream a chance to rise to the top. Our dominance under Waugh and Ponting was no fluke. Had we played SL before SA and if our Board didn't force us to play Tests after a six month layoff with a couple of Shield games to find form instead of reserving January for making One day money there is every possibility we would currently be No. 1

Posted by Mahaanama on (December 28, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Once England used body-line when they didn't know how to bowl Bradman. It's a big shame that same Australians who suffered from body-line now use the same method to get opposition out and keep opposition's best players out of the series. Shame..! Shame...!! Shame....!!!

Posted by AKS286 on (December 28, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

this is very much unfair to the world's no.1 spin bowler lyon. he deserve to be man the match he took two dangerous batsman tailendrs in the first inning. and he wrap up the match with huge wicket of D. Prasad who look likes very dangerous batsman.

Posted by Mahaanama on (December 28, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

This Australian team is still a weak team even though they robbed the match by making 3 bests of 3 departments (bowling, batting and fileding) injured. If you remember the boxing day test last year where SL thumbed SA in SA you'll know how Welegedara played a key role there by taking a bunch of wickets. Australia were just lucky that Welegedara was injured. Since Prasanna Jayawardena is the best wicket keeper in the world in terms of wicket keeping Mitchell Johnson took a finger of him. Johnson tried to take Prasad's finger in the very next ball but he's unsuccessful at that time. Then he knew that Sangakkara is the world's best batsman so he took a finger of Sanga as well. We know our lions are heroes and they have never lost 8-0 concecutive away tests since they got test status. We expect lions to come back strongly in the next game and pull it off. Congrats SL!

Posted by Rooboy on (December 28, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Heard a lot of sri lankan fans complaining that their team doesn't get assigned the 'big' matches and hasn't had a Boxing Day test since 1995. Maybe now they understand why, I hope Boxing Day isn't wasted on SL again for a long time.

Posted by Dubious on (December 28, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

"SA and England have more quality in their sides and remain better teams."

So besides Australia all but winning the last series against South Africa (South Africa may have taken the three match series, 1-0, but nobody could doubt who played the better cricket for majority of the series), and despite Australia dominating Sri Lanka in the last couple of series (even in Sri Lanka) when England performed meekly, Australia are apparently so much inferior than SA and England? Maybe on paper, but cricket isn't played on paper.

Posted by kc69 on (December 28, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

and they said India performed bad on Aussie pitches...look at this

Posted by PFEL on (December 28, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

@Mahaanama, lol, you've got my vote for worst comment in cricinfo history

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

And to think that this was not the Australian first choice bowling attack, I estimate that Siddle was about the fourth choice, Johnson the seventh and Bird the tenth. The only 1st choice was Lyon (and he by default there being no wrist spinner of quality in any sort of form at the moment).

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

I think I have found a solution to this rotataion policy issue, go with 4 batsmen if your chasing 200 every innings 4 should be enough in batting order Watson, Warner, Clarke, Khawaja, Johnson, Pattinson, Wade, Okeefe, Starc, Siddle, Bird, Lyon 12TH man. I know Khawaja is not a bowler, but we are a multicultural country....... WARNING that comment and the team posted is sarcasm so its only for the trolls.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 28, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

I hope now onwards SL fans stop comparing their average players with greats as it is proved again and again that so called dilshan Mahela etc can't play outside subcontinent

Posted by landl47 on (December 28, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

@Mahaanama: I guess you didn't see McGrath bowl very much. He was an absolute wizard at pinning batsmen's fingers against the handle, exactly as Johnson did in this test. These balls aren't bouncers, they're balls which rise from just short of a length. There's nothing even remotely illegal, let alone shameful, in such a delivery. I've heard some whining in my time, but to complain about batsmen having to face balls which get up chest high is really pathetic.

Posted by Sugath on (December 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Even those who are placing comments from Down Under are afraid that Ajantha and Akila will play. Get them on the next plane to Sydney and you will see the fun. Aussies will be groping for delivery after next like in the darkness. You canot win in Australia with pace unless they are like Steyn or Morkel and we have none of that barring Eranga who is doing better each match

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

How good SL score. Atleast the scoreboard made the century. 201 deficit. with both innings deficit is higher

Posted by bearface on (December 28, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

So Mr Johnson got revenge on Sangakkara for that 192 in hobart when Johnson and the rest of the aussie pacers were smacked to all parts of the park and Sanga was robbed of a well deserved double ton by a howler of a decision, mind you that was a better attack. Sangakkara could have put this attack to the sword if the rest of the pathetic batting line up gave him some support. Anyway it was a very poor performance from the Srilanka, their underperforming made the Aussies look a lot better than they actually are. Still a long way for Australia to go to reach number one.. their batting line up has a tendency of collapsing with only Clarke and Hussey performing consistently and fast bowlers that break down like my grandpa when doing yoga and a substandard spinner in Lyon the srilankan tailenders were pummeling him. Australia will struggle in India and will need something really special win the ashes. SA and England have more quality in their sides and remain better teams.

Posted by ian45 on (December 28, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

wow, you got to feel for sri lanka, this after australia failed to beat us (south africa) after there skipper scored 2 double tons, and sri lanka unable to get johnson out, sorry but that must involve some seriously lousy bowling

Posted by Master_Mihil on (December 28, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Bring back the Last year VB squad for the one day series Chandimal, Maharoof, Thisara they have more resolve and fight than these Test specialist handicaps welagedara and prasanna what were we thinking. Win a match with a team that would loose to Zimbabwe. It's official Mahela is a T20 player, infact all of them are..

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

@Mahaanama on (December 28 2012, 05:25 AM GMT), perhaps the Sri Lankans should play in the Women's Cricket League instead?

Posted by vxttemp on (December 28, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

What a performance by best sub-continent team in Aus? Sure SL rock outside subcontinent :-) :-)

Posted by swat1999 on (December 28, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Disesterous series for Srilanka. Shamefull batting by Srilankan squad. Thanks Australia for wonderfull performance

Posted by KOROOOOO on (December 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Now you realise why bowlers, such as Mitchell Stark, don't want to be rested for a Test - a guy like Johnson comes in and nearly hits a century and gets man of the match. Back in the old days, when selection was based on form and performance, that'd be enough to keep the other guy out of the team.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

...and maybe a hearse as well.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 28, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Indian cricket advisory council or critics (Sl fans ) will be annoyed with the defeat. I still remember SL fans criticizing India about our whitewash in Australia and how they claimed that they will at least put good fight blah blah.,, Guys please return safely without any further injuries .,, Hope Sl fans will be seeing it and from now on they will not celebrate others defeat especially India's.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

If "Australia Loosens Their Grip" portends an innings and 200 run victory and a pair of broken batsmen, thank heavens we didn't see "Australia Tightens Their Grip", as we'd have to send a fleet of ambulances to the MCG.

Posted by Nightwing32 on (December 28, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

I gotta feel for Sri Lanka, they aren't a strong team but they generally put up a lot of effort. I think Sri Lanka really needs more tests and it is a shame that the SLC aren't going into that route. Back to my first sentence, kind of hard to put up a show when three players have/were injured. Still good show by the Australians, gotta back it up at Sydney.

Posted by Walpita on (December 28, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

I expected 3-0 defeat for Sri Lanka before the start of the series. Now they are 2-0 down. Sri Lanka has no proper plan for the future and the IPL is killing test cricket of the subcontinent. Players like Lahiu Thirimanne and impatient Chandimal should be given more chances. They should drop technically incorrect Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka also has a coach who does only talk. Bowling coach has stayed too long and has no ideas.The batsmen are only concentrating on scoring runs in 4s and 6s only due to IPL effect. They do not know how to rotate the strike which is the only way to frustrate any bowler. The Australians effectively curtailed singles. SL batsmen should look at how the likes of Arjuna, Aravinda, Madugalle etc rotated the strike and frustrated bowlers. Sure, they may have failed in Australia at a time when Sri Lanka did not have resources. If SL cannot build up a second 11 at least now, they will find a place in a museum soon.

Posted by pitch_curator on (December 28, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Bad performance from Srilanka. It did not help that they had lost 3 players during the match. Srilanka is also facing the same problem as India last year. In Australia, you need to get off to a solid start in batting and not lose many wickets in the first 25-30 overs. Then you can allow the middle order to come and do their stuff. Sub-continental teams lose too many wickets too early and expose their middle order to the harder seaming ball which these guys have never faced in their life playing in flat pitches at home. Limited overs pitches, conditions and bowling are completely different from Test matches and so no amount of LOI experience in AUS/SAF will ensure test match success. Srilanka should have played samaraweera up the order at 3 with the one point agenda of blocking out the first 35 overs. With Sanga out of the tour now, lanka would do well to take the third test match to day 5.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (December 28, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

@ rickyvoncanterbury - you wrote that you "forgot to mention the worlds best bowling attack." Really man, it is just not sporting to talk about the South African bowlers on this forum. This is Australia's win, and their moment of glory. No need to remind them of their humiliation in Perth. Have some manners and let them enjoy their rebuilding. They are putting together a fine team, with some good bowling. Johnson is back in form, Bird looked good, Siddle was a little under the weather, but he's resilient. But come on man, comparing them to Steyn, Philander & Morkel is just not fair at this stage - they have a long way to go and there is no need to remind them that they are well behind the champs.

Have some respect for a solid Aussie win, and give a thought to Sri Lanka who took some very hard knocks in this match. Opening your mouth about the best attack in the world is just really bad sportsmanship. Talk about them when SA play NZ - that is the appropriate forum. This is not.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (December 28, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Don't worry boys, we can still be proud of our performance, we have performed better than what india did here last summer

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

this is classic.

"That's why Mcgrath becomes a all time best as he never tried to win matches by making players injured. Shame on you Mitchell Johnson and Australians."

Posted by 777aditya on (December 28, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

The strongest minded individual in a team generally becomes its captain and the captain's nature more often than not becomes the team's character. For a very long time, I hated the Australian team (when Ponting was captain). This Australian team under Clarke has every reason to be a likeable team - when they win, but they don't rub it in the opposition's face. In the previous series, they gave RSA (the best team in the world currently on all accounts) a run for their money. Now if they win, I have a smile. Strangely though, I still miss the smirk on Punter's face when he won!

Posted by TissaPerera on (December 28, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Prasad wanted to hit 3 sixes in a row in a TEST Match???? Well that shows the state of mind of all Sri Lankan Batsmen. They would rather play exhibition shots and get out rather than grind and play real TEST match cricket.

I think it is a mentality rather than talents. Even senior guys play with with lots of impatience. Some would say team is in transition, but any team will be in a period of transition (Including Aus and SA) so we can't take that as an excuse. We can say the pitches don't suit Sri Lankan Players. If we are professionals, we should be prepared for any Wicket. Pathetic performance by Sri Lankans.

I think no one has the Guts and mindset of Aravinda and Arjuna, not to forget their talents too.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson is what is technically known as a grand slam all rounder (B squared FB). Batting, Bowling, Fielding and Breaking [fingers of opposition batsmen].

Posted by wellrounded87 on (December 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

@greatest game i wouldn't say johnson is batting better than Watson. His average is only in the low 20's. He scored single figures in both innings against SA in perth. He's a handy tail ender who has the occasional big innings in him but he's no all rounder. The general rule of thumb for all rounders is a batting average higher than the bowling average. Johnson is 22 with the bat and 30 with the ball. Not an all rounder by the standard but a handy bat none the less.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (December 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

This is the most insipid, disgraceful SL Test team ever. 'The worst pace attack ever' label from Hogg is now multiplied into the worst Test batting team ever, the worst Test wicket keeper ever, and the worst Test fielding team ever. (5 catches dropped off Herath) Capt. Mahela's batting is an embarrasment. Pls Forfiet the last test. Play the ODI's & T 20's which is your forte and come back home. Test cricket is not for you.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

Mahanaama - What do you expect Mitchell Johnson is playing for his career , half the Australian public continuosly bag him and he is bowling to a player that has made 10000 test runs, do you expect him to serve up half vollies and let his career be destroyed. He broke the hand of two players who bat in the top 7, not bunnies. Well done Mitch.

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

If a skiddy bowler can egt it right on the shoulders, he is going to end up with loads of wickets. that exactly was the strength of Mitch. he suddenly looked way out of mark and became the sprayer and got bashed around by everyone. it is not the name of the bowler that gains them the respect but the sort of bowling they do. It applies even to McGrath's and Akram's.. SL were unlucky with ball but batting required lots of efforts to survive. Injury did more damage to them, though the injuries to batsmen were carried out on the field. Ask Siddle, Ask Mitch.. This is the lesson for the bowlers in the entire world. You might fail sometimes but still, attacking bowling alone will win the games. Hats off to McDermott. His inputs are reaping the rewards though he is not there anymore.

Posted by arvind9990 on (December 28, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

what a game for johnson great bowling n batting, complete 200wictkets milestone. despite there is no fightback by shree lanka but australia played tremendous test cricket. particular in this test match they show how much they want the number one crown on their head. clake is in good touch,as in he show this in his batting. either he got the midas touch of dhoni or he concentrate more than any one. its an indeed boxing day test match there are lots of bouncers, left, smile n most important aggression is there. congrats to all australian fans for this triumph :)

Posted by rusty.booty on (December 28, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

what a horrible defeat from 4th line oz attack much weaker than indians faced last summer

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

@mahanama. Haha. You must be joking. Really. Johnson dint bowl deliveries with prime intention to hurt your batsmen. They got hurt due to their poor application. How can you blame such lame things. Do you really follow cricket or just commenting here out of frustration?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Feeling miserable for Sri Lanka, with the spate of injuries ... Kula, Prasanna, Welegedara, and now Sanga ! The tough luck seems to be worse than what India faced when we toured England last time. Hope SL will rush some young replacements with future prospects soon. Fytyre lies with them, just as in the case of India.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 28, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

well, two and half days, great work from the lankans, by the way where are the lankan fans who were criticizing team india?

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 28, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

Really cant stop laughing out loudly when i read some of the comments which the lankan fans gave in the previous article on dilshan saying that lanka would create a miracle in the current tour and that their youngsters are the best in the world and will do wonders. The exact opposite is proved now guys. Lankan fans should stop dreaming about loses in 5 world cup finals and durban win. How long will you speak on these guys. Also having a laugh at some of the lankan fans trying to put a brave face after humiliation. Feel for you guys

Posted by Vishnu27 on (December 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

What do you suggest indiasupbangalore? Play a minnow like we did in last year's Boxing Day test?

Posted by Smashemoutfpark on (December 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka will never win or continue to win in AUS/ ENG / SA if we do not attack. Doesnt matter if its test or ODI T20 only thing is to keep on looking for runs from the first ball. We manage to make 250-300 runs in 50 overs for the same bowling attack in same pitches but fail to do so in tests coz we go in to a shell and try to protect the wicket. Its better to loose atacking rather than looking what happend today. Cant imagine why mendis is not playing and why none of fast bowlers who can extract bounce from AUS pitches are playing. We will loose in Sydney in this mode definitely. My team fro Sydney if we are to fight will be in batting order Chandimal,Dilshan,Dimuth,Mathews (c),Mahela,Thilan,JMendis,Thisara,A Mendis,Herath,Prasad. Some one shud make drastic changes to the team for a better future.

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 28, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

TheRaisingTeam- Small correction - F irst is not INDIA - it is PAKISTAAN IN 2010-11-3-0, 5-0, than INDIA in 2011-12- 4-0, now SL.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

"That's why Mcgrath becomes a all time best as he never tried to win matches by making players injured. Shame on you Mitchell Johnson and Australians."

hahaha this is my fav. comment ever! On this performance the cricket board should reconsider SL test status as they look unable to defend themselves. If i were a boxing judge i would have called a TKO and called off the rest of the series as it is too dangerous continuing with these inept batsmen!

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

I know it's Christmas rather than Easter, nevertheless everything is upside down over here so I guess it's OK to proclaim... Mitchell Johnson is risen.

Posted by hotcric01 on (December 28, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

@Prem2248,Ajantha is not that successful in test format.He is an not a proper spin bowler like Murali,Warne,Ajmal or swann.He is an intermediate bowler between a spinner and a medium pacer.He too much depends on his variations rather than basic things like spin,flight or good line and length.As a test match spinner,he should be able to bowl with a turn and a flight in good area consistantly for a long time period rather than too much depending on magics.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (December 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

oh dear.... what a tough choice for the OZ selectors....

once everyone is FIT... MJ just isn't god enough to make the cut ... this preformace is simply not good enough ...

MJ needs to score a 300 and take 21 wickets in a match to make the OZ 1st 11 (maybe)

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

I'm very pleased to see that Mitchell Johnson has finally discovered that the little knurled nut on his ball throwing arm is actually an adjustment knob that changes his 'spray' pattern into a more tightly focussed beam.

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 28, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Fantastic effort by the boys, Clarke continues to show how good he is as skipper. The third test is a dead rubber but for the injured Watson you would have to pick Khawaja. Khawaja has played on at least 4 green tops this year including a game where he scored 1 and a half times the entire opposition in one inngs in Hobart. Second best shield player after Hughes and deserves his chance.For the bowling i hope Lyon gets a big one in Sydney to show how good he is as our leading spinner. Johnson looked good today.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

You have to feel for Sri Lanka. I mean had it not been for some underhanded ball tampering in the previous match, the series would be 1-1 with 'all to play for', as the English are so fond of saying.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (December 28, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

No matter how dominant Aussies perform at their own den but they have to bite the dust in India.Even though India is going through a transition phase, but it is much better than Aussies who are distant behind from England.If Australia are banking on johnson and lyon to win matches India....then i dont see any chance of them winning in India.

Posted by Synex_SL on (December 28, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Bring on more T20 please.....For me the matter is not only SLC. The players has a large hand in arm twisting in SLC with a lot of political backing. They cancel test matches for T20 and ODI so they can have a window period to get more money playing overseas leagues. Test cricket is a grind. Unfortunately our block fed on a t20 and ODi diet thinks no different. The result is there for everybody to see. I think we need a another humiliating defeat at SCG to kick some of these swollen headed cricketers like MJ and talk something and do something totally different like KS out. Bring it of Aussies make it 3 - 0. Innings and 500 could be a good target.

Posted by pat_one_back on (December 28, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Whoa, steady on @Sugath, a 3 spinner lineup would be imbalanced in Sydney even if MS Dhoni were it's chief curator. SL just need to take more chances in the field, the attack has created enough opportunities with Aust seeking to play their shots. Afraid to think given past disappointments but if MJ hits lasting form, India & Eng will tumble, expecting Clarke to break his record in 2013!

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 28, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

My thoughts as a Kiwi resident in Australia?

Australia has by far the best pace bowling strength on earth, especially now that Steyn is down from 150K to around 137K. Pattinson, Cummins and Johnson are frightening at times, and Bird, Starc and Siddle are excellent too.

But their spin bowling may be shown up in India in 6 weeks' time.

And their batting is a disaster: Clarke is terrific but Hussey is close to the end, while Cowan is average, Hughes and Watson are flawed and Warner is another hit-and-miss Sehwag, which is not intended as a compliment.

Australia will need the all-round contributions of Watson and Johnson, because their batting against top bowling always leaves you feeling that the next collapse is just around the corner.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 5:51 GMT)

Tony122 - The reason for the 3/3 test split is because South Africa decided they had to return home to play a 20/20 against New Zealand on Boxing Day. Otherwise South Africa would have ben playing the Boxing Day, New Years test as well.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

I love Australian cricket and i respect Sri Lankan cricket mostly due to the majority of humble comments made by their fans on cricket websites. While im happy for the Aus win, im sore that SL got such a bashing today. Come on guys - live up to your rep as the Asian team that fights the hardest when the chips are down. Today was poor!

Posted by nthuq on (December 28, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

I reckon the selectors have to have a long, hard think, and reselect the attack we saw in this game. Siddle, Johnson, Bird are all mature and fit, and have the potential to play close to all 15 of the tests we have next year. Have Harris and Hilfenhaus as injury cover, and let the young talents we're overflowing with ply their trade in the Shield and possibly the County Championship.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (December 28, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Its time to drop Mahela from the test line up though he posses good captaincy skills. He is just a walking wicket out side the sub continent. A chance should be given to Chandimal instead. On the other hand Dimuth failed to make a good contribution in both tests which started the collapse of the top order. Though Matthews did better than Mahela & Thilan his batting technique is not good enough to earn a promotion in the betting line up.

Posted by hycIass on (December 28, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Great win boys, for Watto's replacement you would have to bring in KHawaja, he was Clarke's backup for Melbourne and its only fair that he be given a chance for Sydney if a spot opens up, has been one of the better batsman in shield this year. I am sure Clarke and Arthur will make the right decision here as they are good judges of talent.

Posted by dan1234 on (December 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

Did SL bring a second back-up keeper on the tour? If Sangakkara's finger is indeed broken, I wonder if this is the first time a bowler has broken the fingers of two opposition keepers in the same game.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

What a GREAT performance by Captain Mahela Jayawardena!! Great batting!! There will be no other batsman like Mahela!!! Love this guy.

Posted by Mahaanama on (December 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

I don't think it's a big win. When your best batsman, best bowler and best wicket keeper are injured and not taking part of the game anymore winning is not a big deal. Even if you don't consider Mitchell Johnson's performans with ball and bat he can still get the man of the match award for the damage done by him by making players injured. This reminds me Australia vs SL match in 1975 WC where Australian bowlers sent 5 SL players to hospital in the same match when Australia realized they were going to lose. We see the same situation here. That's why Mcgrath becomes a all time best as he never tried to win matches by making players injured. Shame on you Mitchell Johnson and Australians.

Posted by Jeyan_Sinthu on (December 28, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Its a very sad day for Sri Lanka Cricket. This was the very heavy & shameful defeat for the Sri Lankan team in the recent past. It was a horrible batting display by the Sri Lankan batsmen. Purely pathetic. No Sri Lankan fans couldn't bare this lose which came within 3 days. They have batted only 70 overs against a ordinary Aussie attack. Absolutely gutted. It seems Sri Lanka Cricket is marching towards the pre 1995 era. Terrible truth...!!!

Posted by Dinukson on (December 28, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

If there any injuries in test match need to adjust rules for replace the players. like 12th man in to play.

Posted by indiasupbangalore on (December 28, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Australia is clearly wasting its boxing day test matches with minnows like SL.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

This is problem with every Asian country teams,,,, they struggle to produce batsmen who can adapt to conditions. No wonder,,,

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 28, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Few lankans expected their seniors to produce a dravid-lakshman like innings. Few of them claimed their youngsters to be imminent superheros. Disappointment and shame to all of them. Atlast the reality is proven. If the big 3 fail in a match big innings defeats are on the cards. Absolutely pathetic the young talents of lanka are. To be very frank there is not even street cricket talent among the lankan youngsters. With the absence of sanga i don see lanka even putting up some fight in the rest of the tour.

Posted by popcorn on (December 28, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

THIS is the Australia at its DOMINANT Best,while we ruled Test Cricket for a Decade. We bowled well in this Test,batted well, fielded well,caught well. And decimated Sri Lanka in two and a half days.We've got good bench strength in batting - Usman Khawaja,Rob Quiney,Alex Doolan.We've got good fast bowling bench strength.We need a good back up to Nathan Lyon,though Warner and Clarke can fill in. We've got 4 Tests in India,and 10 Ashes Tests to come. If we continue this way,no one can come within touching distance. Go,Aussies,go!

Posted by Prem2248 on (December 28, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

(Nov21 2012, 05:22 AM GMT) the Side. Instead of 3 seniors & Prasanna, should pick four among: KhausalS, AngeloP, RoshenS, Bhanuka, AshenS, and Manishan. Losing one or two matches with youngsters on foreign soil won't do much harm in the long run, since the youngsters will definitely get much required experience and confidence. Our recent successes are mainly due to our skilful bowlers Ajantha,Malinga& batting of youngsters. But not for the reckless batting of seniors.Though Ajantha is an exceptional bowler with a high arm action of his extra loosed limbs (shoulder joint) can produce an unplayable bowl at any unexpected time has been always ignored to make way for a very ordinary bowler that can't spin nor. extract any bounce off the pitch. He may take wickets on surfaces (deteriorating) tailor made for spinners but not otherwise. Ajantha, Malintha & Sachithra are the ideal spin combination for us at the moment. We have to use tall spinners more, than tiny pace bowlers with no-pace.

Posted by Prem2248 on (December 28, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

(Nov 21 2012, 05:21 AM GMT) of quality players in SL. It won't do any good for the future of SLan Cricket having too many aging players with proven poor history of performing under pressure. W'dara, R'deev & H'rat will be a burden on Australian pitches. Any person interested can verify their domestic Cricket performances at Cric info or Cricket Archives web-sites and compare it with that of consistent performers such as S Senanayaake, Malinda Pushpakumara, Dulanjana Mendis, Rohan Jayatissa and Ajantha Mendis. What Herath did in Galle, can be achieved through any genuine young Left-Arm leggie (as in the case of Pragyan Ojha of India against England) maintains consistency at Domestic level. If Akila Dhananjaya & Dilruwan Perera of Panadura can find places at National Level doing nothing at School or domestic Level, why can't the above 4 quality bowlers be allowed to perform at the highest level? What is ideal for the Country at this juncture is to get S'weera to lead (to be CNTD)

Posted by Prem2248 on (December 28, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

(Nov21 2012, 05:21 AM GMT) The 3 seniors should have been dropped soon after their tours to Z'bwe in Nov 08 & to B'desh in Janu 09. They are a complete flop outside the Country. They may do well on flat pitches at times but their (aging fleet-footed) reckless batting has no effect on lively pitches. The 3 with their selfish interest together with J&Ps will ruin the Future of Country's Cricket which will take a long time to heal provided that knowledgeable Cricketers were appointed as administrators. We need 3-4 solid bats of Alistaire Cook's rather Samaraweera's, Roy Dias's, Tennakoone's, A'pattu's class, (risk free batting with controlled strokes) at the top. We've such batters in abundance that come out, end of each school season with flying colours that are continuously ignored by the J&Ps of last 25 years. Mahela, S'kara, D'lshan. Prasanna, W'gedara, R'deev & Herath aren't needed in this Team. When an outsider sees this above squad, it gives an impression of dearth (to be CNTD

Posted by Prem2248 on (December 28, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

I 'm forwarding herewith a comment I wrote in your prestigious web site just before the start of this Tour pls publish the whole thing. I'm very much confident these Jokers will ruin the future of SLan Cricket by malicious intention to carry on with these over inflated fleet-footed 3 seniors and the wounded soldier like spinner that can't spin nor extract bounce off the wicket, not only that they have always filled the Team these 3 unpredictable seniors and other henchmen that aren't good enough to play even 2nd XI teams, e. g. S'kara is never No 3 batter to me because he isn't a solid stroke maker, one may find 101 false, edgy, lofted,… in his repertoire of strokes. The 3 reckless stroke making batters are the main cause for SL's downfall our Cricket since 2007. These reckless Stroke-makers have to be replaced with young quick-footed batters that have total control over their Stroke-making. (to be CNTD

Posted by WC2011Champs on (December 28, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Bring it on!

Posted by PFEL on (December 28, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

You really have to laugh at all the comments prior to this test, claiming that Aus only won in hobart because it was a "minefield", "the toss decided the outcome" and that Sri Lanka would come back to win this test. I was laughing at those comments then, and i'm laughing at them now.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

What a pathetic batting lineup Sri Lanka has turned into ... I just cannot believe it.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Very bad sportsmanship on the part of Sri Lanka with regards to dismissing the tailenders. I mean they knew it was going to be a monumental defeat anyway so they could have eased up a bit on Lyon and Bird and give MJ a chance for a final roar and a stretch of the wings to claim his deserved hundred. Then again they probably would have, had they known that the payback was going to be yet another broken finger.

Posted by VinodGupte on (December 28, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Isn't it unfortunate that MJ cannot carry the SSC, Colombo pitch to the country he tours? If he could, he would score doubles and triples.

Posted by pat_one_back on (December 28, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Hard to believe only 12 months ago the SL's thumped SA at home.

Posted by Sugath on (December 28, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

To add to what I said before, It is Akila Dhananjaya who will make the spin trio. Aussies will be cannon fodder to these three. I said after the 1st Test to get Mendis and Akila dwn but the Selection committee did not and this was the outcome. Work on your sphere of influence and not sphere of concern as Sri Lanka did. Also i do not think there is mind conditioning before start of play eachday. Sri Lanka lost due to the flaws of selectors and not conditioning the mind play and not because of technical flaws

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Whilst the comparison between the pace attack of 74/5 and today is invidious - Lillee, Thomson and Walker vs Johnson, Siddle and Bird is a bit like comparing a Rolls-Royce with a Hyundai - we certainly saw a very typical Sri Lankan capitulation today. Every time they tour you can be sure that the batsmen will be bundled out for around a hundred in a couple of games. It was a shame that they did it today rather than reserving for a ODI.

Posted by James.Bond007 on (December 28, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

If experienced World Cup champs concede heavy defeats than how come only Team Bangladesh always gets bashed always?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

The Boxing Day Test shd hv been played in a hospital! Poor technique is part of the problem for injury to batsmen. But then cricket boards in the sub continent are lotus eaters cocooned in their belief that winning in spinning dust bowls at home is adequate recompense for humiliating destructions overseas.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Why can't we leave the "Australia Loosens Their Grip" headline up for a few more days so we can enjoy it.

Posted by chapathishot on (December 28, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

This proves that Srilanka are the best sub continent team out side sub continent like their fans claim LOL

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 28, 2012, 4:28 GMT)

oh.... and I forgot to mention the worlds best bowling attack. hahahahahaha

Posted by tony122 on (December 28, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Can someone tell me why Lankans are not playing Thisara Perere? I think he is their quickest bowler and the tallest- was he not the natural choice in Aussie conditions, good choice anywhere as a matter of fact. But in Aus sure he should have been first included alongside Herath?

Posted by Malediction on (December 28, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

I cannot believe in this day and age of carbon fibre reinforced composites, self-healing materials and advanced manufacturing that players are still getting their fingers broken regularly. A lot of the players are wealthy, and do not even pay for their equipment. I'm sure though that they wouldn't mind shelling out for guaranteed protection. Just ask Graeme Smith.

Posted by OzWally on (December 28, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

I feel that old killer instinct returning, where just a win isn't good enough but total disintegration of the opposition is necessary. I wish this series had of been a precursor to the SA series, with the confidence being built, Brisbane & Adelaide may have turned out differently.

Great game by Johnson - 6 wickets, 2 fingers and 92 n.o. So who do you leave out in Sydney? More importantly, can SL find 11 willing to put their hands up?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Man, imagine if Bangladesh did that poorly, everyone would be jumping gun and ask for removal of Bangladesh from Test Cricket.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Interestingly Sri Lanka have missed the follow-on safety zone by a single run. They must be pleased there is no third innings.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Now that's Oz playing like Oz, Hope Sri Lanka can come back strongly in the Sydney test amidst all the issues back at home!! Hope SLC can learn from BCCI and CSA how not to let their players down!!

Posted by Peterincanada on (December 28, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

This game reminded me of the match in Durban in 2009 where Smith's finger was broken and Kallis was hit in the head and all the Saffa's looked tentative. Johnson's action must make him difficult to face when he is on as the ball seems to leap from just short of a length. It was shortly after Durban when it all began to fall apart for him. I hope he can maintain his form as he is definitely a fearsome proposition when he is at his best.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

Australia are getting ready for the ashes and india. Bowling stocks are so deep, harris, pattinson, starc, johnson, siddle, hiflenhaus, hazelwood, bird, etc plus many more in shield such as cutting and hastings and many more. Batsman are all in form and uzzie should replace watson and australia is looking great. Go aus

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

What the hell is happening to Sri Lanka Cricket?

Posted by Nightwing32 on (December 28, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Mitch is in a great place compared to before. I think the English fans are a tad naive if they think he's terrible, I think the English players would know how much of a handful he is. I hope he brings this form to India and England and I wouldn't mind him breaking Cook's finger to show up those English Fans who think he's terrible.

Posted by shivif on (December 28, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

I feel it was too hard a task to expect SL to win. However I wish to beg the question have we got our priorities muddled. Do you think that Australia will offer us another Boxing day game when the match was done in 2 1/2 days.

Has the T20 influence and the lack of longer format domestic games eaten in to our game? The run out of Dimuth and the shot Mathews played when we were trying to save the game was typical T20-20. When was the last time our leading batsmen played in a long format domestic game? I suggest that our test players should forgo at least one of the T20 comp and concentrate ion domestic matches . See what a plethora of replacements the Aussies have , which is a direct consequence of the shield games. I cant think of any worthy replacements in Sri Lanka

Posted by tony122 on (December 28, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

I am sorry but SL are just not good enough to play Test cricket in overseas conditions. Neither their bowling or batting is world standard. There are some highly inflated names here like Jayawardena- a complete non starter in non sub continent conditions, Sangakarra- a good overseas player but not great in such conditions, Dilshan- hit and miss anywhere, Herath- has yet to prove and going by the M.C.G. test not that special, Matthews- really a One day star whose reputation got bigger of him. All others do not look equipped to play Test cricket. It is surprising why Australian adm. decided to give both SL and SA 3 match series. I can't see but there may be some logic to it? Or in my eyes they should have given 4 or even 5 tests to them and 1 or 2 to SL. Just imagine what a mouth watering 4-5 test series with SA would have been.

Posted by rajcan on (December 28, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

It is surprising how the tam selection in Srilanka works. During Dilshan's captaincy, in that very short period, Dilshan was performing but senior batsmen including Sanga and Mahela was failing miserably. There was no support from batsmen, then Dilshan's captaincy was taken away. Mahela has not made any 50 in the last 25 innings he has played overseas. Mahela hasn't made any significance scores especially when the team needed the most. Even the first test between Australia and Srilanka, if Mahela had stayed longer in the crease, SL would have won the game. Dinesh Chandimal would do a great job in Australia than Mahela, Chandimal has proved that he can play fast swinging balls. As a young batsmen even if Chandimal fails, it is ok to give him enough exposure. Newly appointed England captain Cook, performed when the team failing. Thats the good example of captaincy.

Posted by Captain_Oblivious on (December 28, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

That batting performance from Sri Lanka in both innings was one of the most spineless I've seen in Test cricket, with the exception of Sangakkara. Made a good (but far from great) Aussie attack look like the mid-80s West Indies...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

What a pathetic performance by SL. Like the Indians, SL would kill most teams at home however, they can't perform overseas. Their star batsmen looked very ordinary. An Aussie local first grade club side would have won easily against SL. It is just a matter of time before they also get booted at home like the Indians. BCCI money is propping up SL cricket and this is what is on offer. Imagine if BCCI tightens the purse strings SL cricket would be dead for good.

Posted by bhrangi on (December 28, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

I don't know why subcontinent teams are always failing in Overseas or Australian team is too strong., Instead i don't like SL fans I like classy Mahe and Sanga, feel pity for them. Hope SL fans wont be coming in Ind vs Pak T20, whoever win you guys going to thrash Ind so better take rest.,;p

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

Congrats Aussie Excellent Comeback from Johnson

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (December 28, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Okay, that was embarrassing. It didn't matter that Sri Lanka does not have an attack that even remotely looks like it can take 20 wickets in a test, their batsmen were utterly clueless about facing brilliant, hostile pace bowling. They have no solid opening pair, poor Mahela is woefully out of form while also dealing with a mediocre team and an inept cricket board, Sangakkara is forced to shoulder everything, and their fast men are essentially fast dibbly-dobblers. The sad part is that they will likely lose the Sydney test match badly, too, but will manage to string a few wins in the T20s and ODIs, and Sri Lankan fans will start proclaiming the greatness of the team, again. When teams play the way SL did at the MCG, it clearly gives credence to those who call for a two-tiered test system, because Sri Lanka played utter rubbish.

Posted by ajithabey on (December 28, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

Once again inept and indisciplined batting by Sri Lanka made a mockery of this test which lasted only 2 1/2 days.What is the team management and coaches doing to correct the putrid techniques of some batsman who have played so long for SL but without a major contribution towards the success of the team.Mahela & Dilshan probably should bat lower in the order as their early downfall adds pressure to all the other batsman.SL should try to find two technically correct opening batsmen for the tests as cowboys should be replaced.Once again SL showed their vulnerability to good fast bowling which the Aussies capitalized fully.SL never seem to learn about building good partnerships in the middle as it is only confined to words at media conferences.Hopefully replacements like chandimal,paranavithana and an extra spinner will add some zest to a underperforming team.It is time to revamp this test team with some new blood even if they get thrashed in the 3rd test.

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (December 28, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Before one could comment on the game, it was over. Really sad.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 28, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

No doubt a game they will want to forget pretty quickly. The measure for them now is to see how they'll come back in Sydney. Being beaten is one thing, it happens to all of us, how you come back is the real measure of character.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (December 28, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

See the Sri Lankan captain. This is his quality. He needs India, New Zealand or Home Venues to score in tests.. Against quality opposition he is so bad. I am annoyed with the admiration he gets from Sri Lankans above Sanga(amazingly), Dilshan and Sanath. Even players like Samaraweera are better than him. Do you know why Sri Lankan cricket is falling apart? It is because Sri Lankans fail to identify who is good and who is not.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

Now i feel just sorry for the SL. They did much better at the VB series. Surely our players can't play tests now. Just as well SLC fools scrap remaining tests as well and we can just become a limited overs side.

Posted by SSJG on (December 28, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

You're watching a SL comedy display at the MCG which is a tribute to SL Cricket administrators. However not sure if they even notice this display at all and understand the cause of it. SL top order is not without skill but lack of handling pressure at a big venue on a Boxing Day test and not playing enough test matches with the best outside SL. Winning a test in Aus is far far away and seems a dream with lots of nightmares.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

Thilan samaraweera should retire from test cricket!!!!!!!!

Posted by landl47 on (December 28, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

This has really been a pretty poor effort by Sri Lanka's top batsmen. Taking nothing away from the Aus bowling, this isn't a pitch where a good batting side should be 4-13. With two men who will presumably not bat unless there's a realistic chance of overhauling the Aus total, SL looks likely to be all out today unless Sanga and Mathews can bat for a long time.

Posted by Mervo on (December 28, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

With Watson injured and also Pattinson, Cummins, Hastings, and Hazlewood it is time to sack the high performance (???) coach, pat Howard. His position I untenable. The rotation policy is nonsense and has been seen to add to the players lack of fitness. Time for another new CA Management team already?

Posted by Hammond on (December 28, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

Jackson Bird- the real deal Aussie bowler. Sincerely hope he doesn't go over to England he will cause carnage like Massie did 40 years ago. Sincerely not average, he is a world beater.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

Lanka in tatters......End of over 2 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 3/3; reads like the Windies lineup....

Posted by disco_bob on (December 28, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Could there be a more ominous portent for the 2nd coming of Mitchell Johnson. An appetiser of broken bones. Then in the space of a few minutes of match play, he finishes unbeaten on 90 odd then effects a razor sharp run out and tops it off with a next ball wicket.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 28, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

First India now Sri Lanka, you might as well play teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and give them plenty of Cricket because the only top teams in Test Cricket right now are South Africa, England and Australia, the rest are weak especially overseas and these teams still destroy India, New Zealand etc. Don't understand why Cricket is restricted no wonder most of the world are not fond of this sport unfortunately.

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (December 28, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

Srilanka is really sinking and fast. It seems that they have no fight left in them. SL looks defeated and this is the worst performance by far by a visiting team in some time. There claim to fame is entirely built on dead pitches of Premdasa and the SSC Colombo.

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