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

Hand injury puts Sangakkara out of Australia tour

Andrew Fernando at the MCG

December 28, 2012

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Kumar Sangakkara retired hurt after injuring his left hand, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day, December 28, 2012
Kumar Sangakkara could be out for up to two months © Getty Images

Sri Lanka will be without batsman Kumar Sangakkara for the remainder of their tour of Australia, after scans revealed a fracture to his left hand, where he was hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer during the Boxing Day Test. Sangakkara will undergo surgery this evening and will be unavailable for six to eight weeks, as he recovers. Fast bowler Chanaka Welegedara has also been ruled out of the Sydney Test with a hamstring injury, and will likely fly home, having not been named in the limited overs squads.

Sri Lanka are also waiting on the fitness of wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who are both suffering from hairline fractures. Jayawardene sustained his injury during Sri Lanka's first innings, when Johnson hit him on the right thumb. Kulasekara meanwhile had been complaining of soreness in the ribs after being hit there while batting on the fifth day in Hobart, before scans on Thursday revealed he had a cracked rib.

Sangakkara was hit on the bottom hand while fending a short ball after lunch, and immediately called for the physiotherapist upon crossing for a single. The removal of his glove revealed significant swelling on the bottom of his index finger, and he left the field for the hospital soon after.

The three injuries in the game meant that Sri Lanka only had eight batsmen who could complete their innings in the second dig. Their innings ended at 103 on day three, when they slipped to an innings and 201-run defeat. Sangakkara is the side's leading batsman, while Welegedara is considered the leader of Sri Lanka's pace attack and had been their top wicket-taker in the first Test.

Dinesh Chandimal is the only reserve batsman on tour, and is almost certain to be included in the XI for the Sydney Test that begins on January 3. He has also kept wickets for Sri Lanka in Tests, and will take the gloves if Jayawardene is unfit to play. Lahiru Thirimanne is on stand-by for the tour, and may also be flown in as cover.

Among the fast bowling reserves, Nuwan Pradeep may earn a start in Sydney, if three seam bowlers are required and Kulasekara cannot play, while Thisara Perera may also be brought into the squad. Perera is already in Australia, playing for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.

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Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

May be Australia made extra bouncy pitches unsuitable for Sangakara and othet Sri Lankan batsmen so why not just give the series to Australia without playing rather than getting half the team injured. Pakistani fan of both Sri Lanka and Australia

Posted by lukecannon on (December 29, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

@fan_2_fans- Forget it man. We ignore those guys you mentioned. You should too.and i m not Indian. But i loved Tendulkar in his prime days. But it's just politics nowadays isnt it? Remember when Jayasuriya kept on playing and playing when he was well above 40 and fans kept getting angry at him. It's just a reaction some of these SL fans are having on Tendulkar. Just ignore them. But there are are some from India who are having a go at SL whenever they are doing bad for no obvious reason. Hopefully this'll all wear off and sub-continent team supporters can be brothers once again. Peace :)

Posted by fan_2_fans on (December 29, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Where are the arrogant SL fans GerrardLK and SolidSnake hiding now? @GerrardLK ,you wanted to see middle stump of Sachin uprooted,hope you enjoyed bone cracking. @SolidSnake ,you always gave indias stats in Aus,so I think SL team has toured Aus,to lose better than india.

Posted by latecut_04 on (December 29, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Aus trouncing SL needs to be seen in proper perspective.Glad to note this is the case with almost all the Aus fans.When punter amassed tons of runs against Indian attack(?) last summer I had mentioned the same.See what SA did to his career.He should have retired earlier.Hopefully selectors note the difference in oppositions' class w.r.t Johnsons's performance.We all want Mitchell to be the X factor and NOT what he turned out to be in Ashes2009 come next summer.One reason for Jhonsosn's no show and consequent Aus failure was the burden of expectation o him after SA tour.The next Aus tour to SA will define him...hope the point gets noted...

Posted by peeeeet on (December 29, 2012, 5:31 GMT)

I wonder if they'll make an SOS call to other Sri Lankans in the Big Bash, such as Malinga, Mendis or even Murali? Would be an interesting scenario to see any of those just for one test.

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 29, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Seems some posters have not read Michael Clarkes & other players commiserations (& mine) for Sangakkara in being injured... No real Aussie fan would ever welcome any injury to any player, no matter the circumstances...

The loss of so many players in the last 5 Tests in Oz shows that we shold savior every moment we get to see the top players in the world playing for our enjoyment...

Posted by Prem2248 on (December 29, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

they have been sent to bat at wrong places, after the over-inflated 3 had spoiled the party. The jokers are yet to realize that the reckless hitting is not the medicine to demoralize the confidence of quality bowlers. We need Amlas, Trott, Alistaire Cookes class batters as front-liners. We have enough of such young batters in the country. The Country doesn't need Jokers that have no faith in top grade batters like Attapatus, Roy Dias & Tennakoone and quality spinners.

Posted by Prem2248 on (December 29, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

This is what happens when the Jokers try to drag the cart with the same old horses. Due to the incompetency & ignorance, the Jokers have failed to pick the highly talented schoolboy Cricketers, that come out of schools every year though they have always done exceptionally well at the Youth WCs. These young talents are sent there straight from schools (with few henchmen as well) with zero training given without a single 1st class experience, compared to players of other nations. These promising youth are completely ignored just to carry on with these old horses till the next WC. The Jokers are more concerned about the interests of 3 seniors rather than the Future of the country's Cricket. The local media and some ignorant fans too try to compare these reckless risky (false, edgy, lofted,) stroke makers that offer 2-3 straight-forward chances to score a 50 with Bradmans, Laras &Tendulkars. The classy players like S'weera&M'thews too were unable to perform well, since (to be CNTD)

Posted by Drew2 on (December 29, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

@PFEL - What are you suggesting? That our bowlers should go easy on one of the world's best batsman? Sanga's injury is a hazzard of the trade. Test cricket is tough for eveyone. The Sri Lankan bowlers also enjoyed bowling the short ball in this match. Australians are not delighted that Sangakkara is out, Johnson included. They enjoy playng against quality opposition and know that that game is poorer without him.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

This SL team is an absolute joke and do not let the injuries tell you another story as this team was all out for 156 in the first innings with a full side. In the last 27 years I have watched this team closely on their various tours to Australia the only thing that has changed is the players every other aspect remains the same when the rest of the world has taken giant steps. Captaincy is negative and the game is allowed to drift for session after session, we keep playing seamers when the only bowlers troubling Australia are spinners. It is no excuse to play 3 seamers when the opposition does so as remember the oppositions seamers can bowl a side out twice and we can barely do it once. Learn from England who played two spinners to win a series in India because they are one step ahead. The management and coaching of SL when are you going to take a step in to the 21st century and away from the politics to make this team accountable and proud of being a lion.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

The fat lady has sung. That's all for this tour folks, the rest is just statistics.

Posted by Markus971 on (December 28, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

All the best to U Kumar... Disappointed not to have seen U more !

Posted by Chris_P on (December 28, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

@chokkashokka. Still looking for some tissues then? That's the spirit, when the opposition is way too good for you, don't tour. That is why your team will never sustain any long periods of dominance, the fact you don't stick out the tough times. As B.C.G, where were you while the Poms towelled you over there at home? Where was the revenge you were going to dish out? How about this, why not never invite them to tour again, that way, they will never flog you at home again. Solution done!

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

@bcg tendulya doesn't need your advice. He has scored runs all over the world unlike many so called greats

Posted by CanuckCricket on (December 28, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Last time Sri Lanka toured Australia it was Marvan and Muppets Press Conference, this time it is Mahela and Crickileaks. I blame the SLC and the politicians behind the body. You have a world class 27 year old player named Upul Tharanga who never gets a chance. You also have Dinesh Chandimal who helped SL win their first Test in South Africa last year. It won't get any easier, Sri Lanka won't have many Tests to play next year, the country should send its Test team to play friendly/unofficial matches against A Teams and other clubs around the World if they want to save this game.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Sri Lanka Need to play Chandimal as Opener if P Jayawardne is fit enough to keep wicket and play Thiramane at number 3. I think Sri Lanka need to think about a replacement for Dilshan as ODI opener styled flash batting in a test match isnt going to help win test matches against Australia. They should bring back Thisara Perrera and play him at number 8.Sri Lanka have a problem that they play so much ODI cricket that they forget how to play in test matches. I feel sorry for Herath as he should have had at least 3 wickets during the Australian innnings but Sri Lanka could not take them. If Only the One day money making machine Malinga would come back to play the 3rd test in Sydney.But I think there's more chance of bringing back Elvis from the dead.

Posted by DeathKnell on (December 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

hightime SL fans accepted the SL team's standing in world many brash comments by SL fans, on other teams & players.. now, these are wonderful moments to cherish..enjoy...

Posted by d1n0 on (December 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

What a player Johnson is. He was unlucky to miss out on a 100. He knows how to torment the batsmen and get them to play silly shots. SL needs guys like that. With no Malinga in the lineup our pace attack is not going to win us many test matches.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

A huge shame for SL to have so many injuries. I will miss Sangakkara especially as I enjoy his class. Wishing the team better luck for the ewat of the rour

Posted by Tumbarumbar on (December 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Kumar looked to be totally untroubled by either the bowling or the situation until Mitch got one to rise yet again. He has a rare skill to produce an unplayable delivery and it's quite significant that he seems to have improved in a number of areas while away from all the technical know how of the Australian camp.

Posted by kc69 on (December 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Is this the final nail in the coffin for Sri Lanka in this tour.Only time can tell.

Posted by B.C.G on (December 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

@chokkashokka- Welcome back.I hope you enjoyed India's humiliation on spinning pitches at home.You were the guy consistently ranting about India having to face imaginary green pitches away frm home.You predicted that the Englishmen would dance helplessly to the tune of ur spinners.Ah how I love England for thrashing India;just to put you in place.I also hope fervently that when India tour SAfrica in 2013;they get some real green pitches.AND I MEAN REAL.India(10dulya included) wont last 1 day.Please go & show your face on the Indian related articles instead of ranting in some quite corner here.

Posted by nrshyam14 on (December 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

It is very disheartening to hear about the injuries to Sanga,Walegadera and other players. I am a fan of Sanga and I feel very bad about his injury.I wish that he recovers soon and rejoins the team for his future exploits.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Disaster. the best batsman is now injured..not hoping for a lot now in this tour. maybe the odi's would be better

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

No problem,now Sanga will get a rest and Chandi will get a go,lets hope he'll do well.Let us hope that we won't loss the third test and atleast get a complimentary win and I hope that Nuwan Pradeep will get a chance in the last test in place of Welegedara.All the best Sri Lanka.

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

If this is the quality of SL top 11 what can we expect from the replacements? SL is too much dependent on Sanga and the rest are not capable of handling the OZ pressure and pace. Even a Oz A team can easily out run this team and without Sanga it is mission impossible. Even if SL is given 4 innings the match will be over within 3-4 days at this standard. I think this is a good chance for Oz to rest Clark, Hassie and Siddle and give their bench a go at the SL jokers.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Precious opportunity for new players to show their skills and announce their arrival...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Oh god! i forgot now srilanka is without a specialist wicket keeper!! Oh ! Damn!!

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

Good! Young blood comes in... thirimanna,chandimal, maharoof and thisara and we are all set for a good encounter.. I like it..

Posted by KingOwl on (December 28, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

From a SL point of view, this is a disaster. Clearly the best batsman in the team, the #1 wicket keeper and the main strike bowler out. I am not sure that SL can compete effectively without them. Even with a full team, it was a tough act to compete against Aus. But now, it will be way tougher.

Posted by t20-2007 on (December 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

I found the Malinga doing great in BBL in Australia..why not call him up to play the test match......I guess thr r ppl othr than BCCI who prefer T20

Posted by dan1234 on (December 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy Shaggy076 didn't say "Mitcho's back", that's you putting words in his mouth. To qoute what you 'correctly' quoted, "The new Mitch seems to be much more mature, circumspect, content in life and ready for whatever opportunities he may get." All of it true.

Posted by SpadeaSpade on (December 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

I normally don't comment on other people's opinions because they are exactly that. But chokkashokka are you serious mate. Players like Laxman , Tendulkar , Sanga , Dravid , Jayasuria , Miandad ,Inzaman Ul haq all earnt the title of world class players after performing well on wickets in OZ/Eng/ SA. It really is disapointing that your view is so far from the truth, When OZ/SA/ENG teams play in the subcontinent they look at it as a huge challenge due to the different nature of the wicket and the climate, both Batsmen and Bowlers know its a time to prove themsleves as true international cricketers. Personally I would like to see at least one of the Australian pitches be more conducive to Spin and at the same time i'd like to see at least one venue in each of the sub continent nations have a bit in it for the seamers and quicks. Variety in conditions is a major factor in making this the greatest game there is.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 28, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

@Shaggy076 "The new mitch seems to be much more mature, circumspect, content in life and ready for whatever opportunities he may get." That was your quote, yea?

Take your green and yellow sunglasses off for a second, matey. He's come up against the 6th ranked team who are notoriously bad away from home , took a few wickets and suddenly "mitcho's back" hahahaaa.

Posted by smc101 on (December 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Re: Posted by chokkashokka on (December 28 2012, 09:53 AM GMT)

What a ridiculous view. How is facing trial by spin on sub continent pitches fair, but playing on bouncy/seaming eng/sa/oz/wi/nz against the spirit. Just because the Indian and Sri Lankans have been showed up to be poor, does not make the pitch unfair. Cricket is a oval game and do be considered as world class, teams have to be able to play in all conditions. Please take your blinkers off and open your eyes.

Posted by anver777 on (December 28, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Sanga, Prasanna & Chanaka Injured !! after a heavy defeat in 2nd test, yet another big loss for SL !!! What will be the outcome of 3rd test !!!

Posted by Shazli on (December 28, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Get well Soon Sanga.... i would love to c u again in action..........

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Chokkashokks nothing wrong with these wickets, same wickets year in year out and other teams can go 5 days. Our climate is so different to India and these pitches are common right round the country. When we go to the subcontinent we need to learn how to face 80 overs of spin (which I believe is a shocking advertisement for the game) and when you come here you play on bouncy wickets. It will always be that way but this wicket looked easy when Australia batted.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 28, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

To the everlasting credit of the Sri Lankans no one has said that the pitch was a spitting killer and unfit for play. That's good because it patently isn't true. (Oz no.8 scoring 94 n.o etc). It's a shame about Sanga but he did throw his hands at the ball and has no-one to blame but himself, which I'm sure he would say if asked. .. what a difference there is between the Lankans and some other teams who tend to try and cause an International incident every time we beat them. Seems to be a standard tactic to deflect attention from the fact that they weren't good enough on the day..

Posted by Prem2248 on (December 28, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

The injuries are blessing in disguise for the Country. However I've my doubts about the Jokers capability of picking genuine promising youngsters, because they have always preferred henchmen to quality players in-line. If S'kara wants to carry on after the recovery, he shouldn't be allowed to bat at No3 because he was never capable of sending a bowler out of the attack with his risky (false, Edgy, Lofted,..) stroke play in offering 2-3 straight-forward to chances even to score a 50. In his last tour to SA S'kara opted to bat with a split webbing in his right hand just to block the youngsters from playing.

Posted by chokkashokka on (December 28, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

another "exciting" wicket - oz/eng/sa are turning test cricket into a mockery for visiting Asian teams. Basically these 3 boards' view is - Please come and play with us so we can make some money and oh by the way - we will make you play on trampolines. Don't worry trust us - we will knock you over one way or the other. Only way we can stay relevant in world cricket and who cares if the game is over in two and half days. Why don't the play another test since there are still time left? Seriously - Asian countries should not tour oz/eng/sa.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (December 28, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

I think that's the end of Kumar Sangakkara in Australia... Very Sad

Posted by dan1234 on (December 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

@ peter4135 Are you saying this wasn't the most all round performance of all time? Geez dude, Jonesy2 was making a comment on MJs performance this game. Read the comment properly and you won't get so upset.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Srilanka must groom youngsters to minimize the transition phase difficulties. Sooner they should be included to settle with the norms of International Cricket. Sanga is a tremendous player.Big fish out of the mix of things. More worrying bells for lanka.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

RedWhiteArmy - Your kidding yourself if you believe the reason for Johnson playing poorly is the Balmy Army. I'm sure a bunch of white bellied drunkards singing stupid songs is not going to put of any player. It was more pressure from the press building up that Johnson was going to be the greatest and destroy the English as well as his mother public dislike for his girlfreiend/wife. THis carried on for several years and he put in poor performances against a lot of sides. The new mitch seems to be much more mature, circumspect, content in life and ready for whatever opportunities he may get.

Posted by baghels.a on (December 28, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

@Anushikha,Handful of Indian fans troll and you generalise all Indian fans as pathetic and you label them infants, but you want to know truth millions of Indian cricket fans with no access to this website don't bother about Sri Lanka and boxing day test for that matter.I don't know why we start believing that handful of people on this website are representaive or some sort of opinion makers for there country, so lets not get carried away and give undue importance to to few people posting tripe.Sri Lanka lost yes but they were mitigating circumstances, they might end up losing 3-0 is that end of the world ?? you have a chance in shorter formats and please not let purist brigade deter you by saying shorter format is meaningless or it is not cricket.Sub continent people Test cricket is important and we should be good at it but please do not feel apologetic about our love of shorter formats.Please refrain from stereotypical generalisation of Indian fan behaviour.

Posted by ZAB2121 on (December 28, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

SangaKarra, Sachin and G Smith(SA) are the most overrated players ever. I have never seen them performing in key/challenging matches.

They are a sort of players who only play for their individual records/money.

Sanga (for his good performance on Indian Flat Tracks) and the Srilankan Umpire (God knows why) were nominated the ICC best for 2012. Shame on you ICC!

Posted by Y2G_87 on (December 28, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

SL not crying after this defeat - Good Joke

Staying ahead as fans is not about feeling proud for no reason, but it is all about supporting the team even when it is loosing matches possible during the transition phase.

One important message is comparison is a denting factor which takes success away from ones life.

Posted by Gayangana97 on (December 28, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

My squad for Sydney Test Dimuth Karunarathne TM Dilshan Lahiru Thirimanne Mahela Jayawardene Angelo Mathews Dinesh Chandimal Thisara Perera Dhammika Prasad Shaminda Eranga Nuwan Pradeep Rangana Herath

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

all of you guys forgot.dilshan also not in the team in next match

Posted by Dr.Qwert on (December 28, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Hate to say it, but I doubt Maxwell is good enough. I was often calling foul at the lack of selecting Victorians for the Aussie team but now it seems to have been reversed. Watson and Andrew McDonald are the only 2 players in Aus capable of playing test cricket as an alrounder, when neither are fit we should either back part-timers or select 5 bowlers knowing Johnson, Starc and Siddle are very capable with the bat.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka are living in a world of delusion. They are a 'nothing' team without Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. It's time to plan for the future otherwise we can expect more failures like this. There is nothing wrong in losing provided the team is willing to correct the mistakes and move ahead. Hopefully this defeat will WAKE up the selectors.

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

The best thing happened in this game for SL are the injuries. Now they are forced to give a chance to Chandimal. But it will be waste if they used Paranavithana in place of Sanga. It should be a youngster there are few of them A perera, Thirimanne, Kusal Janith but my choice is Dikwella who was in SL under 19 team and now he is doing well in Premier limited over tournament in sl. anyway wishing Welagedara, prasanna and Sanga a speedy recovery.

Posted by sonu77 on (December 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

this is a huge huge blow for Sri Lanka.they already loss their pace spearhead & wicket keeper too.Sri lanka need some unorthodox talent to compete with this aussie team.I'd like to see SL selectors recall Ajantha Mendis for sydney test.I strongly believe this aussie batting lineup will struggle against him.He is bowling well in domestic oneday tournament.My xi for sydney test: Dilshan,Paranavitana,Samaraweera,Mahela,Mathews,Chandimal(w/k),Thisara Perera,Herath,Prasad,Ajantha Mendis,Eranga.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Umm what about Tharanga Paranavitana? He is in the squad! Pretty sure he will replace Sanga at 3, Chandimal will take the gloves off Jayawardene and Pradeep or Randiv will come in for Welegedara. Sri Lanka would be stupid to risk any of the 4 injured players.

Posted by Helayanz on (December 28, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Pandiths of SLC selection committee do not allow at present best opaner next to Dilshan is Upul Tharanga.They contemped him only to ODI . But still Upula Tharanga is better than Lahiru and Karunaratne. Without a real opening partnership on a test match ,you can't expect a big score.

Posted by Bahibk on (December 28, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

My doubt is whether Mahela's is going 2 b whitewashed in his last series as captain. Coz Sanga and Kulaa are 2 of the main features in the Lankan Team

Posted by Anushika on (December 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan what i can only say is this is a very poor performance and SL seems to repeating this game after game. But to all Indian fans what i can say is even though we loose SL fans are far ahead than Indian fans who are just seems like infants who doesn't know what they are doing or talking. SL might loos matches, but fans doesn't cry or riot like others do, specially Indians. So we are far above as people than other south Asians. Just see how pathetic Indians cry when they loos to Pakistan today, Ha ha.......

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

It's good that Sanga's out. A lone hand does good to no one. At least the youngsters will gain some experience in Australian soil. Can a team be more pathetic??? Dilshan, Mahela, Samaraweera quit and give some youngsters a go, a defeat then will not look so bad.

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

i think it's time for samaraweera,dilshan,p.jayawardena,mahela to retire from test cricket,and give opportunity to younger players!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

There is one match-winner and big match player who should definitely be in this touring team and would likely play a pivotal role in Sri Lanka winning its first ever Test Match in Australia in Sydney. Ajantha Mendis!! If selectors have one brain in their collective, please please don't play Suraj Randiv.

Posted by tony122 on (December 28, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

@Dinukson- I am sure you are joking. M.C.G. is arguably the greatest cricketing venue in the world. Pitch is fair and gives chance to quality batsmen and bowlers alike to make their mark. Has a little bit for the slow bowlers as well. Playing area is huge,possibly the biggest in the world- makes for a distinctive experience and a place where you really get to hit out of the dead center to make a six, where boundaries are real shots and where you got to run hard. Crowd is huge in a Colosseum like setting. There is a history attached to it. Any team has to face a great to world class Aussie team- what else do you need? Maybe a free pass?

Posted by tony122 on (December 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@shwet4- Sehwag has been more successful than Sanga at the Test level if you take into account his huge scores and rate of scoring- both in sub continent and outside- or at least you cannot say he is less successful than Sanga as a Test batsman.

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

SL batsmen like their Indian counterparts are on a steady diet of IPL and other numerous T20 formats and this isnt helping ther test cricket. When SL's ageing stars make their way out, cricket will slump even further. With little or no test circket in 2013 and board trading test matches for IDI and T20s for financial reasons, it's going to be a rough time for the SL fans. I hope my assessment is wrong!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan fan let me 1st congratulate whole heartedly to a clinical performance by the Aussies. Weldone!!! A lesson to learn for our cricket board and the selectors from them. Yes players should take the blame for the defeat as well. Couple of rash strokes and un necessary running between wickets and drop catches are largely cost us the match. But more than the players its the SLC board and selectors are responsible. As players Thissara Perera and Chandimal performed extremely well on their last tour down under. Even they have done well in their last test matches. Which both of them scoring fifties and Thisssara picking up 4 wickets. But they didnt play against NZ. Cant understand why. Thirimanne should be in the squad in the 1st place instead of Paranavithana. They have taken an extra opener in Paranavithana where else he is not in a position to replace Dilshan or Karunarathna in case if they fails or gets injured. So whats the point?

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

@inefekt You dont understand, do you. Mitchell Johnson was going to be the best allrounder ever according to the aussies after his efforts in south africa. But then he came up against England and he cracked like safety glass as soon as the 'army got in his head.Then it happened again in australia. Even as we speak, the barmy army's songwriters are preparing the soundtrack for 2013 and johnson has been targeted for termination.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 28, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

RedWhiteArmy - Careful what you wish for he has broken Graham Smith's hand twice, sconned Kallis and made him retire hurt and now broken the hand of Sangakkara none of these batsman are duds. I hope you see him at his best this time round. Anderson still averages over 40 in Ashes tests but I'm not naive enough to say he is not a threat.

Posted by peter4135 on (December 28, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

"mitchell johnson my goodness what else could he have done in this match? the most allround performance of all time? wickets, runs, run out, injuring batsmen"... Seriously jonesy2??? Only the Aussies can hype up someone as inconsistent as Johnson.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (December 28, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

This is the fate of most teams touring Australia. Injuries ,loss of form, all to key players happen when on expects a good series. Kumar Sangakarra was one batsman apart from Jaywardane who could give Australia a fight. Now he is not there and Australia should be their happy selves.

Posted by inefekt on (December 28, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy Jimmy Anderson used to be the butt of Aussie fan's jokes but he went from pie thrower to genuine strike bowler and is now one of the most feared pacemen on the planet. England fans can hope for Mitchell Johnson to return, thinking he's the same guy your team faced in previous Ashes tours but from the looks of things he's a much improved player, still prone to throwing the odd pie but he's much more consistent and looks to have his inswinger working. I'd be very careful what you wish for, you might find a few of your guys sitting on the sidelines with broken fingers too.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (December 28, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

doesnt matter who plays for SL, they are an ordinary team with no test class player..

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

It will be prudent for the entire Sri Lankan team goes home.Alternatively I suggest they play the Australian Women's Cricket team for 3rd Test at Sydney.Who knows the Sri Lankans may last the 5 days!!!

Posted by landl47 on (December 28, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Very sad to see Sanga injured, especially as he was one of the few batsmen who has looked capable of dealing with the Australian attack. It's hard to see SL coming back from this- another big loss looks likely at Sydney.

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

@jonesy2 what world do you live in when a player doesn't take 5 wickets in a innings and doesn't score a hundred a you call it the most all round performance of all time.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Mahela's letter to SLC leaked to the press by the board has not helped the team. Adding salt to the wound - Sanga, Prasanna, Wela OUT. Sad situation. It is time for those who poke their fingers to keep out for the sake of the game.

Posted by righthandbat on (December 28, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Sri Lanka needs to spend more time working on dealing with shorter-length bowling. Otherwise this will continue to happen.

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

Its a fantastic result for England if MJ is back in the aussie team. He's property of the barmy army.

Posted by Dinukson on (December 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Melbourne ground is such a same for test cricket, Y the Aus selectors choose this ground.

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

Impressive performances from bird and Johnson but against a team of sitting ducks; inexperienced at playing in conditions that offer real pace and bounce. Within Australia's catchment of of test match players there is potential for greatness but there is also some really big challenges. 2 big questions still remain. 1. Do we have the kind of bowlers capable of taking 20 wickets on the low slow pitches of India and the batsmen that are capable of playing on turning wickets against quality spin? I would say maybe but with significant bowling contributions from clarke and warner necessary to support Lyon and with clarke and husseys continuance of good batting form also being vital. 2. Do we have batsmen that are capable of decent scores facing top quality bowlers in the seam and swing friendly conditions of england. We shall see. This is where a player like Cowan could come into his own with his ability to see off the new ball.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (December 28, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

SL should try Thirimanne or Angelo Perera ( For Sangakkara), Kusal Janith Perera ( For Prasanna J), Suranga Lakmal or Kanishka Alvitigala ( For Welagedara)

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

Tough luck for the Lankans, was really looking forward to seeing Sanga at the SCG too. Here is a chance for their next generation of players to tough it out in the cauldron.

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

Be afraid, be very afraid He's back ...

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

Sri Lanka should not get down Lahiru, but Ajantha Mendis and Akils Dhananjaya if they are to win in Sydney. The team should have three spinners, pace in Eranga and mathews who will bat too plus 6 batters with Dinesh doing keeping and it will be a winning combination

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

that's it!! Sanga & Kula out from Australia Tour!! He Won't be Part in Mahela's Last Captaincy Match!!! 3-0 is on the card in Tests!! Injuries Hammering Us..

Posted by venkatesh018 on (December 28, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

By this truckload of injuries, SriLanka have found a place for their best reserve batsman in the playing XI: Dinesh Chandimal. Any team which can afford to keep Chandimal out, should be a cracking batting line-up, but Sri Lanka aren't. That's why this is justice in a sort of roundabout way. My SCG XI: Karunaratne, Dilshan, Mahela, Chandimal, Samaraweera, Mathews, Thisara Perera, Hearth, Prasad, Eranga,Randiv.

Posted by gogoldengreens on (December 28, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

Mitchell is good at hitting hands & fingers... Ask Mr Smith of South Africa... He also looks a better all rounder than Watson at least he doesn't choke when heading to100 he just runs out of partners

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

hope u recover well sanga i have seen 1st day highlights was absolutely stunned for some straight drives never seen such elegance in any lefty superbbbbbbb

Posted by Moppa on (December 28, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

At a guess, Sri Lanka will want to play two spinners at the SCG, in which case Randiv comes in for Welegadera. Chandimal comes in as a batsman and keeper (essentially replacing Sangakarra), and possibly Thisara Perera will be the third replacement as a seam bowling all-rounder (from the Big Bash)...? (although this selection does change the balance of the team as he effectively replaces Prasanna Jayawardene, perhaps weakening the batting but bolstering the bowling)

Posted by jonesy2 on (December 28, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

its a huge blow for sri lanka. mitchell johnson my goodness what else could he have done in this match? the most allround performance of all time? wickets, runs, run out, injuring batsmen.

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