Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sydney, 4th day

Retiring Hussey steers Australia to victory

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

January 6, 2013

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Australia 9 for 432 dec and 5 for 141 (Cowan 36, Herath 3-45) beat Sri Lanka 294 and 278 (Karunaratne 85, Chandimal 62*, Jayawardene 60, Johnson 3-34, Bird 3-76) by 5 wickets
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Michael Hussey walks in for his final Test innings, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sydney, 4th day, January 6, 2013
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Michael Hussey is one of cricket's finest finishers, so it was only fitting that he ended his international career by steering Australia to victory and a series clean-sweep over Sri Lanka. Despite the best efforts of his partner Mitchell Johnson to dead-bat the ball with one run needed, Hussey was not able to hit the winning run, instead sprinting through for a single as the ball ran off Johnson's thick edge and away to point off Rangana Herath.

To Hussey, it barely mattered. The win - the 48th of his Test career - was what meant everything. And in a small chase of 141, he had done an important job of guiding Australia through some late jitters to complete a five-wicket victory. He finished unbeaten on 27 and ended his Test career with 6235 runs at an average of 51.52. He walked off to lead Australia in the team song one last time before he hands the job over to Nathan Lyon.

Of course, the win was not all about Hussey. Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes and Michael Clarke all played important parts in edging Australia closer to their goal. For the second time since Clarke took over the captaincy Australia completed a clean-sweep of an opponent - the first was last summer against India - and it was a positive end to a summer that began with two draws and a loss to South Africa.

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  • Australia's five-wicket win is their 17th in 26 Tests against Sri Lanka. It's the third time they've blanked Sri Lanka 3-0 in a series.
  • Australia's win-loss record of 17-1 in Tests against Sri Lanka is the most lopsided between any two sides, excluding matches involving Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.
  • In their last ten Tests in Sydney, Australia have won nine.
  • Dinesh Chandimal's unbeaten 62 is his fourth half-century in ten Test innings. His 62 is also the fourth-highest Test score by a Sri Lankan No.7 batsman against Australia.
  • Rangana Herath finished with match figures of 7 for 141, only the fourth instance of a Sri Lankan bowler taking seven or more wickets in a Test in Australia. His series haul of 12 is the joint-highest for a Sri Lankan in Australia.

As the target was reduced with every gap pierced by Cowan and Clarke, the crowd at the SCG experienced the unusual feeling of wanting to see an Australian wicket fall. Hussey has been a favourite of the Australian fans over his seven years in the Test team and his absence from the one-day international squad announced earlier in the day meant this was certain to be his final match for Australia.

With 37 runs still required, the moment arrived. Clarke prodded forward to Tillakaratne Dilshan's offspin and lobbed a catch to short leg, and his home crowd cheered. This was no insult to Clarke, but a recognition of everything Hussey has done for Australia since his Test debut at the age of 30, and for one last time his team needed him. He walked to the crease to a standing ovation and settled down to business.

After a nervous leading edge first ball, he was off the mark from his second delivery with a cover-drive for two, and even managed to get a reverse-swept boundary in there as well. The small chase of 141 could have been tricky on a fourth-day SCG pitch, especially when Australia lost David Warner in the second over for a golden duck when he edged to Mahela Jayawardene at slip off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal.

But his opening partner Cowan set himself to guide Australia as close to their goal as possible and although he was in no hurry, he anchored two very important partnerships, a 45-run stand with Hughes and then a 59-run effort with Clarke. Hughes played some impressive strokes in his 34 from 49 balls but was flummoxed by Herath. When Herath trapped Hughes lbw it was a much-deserved wicket, even though the Sri Lankans had called for a review mostly to check on a bat-pad catch.

At 2 for 45, Australia were not yet out of the woods, especially given their decision to play five bowlers in this Test. But Cowan did not lose his cool and gradually eked out the runs, while Clarke was a little more fluent. Their partnership was the one that took Australia from a slight danger zone to a position of comfort and after Clarke fell, Cowan was bitterly disappointed to follow him and miss out on the chance to see the chase home, trapped lbw on 36 by Herath coming around the wicket.

Matthew Wade also lost his wicket when he was bowled attempting a sweep off Herath for 8, but by then Australia needed only another nine runs. The Sri Lankans, who have never won a Test in Australia, were left to wonder what could have been had they just scratched out another 50 runs in their second innings. Truth be told, they had done well to make a game of it after losing a string of wickets on the third afternoon.

Dinesh Chandimal finished unbeaten on 62 and the 41-run stand he put on with Nuwan Pradeep for the final wicket was critical in giving Sri Lanka's bowlers something to defend. Pradeep was dismissed nearly half an hour before lunch for 9, with Sri Lanka's total on 278, and it left Australia's openers a short period to bat before the break which Warner didn't survive.

Every run was important for Sri Lanka as they resumed the morning at 7 for 225. Only ten runs had been added when Herath played on to Jackson Bird while attempting to leave the ball alone, and when Lakmal was bowled for a duck trying a hefty swipe off Johnson it appeared that the innings could be over quickly. But Pradeep offered impressive support for Chandimal, who farmed the strike effectively.

Chandimal immediately lifted his tempo and struck three boundaries off a Bird over and soon had his half-century from 75 balls with another boundary whipped through midwicket off Bird. Pradeep got in on the act with four down the ground but next ball was caught behind off Bird as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 274.

It left Australia needing 141, the kind of target that has proven difficult at times in past years. It's also the sort of target that meant Australia needed not only their openers, but their No.5 as well. And Mr Cricket delivered.

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Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 8, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

@sl fans. I see few of you acknowledging the performance of our youngsters. I appreciate your gesture. But i have to tell you that just these 3 matches against a substandard side like sl was an opportunity to test our new comers but cant comment much by these performances in terms of real tough skills inside. Can australia just claim back the world cup after defeating zimbabwe alone? Good to see that certain members who said our young bowling attack was incapable of getting the much talented greatest srilankan batsmen out,are now recognising our men with signs of talent,though not completely proved

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 8, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

@sinhaya and htc_android.Understand one thing clearly.One should accept that thirimane batted fairly in the last match.But what do you want to convey by saying he performed well in 48 hours after landing? You are here on a cricketing forum,do not be so silly. He is a professional cricketer.The conditions in which he played were not very alien to the ones of kandy with temp between 22 to 28 degrees,he could have been tired of travelling which he shouldve be ok with a night's sleep.All professionals ill adapt very soon.Understand these basics. Don be so emotional and comment here. Also know that he is under no pressure of getting axed as every other batsmen of your team failed, he cant be dropped just for failing here. Don talk your theories like he took the responsibility on his shoulder and stuff.He was in no pressure and performed.You must understand that your team had the talent to get innings defeated all times but luckily just achieved it once.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 8, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@sinhaya there is a major difference between criticizing your team and accepting criticisms of others.Having criticised your team's weakness by yourselves does not mean that you are open hearted to accept fair criticisms.i just wanna ask all the lankan fans,did you expect to win a test match in australia with a kind of team you have?So obviously you all knew you had nothing to lose.So stop projecting it otherwise.Regarding you concept of cricketing basics, what i meant by nothing to lose was to imply that the series had already lost and with a kind of team you have,even something near a draw could have been great achievement considering the talent and experience of your side.A player who is put to bat in a situation in which the team had already lost the series and with every analyst and basic neutral viewers predicting a whitewash for the team,is for certain a 'no pressure' situation that having been sent to bat on day 1 of test 1. Better you first Get your basics corrected dear.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

@Htc-Android and colombo_SL, a stat I want to post is that since 2009 Summer, all 10 tests played by sub continent teams in Australia have ended as defeats for them. Pakistan 3-0 in 2009-10, India 4-0 in 2011-12 and Sri Lanka 3-0 in 2012-13. It again showed on our part that we have played our worse test cricket against Aussies both home and away in contrast with others. We hope we can improve our home test record against Aussies when they come in July 2016 as per the ICC FTP. Pakistan too in the recent past played their worse test cricket against Aussies losing 13 tests in a row from 1999 to 2010, when it all ended with Pakistan winning in Headingley. NZ ended a hoodoo of not beating Aussies in a test match for 18 years in Nov 2011. So we should target beating Australia like that. But we lack the quality bowlers as of now.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 8, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

This Australian team is good side. They have the talent. They have the talent to be no.1 in test cricket. But long way to go. They are still inconsistent unlike their previous teams. They should be given sufficient time settle as a unit. There are some signs about bright future. But have to test in Indian & England conditions. Cowan, Hughes & Wade are good batsmen. But yet to improve like their predecessors. Hope they can do it. It is always nice to see exciting Australian cricket & their atmosphere. Absolutely brilliant. We love the cricketers like Hussey (But not on SHAME Warne. Excellent cricketer. Not a gentleman). This cricket world is so interesting due to teams like Australia.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 8, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

@gnanzcupid; I'm not going to argue with you on our young players talents. You have the full freedom to analyse them according to your view. I don't agree with one point of your comment. You said, "Moreover this was a match in which you had nothing to lose, so they dint perform under pressure and had to play for pride but their performance cant be written off". 1. It is true we had nothing to loose, but we had everything to gain. (Maiden victory on Australian soil) 2. Thirimanne had to participate on a single training session. He had no permanent place in test team. Dimuth was also not a permanent player & still fresh. Players feel more pressure when they are trying to cement their position in the team. I think you even don't know that basic. You seems to be a reporter with good written skills but have no experience in a cricket ground. Even Bird was under pressure to cement his position but did it in style. Dimuth/Thiri batted positively like matures. Early to predict;100%.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 8, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

@ Sinhaya. I agree with u. Even the Aussie commentators praised some of the shots that dimuth played. As per gnanzcupid our youngster had nothing to lose and they were not under pressure. But he dint notice, We had an embarrassing loss in the previous test and we lost our best batsmen. So there was real need for our team to put up a good show in sydney and our youngsters did well on that. Also dont forget Aussies were playing with 4 pacers. All these are not under pressure situation for him.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 8, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

@gnanzcupid, I criticized my team in this thread and other pointing out weaknesses and if you cant see them I cant do anything. Let offs and reprieves are a part of any match. Clarke got a reprieve due to MJ opting not to review his LBW appeal turned down by Dar and even Wade got a reprieve when he was dropped. If you are saying Dimuth did not play confident strokes, my god is there any better way to bring off your fifty other than with a big six? I agree more was needed from them. Both registered their highest test scores. Thirimanne arrived in Sydney barely 48 hours before the match and his 1st innings performance was by all means very good. Chandimal played very well in the 2nd innings, but we needed a Ramdhin like effort (if you recall the Ramdhin Tino Best partnership last year for the 10th wicket) from him for the 10th wicket if we were to have any hopes of winning. Chandimal not playing in the first test too made us pay dearly.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 7, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

@sinhaya and htc_android.You should understand my comments clearly before making an attempt to counter. Look to my comments on day 1 and 3 play.I said thirimanne and dimuth played well but it was true early to say that they are bright young talents. You must accept both were not playing confident clean strokes all the innings,there were some let offs and deprivals. Too early days.Moreover this was a match in which you had nothing to lose, so they dint perform under pressure and had to play for pride but their performance cant be written off.Have to wait for some more matches to judge them.I don understand why you shy away from criticisms like what @sinhaya is trying to do.i have my own right to express what i feel in this forum.Its upto to you to mind it or not.I think that the pathetic state of cricket in your country outrages most of you and you plainly counter the people who criticise you by speaking ill of their country.Everyone can express,thats what this forum is meant to be.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 7, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

@All Sri Lankan fans, the main bottom line of this tour is that when playing Australia you always must play for a win no matter how strong or weak they are. They always play attacking cricket always. In Hobart, we played for a draw when they came for a win. We should have targeted a win in Hobart and then may have been a draw. Another example was in 2011, Aussies came to our shores after the Ashes drubbing and caught us sleeping against them. We though they were pushovers and nearly lost the tests 2-0 (rain saved us in Pallekelle). SSC we fought well to draw. Aussies have the absolute winning hunger which England or SA may not have really. Aussie fighting spirit is simply embedded in their genetics.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 7, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Michael Hussey, decency personified. How could anybody not love you and respect you? Great Cricketer and well mannered human rolled into one. Not for no reason you are loved by cricket fans of different countries all around the world. You told us what cricket is all about - play hard but play fair and be respectful. I'm sad as well as happy for you. I will miss you. I will look forward for you in IPL. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Wishing well being for your young family.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

@colombo_SL: You are right. These are the foundations we must build for a WC success in 2015. But i still disagree with some of your thoughts.If you realized Jayawardene was using Dilshan as a front line spinner so that is a clear indication that Randiv or Mendis would have been a greater threat than Lakmal or Pradeep and I'm positive we would have won. Prasad was only playing due to the injuries to the others but he did seem like the only one playing (of the fast bowlers) that was trying with all his heart. Also, Mahela should have guided Thiru during the 2nd innings. It is widely know that Johnson can only take wickets with the short ball so Thiru should have not played that shot. Now the only way the Team Lanka can leave Australia with a smile is a whitewash in the ODI series or a 4-1 at most.

Posted by madaboutcricketabhijit on (January 7, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

His contribution cannot be measured in terms of runs or centuries he scored...He was a complete team man and one of the best finishers the world cricket has ever seen...I always disagreed with him being called Mr Cricket as no one is above the game, but he is one of the few Aussie cricketer I respect a lot. For me his best innings was against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup in Caribbean...Good Luck for the future Mike!

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

@ Sri lankan fans, We have to face for a exciting world cup in Australia in 2015. All these experience may be very useful for our youngsters to do a wonderful job there. Take positives & forget the failures for a while. Past has gone. Future is yet to come. Don't think about 2019 Australian tour now & worry about it. We have to do a tough task in 2015. If we can jump that hurdle, we can be very proud throughout our life. Winning WC in Australia should be our vision. We have to develop a mission & action plan for that. Lets consider this tour as the basic foundation for it. So don't so worry about playing fast bowlers. Take it as a positive for our triumph yet to come. Keep in mind these failures are the pillars of success. If we can think all these as positives, in 2015 definitely we can celebrate it in style. This may be a dream. Remember dreams come true one day. I personally believe more the people laugh at our dreams, it has more significant value & provide the necessary momentum.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

@TrueLankan; I personally don't believe that we lost the match due to not inclusion of another spinner. Three fast bowlers are ok, but do think Prasad should not be there. If we got 230+ lead, even our fast bowlers could have done a better job. In any test match, our deep batting line up couldn't got the first innings' advantage (It was our strategy, but never succeeded) . If we had that advantage, our fast bowlers had a better chance to do a significant impact. We have to develop a pool of young fast bowlers like Australia. It is not a single day process. See what happens when a strike bowler got injured? Beating Australia is not a tough task. We were unable to do that not because Australia are so strong, but because we were far behind the accepted level. Get good things & forget this test series for a while. I feel that, even our seniors had to wait about 12-15 years to play a test in Melbourne, our young fast bowlers & batsmen got that golden opportunity at beginning of their run.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 7, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

@colombo_SL: You say that are fast bowlers need experience playing here to develop into quality bowlers. You do realize that this was our only chance to win a test let alone play one until 2019. So your argument of developing fast bowlers by playing them at Sydney is completely absurd. Time for a reality check mate.

Posted by DINESHCC on (January 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

The game was lost because of one reckless innings played by Thilan. When a 2-1 was in the offing, Thilan made it to 3-0. But unlike our team SL showed good fight in the entire series. A 3-0 is better than 4-0, 4-0 and continuing..............

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

@Htc-Android; You are correct. Apart from Mahela and Chandimal. most of our batsmen didn't bat according to the situation. Even Mahela didn't bat like that in first couple of matches when it was badly due.

Posted by SkylaDark on (January 7, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

We love you Mr. Cricket!!!!! And we always will. :)

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

@sinhaya; completely agree with you. Australia is a good team. No doubt about it. But our players didn't handle the certain situations correct. At two occasions, we gave more than 5 wickets away in a single session. Really pathetic. Those are the areas we have to improve.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

@DilumSL; I think Dammika Prasad should not be there. Welegedara is ok but his fitness is the major issue. I also feel that, it is better to find the possibility of inclusion of Herath in one day matches against Australia.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 7, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

@Htc-Android; Agree with you. Dimuth can be used as an attacking batsman instead of Dilshan. I feel, he may consistent than Dilshan though we are too early to predict about it. His foot movement is way ahead that of Dilshan. I don't see Thirimanne as a good opener. I personally feel, it is always better to maintain left hand/ right hand combination for No.1 & 2 spots. I propose to include Mathews at No.5. As a result, he should be able to make tons consistently. That's the only way, he can retain in the test squad. His bowling has no impact to select to the test side. Just use him as a first change bowler to bowl few overs. Captain should lead a team from front & that's the reason to include him on No.5.

Posted by hotcric01 on (January 7, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

Mike Hussy,,congratulations to your future.One of most talented player and a real gentlemen ever in cricket.He is a real allround batsman,a master of any kind of conditions and any kind of situations. So sweet memories in your era.Cricket australia will find it so difficult to replace somebody like hussy.This is an end of a true legend!

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 7, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

@Hyclass i think the chase yesterday was good because it will show everyone that in the ashes and India we will need 6 batsman and that Johnson cannot be an allrounder neither can Maxwell. Khawaja must come in at 6 with Wade at 7 and 4 specialist bowlers. Warner and Clarke can bowl spin and Khawaja bowls useful off spinners as well.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 7, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

@Sinhaya. I agree with you. Apart from mahela and chandimal. most of our batsmen dint bat according to the situation. They never thought about taking singles. All they did was trying to hit boundaries. when the team needed solid target to defend, lakmal played an unnecessary shot and got out. samaraweeras shot was even worse. I think Randiv could have been handy on this wicket. He can add some valuable runs with the bat too.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 7, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

may we should stop playing test cricket.. being a ridiculous test side we are not a force to be reckon with..and so we get to play bangladesh and zimbabwe. God i hate our test team. Wasted all 3 tests in Australia. Dropped catches, ridiculously imploded from winning positions. radical change in team is needed, drop Mahela,thilan and current test fast bowlers (may be sanga too) and dilshan.. We need to groom a test side with young players. no need to wait until our senior batsmen click.

Posted by Prem2248 on (January 7, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

The J&Ps feel risky stroke makers are the best for all forms of Cricket. SL's failure to hardly win a series both home & away since 2008, is a result of the J&Ps' total ignorance about the Game, keeping faith on unreliable seniors and their crazy mentality to fill the National Teams with unproven average players. If the 3 seniors had been dropped 5 years back and include quality youngsters that come out of schools at regular basis (without making false statement like; lack of talent, purely to carry on with over inflated seniors) when the 3 have been badly under-performing (away tours)this kind of humiliation wouldn't have been taken place. The Game has been played continuously for the last 180 years therefore the talent is over flowing as proven by raw untrained school boys taking part in Youth WCs. These youths are given zero training nor any practice matches arranged before these big tournaments compared to other Countries like India and even B'desh, but still they excel well.

Posted by Prem2248 on (January 7, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

MHussey is one of the Top grade batsmen that has had total control over his batting. With his neat technique he could bat anywhere and in any situation. All young bats all over the World should watch closely how they (Hussey, Trott, Amla, Alistaire, Bell, Dhoni,….) (The Dhoni's batting style may look different as in the case of Inzamam, but they have full authority over their batting, a thing that is completely missing in 3 senior top order batters of SL) perform in tough situations against quality bowlers. I have always thought No 3 position of any batting order is meant for quick-footed batsmen of good reflexes and good temperament, i.e. the class of Hussey. There is no way a team can demoralize strong bowling attack by employing fleet-footed batters with 75% of strokes are reckless & risky (false, edgy, lofted,….have no control what so ever). For the disgust of SLan fans the J&Ps have a dubious faith in risky stroke makers that are good for Six-a-side matches only. (2 B CNTD)

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 7, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Sinhaya - I think you will find Wade dropped Thirimane in the first innings on 65 and also second innings Prasad was dropped on 2 both of Lyon. There was many edges by Thirimane in the first innings. He is bowling without luck - however Jayawardena did dominate him.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 7, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Continued.. In this thrd test, we had the perfect chance of registering a test win but we just lacked that extra killer instinct. Either we could have referred Clarke's LBW not out decision by Aleem Dar and reduced Australia's first innings total by 50 runs. Also, our batsmen failed to add extra 70 runs. The way Herath and Lakmal got out in the 2nd innings too was unnecessary.

So all in all, the root cause of our defeat was our lack of temperament to last long. If you saw how about 80% of our wickets fell in all 3 tests, it was due to rashness more than Australian bowlers unleashing wicket taking deliveries. Excess of T20s is the root cause for our downfall. We have to work hard on staying a long time in the middle. No doubt the Aussie pace bowlers were wicket takers but sad reality is that we negated the wicket taking deliveries but got dismissed by playing at wayward deliveries which should have been left alone.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 7, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

@Prabhash1985, DilumSL, Htc-Android and colombo_SL, here is what I can say about the 3 tests. In the first test, we got close to drawing it but simply could not last the extra half an hour required like how SA did in Adelaide this summer. Hobart pitch was the toughest of all 3 but our weakness was lying with the tail for not being able to drag on the innings like how the Aussie tail routinely does.

In the second test it was a pure massacre and absolutely forgetful. No doubt we were totally in shambles with a never ending casualty ward. Add to the agony dropping catches of Clarke and Watson helped Australia too. Aussies played superbly in that one. (to be continued)

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 7, 2013, 0:52 GMT)

@Htc-Android, just ignore gnanzcupid. He does not have a real identity. Many Aussie fans here are praising our young stars Thirimanne, who registered his highest test score barely 48 hours after landing in Sydney and the efforts of Dimuth and Chandimal. If you see Chandimal's records, he is excellent in Australia, SA and England where his record is superb. He has been poor at home and Asia as a whole. The fifties scored by our young 3 are not their so called first time fifties as this troll gnanzcupid portrays. Dimuth batted well in Hobart for his 30 but looking at the conditions in that game on day 4, it was a superb effort. Our injury crippled lineup performed at our best in the 3rd test with basically 8 real players and 3 passengers (the 3 fast bowlers). By the way, both of Thirimanne's test fifties have been away with the first in Abu Dhabi in Oct 2011 if you recall.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 7, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

@Meety, actually yes. When Karunaratne was dropped on 54, it was off the bowling of Lyon and dropped by Wade. Well anyway we handled Lyon far better than your other pace bowlers overall. Interesting to see how Lyon does in India.

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (January 7, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, Didn't England fail to win their series against Sri Lanka just last year?

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 6, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

@OzWally aside from Khawaja who should be the next in line to take Hussey's spot we also have the likes of Burns and Henry as youngsters to look at for the future. @Joseph Langford keep in mind that Wade at 6 works fine against the weaker bowling attacks but against India and especially England we will need 6 sprecialist batsman which should include Khawaja at 6.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 6, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

ROXSPORT - It is quite simple the captain should not use up the DRS for speculative decisions, the referring of the Clarke one when he was 4m down the pitch was a joke. My issue with DRS is that it is a predictive path and you need clear data to overturn the umpire, the Hughes LBW hitting leg stump is not definitive enough for me that should simply be not out. I als oquestion a LBW against THirimane from Lyon, given out I think the predictive path was completely wrong and that was clearly hitting the stumps. There is a lot of work with DRS and while all captains will go for the speculative LBW and some are given we need DRS set up to eliminate the howlers and not the Hughes dismissal. ROXSPORT - You also say there was a couple that would be interesting to see, again clearly they are not howlers and have been not out for over 100 years of test cricket.

Posted by here2rock on (January 6, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

Hussey you graced the cricket grounds around the world. Had you played earlier at International level you would have held all batting records. You were the most organised cricketer in the world, you work ethics were the same regardless who you played for, whether it was Australia, Western Australia or Chennani Super Kings. Happy retirement!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

mike hussey is a great player i thick he showed wounderful in bating and fielding

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (January 6, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Yet another Asian team whitewashed !!! SL are also in decline and in a transitional phase. Disappointing performance by them indeed. Congratulations to Australia on yet another 'home' victory. However, hats off to Mike Hussey !!! Wonderful cricketer in all formats of the game. He could have easily made his debut much earlier had he played for another country. Anyway, he has done so much in so less time that he truly deserves all the accolades. Enjoy your retirement sir.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 6, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. The reason why WI are world champions because they natural hitters and they will continue to dominate in t20. But in ODIs and Tests they just an ordinary side. If they have talent then why did they lose the ODI series to Ban? They looked clueless against bangladeshi spinners. Also they suffered a 160 run defeat to Ban. You said nz are rich in young talent. where? Most of their batsmen are vulnurable against spin, with guptil and willamson averaging 30+ after playing 20 test matches. They only have 2 good batsmen(ryder and tayler along with mcculum who is good in shorter format) and some good young fast bowlers. I can hardly see any good batsmen coming out in nz.

Posted by Meety on (January 6, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

@Sinhaya on (January 06 2013, 12:17 PM GMT) - I think our batting will be more resilient than what people think, but we CANNOT be giving this many run outs away! == == == Just a quick thought on Lyon. His stats this summer have been a little underwhelming, but off the top of my head I estimate that of the 15 odd missed chances that O z made this summer, he was over half of them. Wade being the chief culprit. I find it a bit dissappointing given that Rixon is a part of the coaching panel!

Posted by DilumSL on (January 6, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

@colombo_SL you are also thinking like the selectors frnd. If the bowler is not good they should not be in the team pitch and the conditions must not interfere with that. These fast bowlers are given too many chances. It's fine with Nuwan Pradeep, Eranga and Lakmal. they are young and they have time to learn but others should not be in the team. We should have sent Mendis, Dananjaya or Senanayake. and yes Randiv is not a test bowler. He should be in shorter formats

Posted by ROXSPORT on (January 6, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

The useless DRS was exposed again today. With SL having used up their two reviews, they couldn't refer one or two decisions that would have been interesting to see. My point is since the DRS is supposed to eliminate howlers, how does one ensure that,after the team has used up its two reviews (unsuccessfully) ??? And, after using up the two reviews, how does a team get a fair deal if a batsman is dismissed off a front-foot no-ball ??? The third umpire can't interfere on his own & field umpires are loathe to change their own decisions....

Posted by gogoldengreens on (January 6, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

Farewell Mike Hussey... Thanks for the memories... Would never see a batsman from India or Sri Lanka give up the chance of hitting the winning runs like you did - maybe that is why they don't do so well out here - they play for themselves not their country hence IPL in india taking priority over the national team interest!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

@colombo_SL. Dimuth can take dilshans role as an attacking batsmen, as he showed his abilities of playing an attacking innings in the second innings. Thirimanne can probably open the innings with him. I would say chandimal is the one who is suitable to bat at no.05 because he can bat with tailenders and buid partnerships. unless mathews improves his shot selection he cannot be a good test match player. He always got himself out after playing reckless shots.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

@htc_android just before people start commenting here,people should know about basic cricket and statistics. Look at mr.thirmanne's statistics dear. Just a single inning don make people heros as you imagined.consistency is the

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 18:25 GMT)

Another finest Test Cricketer career end with Victory

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 6, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

@htc_android. It makes me happy that you people accept that aus bowling attack is one of the world's best. Some of the sl fans commenting here had said before this series that the australian bowling attack is the most inexperienced and their side will tear apart aus bowling and get that ever-waiting win on australian soil.But just because the listless lankan batting flopped against us,we have changed from worst to the claim lankan side is better than nz for it got out for 45?It was just a year that this nz team had registered a test victory(you dont have the taste of it) at hobart against aus.But sl are still searching for a solitary test win in australian soil and also your neighbour's soil.Nz is rich in young talents.They are rebuilding.Also don forget that you lost a test match in your home soil against newzealand(series:1-1). And windies are the current t20 champions.They are a much improving test side too.My point is that Lanka is the worst team in world cricket.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 6, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I don't know why most of the Sri Lankans blame on selection committee. I think this is the best team to send to Australia. I don't find any wrong with the inclusion of Lakmal on the place of Welegedara. Three fast bowlers are ok guys. We should given them enough experience in Australia it self. Don't look at short run. Look in to the future. It is true our fast bowlers are not good enough, but they should be given more opportunities like this. Look at the performance of Randiv with New Zealand it self. He couldn't get enough wicket with them even in Sri lanka.

Posted by OzWally on (January 6, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Is it just me or does anyone else feel more excited about the remainder of the Shield season, to see how the Indian tour selection plays out, than the one-dayers.

Will Pattinson, Cummins & Harris make strong comebacks? Will Hilfy find some form on his return? Can Watson last a match? Or will Cutting and Maxwell make a push? Who will be the 2nd spinner? And what about the additional batting spots on offer? After Khawaja, who puts up there hand with some runs?

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 6, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Mathews is not a No.6 batsman. He should be used at No.5. If so, he has to be among the runs consistently. I suppose, it is better to use Jeewan Mendis at No.6. (Like Russel Arnold). With the absence of Dishan, Jeewan could be a handy package with spinning options. But he is yet to prove.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. Its quite hilarious, you are saying our youngsters dont have talent. Who top scored for SL in both innings? Thirimanne(who just arrived in Aus 2 days before the start of this test match) and Dimuth(who just started his International career). and dont forget chandimal who scored 2 half centuries in his debut test match in SA. Also in this test match ,he batted with the tail and added 100 more runs to the lead. All these runs they scored was against quality fast bowlers in bouncy wickets. Baring kohli how many youngsters in india have performed well, outside the subcontinent?

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 6, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

@gnanzcupid. unlike Nz we dint get bowled for 45. Three of our youngsters showed fight in this test match. Infact, they are the one who top scored in both innings. So this is a big positive sign as they performed well in Aus against quality bowling. So we wont have any problem after MJ and KS leave. We are much better side than nz and WI. The last time NZ won a test series was in 2006. WI hardly win test matches and they took 2 years to win test match against a top team.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 6, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Chandimal should be purely used as a specialist batsman in the team. He is an excellent wicket keeper. But it is a waste of his talent to use him as a wicket keeper. He should be future No.4 batsman while Dimuth is at N0.1 & Thirimanne is at No.3. Chandi can be used as the wicket keeper of one day matches. But Prasanna Jayawardana should be used as the wicket keeper & N0.7 batsman for couple of years.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 6, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Before the Aus tour Mahela said that every individual has to identify their own role & execute it on the field. Reason for our failure is most of them haven't identified their role. Though some had identified, they haven't got enough skills (referring to our fast bowlers. They have a long way to go & more opportunities should be given)

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 6, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

This 3-0 result shows that the present ICC Test Rankings are correct. Australia deserved No.3 (Not 1 or 2). Sri Lanka deserved No.6 (Not 4 or 5. May be 7, after the result of the NZ matches). Most importantly we have a lot to prove in the Bangladesh test matches.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Well played Australia. You completely outplayed Sri Lanka. You were always top on Sri Lanka within the 12 days of test cricket. You deserved this win. Sad to see the retirement of Mr. Cricket. He was wonderful, energetic cricketer & great gentleman.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

I really have to feel for the sl fans.i have seen them laugh humiliatingly for their neighbour's test loses. The same fate has not come to them. I also have to feel sad for @sinhaya and @colombo_sl who were strongly believing that their country will who atleast a test in australian soil. But you have to young talents to win matches pals. Not with your politics driven selection committee and the team it selected. Sl have now beaten nz comfortably for the world's worst test team title.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 6, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@aus fans. I wish to stress that we should not be carried away by this whitewash against such a substandard side like lanka. It will create a mirage that the team is performing well. One must look at india and learn,they appeared to be winning few more matches but many of them against this poor talentless sl side.

Posted by tallgrass on (January 6, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Fellow lankans understand the technicalities of the game before you praise players. Randiv and Herath are worlds apart. The conditions did not overly support spin. Herat is a much improved bowler and has self-belief...There is nothing wrong with having a 3 seam attack. IF you don't give these guys an opportunity to bowl in seamer friendly conditions where will they learn? Playingat SSC or Hambantota? Vaas didn't bowl 140 + but he swung the ball off the air and used the natural left armer's angle to good effect. And he also played a lot of matches to get to that level. In hard surfaces you need bowlers who can hit the deck hard...which is why Kulasekara become in-effective in the first test. Pradeep, Lakmal & Erange have a lot of promise - they have the height, the pace and the aggression. But they lack self belief, test temperament, fitness and proper guidance. It is very naive to think that Ajantha Mendis is the anwer to every problem!

Posted by gnanzcupid on (January 6, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Its high time the srilankan fans forget 1)being 5 times runner up in wc 2)win over sa in durban 3)mathews seeing sl through after been 8 down and start living in the reality. At present they are the worst test team in the world with only 3 men(sanga,mahela and herath) deserving a place and the rest are hopelessly bad(barring two 80+ knocks). Sl has declined from a decent test side to the worst. Youngsters don seem to have any stuff in them to last long. Sl cricket needs many reforms if they have to dream of playing tests with other standard nations

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Hussey showed great dedication to the sport is a real role model - his running between the wickets is just outstanding to watch - my Favourite batsman, you will be missed - for me and many others you are a legend of cricket.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Mr.Cricket..Micheal Hussey...a true Gentleman Aussie....Salute to the consistency and the temperament shown by you in such a short span of your career.We,the fans would have really liked you to see you more in the Baggy Green... We will miss you Huss.... _/\_...

Posted by kc69 on (January 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

Cricket without Mr.Cricket...hard to believe,for his fitness he could have atleast played till Ashes.However its time for a reality check for SL team which is going the same way as team India,Hanging around 3 players(Sanga,Dilshan and Mahela) will do no good for the future of SL cricket.

Posted by nilb on (January 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

@Chris_P My thoughts exactly. I watched this match to see out young players perform against a good opposition and I got my wish. It's a good thing that Sanga got injured. Love to see Dimuth, Thirimanne, and Chandimal perform well. Sri Lankan cricket will be just fine just have to groom better fast bowlers, that's all. The next Malinga will come I hope.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 6, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

@matchfixerpkn Herath did bowl well. He created chances but its our fielders who put them down. If you look at the sydeny and melbourne, their were lot of missed stumpings and dropped catches went off his bowling. I would say he deserved around 18-20 wickets in this series.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 6, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

@Meety. Good to see you back & posting. Went to day 2 at the SCG for my first ever 3 venue summer (wth the Gabba & Adelaide). Sadly is hasn't inspired me in my form on weekends currently enduring my worst form on over a decade. Lucky I'm captain or the threat of being dropped would be an option! With the test series over nothing more to sustain my interest as the BBL & ODI holds little to no interest so will wait for the shield season to kick off again to watch the real stuff again.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 6, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Hats off to We will miss you for sure.

Posted by gudolerhum on (January 6, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

It is never a good time when a player of the character of Michael Hussey calls it a day. He has been an indomitable spirit in the team and he will be greatly missed by his teammates as well as the thousands of fans around the world whom he has entertained so grandly in his all too brief career. To have a test average in excess of 50 is remarkable for a player whose career started so late. His catching was outstanding and his limited bowling very useful when called upon. Australia will not find another like him easily. Enjoy your life after cricket Mr Cricket, we have enjoyed seeing you play. All the best to you and your family for the future.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

I said after the Melbourne debacle that the true test of a team's character will come next game. No doubt in my mind Sri Lanka performed admirably on, albeit, a wicket more to their liking. I saw enough of their young players to feel that they will remain competitive in future. I hope the surplus of T20 doesn't affect their first class structure too much & that the grass roots level is being looked after as an investment for the future. We need competitive teams, although favour my country I always appreciate top quality cricketers. A good comeback by them.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Lets me honest with ourselves here. Hussey made an executive decision that there was no ways Oz would win the ashes and decided to jump ship against a weakend SL team.

After Hussey witnessed Ponting being humiliated by the South Africans (Kallis's wicket - were he bolwled ponting off his feet) and getting no runs. He decided, 'thats not going to happen to me thanks..!"

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (January 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

That was a really good little game,with a good deal of tension on the last day. Herath certainly performs tricks with the ball. Sri Lanka are far happier on a pitch like this than Melbourne which was excruciating. Most enjoyable. Sad to see Mr Cricket disappear into the sunset. Clarke needs another quality player to help him out batting down the order. Will they keep it in the family?

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 6, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

@Meety on (January 06 2013, 09:59 AM GMT - cheers mate, i firmly believe that we are all passionate about our own countries but we must also be honest in our comments..I have always seen your post in the same way..look forward to more debates in the future !!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

@ valleypf .... I only mentioned this because one of my critics said that Clarke had only lost 2 games as captain. But I am glad that you agreed with the rest.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

I am talking with one side of my heart as a West Indian; the first side.....Hussey is a true sportman and a very good cricketer. Without Hussey and Ponting in Australia side is like two big grenades blasted a hole in a wall for other teams to go through. The other half ....Australia's weakness is close to West Indies so a better contest next time. Our team lost some of the worlds most devastating cricketer such as Haynes, Sobers, Ambrose, Walsh, Lara and Australia it is now upon you. Nice watching you nevertheless and love always. DEEP INSIDE MY HEART I ALWAYS LOVE WHEN THEIR BIG GUNS PERFORM AND OURS BEAT THEM.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 6, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

We can be very happy with the way Sri Lankans fought back. It was a beauty to watch. But, it could have been our victory. Chandi did really well, so as Herath, Lahiru and Karunaratne. Sri Lanka lack pace attack. No need to compare with other countries, but we really want to have an experienced pace attack. You see, in the early stages of Kulasekara, I was wondering why he was getting chances. Today, he is a very experienced bowler. He bowls very slowly, but the chances he got, and the mistakes he did, had carved him to be a good bowler. Had you started even earlier, it could have been even more threatening. You see, Bird, Starc, Siddle, all these guys are very young. They are getting experience day by day. After sometime, they will be even better than McGrath, Lee etc. I don't know. But, the plan is there. Sri Lanka should bring young fast bowlers to the side. Dealing with young fast bowlers is like gardening. You cannot harvest in one day. It's a process that takes time. Start now.

Posted by shillingsworth on (January 6, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Why the recent promotion of the 'Featured Comments'? If I want to read the comments someone else has selected for me, I can select the 'Featured' option from the drop down menu. If not, I should be able to turn it off by selecting 'All'. It would help if the featured comments offered a superior insight to the rest. Personally, I've rarely found this to be the case and the featuring process appears somewhat arbitrary.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 6, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

@Meety, regarding Aussie batting I guess for the next Ashes bowling is perfectly fine but batting might be a bit flimsy sans Hussey. Any thoughts? Australia, SA and England deserve accolades for giving immense high priority for test cricket.

@landl47, yes many thanks for your wishes and greatly appreciated. Also, Hussey the fittest man of both the teams was great cricketer who excelled even after getting the breakthrough at the age of 30. It was pathetic that Chandimal did not play in the 1st and 2nd tests. Hope the ODIs will be exciting indeed.

Posted by landl47 on (January 6, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

A good game right to the end. Sri Lanka needed another 60 runs to really put some pressure on; that terrible shot by Samaraweera and the Mathews run out loom even larger now. Mike Hussey's last ball in test cricket summed up the man and his career- the consummate team man and professional cricketer. As I think will be the case with all true cricket fans I will miss him in England this year.

A good job by Australia against oppositon that was always overmatched, especially in these conditions. Sri Lanka must also be pleased that Thirimanne and Karunaratne looked promising and Chandimal looked real class- I can't understand why he only played in one test of the series.

I also want to point out that this is the last time Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and Samara will be seen in Australia. They've been great cricketers and have made SL a force in world cricket. They'll be missed.

Posted by Sugath on (January 6, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

What a mess. Got beaten 3-0. All of this due to some putrid selection of Lanka team. Let us take this test, Lanka go with 3 fast men who get only 3 wickets where as one spinner Herath get 6 wickets. Despite having Suraj in the side the selection panel had no wisdom to include him and instead took Lakmal. He took only one wicket and in second essay threw his wicket away too. Why was he sent when knowing it is Sydney either Akila or Mendis was not selected? As they say spinners hunt in pairs and had at least Suraj been there Lanka would have won the match. Why was Dinesh kept in cold storage till other batmen got injured? He and Lahiru were examples to older players on how to tackle the Aussie pace lot. He stood at least two feet outside popping crease and nullifies their bounce while the seniors were laden footed, planted inside. Overall it is very clear that before starting the tour a SWOT analysis had not been done, nor for each match, but in an amateurish war went from test to test

Posted by ashes61 on (January 6, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

Had been looking forward to seeing him in ENG this coming summer but it wasn't to be. One of my favourite cricketers & definitely my favourite AUS cricketer. Not only hugely respected by all his opponents but, I suspect, liked as well. A huge credit to his country & to the game itself, which is all the more remarkable in an age when the "accepted wisdom" among players & media everywhere has confused playing hard with displaying boorish behaviour. A great AUS cricketer of the old school - damned good & hard to beat but a perfect sportsman. An absolute dream for the genuine cricket lover. Now leaves AUS batting cupboard rather bare, although practice against lowly Sri Lanka & India will, at least, bed some of the new ones in further. They will (or should) find it very tough in ENG against our bowlers, but you just never know: if they can get a regular side together over the next few months they'll begin to feel like a team & may surprise everyone.On paper, though, it shouldn't be close.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 6, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

@Meety, well we sadly gifted away the Sydney test. So we have to wait another 6 years (Jan 2019 for 2 tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20s) when we have our next test tour of Australia if you look at cricinfo ICC FTP. We really need to believe in ourselves more. More than anything we must remember that we should not play more than 2 fast bowlers as it pace bowling will never be our strength. I think even in Australia, England and SA, always day 4 and 5 will help spinners. Glad that the youngsters impressed especially Karunaratne showed he is good in the 2nd innings as now both his test fifties are in the 2nd innings. Thirimanne's rash hook in the 2nd innings was also the beginning of our end. Thiri too should have waited longer in the 1st innings and targetted a ton. Chandimal showed he is perfect in bouncy pitches as his average in Australia, England and SA is far superior than at home.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

A wonderful exit for Mike Hussey as he has retired while he was still on top. His final test innings of 27 not out, played with great confidence in his own ability, with Australia still experiencing some late jitters is great testament to that fact. Ricky Ponting, while having a superlative career unfortunately made the mistake of hanging around a year too long, being only a mere shadow of his former great self when he finally retired, in a disappointing final test against South Africa. Tendulkar to, unfortunately, is making the same mistake, wrongly thinking that you can perform at international level indefinitely, as if this ability is immortal. However, all sportsman are mortal, and you have to know when to accept this inevitable fact. People say that Tendulkar and Ponting were only experiencing a bad "patch" in form, but these bad "patches" as they get older, seem to get longer and longer with advancing age.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 6, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Times are indeed changing :)

Posted by valleypf on (January 6, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Joseph Langford What a wonderful comment!! Finished with the gem that Clarke's lost 4 Test Matches as Captain and thus is a failure. 4 out of 21 that is! What a hoot!!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

@dan1234 on the flip side the worst thing playing a team from Australia is having to listen to their bogan sledging so goes both ways bud

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 6, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

@stormy16, thanks for your advice but unfortunately not much can we expect with our incompetent inept cricket board. Australia no doubt has an excellent pace bowling attack. We simply lacked the extra killer punch which was needed to succeed in Australia.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@ Posted (07:17 AM GMT) only because you went there .... so Australia struggled to beat SL with 5 of their 11 out. It wasn't pretty but they got there.

Lets face it, Australia with 5 FT bowlers conceded 294 and 278. Nowhere near Mel Test, and when you consider that NZ bowled SL out for 247, 244 and 195 runs last November. Hmmm

But the result was made closer by Clarke's captaincy. I have no idea why he didn't bat first nor why he wouldn't let Wade try to punch out another 20 runs in the 1st Innings with Bird. Did laugh at Clarke's captaincy at the end, spreading for Chandimal, gifting SL a 41 run tenth wicket partnership.

The chase wasn't pure. Clarke scored more than he usually does chasing runs.

Also - -Did you notice when Clarke passed Hussey after he got out?? Nothing. -Hussey is dropped from 1-dayers. Funny how they took Lee to England last year -Selectors are already looking at taking the gloves off Wade, but Wade could now keep out Khawaja - Clarke has lost 4 games as Captain

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 6, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

And so retires probably the 4th best batsman ever, after Bradman, Lara and Ponting. Vanquisher of England and quite frankly all-comers, opposition fans world wide will be sleeping a lot easier tonight!

Posted by hycIass on (January 6, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@Rahul_Ashok well said on the chase today, it showed that we need 6 specialist batsman in India and Khawaja has to be the guy at 6 given Maxwell is at present a good T20 player and needs more time in shield cricket. Thank you Mike for your dedication to the Australian Cricket team over the last 10 years. We will all miss you but you feel the time has come to retire and we must all respect that. Like Hughes who is filling Punter's shoes, Khawaja will have a big job filliing your shoes and hope these guys step up.

Posted by valleypf on (January 6, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

RednWhiteArmy Given he averaged 60 against England why would he run away from the opportunity to boost that average further? You just make yourself appear even more ridiculous than usual with that sort of nonsense.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

luv u Mr. Cricket. Will miss u :(

Posted by Sudu_putha on (January 6, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Lost, but not dissapointed as I was week ago... I am sure Melbourne Sri Lankan crowd will come to MCG this Friday in thousands....Heads up Lions...We can do it,...

Posted by Meety on (January 6, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

@yorkslanka on (January 06 2013, 09:01 AM GMT) - great comment. If only all fans were that gracious in defeat!

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 6, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

The blame SHOULD NOT be directed towards the team. It is the board that must be held responsible. What kind of board upsets their captain in a middle of a series. Mahela clearly has had enough hence his " I have lost all hope with the board" comment. They also do not respect the players and are selfish. Stupid selections especially playing both Lakmal and Pradeep while only bringing Randiv here for a holiday. SHAME ON YOU SL CRICKET BOARD. By the way Chandimal will be second only to Bradman in time. Mark my words.Zam.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 6, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Farewell MH, who lets be honest, is a top professional. Although it could be argued that he ran away from playing England. Either way a good player, who australia wont replace easily.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 6, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@stormy - fully agree with your sentiments about SL test team mate, we need to start fresh now but the problem is that the board does not value test cricket as it does not generate money for them in SL whereas ODI's do ( i dont agree with this, just stating the facts)..

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (January 6, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

So yet another disappointing test series for Sri Lanka. Most Sri Lankans believed this test tour will bring the maiden test win in Australian soil as it seemed to be the best ever Sri Lankan test team touring Australia this time. No doubt Sri Lankan team looked for an inspiration from their first bi lateral ODI series win two years ago and triangular series last year (4-3 win against Australia). Though the result of this series is not different to what they gained in the past Sri Lankan team fought well in 1st and 3 rd tests to make them very interesting until the end .

Posted by poms_have_short_memories on (January 6, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge,Australia defeating Sri Lanka 3-0 in Australia is far better than England's rather insipid effort of 1-0 against Sri Lanka with 2 drawn matches in 2011, and Australia's effort of losing 1-0 against Sth Africa after getting by far the better of the first two tests is a better effort than the caning England got at home last year against the saffas. Looks like Australia may well hit next years ashes in better form than England.Hopefully the aussie attack will have their best 4 fast bowlers fit and if that is the case no doubt the English curators will be far too terrified not to produce 5 turning tracks to suit the world's most overrated bowler in Graeme Swann.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 6, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Firstly, many congratulations to Australia on a thoroughly deserved series win. (i have just returned from SL and so havent been able to comment on the series before this) You were clearly the better team and i said beofre the series that we would lose 3-0 as we simply are not good enough to win in Aus yet. One minor positiove for me is that even though we lost, our youngsters of Thirrimane , Karunaratne and Chandimal have shown they may have the talent to do well in the future if they are given the opportunity...Herath has again been consistent in being our main bowler... Secondly- Farewell Mr Cricket, you have been one of the players I have admired the most in World cricket. You always play the game in the right spirit and you have always performed for your country. I wish you success in whatever you do in the future and will miss watching you.

Posted by ranpath on (January 6, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Three things would have made this the perfect final test for Hussey : 1) victory for Australia 2) being at the wicket/ guiding the team when victory occurred 3) a ton in either of his last two test innings As the old saying goes "two out of three aint bad". Nevertheless congratulations to Hussey on a fine career ! He will be sorely missed by everyone who loves cricket !!

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 6, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

What a shame Sri Lanka, you have missed a great opportunity to win a test against a weak Australian team. 200 runs wouldve been enough the way things were heading, Herath wouldve bowled them out easily.

Congrats on a great career Mr Cricket. I have never seen a cricketer to get so excited about about every aspect of the game. He is a great loss to the Oz top 6 and looking at whats available as a replacement - there isnt much.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 6, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

So the Christmas Minnow Big Bash draws to an end, and we will miss it. We'll miss two very poor teams, teams who in reality occupy the 5th and 6th positions in the world, and contributed no memorable cricket. Years down the line they'll say 'The Christmas Minnow Big Bash - You remember that one?'

Posted by Meety on (January 6, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Ended up a bit more comfortable than it could of been. Good work Oz, but in the end SL missed their best chance ever of knocking Oz off in a Test on Oz soil. They will rue losing 8/105 from the 1st to the 9th wicket. Had Oz been chasing 240, SL would of been VERY hard to beat with Herath bowling. In the end, the thing that saved Oz, was that the match progressed quickly & Oz were only batting on the 4th day, another day & Herath would of been very hard to face.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 6, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Great win by the boys. Now for the real test in India and England, agree with Big Maxy Walker that I would get Khawaja in the side at 6 for that series. Cricket loses its best ambassador today, the fact he didn't want to hit the winning run shows what a good person he really is and how he puts the team ahead of his own interests. Ross I am sure that if Khawaja gets a node for Hussey then he will get a proper run rather then cover for injured players. If you look at his history he made his debut for an injured ponting, then came in for an injured Marsh and is now is in the squad as a backup for an injured Clarke. Its time to stop bringing one of our better domestic players as an injury cover and give him a full series to show what he can do. Well done Huss, great career

Posted by mixters on (January 6, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

@Joseph Langford What no negative remark about Clarke? is this the same guy always with something negative to say about the aussie captain. The cricket worlds Tony Abbot must be struck mute by another series whitewash by a Michael Clarke lead team

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

finally Mr Cricket deserves it..................

Posted by fan_2_fans on (January 6, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@Harshani Pereira.You teams win in AUS and in big big cricket nation may be light years away.So keep dreaming.

Posted by MH19 on (January 6, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

We were completely white washed and never a good test side no point talking bullshit or rubbish. I urge SL cricket now to invest in new blood rather than old guns.Samaraweera has to go playing that shot and i think we are better off without mahela, Sanga,Prassanna,Kule as well what they have done is admirable but in todays world thats history,Pradee's courages fight at number 11 helping Chandimal was creditable.We will be really sad to see Dilshan going as he is an all rounder but I am sure he will go is head high.Karu,Thirimanne,Chandimal a must in any SL side.Once again a pathetic display by SL.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

I note Clarke got man of the series. I'm assumming @Joseph Langford wasn't on the selection committee.

Posted by 158notout on (January 6, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

just revisited that test at the MCG vs India and came across this stat - not particularly relevant other than perhaps a defence of Cowan to all the bashers:;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;debut_or_last=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=1;innings_number=2;orderby=start;orderbyad=reverse;spanmin1=01+jan+1980;spanval1=span;team=2;template=results;type=batting;view=innings

He had the highest debut score by an Aussie opener for almost 30 years! OK, the strike rate was poor but as I said I was there that day, it was dark and gloomy, there was a rain delay and wickets fell all around, I thought he was going to carry his bat and he probably would have had he got another shocker of a decision helped by the classic Indian refusal to use DRS.

Posted by RJHB on (January 6, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Mike Hussey, an absolute champion to the end! Well done, we will miss your presence in the team deeply this year I fear. Well done Sri Lanka as well for fighting hard to the end, even against the odds. You deserve more than your crap cricket board and government afford you! RESPECT.

Posted by 158notout on (January 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

Well done Huss, a fitting end to a great, if late, career. You leave a massive hole in the Australian team, not only in the batting line-up but in the dressing room as well. I hope I can speak for many England fans who, although obviously in one way relieved Hussey will not be coming over this summer but will also be disappointed not to be given another chance to see him batting. Unfortunately the last time I saw him in the flesh was the 1st day of the previous Boxing Day test against India, he was out first ball given caught behind when the only thing that brushed the ball was his sleeve. Shame.

Well done Mr. Cricket. Good luck for the future.

Posted by Dasarathy on (January 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

In front of 85000+ crowd in sydney its a pleasure to watch Aussies win over SL. Where are the professional SLs? Search the kind of technique batsmen like Mahanama and Atapatu and dashers like Jayasurya and finishers like Arvinda and Ranatunga and fast bowler like Vaas, over all spinner in the ranks of Murali. Then only SL can think about a win in down under.

Posted by kunderan on (January 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

Michael Hussey, a true gentleman! Never seen him sledge, claim false catches or even spit! A real role model for all international cricketers. You don't need any external manifestations of aggro to be good! Yet, he is as tough as they come in any situation!

Hope to see you involved with the game in some other role in future Mikey!

Posted by pat_one_back on (January 6, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Farewell Huss! You've been an absolute pleasure to watch & support, you're in my all time 11. Your innings were on occasion overshadowed but if there were a weighting system for runs scored when it really counts you're average would be through the roof I'm certain, today being no exception. At the going down of the middle order, we will remember you... Lest we forget the professionalism of the talented Mr Cricket.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 6, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Peel - Thanks for your opinions on Aussie cricketers or are they facts. Lyon is not a test quality spiinner I think his record shows he will be and he is still young. Obviously Hussey feels Lyon will be a regular member of the team handing over the control of the team song. He could easily have ended up with 4 quick wickets in this game had the catches been caught and Im also not sure what DRS was on showing that ball going over the stumps. Cowan is a grafter and with a team of dashers he is worth persevering with and his running between wickets will improve as willl his method to spin, as for Watson he may always be injured at some point but is value in the test matches he plays. I think the Australian team is on the right track and look forward to the tour of India and the Ashes with all these guys in the team.

Posted by magpye on (January 6, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Well done Huss ! An absolute champion and gentleman. Epitomises everything good about the game of cricket. We will all miss you.

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (January 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

The good thing about HUSSEY I like the most is, he always play for the team not for himself,how many times he guided aurtraila to win. Such a responisble player I have ever seen.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

thanks mr cricket. you are great of all time

Posted by warnerbasher on (January 6, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Matigold Stones thanks for your input. I'm glad you think pakistan are doing ok given what they did to your team in the recent series. Hope your enjoying this Golden Age in English cricket and think that winning 5 out of 15 tests in a calendar year is a job well done

Posted by AllahKeBande on (January 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

The stats itself showing that SL is no competition for Aussies and its amusing to see how SL fans claims that they are better players of fast bowling.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

thanks mr cricket mike hussy. u r great player to watch. we will remember you all time.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

@crzcric: Indians spinners are not overrated nowdays, Indian team is going through transition now, and naturally string of defeats are following, dont forget the same situation of Australia when they toured India in the previous two occasions.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka could have won this test match not for baffling shot selection and gifting of wickets in the 2nd innings and also the non selection of Suraj Randiv cost us dearly

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

Still waiting for Johseph Langford to tell us about Clarkes bad captiansy in yet another test win. The boy wins more than he loses with only SA 5 tests 2/1 to the number one team the result. Still we all rely on you to find something negative to say, a real cricketing Tony Abbot

Posted by Dambulla on (January 6, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

SL has lost 5 of last test 7 matches. This should be seriously be considered by Sport Minister. Our Selection committee has done few wrong selections again. (Selection of Paranavithana & Randiv). Both didn't show any impress either in bat or ball during last NZ tour. Now, SL should exclude, Tilan, Paranavithana, Prasanna & Randive from up coming Bangladesh tour and young blood with promising talent should be considered. Also, SL should make two different teams for test & ODI. If so, no need to cancel test tours that will clash with IPL. Means test players will get less chances from IPL and test tours can be arranged as in is scheduled. If possible SL should re-negotiate with SA/WI boards & re-rearranged the tours that has been postponed. If not in 2013, SL will have very few test matches.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

congrats mr cricket mike hussy. you are golden boy of cricket.we remember you all time

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

@DilumSL great comment mate. Selectors pick bowlers for conditions but even so they still have to take 20 wickets to win a match. Pick your best 4 bowlers and maybe an all rounder and let that surfice. Clive lloyd did that with great results even on low and slow tracks. If SL quicks cant do the job in australia then the spinners should have a go. India recently picked 4 spinners for a test but could not get a result my money would have been no result even if they picked 3 quicks to go with them

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

Congratulations needs to go to both sides at the end of this game.

Australia were just too good. Too much depth, too much experience, so many strengths. After Melbourne, Sri Lanka could have rolled over like India did last year. While some did .... many didn't!!! I think that most people who watched the game would agree that while some SL players should be immediately dropped, it shouldn't take away from special performances with the bat by Chandimal, Karunaratne and Thirimanne. Then we have Herath who's match figures were 7/141 and claimed over 50% of all wickets taken by SL Bowlers in the test. His last day's performance was excellent. Then we had Jayawardene who scored two half centuries against a loaded Australian Bowling attack. I think it's the first time since May 2006 that he has done this away from home.

Special thanks to Michael Hussey. You are a very special man who's contribution to Test Match Cricket will be remembered.

Thanks for a great summer of cricket.

Posted by DilumSL on (January 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

@matchfixerpkn I didn't give any excuses. I accept that SL lost and the better team won. There is no doubt in that. What i'm criticizing is the way our selectors are thinking. Actually i agree with Sinhaya. These fast bowlers have done nothing in the recent past. and their stats are a disaster (even though i do not believe in stats). Bowling at a speed of 140, 144 doesn't make you a good fast bowler. May be Vass has to say some thing about that.

Posted by Hitwicket99 on (January 6, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

@ kandykolla I disagree with you on expanding the game. The reason our teams are so weak is because SL has a terrible domestic structure where good teams like SSC play against rural clubs on terrible wickets. On the contrary Australia has only 6 teams that play Sheffield Cricket which ensures the best players play against each other all the time. But in SL we have something called politics that ruins Cricket. Go back to the days when only SSC, CCC, NCC, TU and Kandy fed the national team. Rural players should compete to get into these teams without diluting talent.

Posted by crzcric on (January 6, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

Lucky hussy for their series.Its sad i can't see again hussy thrash overrated indian spinners in india.Good luck MR CRICKET!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by PFEL on (January 6, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Things to improve on that i've picked up from the Test Summer: - Graeme Smith's captaincy is far too defensive and just terrible. - Jayawardene is a slightly better captain, but still some poor decisions, like not bringing Herath on til Aus were 150/1 in the first innings . . . that was absurd, he's the only decent bowler they have. At least he made up for it in the second innings with smart bowling choices, opening with Dilshan is smart captaincy. - Sri Lankan selection was poor, Only playing 1 spinner all series was nonsensical, when your best bowlers are all spinner. From Aus POV: - Lyon is not test quality bowler, and has potential to just be the type of spinner to hold up an end, AT BEST. - Cowan is a waste of a spot in the team. He is not one of Aus best 6 batsman. - Watson cannot hold up to demands of Test Cricket, should stick to Shorter forms where he is brilliant.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 6, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

my team for india would be warner, watson, hughes, clarke, d hussey, khawaja, wade, starc, okeefe, siddle, lyon. bird, johnson, pattinson as extra pacemen in squad, paine as reserve keeper, and reserve batsmen doolan

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 6, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

sad to see a great champion of the game leave but what a credit to WA's greatest batsman that he goes out on top. fitting end to a humble legends career.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

What i feel is , at least thisara was there as a all rounder, we might have a chance. What ever well played AUSTRALIA. As a young cricket nation we played well but so many things to improve. When i see MJ wearing 69 sl test shirt, im soooo proud about this young cricket (tiny) island.Now clarck is worrying about one day series BRING IT ON .we will see

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Gosh is shows how amazing the Aussie team of the 90's when such a brilliant player couldn't get a game till he was 30, but damn did he use those 7 years to their fullest!

Posted by pak78 on (January 6, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

as sir tony greig (R.I.P) would have said "oh boy wataplaya and servant of his country left at top of his game...... good luck mr cricket u will sure be missed for a true team player but i will never forget what u did to us in 2010 t20 semi final world cup hit the magician 4 sixes 2 win the game though u did uz a favour after that he sure has become number 1 spin bowler in the world.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

You'll be missed big time Huss..Wish you could play another year or 2. Anyway best of luck with your next venture. Thanks for all you've done for Australian Cricket Team & giving us such lovely matches..

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 6, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

@matchfixerpkn, hey read my comment properly! I gave Australia full credit for their victory which was well and truely deserved. Our poor cricket thinktank or selection panel is ruining our cricket. We must learn to have the best XI for the situation. We actually had 3 passengers in the team, the 3 fast bowlers.

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (January 6, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Micheal Hussey is the cricketer i admire the most after sangakkara..really sad to see him going...I wish him a good future in T20's...Im a Sri Lankan fan but still i really like him...He was a very consistent batsmen and made atleast more than 30 in every match i saw him play...But you know what...had he not made that 27* runs in the final innings..SL could have won too..cos they were applying pressure to the max and could have ripped through the tail using Herath..He basically proved the fact that he is a 'team man' in his final innings...And to M.Hussey if he is seeing this i like to say that everybody who loves Cricket...Loves "Mr.Cricket" too..Everbody Loves you..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

hussey was a true champion n fighter...for som1 of his class n debut at the age of '30' was a joke...he could have served australian n international cricket even longer..kudos to an amazing talent n a fighter!!!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 6, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

endianuwagona .. i agree with yoiu..even though jayavardane /sangakara are gentleman..but in field they accect defeat before bowling single ball...both are negative on their own team ability..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

@Chinmay Boriwal, I don't think the Indian team would have given Hussey a guard of honour, because I have never seen an Indian team giving one to any player so far...they did not even wear a black armband in tribute to Tony Greig..neither did the Pakistan team.

Posted by kandykolla on (January 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

High time to form competitve crciket clubs in East, North and Central Sri Lanka, who can compete with Colombo clubs. Desperately need some wicket taking fast bowlers who can beat the deck hard with atlease 145 km/h, and with a cricketing brain. Hope Thiri,Dimuthu and Chandimal groomed properly.Thank you Mr Samaraweera for your service to Sri Lankan cricket, really appreciate it and hope you will take coaching after retirement.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 6, 2013, 6:02 GMT) say ..herath is quality bowler ??? he only got wicket when asutralia are strated to throw bat over everything ..not a sngle time he got wikcet when srilanka was desprate for wicket... so if ajanata mendis was hrtere du u think he will score hundred after hundred.. rememberer ..srilanka not crossed 400 mark in 3 test matches.... dear accept it not a single team from sub continet is capable of beating australia ...except paistani bowling unit..

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

@ fan_2_fans Dont wary mate we do not spend almost 50 years to win a test in australia as like some big big cricket nation

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (January 6, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

DilumSL..accept the fact..except few pakistani fast bowlers , there is not a single bowler from sub continet who can even troiuble tail handers in australia... dnt give excuses..srilanka lsot australi won..and real champion player retired ...

Posted by iamcd_pati on (January 6, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

hussey was a true champion n fighter...for som1 of his class n debut at the age of '30' was a joke...he could have served australian n international cricket even longer..kudos to an amazing talent n a fighter!!!!

Posted by MrKricket on (January 6, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

A great way to go. You can't write your own endings but Mr Cricket just about did by being there at the end. Everyone likes to go out a winner and he was just the man Aus needed out there. Australia have not failed in too many close chases with him around unlike some years ago when folding up chasing small totals was the norm.

It also says what a team man he was in that he called Johnson through for the run to win the match rather than seeing it as a chance to gather the personal glory to himself by hitting the winning runs. A team man to the end. I will miss him more than any other cricketer since Glenn McGrath retired.

Thanks Mr Cricket!

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

Retiring Hussey steers Australia to victory

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 6, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

take a BOW mr was a nice carrier of cricket...u r truly champion......u will be missed by the aussie team as well as the opponents....

Posted by DilumSL on (January 6, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Cause of SL's defeat is not their batting. It's their bowling. we were not able to take 10 wickets except the first game. But that only happens coz Aussies tries to accelerate. SL do not have any wicket taking fast bowlers that's obvious. But we still use three of them coz it says "pitch supports fast bowlers". Thing that the selectors and the management couldn't understand is that "pitch it self can't get wickets and bowlers does take wickets". But still this last game is not a complete lost thanks to Lahiru, Dimuth and Chandimal.

Posted by Andross on (January 6, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

@David Butlin, I both agree and disagree, with your comments, while Cowen and Hughes perhaps aren't permanent solutions, they are handy enough for the moment. As for the bowling, we should have Patterson and Cummings back by the Ashes, and Jackson Bird looks like a very useful find as well. Peter Siddle perhaps isn't in the same class as McGrath, Lilly etc, but he's good value as a solid performer and a good team man, and Starc is a handy bowler to have as well. I feel you maybe right about Lyon, but on the other hand, England have since proven that they seem to have worked out a lot of their problems with spin, and short of a Shane Warne suddenly emerging, I don't think they're ever going to get more wickets than the seamers. My biggest worry for Australia is the fact that we really have only 1 batsman in Clark who's good at playing spin, and that's a worry going into India and then facing off against Swan & possibly Panassar.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 6, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

True to form we made pretty hard work of it, but got there eventually. I still don't understand what the brains trust were hoping to prove with the balance of the team in this Test. .. I hope it was just one of those wierd one-off science experiments and not something they are seriously considering for the tours ahead.

It was also nice to get one last reminder of why we are going to miss Huss so much. His ability to tick the scoreboard over is priceless. It must drive bowlers absolutely nuts when trying to build up some pressure with dot balls. .. anyway, on to the ODI's. .. SL will be a lot tougher in those and our team is pretty fresh faced.

Posted by fan_2_fans on (January 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

So no single test win yet for SL in

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 6, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

First of all CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL PLAYED AUSTRALIA! You thoroughly deserved it. You all prepared very well and it was simply meticulour preparation and mental toughness. Sri Lanka simply lacked the will to lost long as our middle order showed yesterday. With so much T20s that we play, it showed our flaws at test level. This was a perfect chance to register our elusive test win in Australia with just another 80 or more runs since we managed to take 5 wickets in the 2nd innigs. First of all, our cricket board should have sent in Ajantha Mendis instead of Suranga Lakmal who was a pure passenger. How in the world can we ever win a test match in Australia with JUST ONE QUALITY BOWLER like Herath?? (Continued)

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

There are only two decent Test playing teams in the world ATM. Apart from that Oz are doing okay with what they have got and Pakistan have shown a bit of fight. India are in transition and rest are just making up the numbers. I personally think England are better than SA because we have a worldclass spin and fast bowling attack. We have two worldclass spinners, Cook opening whose going to go on and on and most probably beat the Test record for runs and KP is the best batter in the world because regardless of attack or conditions he can play innings only Lara and Viv ever could of played otherwise.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Salute to Gr8 Micheal Hussey.. on his Retirement Day !!!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 6, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

@endianuwagona, yes I fully agree with you. By the way our next test tour of Australia is in January 2019 and it is for 2 tests. Check the ICC FTP.

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Hopefully this was the series in which Australia's selectors finally grasped the value of Mitchell Johnson not as a pure bowler but as a bowling all-rounder.

Across 2 Tests he averaged 106 with the bat and took 9 wickets at 19.00 with the ball, as well as breaking Sangakkara's hand.

There isn't a great deal between Johnson, Siddle, Starc, Bird, Hilfenhaus, Pattinson and Cummins as bowlers. And the final combination will need to include someone who can average 25 with the bat from number eight in the order.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Well played Mr Cricket a true champion test cricketer ,hope seeing your good performance in other formats you choose to play . Congratulations to Aussies for 3-0 victory. Sri Lanka competed really well in this test and Herath , Chandimal, Lakmal and Mathews are good prospects for the future . All the best for the ODI's to both teams .

Posted by OzWally on (January 6, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Already the naysayers are appearing saying this Aussie side isn't that great and will get killed in England. It was a 3-0 whitewash, what else were they supposed to do? Win 4 out of 3?

Obviously this series win wasn't as impressive as when England last played this SL side at home and won much more convincingly 1-0 (in a 3 test series).

Posted by Narbavi on (January 6, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Lol, one thing lanka can feel proud is the fact that Hussey has chosen them to play his final match for Australia!!

Posted by endianuwagona on (January 6, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

Lets hope Sri Lanka will next tour Australia with a very strong minded captain who is not afraid to lose, but will always look at winning. Angelo Mathhews will not last long as SL test captain. He does not have the guts to be a tactician and strong minded individual who could plan out an opposition.

Hope to see all the young batters and some fast bowlers (maybe these same guys under a different bowling coach) back next tour. We have the spinners in Herath, Randiv, Akila, Ajantha.

For the betterment of SL cricket, please retire all seniors inlcuding MJ, KS, Dilshan, Samaraweera, Prasanna, Kulasekara. Let them play ODI, T20 or any other showpiece that provides instant money.

But please please, get back Rumesh Ratnayake as bowling coach from wherever he is at whatever price he wants as pay immediately. We do not need bowling coaches who go public about wishing for retired guys coming back and not knowing how to bowl. Sack the present guy today itself.

Posted by ashqarmahi on (January 6, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

farewell Micheal true fighter of the game of cricket.....

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Chandimal , Dimuth and Thirmanne - let them play..these three are among world`s top young batsmen

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Australia have dominated this series at home against a sri lankan attack with no fast bowlers of note, only a slightly better than average spinner. I fear for Aus in the ashes in Eng against quality fast bowling without Hussey/Ponting Aus batting looks VERY FRAGILE Cowan/Hughes are not test batsmen Warner is a good one day batsman but takes too many risky shots and will be found out soon enough on pitches with assistance for good fast bowlers. Bowling wise for Aus i think their attack is good but not dangerous against a proper test batting line up sir lanka made it look better than it really is, biggest worry for Aus is they have no spinner..... and Eng hate spin bowling....

Posted by owlseye on (January 6, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

It is difficult to compare the standards of the Sri Lankan players with most of other nations as they are deprived of test matches in most of the calander years gone by. India, Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies do play a lot and besides SLC curtailed test matches they were given for IPL and other unknown reasons. There is a bottle-neck in the team for the new commers to gain the exposure as the oldies are giving puppet shows. Better arrange a second elleven and fix matches so the better team will come out.

Posted by dan1234 on (January 6, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

The only problem playing subcontinent teams is listening to them shriek for their appeals. It really is a horrible sound.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 6, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

They've gone to lunch with Hussey on strike and 5 runs required. The stage is now set for Hussey to finish his career with a single lusty blow first ball after lunch. Let's hope Sri Lanka has a sense of the occasion and tosses one up for him.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 6, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Perfectly timed declaration by Clarke to make sure Cowan gets his ton but more importantly Hussey gets to stroke the winning runs. Twinkle toes does it again.

Posted by   on (January 6, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Better if the management could understand the importance of playing with Suraj Randiv in this test. But now its too late, but the inexperienced bowling department has showed some fight. Good luck for the ODI's

Posted by owlseye on (January 6, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

I guess at least now the SLC understands the value of another real spinner in the tean rather than half bowlers. You shouldn't go to devil's den with his own instruments as he knows how to handle it better than the other. Lessons will never be learned and the out-come is such that no one will be responsible for. Sorry guys.. Think before you lap.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 6, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Now, one giant is down. Now, it's another few more giants left. Keep fighting Sri Lankans. You can do it! Keep fighting...

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