Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13 January 7, 2013

Sri Lanka undone by inconsistency - Ford

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Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said his side had positives to take from a 3-0 drubbing in Australia, but had ultimately been undone by inconsistency, after Australia completed the whitewash with a five-wicket win in Sydney. Previously in the series, Sri Lanka had been close to achieving a draw in Hobart, where they were bowled out with only 10.4 overs remaining until stumps on day five, but had also sunk to their third-heaviest defeat in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

The visitors could not dominate Australia throughout the series, and also conceded substantial first-innings deficits in each match. The batsmen could only muster one score in excess of 300, and only once batted out a session without losing a wicket.

Sri Lanka were also sloppy in the field, particularly in Melbourne where five chances went down in Australia's innings, and did not sustain pressure on Australia with the ball. Their poor use of the DRS also contributed to their failure.

"We've got to look at ourselves and accept there were areas where we were short and consistency is an important thing," Ford said. "There were periods when we were every bit as good as the Australians, but we weren't able to sustain that. We had the odd session every now and then when we set ourselves back quite badly."

Ford said Sri Lanka were encouraged by their performance in Sydney, particularly as their batting in the last Test was driven largely by contributions from the side's young batsmen. Twenty three-year-old Lahiru Thirimanne's 91 was the highest score in the first innings, while Dimuth Karunaratne, 24, top-scored in the second innings with 85. Dinesh Chandimal, 23, then helped his side recover from a middle-order collapse, as he batted with the tail to take Sri Lanka's lead to 140. He made 62 not out, having forged a 41-run partnership with Nuwan Pradeep for the last wicket.

"A couple of the young guys who have been given opportunities have shown that they can play at this level. What I was happy with on the final day was the pride and the passion and the way they went out and fought. A lot of people didn't feel the Test would continue for as long as it did. A chap like Nuwan Pradeep going out and handling some nasty pace he wasn't equipped to handle - he really showed some character, along with young Chandimal. The boys certainly never gave up in the field until the last run was scored.

"I think what's been positive is that the young batsmen have handled their time out of the side so well. They've kept working on their game and kept talking about how they will be absolutely ready when they do get their chance. Attitude is just so important in a touring group. They've showed the perfect attitude and when the chance has come their way, they've really grabbed it."

Ford also defended Thilan Samaraweera's shot selection, after the batsman had perished in the second dig to a top-edged swipe across the line to Nathan Lyon, off the third ball of his innings. Samaraweera had struggled for form throughout the series, and made 79 in six innings.

"That's the nature of the game. We see highly experienced players make decisions that don't work on the particular day. Looking at the bigger picture, what was disappointing for me, and I said it after the press conference, is that we could have perhaps squeezed out a few more runs in that first innings. And we could have squeezed out a few more in the second innings as well."

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 7, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I believe that SL cricket board examine its test priorities .. the 3-0 defeat . maybe time to have different teams for different formats.. I know I will get flack for saying this .. but its time for the seniors like Sanga , Mahela , Dilshan & Samaraweera call it a day for test cricket especially overseas tours and give a chance to the youngsters to gain experience .. take a lesson from Mike Hussey and retire in your peak.. and not to do what Sanath/Tendulkar did/ are doing by just prolonging your career .. and the SL board should maybe invest in the future of the game .. give promising young players the experience to play 1st class cricket in Austrlia , SA & England under an exchange program .. this will be only way to advance and learn to paly on pace wickets.. Cricket should be competetive , one sided games is not showing respect to the game .. players should be mentally be adapt to a 5 day format , otherwise just play one day cricket .. losing is quite alright , as long as you fight

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | January 7, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    If you want consistency you have to pick promising proven players in the Country those who have maintained consistency from the age of 15. With the exception of Samaraweera, Mathews, Chandimal,Thirimanne,Paranawithana & Dimuth all others in this squad are (even the two additional batters called up for the ODIs are in the same style of 3 seniors,: sticky-footed risky stroke makers) unreliable players in their entire careers that has no temperament nor skill to bat under pressure. Samaraweera, Mathews& Chandimal have always been sent to bat at wrong places in their entire careers. Very often they have had to begin their innings after the reckless hitting front-liners have spoiled the party. The top order batting is meant for (present day) batters of solid technique, such as Trott, Amala, Alistaire Cooke, Bell,.. These quality batters hardly make any loophole that a quality bowler could creep in, exploit conditions and regain their confidence going. (2 B CNTD)

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | January 9, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    We lost this series because of our batting failure and fielding, we played with 7-4 combination still can't score runs. so called seniors does not know how to hang in the wicket, when to call for a run ... stop blaming bowlers

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 9, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    @Chris_P, yes we must now cash in on the upcoming home series against Bangladesh by all means. But I really feel we made too many careless mistakes which are unpardonable. How disappointing it is to see 80% of our wickets falling due to our batting errors than due to unplayable deliveries unleashed!! It is also clear that Mathews is not a suitable captain as of now due to his "dont care like casual attitude". We have young talent. So upto the SLC to get priorities right, but unlikely to happen in the next few months.

  • POSTED BY kothumalli11 on | January 9, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    @rowdypeter - Well said, you were spot on.Bowling was rubbish and these batsman friendly bowlers should not be allowed to play in international test matches. I think they lack skills and common sense and SL would be better off if they select 9 batters and 2 spin bowlers in overseas matches.Atleast they can manage to draw 2 mathces instead of being thrashed 3-0.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | January 9, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    @SinhayaI think you are being far too hard on your team. If they go away from here & not show improvement from their tour experience, then I would agree with you. It;s difficult to pinpoint one area where you lost or not as circumstances may have changed if the alternate had happened. For example, if Cowan didn't run himself out, who knows if he had of put his down & scored 200? Sure Matthews swipe didn't help, but it could have led to a different scenario re: ending. I saw enough, this time anyway, to suggest that the future for SL isn't as bleak as I thought before seeing some of these guys. But to repeat, the administration must address this at grass roots level. This evolves after a period of planning, not overnight. Transition planning, to date, appears ottbe on the right track for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 8, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    lot of debate about the retirement of Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan..There is no disagreement in my book that these guys still have it but in order for SL cricket to evolve,I personally feel that the youngsters must get a chance ( Chandimal, Thirimanne , Karunaratne , Danajaya , Thissara) and these guys need to be led by Mathews you should have a free reign to mould HIS own team... we are a team in transition but we need to start again and become competitive again...

  • POSTED BY anurade on | January 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Why is it always the fault of the board or the selectors? They have done their job by looking after the players to the best of their ability and the selectors have picked the players and given them the oportunity. It is upto the players to step up to the plate and produce the results. They can not blame the conditions as they knew that and have to be prepared. They can not complain about the money as they are way more compensated than the players who helped them to get the test status. In 1984 the test team who toured England was given $50 a day and had to manage the diner & laundry with that and the hotel, breakfast and lunch was provided. Now they get thousands and still do not deliver. The basic rule in anything is if you accept money to do a job you HAVE to Deliver or do not accept the money. Take an example from the USA basket ball players like Lebron and Koby, they are millioniers but when they put on the USA shirt they give 1000% to win for thire country. Seniors, please N

  • POSTED BY rowdypeter on | January 8, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    I think Ford has no good reason to say there was inconsitency. The bowling was rubbish and to haul back the lost advantage was not easy. The coach is there to advice the bowlers and batsmen and if they had followed his advice then he is a bag of rubbish. They were erratic and only Herath and Dilshan can hold their heads up high as far as the bowlers were concerned. The batsmen have got used to the 20/20 mode and therefore gave their wickets away senselessly. When they played straight bats the batsmen had class. Matthews is a waste of space and he has proved it over and over again that he is an irresponsible player. The Sri Lankan players relied on their talent and if they have to go on without a coach I am sure they will do as well or better. The selectors have to be given a kick up their behinds for keeping good players like Lokuge in cold storage. The boy will be a great player with or without Ford.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @Chris_P, Aussies simply were far superior. But if we made a better effort or even better selection choices, we could have made it 1-1. Also, we were far less mentally tough than Aussies. In Hobart, Chandimal would have made a difference rather than Prasanna J. We lost it due to Angelo's rash shot in the 2nd innings. MCG was a pure massacre and no need to elaborate. SCG was the chance where we should have played Ajantha Mendis but instead the useless Lakmal was played. The result shows that ever since we got test status, we have played our worse test cricket both home and away against Aussies. We have squadered 5 test matches from a winning position to end up as losers against Aussies. Well Pakistan too played there worse test cricket after the SCG win in 1995 Nov against the Aussies to lose 13 tests in a row until it all ended in Headingley in 2010. That too Aussies could have won and made it 14 test wins in a row had Watson taken Farhat's catch!

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 7, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I believe that SL cricket board examine its test priorities .. the 3-0 defeat . maybe time to have different teams for different formats.. I know I will get flack for saying this .. but its time for the seniors like Sanga , Mahela , Dilshan & Samaraweera call it a day for test cricket especially overseas tours and give a chance to the youngsters to gain experience .. take a lesson from Mike Hussey and retire in your peak.. and not to do what Sanath/Tendulkar did/ are doing by just prolonging your career .. and the SL board should maybe invest in the future of the game .. give promising young players the experience to play 1st class cricket in Austrlia , SA & England under an exchange program .. this will be only way to advance and learn to paly on pace wickets.. Cricket should be competetive , one sided games is not showing respect to the game .. players should be mentally be adapt to a 5 day format , otherwise just play one day cricket .. losing is quite alright , as long as you fight

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | January 7, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    If you want consistency you have to pick promising proven players in the Country those who have maintained consistency from the age of 15. With the exception of Samaraweera, Mathews, Chandimal,Thirimanne,Paranawithana & Dimuth all others in this squad are (even the two additional batters called up for the ODIs are in the same style of 3 seniors,: sticky-footed risky stroke makers) unreliable players in their entire careers that has no temperament nor skill to bat under pressure. Samaraweera, Mathews& Chandimal have always been sent to bat at wrong places in their entire careers. Very often they have had to begin their innings after the reckless hitting front-liners have spoiled the party. The top order batting is meant for (present day) batters of solid technique, such as Trott, Amala, Alistaire Cooke, Bell,.. These quality batters hardly make any loophole that a quality bowler could creep in, exploit conditions and regain their confidence going. (2 B CNTD)

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | January 9, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    We lost this series because of our batting failure and fielding, we played with 7-4 combination still can't score runs. so called seniors does not know how to hang in the wicket, when to call for a run ... stop blaming bowlers

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 9, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    @Chris_P, yes we must now cash in on the upcoming home series against Bangladesh by all means. But I really feel we made too many careless mistakes which are unpardonable. How disappointing it is to see 80% of our wickets falling due to our batting errors than due to unplayable deliveries unleashed!! It is also clear that Mathews is not a suitable captain as of now due to his "dont care like casual attitude". We have young talent. So upto the SLC to get priorities right, but unlikely to happen in the next few months.

  • POSTED BY kothumalli11 on | January 9, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    @rowdypeter - Well said, you were spot on.Bowling was rubbish and these batsman friendly bowlers should not be allowed to play in international test matches. I think they lack skills and common sense and SL would be better off if they select 9 batters and 2 spin bowlers in overseas matches.Atleast they can manage to draw 2 mathces instead of being thrashed 3-0.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | January 9, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    @SinhayaI think you are being far too hard on your team. If they go away from here & not show improvement from their tour experience, then I would agree with you. It;s difficult to pinpoint one area where you lost or not as circumstances may have changed if the alternate had happened. For example, if Cowan didn't run himself out, who knows if he had of put his down & scored 200? Sure Matthews swipe didn't help, but it could have led to a different scenario re: ending. I saw enough, this time anyway, to suggest that the future for SL isn't as bleak as I thought before seeing some of these guys. But to repeat, the administration must address this at grass roots level. This evolves after a period of planning, not overnight. Transition planning, to date, appears ottbe on the right track for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | January 8, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    lot of debate about the retirement of Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan..There is no disagreement in my book that these guys still have it but in order for SL cricket to evolve,I personally feel that the youngsters must get a chance ( Chandimal, Thirimanne , Karunaratne , Danajaya , Thissara) and these guys need to be led by Mathews you should have a free reign to mould HIS own team... we are a team in transition but we need to start again and become competitive again...

  • POSTED BY anurade on | January 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Why is it always the fault of the board or the selectors? They have done their job by looking after the players to the best of their ability and the selectors have picked the players and given them the oportunity. It is upto the players to step up to the plate and produce the results. They can not blame the conditions as they knew that and have to be prepared. They can not complain about the money as they are way more compensated than the players who helped them to get the test status. In 1984 the test team who toured England was given $50 a day and had to manage the diner & laundry with that and the hotel, breakfast and lunch was provided. Now they get thousands and still do not deliver. The basic rule in anything is if you accept money to do a job you HAVE to Deliver or do not accept the money. Take an example from the USA basket ball players like Lebron and Koby, they are millioniers but when they put on the USA shirt they give 1000% to win for thire country. Seniors, please N

  • POSTED BY rowdypeter on | January 8, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    I think Ford has no good reason to say there was inconsitency. The bowling was rubbish and to haul back the lost advantage was not easy. The coach is there to advice the bowlers and batsmen and if they had followed his advice then he is a bag of rubbish. They were erratic and only Herath and Dilshan can hold their heads up high as far as the bowlers were concerned. The batsmen have got used to the 20/20 mode and therefore gave their wickets away senselessly. When they played straight bats the batsmen had class. Matthews is a waste of space and he has proved it over and over again that he is an irresponsible player. The Sri Lankan players relied on their talent and if they have to go on without a coach I am sure they will do as well or better. The selectors have to be given a kick up their behinds for keeping good players like Lokuge in cold storage. The boy will be a great player with or without Ford.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @Chris_P, Aussies simply were far superior. But if we made a better effort or even better selection choices, we could have made it 1-1. Also, we were far less mentally tough than Aussies. In Hobart, Chandimal would have made a difference rather than Prasanna J. We lost it due to Angelo's rash shot in the 2nd innings. MCG was a pure massacre and no need to elaborate. SCG was the chance where we should have played Ajantha Mendis but instead the useless Lakmal was played. The result shows that ever since we got test status, we have played our worse test cricket both home and away against Aussies. We have squadered 5 test matches from a winning position to end up as losers against Aussies. Well Pakistan too played there worse test cricket after the SCG win in 1995 Nov against the Aussies to lose 13 tests in a row until it all ended in Headingley in 2010. That too Aussies could have won and made it 14 test wins in a row had Watson taken Farhat's catch!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 8, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @Meety, Aussies have the best test record of all visiting teams in Sri Lanka. Then comes Pakistan. But one thing I disagree. We can survive without Sanga and Mahela. The way Dimuth K, Thirimanne and Chandimal played clearly proves their worth. With Bangladesh due in SL in March, hope our other proming batsman Angeo Perera also gets a chance.

  • POSTED BY Rocketman1 on | January 8, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @Jerryman - You have basically summed up everything that needs to be done mate for the greater good of the game and for a true contest on the field. Some fans will find it hard to digest. Plenty of the Aussies get dropped throughout their career, and it does them a world of good when they fight their way back into the side. Just think what CA would do with the SL team: Mahela, Samaraweera, Prasanna, and Matthews (temporarily-until some accountability and responsibility is shown) would be dropped. If your opponent is consistently winning and seem to have a formula for winning...why not adopt it? Nothing like a game that goes down to the wire.

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | January 8, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    It's over it's a huge failure for SL. except the last game. where youngsters show their colors. Be ready for the ODI. It will also not an easy task. Talking about test our next test series is with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. So please send an team with youngsters. Rest seniors Like Sanga, Mahela and Dili. We might lost a game or two. But considering the future that is a must. my next test squad 1. Dimuth 2. Lahiru 3. Chandimal(wk) 4. Angelo Perera 5. Tilan 6. Mathews (C) 7. Thisara 8. Kula 9.Akila 10. Rangana 11.Eranga 12. Nuwan Pradeep 13. Prasanna 14. Upul 15. Sachithra/Kalhara Mendis

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | January 8, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    @meety,mind what you say;you boast of giving the high profile game to SL but did you forget it was after a 17 year gap!Is that what you say fare.The FTP itself is a concocted programme,how many times Eng,Aus,SA & India play each other,almost once in every two years man.That cannot be right be it FTP or other euphemism attached to it. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | January 8, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    The easiest thing is to talk about where you went wrong after the game because it is very evident. But the difficult and the wiser thing to pre-plan for each match. It is quite evident that Sri Lanka as a whole has not done their SWOT for the tour or for each game. If you just look at the third test as an example, Aussies had 6 left handed batsmen among the first 7. But what did Lanka do, went with 4 medium fast bowlers just as Aussies did. Did it ever occur to them that what should have ben done was to include Suraj so that he and Herath can bowl in tandem? Off spinner turning the bowl away from left handed players and also one who is very economical would have greatly complimented Herath and Lanka would have easily secured their win in Australia. The job of the coach is not to give explanations, but to prepare in advance, do an audit, build the SWOT and evolve strategic plans to make it happen and not do let it happen. Very poor show

  • POSTED BY andreben on | January 8, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Chandimal played well again as keeper and batsman.Though Prasanna is a top keeper- SL are likely to score more with Chandimal as the keeper and not lose too much in the keeping dept. He also appears more competent in scoring singles than Mathews who may be better suited at 7 (where a bigger hitter would be better) . My team for SL's next test assuming full availability would be 1 Karunaratne,2 Dilshan,3 Sangakarra,4 Jayawardene,5 Thirimanne,6 Chandimal (wk) 7 Mathews (c),8 Kulasekera, 9 Ajantha Mendis 10 Herath 11 Welegedera.

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | January 8, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    The ideal SL captain should be Dinesh Chandimal. He is wise and strategic, he is a fighter, he is a loud talker/communicator, He is technically correct, He is brave under pressure. He always look keen. He is open minded. When he was the U19 captain for his school, they haven't lost a single match. So he has a good track record at a different level. He will be even a better captain than Ranathunge. However I also have faith in Mathews as the captain. He was a successful skipper in his younger days. However sometimes it looks like Angelo has lost keenness when he bats and bowls in the middle. Hopefully when he becomes the captain, he will perform well and the seniors will support him.

  • POSTED BY Dambulla on | January 8, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Generally, Thanarna weak against quality fast bowlers. As per statistics, Zaheer Khan out him more than 7/8 times. Other Hand, Dimuth played well against Ausis, therefore, Dumuth should be in ODI team.

  • POSTED BY ajithabey on | January 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Ford and his fellow coaches and the cricket administration including selectors are also responsible for this downfall.Poor shot selection,poor combination in composition of team on specific pitches,genuine spinners not considered,players not following code of conduct and ethics on the eve of important test matches,poor commitment by seniors towards a winning cause.SL could have easily played better cricket than what was dished out in about 10 playing days out of the scheduled 15 days of test cricket.what a disappointing series overall but congrats to Clark and the team for their outstanding performance.Lets hope for a better 1 day series in the next few days.As far as politics are concerned it has definitely been the bane of Sri Lankan cricket in the past decade or so.For a start it will be appropriate that the selection committee,team selection etc are selected and approved by the Cricket board instead of the minister of sports who should only be available on an advisory capacity

  • POSTED BY charithdasun on | January 8, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Every time I see Denesh Chandimal playing for SL there is something about him.In the recent test matches when he was keeping u would see the fight in him. He may not be most talented but I would like him to part of SL team.He has the real fight in him also thisara Perera is a one who should be in this team.I'd like to see senior guys step out & give these youngsters a chance at their right time.

  • POSTED BY DiamondSoul on | January 8, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    It might be experiment time by now.... Just give a chance for only the young players at least in the upcoming bangladesh tour.They'll build up. Bcs Once when we get thr into 2017 the the World Test Championship comes in and i dont think Mahela will be at 4 or Kumar at 3.Just leave them a break and give the opportunity to youngs

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | January 8, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    That was a much better show by SL in Sydney. Chandimal batted very well here in ODIs last season and it is surprising that he is not entrenched in the team. The ability to compete well is there. There was a bit of arrogance in the Oz display, firstly not batting first and then mucking around at the end of both SL innings when Nathan Lyon would have wrapped things up quickly. But they got the job done.

  • POSTED BY Rocketman1 on | January 8, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    @samincolumbia - You obviously only read the last line of my paragraph in response to gsingh who had a few potshots, even at India! Cricinfo needs to update the webpage because so many Indian fans are getting lost and can't find the correct page and venting their frustration on series that India aren't even playing in. This is Aus vs SL. India are currently playing Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY endianuwagona on | January 8, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    The so called seniors (mahela, sangakkara, dilshan and matthews) should not be given a place in the test team. I am also very suprised that some followers of these underperformers are recommending that the youngsters play under them to gain experience and also if or whether SL have the replacements for them. Firstly Thirimanne would not have gained what he did had not Sangakkara broken his finger. Also the way the seniors play (mahela, sangakkara cannot play good pace bowling at all, dilshan is clueless) it is better not to include any youngsters with these guys as thier confidence too will begin to fail. The only thing that these jokers can teach the youngsters at the moment is how to edge to the keeper and how to edge to the slips. Yet Mahela and Sangakkara could be an asset at training to give the slip catches fielding practice as I reckon even in practice few will find it hard to edge behind the wickets as regularly as these jokers do. SL have the talent.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | January 8, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    @gsingh7 on (January 07 2013, 11:22 AM GMT) "...even india did not got beat inside 3 days." - that was because India couldn't get Huss, Punter or Pup out & they would bat for 2 days!!!!! @Herath-UK on (January 07 2013, 16:28 PM GMT) - what a load of garbage! Reality check mate, we have given Sri Lanka the most high profile date in the cricketing world (Boxing Day), there is a thing called the FTP, Oz fulfills that commitment! How is that Oz has a good record in Sri Lanka, (hardly ever losing), when we play there once in "...a blue moon..."!!!! == == == I find it very puzzling - the amount of comments requesting Sanga & Mahela retire. Whilst there is an arguement that Samaweera should retire, MJ & Sanga should not retire at the same time otherwise, (no disrespect), SL will struggle to compete with Bangladesh! ATM - we are witnessing the weakest Indian side in 20 years, on the back of retirements from VVS & Dravid (+ others having falling standards). Sanga is still one of the best!

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | January 8, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    #Metro-ant#1 century out of 35 Tests with an average of 40 is more than enough for a batter that always bats at No 6-7 positions. Both S'weera (Test Ave of 50)& M'thews were very often than not had to go to bat at hopeless situations. after the reckless top had boosted confidence of opposition with their risky manner of scoring runs. The top order in Tests and ODIs meant for batters of Roy Dias', Aravindas '& Attapattus' class but surely it is not meant for batters that have no control over their batting. One can't survive very long if he was fleet footed and start missing, edging & lofting from the very 1st ball.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | January 7, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    @ Dambulla on (January 07 2013, 14:44 PM GMT) :"This should be seriously be considered by Sport Minister." .. I'm not at all sure how cricket is run in SL, so please forgive me if I've got this all wrong, but if you guys have got politicians involved in the administration of your cricket team then that could be your biggest problem right there. !! Politicians will, for the most part, make political decisions, meaning things that are good for THEM. It takes a lot of dedicated, skillful people to make a successful sporting organisation. Allowing politicians to have any influence is like throwing a fox into the hen house and then wondering why the hens are upset.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | January 7, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    If some of you can try posting positive comments, the overall standard will improve to interesting discussion. From as Aussie pov, talent didn't seem an issue, but experience on different wickets were for both batsmen & bowlers. To bowl & bat better on wickets that bounce and carry, it is far better to have pitches similar in your home conditions. Start this at grass roots or fc level, then adaptability should be easier. Melbourne was an exception, all teams experience this now & again, if it repeats a few times, then you panic. I enjoy watching top class cricketers, have done for years, competition is what makes our game so great.

  • POSTED BY Moppa on | January 7, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    @CricketMaan, Australia "gasping"? I was at the ground, mostly for Hussey's farewell not the match win, and I can say that at no point did the crowd, or even the players, seem remotely concerned about not reaching 141 (except perhaps at 1/0 after Warner's dismissal). That's why the crowd was chanting for an Australian wicket and appealing everytime the ball hit Cowan's pads - they wanted to see Huss and weren't at all worried about losing the Test... let alone "gasping" in panic! @Herath-UK, no one would want to see this dreary series extended to four matches! With all due respect, Sri Lanka will have to put up a bit better fight if it wants to come to Australia regularly and play the showpiece MCG and SCG Tests.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | January 7, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    @ gsingh7. You might want to go check the Perth scorecard. That was won well and truly within 3 days.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | January 7, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @Nemi86 - Funny an SL fan talking about doctored pitches in India. Not only are your home pitches doctored, but so are your bowlers. Yet to win a single test in India, but still cannot stop from taking a potshot at India!!

  • POSTED BY d1n0 on | January 7, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I'm afraid teams like AUS,SA and ENG are having the last laugh here. They didn't jump on the International T20 bandwagon and prioritized it properly. Unfortunately, due to the money.. etc.. SLC has got things in the reverse order. There are enough domestic T20 leagues. When it comes to International cricket, Test cricket should get priority over T20s.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | January 7, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Sl cricket board wake up.. cant blame cricketers for preferring IPL due to remuneration .. as SL board does not have it financial orders in order. Best is to have 3 different formats and different players.. selected on merit .. so can have the tests ongoing during the ipl .. have younger players introduced earlier to test cricket , need to show grit & determination and just not roll over without a fight.. the internal fighting and politics of the Board should stop.. play the cricketers on form and not on past glories .. test match is 5 days , cant have cavalier 1 day style in tests..need the right mental temperament .. believe mahela made blunders by not playing a 2nd full time spinner .. none of the 3 pace bowlers impressed in last test .. randiv , akila or sachitra wud have fared better .. food for thought.. seniors must retire from the test format asap..

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | January 7, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @endianuwagona, I agree with what you say. But surely does n't SLC also having to play a part here? Poor choices by selectors is adding to the agony. Also, political meddling in our cricket too is another menace.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | January 7, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    A fourth Test should have been in the itenary for SL as it would have given time to adjust & acclitamize; Sanga too suggested this at one time I think.It is unfair to expect Sri Lanka to beat them touring in Australia after a blue moon ;Mahela with over ten thousand runs behind him playing for the first time in SCG does not give credit to Aussie hierarchy at all. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY endianuwagona on | January 7, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Glad that atleast now some have begun to understand the manner in which Mahela and Sangakkara together with Dilshan have hijacked SL cricket and taken them to a place of no return. They as seniors have taught the younger generation including mathhews that Money is the name of the game and not the country. (Remember matthews bowled in the IPL when advised by the SL physio not to do so). MJ and KS have brought about a negative mindset to SL team. They were only worried about thier records. In the time they got 10,000 runs, with whom did SL win? (Bangladesh and Zim) Not many wins against Aus, Eng and NZ, Ind even in our backyard. They sugar coated thier actions with big talks that flattered many and made them forget that these guys are meant to play cricket and not orate. Sadly many SL fans still blindly follow the few rotten seniors. Someday when SL is rid of these money hungry businessmen, and given youngsters who have the pride of the nation at heart, they will perform.

  • POSTED BY Metro-ant on | January 7, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Mathews captain is a huge worry especially since there is no real prestige with the captaincy when you're seen as the long term solution for the captaincy when you score 1 century in 35 matches. They say politics shouldn't interfere with sport but in a country as small as Sri Lanka in size and financially, the best thing they did was have the sports minister sack the selectors along with their personal agendas. They'll never do it but the only logical solution after such a downturn in Sri Lanka's cricket standards should be something similar to CA's Argus Review.

  • POSTED BY Mayan. on | January 7, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    test cricket is not for us, lets just play one dayers and t20, come on

  • POSTED BY crzcric on | January 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    @gsingh our team don't blame for the pitch or curator,our they don't blame for dew like your pathetic team. looks like ur memory is so weak.Your team lost to Eng and pak recently.why don't you go to that articles and brag about your overrated team

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | January 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Inconsistency? thats not really true... A complete new Test team and cric. administration - thats what SL needs. Era of MJ & Sanga bear a stigma of political interference,weak batting outside the sub-cont.,captaincy issues, toothless pace attack etc, etc - all of which created this mentally weak, under performing test unit despite the10,000 club duo. MJ & Sanga are honourable men - but one identifies them with all this bad baggage. A CLEAN break is needed.Youngsters have clearly shown that big names aren't indispensible. Keep Chandimal,Thirimanne, Karunaratne and Herath, include Tissera Perera and build a new Test team around them. Dig deep into the local circuit and try and find 2 decent pace bowlers who can stuff like Wasim Akram/ Vaas and even bat decently. Utopia? Maybe, but needed...

  • POSTED BY Dambulla on | January 7, 2013, 14:44 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 therefore, 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 crzcric on | January 7, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @ gsingh what is this ????? Fri, 13 Jan - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 149/0 (EJM Cowan 40*, DA Warner 104*, 23 ov) Sat, 14 Jan - day 2 - India 2nd innings 88/4 (R Dravid 32*, V Kohli 21*, 32 ov) Sun, 15 Jan - day 3 - India 2nd innings 171 (63.2 ov) - end of match

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | January 7, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    It is such batters only can often take life out of any skillful bowler under any tough condition, in the long version of the Game in particular. However much to the disgust & dismay of SLan fans, the top order of SL of last 25 years has always been filled with undependable reckless, risky stroke makers had know technique to middle and stroke the ball all along the ground at consistent basis. They're not known for treating the ball on its merits either, most of their strokes are predetermined and their shot selections are hopelessly poor. If Samaraweera, Mathews & Chandimal were used at No 3,4 &5 positions and Ajantha &Senanayake (both of them are very good at exploiting the bouncy Australian pitches)were used as spinners , the result of the Test series would have been very much different.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | January 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    lack of sprit... no fight back SL would win 1 & 3 both test if they played 1st innings properly and use of DRS how come umpires not giving out only Aus players... this is not acceptable …

  • POSTED BY TsoroM on | January 7, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    @ Nemi86, you might be on to something there. It's quite often we see batsmen getting out to balls they shouldnt be getting out to. The lack of patience and mental focus is much their undoing as is good bowling. The smaller teams suffer from that lapse. SL and NZ recently are a good example of that. And when they reflect on games I'm sure they know had they just been a lil more patient they would have competed. SL had an opportunity to get their 1st innings total above 300 and they laid a good platform on the 2nd innings too and did not sustain the momentum. NZ competed with SA in their 2nd innings but they gave it away when they shouldnt have, Brownlie, Franklin come to mind. Let's hope they can go back and try and learn that art.

  • POSTED BY Sirikumara on | January 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    why ppl talk about India here?

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | January 7, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @gsingh7 - I'm an Indian team fan, but you miss the piont that while Indian team boasted of a star studded line up that lost 4-0, SL played a young and inexperienced team and at one stage had Aus gasping with 4 wkts down chasing 130+. India showed no spine and lost mostly by an innings. So we must first stop giving excuses though continue to support our team during distress.

  • POSTED BY Rocketman1 on | January 7, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    There is plenty of talent in every team across the cricketing world, and it was actually a lack of patience in shot selection and application of skill that bought about the downfall of SL. The old boys don't seem to have the fight in them but the young fellows do, so maybe it's time for some vibrant youth to take over? What is India's excuse for being hammered by England on home soil on doctored wickets?

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | January 7, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    lack of talent to play in australia undone sl same as india, i hope sl fans notice this fact rather giving useless excuses .even india did not got beat inside 3 days

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | January 7, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    lack of talent to play in australia undone sl same as india, i hope sl fans notice this fact rather giving useless excuses .even india did not got beat inside 3 days

  • POSTED BY Rocketman1 on | January 7, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    There is plenty of talent in every team across the cricketing world, and it was actually a lack of patience in shot selection and application of skill that bought about the downfall of SL. The old boys don't seem to have the fight in them but the young fellows do, so maybe it's time for some vibrant youth to take over? What is India's excuse for being hammered by England on home soil on doctored wickets?

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | January 7, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @gsingh7 - I'm an Indian team fan, but you miss the piont that while Indian team boasted of a star studded line up that lost 4-0, SL played a young and inexperienced team and at one stage had Aus gasping with 4 wkts down chasing 130+. India showed no spine and lost mostly by an innings. So we must first stop giving excuses though continue to support our team during distress.

  • POSTED BY Sirikumara on | January 7, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    why ppl talk about India here?

  • POSTED BY TsoroM on | January 7, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    @ Nemi86, you might be on to something there. It's quite often we see batsmen getting out to balls they shouldnt be getting out to. The lack of patience and mental focus is much their undoing as is good bowling. The smaller teams suffer from that lapse. SL and NZ recently are a good example of that. And when they reflect on games I'm sure they know had they just been a lil more patient they would have competed. SL had an opportunity to get their 1st innings total above 300 and they laid a good platform on the 2nd innings too and did not sustain the momentum. NZ competed with SA in their 2nd innings but they gave it away when they shouldnt have, Brownlie, Franklin come to mind. Let's hope they can go back and try and learn that art.

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | January 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    lack of sprit... no fight back SL would win 1 & 3 both test if they played 1st innings properly and use of DRS how come umpires not giving out only Aus players... this is not acceptable …

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | January 7, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    It is such batters only can often take life out of any skillful bowler under any tough condition, in the long version of the Game in particular. However much to the disgust & dismay of SLan fans, the top order of SL of last 25 years has always been filled with undependable reckless, risky stroke makers had know technique to middle and stroke the ball all along the ground at consistent basis. They're not known for treating the ball on its merits either, most of their strokes are predetermined and their shot selections are hopelessly poor. If Samaraweera, Mathews & Chandimal were used at No 3,4 &5 positions and Ajantha &Senanayake (both of them are very good at exploiting the bouncy Australian pitches)were used as spinners , the result of the Test series would have been very much different.

  • POSTED BY crzcric on | January 7, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @ gsingh what is this ????? Fri, 13 Jan - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 149/0 (EJM Cowan 40*, DA Warner 104*, 23 ov) Sat, 14 Jan - day 2 - India 2nd innings 88/4 (R Dravid 32*, V Kohli 21*, 32 ov) Sun, 15 Jan - day 3 - India 2nd innings 171 (63.2 ov) - end of match

  • POSTED BY Dambulla on | January 7, 2013, 14:44 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 therefore, 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 Lord.emsworth on | January 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    Inconsistency? thats not really true... A complete new Test team and cric. administration - thats what SL needs. Era of MJ & Sanga bear a stigma of political interference,weak batting outside the sub-cont.,captaincy issues, toothless pace attack etc, etc - all of which created this mentally weak, under performing test unit despite the10,000 club duo. MJ & Sanga are honourable men - but one identifies them with all this bad baggage. A CLEAN break is needed.Youngsters have clearly shown that big names aren't indispensible. Keep Chandimal,Thirimanne, Karunaratne and Herath, include Tissera Perera and build a new Test team around them. Dig deep into the local circuit and try and find 2 decent pace bowlers who can stuff like Wasim Akram/ Vaas and even bat decently. Utopia? Maybe, but needed...