Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne

Hughes sets up huge Australia win

The Report by Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

January 11, 2013

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Australia 5 for 305 (Hughes 112, Bailey 89, Hussey 60*) beat Sri Lanka 198 (Chandimal 73, Dilshan 51, McKay 4-33) by 107 runs
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George Bailey congratulates Phillip Hughes, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, January 11, 2013
Phillip Hughes and George Bailey had a 140-run stand for the third wicket © Getty Images
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B-team, hey? An Australian outfit led by George Bailey in his 14th ODI and featuring three debutants did what sides captained by Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Shane Watson have not managed to do in the past three one-day international encounters against Sri Lanka at the MCG: win. One of those first-gamers, Phillip Hughes, became the first Australian to score a century on ODI debut and Bailey fell just short of a captain's hundred to drive Australia to 5 for 305, before a series of run-outs derailed Sri Lanka's chase.

In the end, the Australians - without Clarke, Watson, David Warner, Michael Hussey and Matthew Wade - cruised to victory by 107 runs. If they can do something similar in the second match in Adelaide on Sunday, it might be hard for the selectors to make too many changes. But whatever happens, what can't be altered is the strong performance Bailey's side put up at the MCG. They had the best of the conditions, forcing Sri Lanka to field on a very hot afternoon, but they also grabbed their opportunities.

Literally. Brad Haddin, recalled for his first international match in nearly a year, took a stunning catch to end the innings of Dinesh Chandimal, and any lingering hope Sri Lanka had of pulling off a heist. On 73, Chandimal got a thick edge to a delivery from Clint McKay and Haddin, 35, hurled himself in the air and to his right with the athleticism of a man ten years his junior, and plucked the ball out of mid-air. It was that sort of night for the Australians, who completed three sharp run-outs.

One of those ended the 94-run stand between Chandimal and Tillakaratne Dilshan, a partnership that might have left Bailey slightly nervous as they gained momentum. But a direct-hit from debutant Khawaja ended Dilshan's innings on 51, before two run-outs from consecutive deliveries - one a direct hit from Glenn Maxwell and the second a combination effort from Maxwell and Haddin - got rid of Angelo Mathews for 12 and Lahiru Thirimanne for a diamond duck.

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  • Phil Hughes became the eighth batsman overall and the first Australian to score a century on ODI debut. Three of the ODI debut centuries have come in matches against Sri Lanka.
  • Hughes also became the first batsman to score a century on ODI debut and a duck on Test debut. His Test debut came against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2009.
  • Six of the top seven scorers (including the top five) on ODI debut for Australia have been left-handers.
  • This is only the third time that Australia have fielded three debutants in the top three of the batting order. The previous two occasions came in the first ever ODI game and in 1977-78 during the Packer years.
  • The 107-run win is Australia's largest against Sri Lanka at the MCG and their seventh-largest against Sri Lanka (in terms of runs) overall. It is also the seventh-largest margin of victory for Australia against any team in ODIs at the venue.
  • The 140-run stand between George Bailey and Hughes is the fourth-highest third-wicket stand for Australia against Sri Lanka. It is also the highest third-wicket stand in ODIs at the MCG.
  • David Hussey's strike rate of 176.47 is the third-highest for a fifty-plus score for an Australian batsman in ODIs against Sri Lanka and the fourth-highest overall at the MCG (fifty-plus scores).
  • Clint McKay's 4 for 33 is his fifth haul of four or more wickets in ODIs. Three of those have come in matches against Sri Lanka.

After that, and Haddin's lightning catch, it was all academic. Mitchell Johnson picked up a couple of wickets and McKay cleaned up the tail to finish with 4 for 33 as the Sri Lankans were dismissed for 198 in the 40th over. Really, it was only the Chandimal-Dilshan stand that gave Sri Lanka any hope, after Mitchell Starc had Upul Tharanga caught behind for 1 in the third over and McKay had Mahela Jayawardene taken by Aaron Finch at slip for 5. It wasn't the kind of start Sri Lanka wanted after conceding so many runs to the Australians.

A late half-century from David Hussey, who was auditioning to become the permanent middle-order replacement for his retiring brother Michael, pushed the Australians past the 300-mark as the final ten overs brought 89 runs. Hussey finished unbeaten on 60 from 34 deliveries and took 21 off the last over, bowled by Ajantha Mendis, including a six over long-off to bring up his half-century. It was a fine finish for the Australians, who had chosen to bat on a very hot afternoon.

The presence of three debutants at the top of Australia's order for the first time in a one-day international since the days of World Series Cricket didn't prove a major problem as Hughes showed why he has been one of the country's best domestic one-day batsmen in the past two years. His 112 from 129 balls made him the eighth man to make a hundred on ODI debut and surpassed Phil Jaques (94) as the leading Australian scorer on debut.

His 140-run third-wicket stand with Bailey was the key for Australia after the other two debutants, Finch and Khawaja, fell within the first 16 overs. Finch was caught behind for 16 when he pushed at a Mendis delivery that appeared to be a back-of-the-hand legbreak, and Khawaja was run out for 3 when he was turned back trying for a quick single to the leg side.

Another near run-out came from the ball that brought Hughes his fifty from 57 deliveries, but he and Bailey survived that and a number of other close calls. Hughes was especially powerful through the off side, cutting and cover-driving when given width, exactly the kind of strokes he typically plays in Test cricket.

He also picked up three boundaries through the leg side and after a slight lull in the 80s and 90s, reached his century from his 123rd delivery with a single clipped wide of midwicket. A searing pair of boundaries through the off side against Lasith Malinga followed in the next over, but then Malinga had the consolation of having Hughes caught behind while backing away and making room, and it ended a fine innings that will make Hughes hard to drop.

At the other end, Bailey had scored at a brisker rate than Hughes and picked the gaps well, working the ball effectively off his pads and driving straight down the ground, including one six lofted over long-on off Jeevan Mendis. Bailey's half-century came from 44 balls and he looked set for his first ODI century until he latched on to a Mathews delivery and sent it straight into the hands of Jeevan Mendis at deep midwicket.

Maxwell followed soon afterwards when he chipped Nuwan Kulasekara to midwicket for 5, but then Hussey and Haddin finished the task well. Hussey struck six fours and one six, while Haddin wound up on 10 from 13 balls. In the end, it was more than enough. Not bad for a so-called B-team.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
Australia 137 29 2 52/0 38/1 (36-40) 89/2 0/5
Sri Lanka 141 16 2 33/2 31/4 (36-40) 0/9

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Posted by Sinhaya on (January 13, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@Harmony111, regarding KS and MJ, whether they are great is debatable due to their average away record. Well we dont get that many opportunities in England, Australia etc because we are not commercially viable like India or Pakistan. KS should have thought more about giving a younger person the chance in T20s cos that is not his game. The way he ate balls in the T20WC final last year was deplorable.

Yes I agree that IPL route is all through you excelling for your country. Therefore, MJ and KS refusing to tour England in 2009 and instead insisting on playing IPL was utterly unacceptable (country first). Just look at last year March when Eng came to SL, it should have been 3 tests, but was just 2 cos MJ and KS wanted to play IPL. So the sad result is when we go to Eng in May next year, it will be just 2 tests and not the usual 3 tests.

At least we must learn from how West Indies tackles IPL by releasing about half a dozen players for IPL, whilst playing their home tests as usual.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 13, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

@Harmony111, well team selection should ideally be based on playing in form players and also playing the best team suitable for the conditions. In a spinning pitch like Galle, Chennai, Kolkata, R Premadasa etc, it is ideal to play preferably 3 spinners. Yes if you have lost the series, then you may want to try newbies to test your bench strength. Yes I agree we would have lost the test series in Australia largely due to our careless mistakes more than Australia being that great. Aussies showed lot of commitment on the field and certainly they were far superior. But we had the greatest chance to win at Sydney, but we squadered that pathetically. We just gifted away our wickets due to sheer rashness.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 13, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Team selection is never a sealed issue. Ppl will always have issues. Our PoV is vastly diff from the PoV of the captain/coach. We somehow tend to think of experimenting when we are anyways losing while the captain wants to somehow minimizes the damage of loss if he feels he cant win the match. That's just what some Ind fans also want. They say that Ind is anyways losing so let's try 4 newbies in 11 players while Dhoni feels it would break the team structure. Fast or slow bowlers, SL perhaps would have lost anyway, but avg spinners get exposed more on big grounds with flat wickets, we saw how Ashwin was exposed.

You can't cap money's need. Its not right. I would say KS/MJ may or may not be good/great batsmen but I won't say they do not enjoy playing for SL or don't care how they perform for SL. They may be fatigued/jaded at times but they def are not traitors who betray their own country, don't be so cynical. Also, note that IPL's route is via Intl cricket only.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 13, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

@Harmony111, to add insult to injury, our sports minister must also ratify a squad for any home or away series. Good example is why on earth did n't we play Ajantha Mendis for the 3rd test against Aussies?? When we had a big casualty ward after the MCG massacre, it was Suranga Lakmal the passenger and Thirimanne who were told to fly down to Australia. It should have been Thirimanne and Ajantha Mendis who should have joined the squad for the SCG test. Shockingly we played 3 fast bowlers at the SCG who have averages beyond the batting average of Sachin T! We have selectors who cant fathom that pace bowling has not been and will never be our strength. Spin bowling will always be our strength. We are simply trying to match Aussies by playing pace bowlers and ending up as jokers!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 13, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

@Harmony111, we could not make money out of the WC 2011 due to sheer ego of building a stadium deep deep in the middle of nowhere. This Hambantota venue is a real white elephant. Unless any international game is played, no cricket is ever played there. It is not even a home to any club whatsoever. I just cant fathom the attitude of MJ and KS as it is simply a myserious contradiction. Our cricket board is unfortunately heavily politicized. Appointing Haroon Lorgat for 6 weeks will be meaningless because all his so called recommendations will be like talking to a wall. Yes there is politics in the cricket board and KS was crossed after 2011 world cup final cos he could not get the team he wanted. That was why he resigned.

Yes true, many people leave a company due to issues with management. Surprising that why they want to make so much money now when they have made galores. MJ and KS even own a crab restaurant in the heart of Colombo. It is sheer greed really.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 13, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

@Sinhaya: I know there have been several issues with SLB in the last few years, they failed to make money of WC 2011 which was hailed by some as the most successful WC ever esp in contrast to 2007 WC. I don't think KS and MJ refused to tour Eng in 2011, they played in IPL and reached there 2-3 days before the 1st Test. It was Malinga who refused to go and he had his reasons: When he was injured some time back SLB did not care for him, it was MI who saved him from his injuries. May be this is what rankles KS and MJ too and they too don't want to play for a selfish board. I think there is serious politics in SLB which is why no one wants to be SL captain.

Look, few ppl leave a company due to issues with company's vision. Most ppl leave a company due to issues with the mgt. SL is diff from SLB. Even if MJ/KS and others do something that u don't like may be it is cos they are miffed with SLB and not cos they are selfish and now ant to max their earnings while they last.

Posted by Meety on (January 13, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

@ hyclass on (January 12 2013, 12:18 PM GMT) - I am not happy with the amount of top order wickets we are losing to run outs, Hughes has been involved in a few - but IMO, there was NO WAY he was at fault in the Khawaja run out. What troubles me, is the poor attempt at grounding the bat - a bit like Cowan at the Gabba (bat in wrong hand), these are basics, but there seems to me, to be a need for a refresher course for ALL the batsmen. I am a big fan of Pup, but he sold Huss a shocker at the SCG! Perhaps Mike Hussey can be hired to give some lessons?????

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

@endianuwagona, I fully agree with you. You make plenty of sensible comments and this comment should have been in the featured comments list. Champaka Ramanyake was day dreaming about Malinga returning to tests, if you recall this article http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/story/570332.html Malinga will excel beyond imagination in BBL, IPL or even Friends provident T20. Utterly disgusting that Dimuth Karunaratne was sent back home when he was so well settled in this tour. Dont our players have the firm guts to refuse party invitations by our expats?? Surely after this tour, they have a 1 month rest before playing Bangladesh, which could have been used to holiday around in Australi. This is a real joke.

Posted by DubaiGura on (January 12, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

What a shame, the much hyped & favorites SL team beaten all end up by the Aussie B-team ! Where are our super stars ? Where's that Malinga's Magic deliveries which he scared the Aussies ( & sent Samuel s to the hospital) to death in BBL ?! And what the hell one of the best ODI batsman in the world over 10k runs, Mahela doing ? ..still giving catching practices to the slip cordon each time he comes to bat in Aussie pitches...? The leader should be inspiring the other batsmen like Dhoni does his bit for the Indians, without which how can SL push for Victory ?....For God sake, plse drop Tharanga, an utter failure in fast pitches ( he is only good for slow pitches like we got back home) & let Mahela or Thirimanna ( left hander) promote to the opening slot & bring Rangana or the other young spinner for the rest of the matches ....as Aussies are weak for spinners and we can quickly get the overs thru with Mendis/ Jeewan / Rangana or other / Dilly wit the new fielding rules in force.

Posted by hyclass on (January 12, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

The attached video on this site shows that Khawaja ran himself out emphatically. If Hughes had run, he would have been run out by metres. The field was still up and looking to stop singles. The original call by Khawaja was poorly judged, Hughes call of no was instant and early. Khawaja would have been safe but failed to ground his bat effectively, a poor piece of execution. It was possibly nerves but Khawaja has no-one to blame but himself and any comment to the contrary could only come from one eyed Khawaja supporters or Hughes haters of which there are a few each on this blog. In fact one blogger is so enamoured with Khawaja's background until 3 years of age, that he has 6 or 7 separate blog names on this article alone to promote him, including attempting to copy my own.Fortunately, selection of the national side is in the hands of the Chairman, Inverarity, who took the recent and unusual step of publicly criticising Khawaja's running between the wickets which has a certain irony.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

@Harmony111, what comes first is playing for your country, not playing for IPL franchises. Forgot how Mahela and co refused to tour England in 2009 May and wanted to play IPL instead?? That shows what is he loyal towards. He should have been sacked at that point itself. Fault is we are hero worshipping them. Mahela and Sanga pressure our incompetent corrupt cricket board to reduce test matches and to let them play the full IPL duration and later sanga cries telling "we dont get enough test matches". What a hilarious contradiction. As long as our players retain their IPL spots and get the mega $$, that makes their day! haha.

Posted by endianuwagona on (January 12, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

It is in a way Retribution for Mahela and his favourite buddy Upul Tharanga getting humiliated publicly for the way they have undone the faith placed in them by the SL fans. Tharanga scores only once in a blue moon. That is more than enough for Mahela. Had Mahela captained Australia, we would still be seeing the Waugh Twins, and even Stuart Law still playing. Mahela and Sangakkara are cowards. They only trust mediocre players to safeguard thier underperformance and shower themselves with records of most runs etc. SL may have the single most players who have crossed 10,000 runs yet with a bad Win Loss ratio. It is now a formality that Mahela edges to the keeper and the slips. What batting coach Marvan is doing is a mystery. I also assume Champaka Ramanayake should present himself naked for the rest of the tour, as he insisted Malinga's return in tests. Yet this so bloated, under performing cricketer Malinga (in national colors of course) showed that he is not a threat. Poor Champaka.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 12, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

I am surprised if SL wins at least 1 game.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 12, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

DIfferent day, daifferenet mode and more of the same same! Aus brilliant and SL poor at best and in self destrcting mode. SL will be sick of the sight of Hughes who has tormented them both home and away and amazingly inbetween the tormenting of SL, Hughes actualy lost his place in the side! All credit to a guy making a debut hundred and the Aus bowling was too good for SL who did them self no favors but running like school kids.

I see some comments that Aus should only play SA and Eng. Well that would be like Nadal saying he only wants to play Federer or Barcelona V Real Madrid only please. Yes we would all love to watch this game but if this is all there was we would get bored and want something else. So please wake up and understand the importance these game whcih helps teams like SL to play in the last two WC finals.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 12, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Looks like Starc is out and Richardon in, good move as Richardson has bowled well in Ryobi, good to see selectors reward performance similar to how they rewaqrded Hughes and Khawaja, predicting big scores from both these batsman tomorrow.

Posted by getaclue on (January 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

how are all of the bailey, hughes, hussey and mckay haters feeling today?

Posted by SamRoy on (January 12, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Even though, Hughes might struggle in England in tests (in India, I don't bet on anything given India's club level bowling except Umesh Yadav and Ojha) I am pretty sure he will be a success in the ODIs if he comes at No. 3. New white ball stops swinging after 3-4 overs. Plus the fact that he is a very aggressive stroke player.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 12, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

incredible performance. you will not see a more complete performance from a cricket side. perfect template on how to thump opposition. hughes is an amazinglt talented batsman, great things beckon for him and anyone who wants to follow along for the ride (ussie k). ussies fielding has improved to the point of its now spectacular and maxwell, well we knew what an unbelievable fielder he is. big clint keeps his tag as the worlds best ODI bowler, what an asset.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 12, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

I still believe this Sri Lankan team has the potential to win this series. I know it is a funny comment for the time. They badly need one victory for turnaround. We all are eagerly waiting for that. I strongly recommend to include Rangana Herath for next match. Please include a specialist bowler & remove one of the all rounders. Inclusion of so many batsmen clearly shows that our batsmen has no enough confidence at the moment.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 12, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

@ hyclass; I never want Hughes put down even by a word. Really appreciate his performance & he may have a wonderful future. I just said, he was involved with several run out decisions. At the end we can't blame on one partner for these mistakes since this is a team work. Look what happen to Sri Lanka. Australian players have got good talents. Even though there are some areas to improve to be No.1. I really appreciate Hughes' performance & like to see Khawja in action also.

Posted by landl47 on (January 12, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

I only saw half the match (it started at 9.30pm here in central USA), but Hughes played very well and Bailey perhaps even better. I said before the game that I fancied Hughes to make a bunch of runs in ODIs; his propensity for getting out caught in the slip/gully area is greatly reduced with normal ODI fielding positions. Teams will need to be creative in setting fields for him or he will be filling his boots. Bailey batted beautifully, good technique, the right amount of aggression and some great cricket shots.

Although I didn't see the SL innings, I see McKay bowled very well again. He was Australia's best bowler in England last year and he's carried that form forward. I'm afraid SL aren't looking even a good side at the moment, but hopefully they'll lift their game and make this series more competitive than the tests. Bad news if Chandimal's hurt, though, he's looked a classy player.

Good win for Aus, especially without their full side.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

@Harmony111, when SL fans cited IPL loyalty, there is a point. Forgot how IPL loyalty meant our players refused to tour England in May 2009. That is just a tip of the iceberg. Of course powerless SLC and WICB would have been under tremendous pressure to scrap the bilateral series which was scheduled for May this year to release players for IPL, in return for an ODI tri series. Add salt on the wounds, our useless cricket board does not have the mindset to even send a team of youngsters to the West Indies whilst IPL loyalists play IPL. West Indies deserves full credit for continuing their home cricket in previous years with their youngsters whilst letting power hitters play IPL. It is only 4 of our test players that are guaranteed IPL players with the other 4 either being reserves or getting less chances. Our cricket board does not want to give our youngsters a chance. BCCI should have disagreed for an ODI tri series because it is an overkill of SL India ODIs.

Posted by bhrangi on (January 12, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Am Indian fan but also fan of Sanga and Mahe, Best wishes Sri Lanka for the upcoming matches., @bMike : What a thriller! Well done both teams. I couldn't even imagine who would win until the last ball. SL did everything they could. Even the match was held at the biggest ground in front of so many Indian spectators. hik hik hik but the results ??? huh huh hoooooooooo .,, Remember this ??? Hehe

Posted by Adoh on (January 12, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

Um..., Healey played for Australia in 1990's. It was Haddin that was keeping last night.

Posted by Mitcher on (January 12, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Australia v England 4-0. No no no, not the last time we met in a meaningless series. 4 world cups to zip. Poor old Poms. 100+ years of trying and not one seriously great side in any format.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

@Harmony111, I went through Sri Lankan sources to get this information. I saw some photos of our cricketers getting ample dinners from expats and god knows what wee hours it all went on for. Cricinfo will not let me publish the web links of those sources right here. Why should I stand by my team for the mere sake? Look at Arjuna Ranatunga, who recently gave an interview to India's sportstar magazine and went on a tirade against our cricket, which is quite right. I have seen many Indian fans criticize BCCI and SRT, which is their right just like my right to criticize my team, which has badly failed to deliver the goods. The fact visible when you observe our cricketers is that as long as they have their IPL place, that has made their day.

Like what is the integrity of our whole cricket board too in the first place? It is a pure mafia worse than the Sicilian mafia. Is our cricket board even elected? NO! They too along with players have lately done whatever to the disappointment of fans.

Posted by maf17 on (January 12, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

Well, I'll be the first to say that I didnt think this team would get within cooee of Sri Lanka and I was dead wrong, at least for this match. Obviously the absence of Sanga hurt Sri Lanka more than anyone thought, plus they appeared complacent, perhaps they believed the B-side tag as well. Not taking anything way from superb batting by Hughes, Bailey and Hussey, stellar fielding from Khawaja and Maxwell and tidy bowling by Starc & Johnson.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

Angelo Mathews needless run out twice, one in the test match and the other one in Melbourne ODI. Is this what you expect from a highly over rated future Sri Lanka captain. It is very much better to drop Malinga and give a chance to Rangana Herath in the next ODI at Adilade Oval on Sunday

Posted by Sussexx on (January 12, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

@ harmony .... sinhaya is not saying anything wrong about that.............. because nowadays everybody needs contracts and money and ipl. So ....... it doesn'treally matter what you believe and what you don't believe.... coz the truth eplodes the earth and come out of it........ not only Sri Lankans but even Pakistains did underperform in the world cup 2011. So don't take it so seriously about India and dhoni..... because it's all about money mony and money.... please publish it cricinfo. No offense but aa truth....... love you cricinfo

Posted by partyanimal on (January 12, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

Australia have to use this opportunity bring young spinners to give them chance not only giving chances to young batsman. Srilanka Players need to developed their talent to international level and don't find the excuses if you loose the test match not only telling about to win in ODI, now what would you going to say? T20? Hopefully Srilankan team put up good fight to make the rest of the games interest.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

Delighted to see Phil Hughes rise to the occasion in typically thrilling fashion; & not surprised at all by Bailey's unselfish contribution. Bailey was superb in England last summer (averaged just under 50, with an SR of 85), where he stood alone while Australia's middle order crumbled around him during an abject 4-0 capitulation. He was also hugely impressive as a skipper during the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. The retirements of Ponting & Hussey have now given Oz a perfect opportunity to slot him in at #5 or 6 in the Test team, allowing him ample time to be groomed as Clarke's long-term captaincy successor across all three formats.

Posted by trav696 on (January 12, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Sri Lanka bowled all over the place and were no where near consistent. Aus should have scored less than 270 and Dilshan was SL's best spinner on Saturday. Sri Lanka will get punished if they bowl like what they did when Clarke, Watson and the rest of them come back into the team. They didn't build pressure in the field. Chandimal and Dilshan gave SL a chance, but when half of the top 6 where all run outs, its no surprise Sri Lanka lost. Running between wickets has to be fixed and all the top 6 need to contribute every time to the team total. Tharanga and A Mendis shouldn't be playing either. Bring Karunaratne into the squad. The team XI for the 2nd ODI should be: 1. Karunaratne, 2. Dilshan, 3. Chandimal, 4. Mahela, 5. Mathews, 6. Thirimanne, 7. J Mendis, 8. Perera, 9. Kulasekara, 10. Herath/Dananjaya, 11. Malinga. Sri Lanka are definitely capable of beating Australia's current team, if not for their best team, but need to cancel out silly mistakes on the field. Send a message to Aus.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

Is anyone else sick to death of Upul Tharanga doing absolutely nothing when he gets to Australia. Sri Lanka take him to every ODI series they have here and he always gives them terrible starts as an opener. Drop him for god's sake! Also, Sri Lanka really miss Sangakarra don't they?

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 12, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Sri Lanka along with New Zealand are the declining teams to be totally honest. With Sri Lanka's case, I remember the dangerous attacking Sri Lanka with players like Atapattu, Jayasuriya, De Silva, Arnold etc but now you don't see such players in the Sri Lanka team anymore. But that's Cricket for you just like any other sport, we see different eras dominated by different teams.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 12, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

Excellence from Bailey ... He was the man who made sure the run rate is very good ... Interestingly he is never known 2 be a players who plays such a sort of innings . Excellent start by Hughes in one day iternationals and a typical HUSSEY finish by david

Posted by Loku_sixes on (January 12, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

First of all drop Maling from the side. He only play for money. He does not want to put 100% or reveal his tricks in one day. Anyway, he's given up test in the first place. I was in the ground and felt how nuch other players were demoralised due to his disrespect for the game.

He is not a sports person but a businessman counting his dollars. I feel 20twenty destroy our game by some players ignoring the country and spectators like some of rhe leading soccer players don't care about the soccer worldcup.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Can't believe the way experienced Sri Lanka top order is using their feet. They are putting up a clinic: how not to use your feet when batting.

Upul Tharanga, Mahela.... the list goes on. These are the days of reinforced helmets, chest and thigh guards. Can't you play fully forward??????

Many SL schoolboys use their feet better.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 12, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

Good to see Hughes step up which take the pressure of Khawaja and Maxwell. Great to see this new team begin to coalesce. In hindsight we needed to get rid of Ponting earlier, and Hussey, knew it was time to take the training wheels offs. And throw them in. It build character. I like the way that Starc and Johnson seem to be helping each other. Punter was from a different era. These are the future stars, let them play their own game, you don't get smart until you've been stupid. No one needs the sort of pressure that punter gave them. I bet Clarke had a word in Punters ear, can't wait for the autobiography in 6 years.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 11, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

You could see this coming. Saw a photo of Cook yesterday. He's a very pretty boy isn't he. Yes, look at how they whipped india, we Aussies, admit that they are better than us.

Er.. notice how no one is laughing at Mitchel Johnson, the Lankan fans thought he was a mean bully, purposely bowling balls that are hard to hit. Imagine those guys transported into the past playing the windies without helmets. Maybe they should wear a suit of armour.

Anyway, notice how Hughe's the 'walking wicket' refrain has vanished. Oh look our inexperience top order were 'obviously' going to have a hard time agains Sri Lanka. Look you could see this coming.

And we can keep up the, 'we know that England has much better players and Cook is already an icon, I mean, what a poster boy, unlike Clarke he has not yet tasted the bittersweet tears of anguish. But, really we are going to give those English a comeuppance, of Orwellesian proportion. Cricinfo please print, as our subcontinental fans like to say.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 11, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

@Edward i think you are right, a big chase will be good for the batsman and Khawaja and Hussey are very good chasers and can show their class. In Adelaide the key is to get through the first 30 mins and once you do you are set for a big innings. I loved the fiedling of both Khawaja and Maxwell last night but Maxwell's bowling wasn't very effective, hopefully he puts in a improved performance wiht the bowl in the future games. My team for the Adelaide game would stay the same with maybe Cutting coming in for one of the bowlers.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 11, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

The nature of the game will always see results like this, & it won't change. I wouldn't be surprised to see Sri Lanka bounce back next game. This talk about "B" team is garbage. To have a solid outfit capable of challenging the top, you need a squad of at least 20, easily interchangeable, to rest players who need it. Does anyone really think the extra workload Clarke, Wade Warner have had wouldn't have affected them? Hughes did bat well, you can only perform on the day with what is served up, pitch & bowlers alike. It would have done his confidence a huge pickup. It was a belter of a pitch, I do feel sorry for the bowlers. When you see quality spinners not turning at all, it does take away from the spectacle as most genuine fans want to see quality cricketers in action, not just batsmen.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 11, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

@Petersw is correct but all the young batsman need to work on their running. Khwaaja was very unlucky last night as he got back but the fat bumped on the pitch, not his fault and not something you can work on as that's bad luck. @fear_warner there was definitly a single on when Khawaja called a yes, that's called running with intend and in time Hughes will learn to trust his partner's call which at present he doesn't. I hope the Sri Lankan's bat first in Adelaide so they can give us a good total to chase so our younger stars(i.e Khawaja, Hughes) get tested chasing big totals. Khawaja is traditionally a very good chaser and has been part of some big chases in Ryobi cup so that will test him out. I think Cutting will have his work cut out in Adelaide which is the best batting pitch in Australia.

Posted by onlyIndiathebest on (January 11, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Perhaps Cricket Australia should make the remianing matches between Aus A vs Aus to atleast give us something to watch. It is so ridiculous to give minnows like SL 3 tests and 5 ODIs. One ruined summer. Thanks a lot Cricket Australia.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 11, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

@Petersw i am a big fan of Hughes but no doubt you have a point that he needs to run better, i think in time he will develop trust in his batting partners but at the moment he has the tendency to watch the ball and just run to the other side like he did yesterday. Khawaja, Cowan and Warner have all experienced this from him and we can't have a repeat of this for too many more games, Hughes is working on this and I am sure we will see less run outs as the summer goes. @Junikumra along with Khawaja i also predict a big innings from Finch on Sunday. @leave_it_to_umps Lehman has worked hard on Khawaja's fielding and we saw the result last night. I am sure Cutting will come in on Sunday probably for Mckay and his bounce will trouble the Lankans even though Adelaide is a very good batitng pitch.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

It seems like Quiney made the best 9 in test cricekt from many reports here Khawaja 3 of 11 balls was the best 3 in one-day cricket. I'm not going to judge him on one performance but his supporters are saying he belongs on this evidence. It was a good Run Out but many players could pull that off. As for his Run Out, Hughes was entitled to send him back and did so with plenty of time to spare. It was Khawaja fault. Time to put something in perspective, the jury will be out until he performs but he will get another chance, but by talking up a 3 Run, one run-out game the Khawaja supporters are doing him no favours.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

RedNwhiteArmy - You clearly dont get my point, I simply replied to someone saying Hughes will be a walking wicket as he was 4 years ago, pointing out Cook was just as bad that series. Yes Cook has improved, I'm just saying its reasonable to expect given time at international level that any cricketer will improve. Anyway we will wait to see the impact that Hughes has from here on in.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

Watching from Australia, this season of international cricket has been a disgrace. There should be better games to watch than hopeless losers like New Zealand and Sri Lanka against decent teams like Aus and SA. Something should be done about this, these games provide no entertainment value. Can't wait for the Ashes.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Oh come on dear. It is one thing for me to bash up your players for not doing well but at least you as a SL fan should stand with them. Of all the deplorable things said by SL fans over these months the saddest has been the way some (in fact many) SL fans have cast doubts on the very integrity of their players when they play vs India cos they link it to their IPL contracts and then say these SL fans deliberately under perform vs India co they want to save their IPL contracts. Come on, that is a shameful allegation. I am not ready to believe that someone would do that. What is worse, it was said even during the WC final time !!! That Malinga bowled badly to Dhoni for the sake of his IPL contract. Some hinted Murali bowled badly cos he knew his career was over and so wanted to make the most of his IPL time.

You know what? A fan that can't stand by his own team AND goes on to insult his team's very integrity - is not a fan but a shadow that's there in the lights, not in dark.

Posted by fear_warner on (January 11, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

@ Peterws I agree generally with your comments about Oz's running b/w the wickets. I suspect the tip and run tactics of the shorter formats is producing some confusion in some of the batsmens minds. I don't think Khawaja's runout can be blamed on Hughes solely though. The run was not on and it was at a stage in the game where stealing a touch and go single was not necessary. Perhaps Hughes needed to to reply with a louder NO earlier. The Oz team needs an intensive running b/w the wickets refresher course - M Hussey would be a good tutor!

Posted by hycIass on (January 11, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

@Schumi2012 i think we will see both Finch and Khawaja in full flight next game. @Petersw Hughes does have issues ball watching which means he doesn't trust his batting partner's calls as was the case with Khawaja's unlucky run out when he runs but he stated publicly that he is working on it and that's all can be asked of him. I can''t wait for the Adelaide game as i predict centuries from both Finch and Khawaja. @leave ittotheupmps it was great to see Khawaja so sharp in the field and alot of credit goes to boof for that. I expect a big game from Cutting in the next game.

Posted by gularan on (January 11, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

Hey Everybody, Here's an easy one !!!! What does the Sri Lanka cricket team do best when they visit Australia ???? Answer ! They always self- destruct and MAKE MEDIOCRE AUSSIE TEAMS LOOK GOOD ! RIP Sri Lanka cricket along with Tony Greig. May they both attain Nibbana.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Really ...... did you expect Australia to lose?? All the media hype about Sri Lanka amounted to nothing. Hughes/Bailey/Hussey batted brilliantly, fielding was outstanding, bowling was tight and targeted, while Healy's keeping was exactly what I expected. CAPTAINING WAS OUTSTANDING!!!! Showed how easy Clarke's job has been against SL.

Sri Lanka was ground into the dust. Now with the possibility of Chandimal being out ...... maybe Australia might consider playing its U19 Team.

Couldn't believe some of the comments from the CH9 Commentators criticizing the "resting system" because Healy took a brilliant catch. Very biased!!!

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. In 2012 Australia's so-called A-team, under the 'outstanding' leadership of Clarke, only managed a draw against WI and lost 4-0 to England. Meanwhile Sri Lanka, while they won a series against Pakistan, didn't win a game in the Asian Cup (lost against Bangladesh) and were thumped by India 4-1.

Posted by kothumalli11 on (January 11, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Reality check time.....SL blind fans must understand their team is inferior and this is the result they gonna get even after bringing in specialists Malinga, Mendis & Kula against an Aussie B team. They were thrashed all over the park. Even if they bring in Herath and Tom ,Dick and Harry of SL cricket, result will be the same. Hope fans would understand one day or they are simply boasting in their comments to make SL team look better.

Posted by Kimi2014 on (January 11, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

This was one of the slicker Australian performance in ODI's in recent times. This squad is quite good.

Phil Hughes innnings was really good..but I was expecting it as ODI's suite his game. Most impressive to me was Bailey. It's unlike him to come out there and go at better than a run a ball from the get-go. He held it together there while Hughes carried on....very important innings. He hardly played a risky shot too. Excellent finish by Hussey too.

Starc and McKay did a great job opening the bowling and had Sri Lanka pinned down. Now I just hope we see Khawaja and Finch in full flight. Also wanna see Ben Cutting play too.

Posted by Peterws on (January 11, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Until Hughes learns to run between the wickets - which means obeying the simple rules taught to primary-school players - he'll always be a menace to his team-mates, as Khawaja discovered in this match, and to himself, as in a recent Test. Watson has proved inept in the past when it comes to running between the wickets, and Cowan is pretty hopeless at what is really a basic and simple skill. It's nothing short of amazing that professional batsmen of great experience and ability make such obvious errors as not backing up, ball-watching, failing to recognise and respect who has the call, not grounding the bat, carrying gloves, holding the bat in the wrong hand, and dawdling on the first run. Why does it all seem so difficult?

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 11, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

Malinga is overrated. He was exposed by Marlon Samuels and how you should really take him on without fear. That's why he doesn't play tests anymore not because of his 'injury' :)

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 11, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

hehehe Sri Lanka couldn't even pose a threat to a B team. Clearly declining in Cricket even their under-19 team is poor and no Attapatu, Vass etc are coming through anymore.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 11, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

According to reliable sources, Sri Lankan players were partying till 2AM on Christmas Day. Story does not end there. Many of our expats have organized social functions and our players have placed more importance on that RATHER THAN CRICKET! NO WONDER we are playing as if we are half a sleep while fielding. They better remember that they are in Australia to play cricket and forget and say no to all social functions. Is our cricket team does not get it's priorities right??? Just look at the Aussie fielders. The way they react in a bullet quick manner. Just look at their agility in the field. Simply unbelievable. It just shows their pure commitment and dedication. Nothing but professionalism displayed to the fullest. Yes Mahela and co, keep on partying with expats AND LEARN MORE!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 11, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

According to reliable sources, Sri Lankan players were partying till 2AM on Christmas Day. Story does not end there. Many of our expats have organized social functions and our players have placed more importance on that RATHER THAN CRICKET! NO WONDER we are playing as if we are half a sleep while fielding. They better remember that they are in Australia to play cricket and forget and say no to all social functions. Is our cricket team does not get it's priorities right??? Just look at the Aussie fielders. The way they react in a bullet quick manner. Just look at their agility in the field. Simply unbelievable. It just shows their pure commitment and dedication. Nothing but professionalism displayed to the fullest. Yes Mahela and co, keep on partying with expats AND LEARN MORE!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 11, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

Mahela, you better retire with immediate effect. You are a real walking wicket in Australia. You just made all our fans at the MCG totally disappointed yet again.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Sri Lanka B lost to Australia B - what a game of cricket!! Obviously the Sri Lankans haven't learnt from England and how to bowl at Hughes!!

Posted by OzWally on (January 11, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

@FFL - And I remember when we couldn't wait to bowl to Ian Bell. Players can improve.

Posted by Ragav999 on (January 11, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

@Roshini: Malinga's lack of impact could be due to either or both of two reasons. 1.International cricketers are aware of Malinga's strengths and weaknesses due to comprehensive planning and have the extra edge with respect to skills and temparement than the players plying their trade in domestic cricket. 2. Malinga is not as motivated to perform every single game at his 100% when he is wearing Srilankan colours.

Given SL cricketers financial position in general, one can't grudge any SL cricketer if he wishes to preserve his best shot for those tournaments where adequate financial rewards are guaranteed.

Reducing the no. of games and tours especially T20 & ODI' bilateral series and T20 domestic tournaments would go a long way in ensuring that best cricketers of the country are available fit,healthy and raring to go in the international games which leads to higher quality of cricket.

Posted by Muhammed10 on (January 11, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

@Kuruwita Baby kangaroos are usually referred to as joeys

Posted by Cvic on (January 11, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Sri Lankan bowlers should work hard. You don't need to be super express take wickets or been economical. it's all about accurate bowling and variation which can keep batsman guessing. why Bird was really effective while Nuwan predeep came no way near? why Hughes played brilliantly on his debut and experienced Tharanga failed? in cricket there is a vital role that psychology is playing. That's the missing strength of Sri Lankan team. firstly they have to trust their skills. secondly should optimist, at last you will be confidant to preform. Must learn from Australians.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 11, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

107 run defeat for the so-called lions against an Australian B team!! HAHA...

Posted by jb633 on (January 11, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

A dominant and well deserved victory for Australia and the clouds grow bleaker on the Sri Lankan horizon. Having always been interested to see the development of Sri Lanka I must say the administrators are worrying me. Post Murali there seems to be no clear plan in place and they don't seem to have any idea of how to win cricket matches (either home or away). For Sri Lanka ability is not in question but there are questions over how this is being harnessed. IMO it looks like they have no game plan on which to fall back on consistently. Historically they could always rely on spinners, Murali, Jayasuriya etc but at the moment they don't seem to have any formula in ODI/ test cricket. Decent players like Chandimal were not given a go in the test arena despite showing bags of promise in the early stages of 2012. I am really not sure where they are going at present.

Posted by Junikamra on (January 11, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

hahaha where are those srilankan fans who saya that this is australian B team nd we easily thrash them.. if this is the B team then think what A team can do..A player who inter in the ground has always some guts thats why he is in the ground there is no A and B in cricket.. Malinga is destroyer in bbl so what happened to him today 10 ovrs 61 for 1 why don't u realize that there is alot of difference between t2o nd odi in t20 bwlr bowl 4 ovr nd batsman has to attack him so malinga gets a lot of wkts but in odi matsman can give respect to agood bwlr if he wants and attack others.. hope srilanka can show some fight in next match so the match becme interesting it was a 1 sided match today.. BEST OF LUCK TO AUSSIES ND SPECIALY KHAWAJA WHO WAS UNLUCKY TODAY...

Posted by brusselslion on (January 11, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Yet another prediction by @gsingh7 (January 11 2013, 09:50 AM GMT) bites the dust: "..5-0 whitewash is next for england .."

I'm off to the bookies to put a bet on Australia winning the Test & ODI series' in India. You can't lose, the master predictor says you're in for a hiding: "... india wud also disintegrate aus in india on turners by flat track bullies."

Posted by SriSanka on (January 11, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@GSINGH7 : I think you have posted your comment in a wrong wall instead of Ind vs Eng wall........ even before your comment here we knew that India is heading towards another whitewash in their home soil......it's good to know that Indian fan like you had spotted that defeat correctly before it happens... but unfortunately you had commented it in wrong wall........ cricinfo should develop this site by enabling to change comments made on a wall to another wall....ha...ha.....

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 11, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@Shaggy076 whoa whoa lets not get carried away. Cook's improvement has been against all nations home & away. Hughes has played, what, 3 games? all of them against sri lanka in australia. do you see the difference?

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

The blundering continues from tests now to ODI. Can they rise from the ashes, yes can but only if they select the right combinations. Why was Herath the best bowler Akila kept out? Thought that Aussies should not play them? And for a change can you guys bowl on the offside and not spray wide of off and leg? Learn from Aussies, hardly a ball on the leg side. Poor planning and execution overall, and no strategies evident from the way Lanka played.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 11, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

Phil Hughes' List A scores since mid-2011: 138, 96, 58*, 111, 104, 12*, 4, 57*, 64*, 68, 69, 9, 37, 95*, 114, 4, 73, 112. Ave: 94.23 - This man is a man on a mission, lads. Be scared.

Posted by Micky.Panda on (January 11, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

What's all the fuss about Khawaja? O.K. His one day domestic average is quite good but his career run rate appears to be sub 80. Is he capable of pushing the scoring rate like a Watson or Warner? Even Clarkey used to be a handicap to the side due to poor run rate until a recent improvement in form and pace of scoring.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (January 11, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy i could hav sworn a team called england got thrashed by this so called "7th ranked team" by 10 wickets no less! england win a series against india and all of a sudden the sun is shining and the south africans are a distant memory right?grow up man, i hav no probs against the england team but people like you- who seem to think every other team is trash- do make their fans seem like an unpleasant lot

Posted by Micky.Panda on (January 11, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

The most economical ODI (and in domestic) bowlers for Australia are Hilfenhaus, Hastings, Siddle, and Hauritz is probably better than Doherty (and bats better). So many bowlers may be just warming the spot for now, unless they are batting very well also. Or are we saving all the best bowlers for tests since ODIs really don't matter?

Posted by Fleming_Mitch on (January 11, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

I went to the game and the atmosphere was fantastic thanks largely to the large Sri Lankan fan base there, Sri Lankan fans know how to have a good time and support their team right till the end. We played very well today and the obvious standout was Hughes. Dilshan's run out by Khawaja was very good showing his fielding has improved and his dive while batting to save his wicket showed his determination to survive which is great. Khawaja should do well in Adelaide. Hyclass we won the match so its Khawaja 1 and selectors 1, so stop picking on him after 1 match and get behind our team.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

I can't understand why people like Hyclass are always negative and attacking Finch and Khawaja. It wasn't their day today but they will have their chance in Adelaide. Khawaja was amazing in the field, wasn't his fault he got run out and is all class. Our team looks good and its time we got behind our boys rather then bag them. Selectors picked a team on form and the results show for themselves.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 11, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

@hyclass what planet are you on mate, we won the game, Khawaja fielded brillinatly, was unlucky to be run out, Hughes was a star, Khawaja 1 and Selectors 1 for getting the team right, give the guy a break mate.

Posted by leave_it_to_the_umps on (January 11, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Well Done Austalia "B" - Hughes showing he has learnt his lessons and earned his return to the Oz team, Bailey continues to answer his critics (ave 44 @ 81 in 14 ODI's puts him up with the best), a suberb catch from Haddin (keeps pressure on Wade) and Hussey doing what he always does just with a different initial.

Also good fielding from Maxwell and Khawaja.. certainly shows that Khawaja listened to the selectors and has worked on his fielding (if not his running).

Finch and Khawaja have another game to prove there worth but on todays evidence they would miss out to accomdate the return of Warner and Clarke and then it will be two interesting decisons to see whether 1) Wade can oust Haddin and 2) whether watson comes back in the team to replace a batsmen or maxwell the allrounder or not at all... will depend if he is going to bowl or not as it would be tough to drop Hughes/Bailey/Hussey if they perform again but also tough not to select watson even if just as a batter!

Posted by Mayan. on (January 11, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

whats the point of mahela captaining the side? he shoud go now, not after this series ,

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 11, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

@BigMaxyWalker was very exciting to see Khawaja get a run out, shows his fielding has improved, people like Hyclass will never be satisfied and will jump on Khawaja's back every time he gets unlucky, lets leave him to ponder over his great career in cricket. Khawaja is class and will score next game. Khawaja's run out of Dilshan was fantastic, the crowd went up in unison. And Hughes continues to show that he is a different player to that who was dropped last year, well done young man.

Posted by swauzzie on (January 11, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

hmmm not bad for a "B" team lol. I stand by my earlier comments. Could been the "C" team & the result woulda been the same. SL aren't up to it down under! They're not good enough.....

Posted by Rooboy on (January 11, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

I know what you mean rednwhitearmy. It's a lot like english fans who carry on as if one dominant Ashes series by their team of internationals compensates for nearly two decades of pathetic ineptitude. It's hilarious, innit? And why is ffl now posting under the Bradman_is_greatest moniker as well? It's just sad if he thinks he's fooling anyway apart from himself. As for the khawaja run out ... it's all on him, and he actually made it back, if he grounded his bat as every school kid is taught to do. And his run out in the field ... lets just say Dilshan must be one of the unluckiest cricketers out there, to be run out by a Khawaja direct hit, but even blind squirrels find a nut occasionally. The selectors doubts about this guy are well founded

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

I dont care abt the result of the series..all i hope is chandimal to b fit for the next match..he is the worlds best young batsman and sri lankas most talented batsman ever !

Posted by Micky.Panda on (January 11, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

I think some are making an too much of a single game against a weakened side (Sangakara etc.) on a pitch more suited to the Aussies. What is needed to win series is consistency. The World Cup? Who cares? It includes knock out rounds and hence is rather a lottery. Little indication of which is the best side. If the batsmen performed equally well against Steyn and Philander, I would be more impressed. Lets not get carried away just yet. Certainly Hughes, Bailey, and Hussey showed level heads but still being willing to get on with it and keep the run rate up. Batsmen who go slow have no place in a ODI unless its a very difficult pitch. In particular opening batsmen in first 10 overs need to go at it. Warner and Watson (to bowl too) still very welcome back as openers. Hughes is showing enough class to be going for the Ponting spot in the team. Hussey may be the obvious replacement for Hussey. Bowls too. Pick the most accurate economical bowlers who get a few wickets and make runs fast.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 11, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Australia just too good. Looks like yet another world cup is coming home to where it belongs.

Posted by hycIass on (January 11, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

We showed today that we didn't put a B grade side, this was a team full of in form players. I know Hughes batted well but Bailey looked good as well. Khawaja will show his class next game and for those blaming him for the run out need to watch the game more closely, it was his call and there was a single there. He got back in time but what happened to him can happen to any one, there is nothing wrong with his running contrary to what Hyclass who copies my name suggests. And how good was his run out,showing just how much is fielding has improved under boof. And what about David Hussey's hitting at the end, fantastic.

Posted by whofriggincares on (January 11, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Ahh great to see the English fans (FFL and R&W army) on the back foot. Even a double post from FFL under an assumed name! I didnt think there could be two posters as dumb as FFL and Bradman is the greatest turns out they are one and the same.Not surprised. The truth is the depth in Aussie cricket at the moment is very very exciting. We are on the verge of another great era. The depth in English cricket is like a kiddie pool even with the ex pat South Africans doing the bulk of the work LOL.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 11, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Firstly fantastic effort by Hughes, it was a great knock. Khawaja was unlucky to be run out but deserves another chance in Adelaide to show that he can do. It definitly wasn't his fault that he got run out, it was his call and he got back, but the bat hit the pitch at the wrong angle when he dived. We will get to see him tee off in Adelaide and i am looking forward to that. Bailey impressed as captain today and the team showed that they are not B grade side.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

@Viraj_Hewage: Did you mean the one titled "Ideal Sri Lankan cricket captain , the check list"?

That one was hilarious. Thanks for the reference.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

RedWhite Army - Think they averaged the same I guess England didnt have any replacements. I'm just pointing out that players improve Cook has and so has Hughes.

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 11, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

very well done from the aussie camp..it was to watch..congrates to hughes on debut ton...well played bailey...bailey can even replace M.hussey in test level..

Posted by Venkatb on (January 11, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

Has anyone noticed an Aussie record here - 8 of the playing XI have the middle initial of J - I know Cricinfo's statisticians dissect information zillions of ways but I am sure this is a new record!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

popcorn - I'm not going to judge Khawaja on one performance nor will I judge Finch. However, Khawaja ran himself out, was rightly sent back with plenty of time and showed poor technique. Dont go passing the blame to Hughes. As for your other idea I think it is ridiculous. Still think we should always pick our best available time however resting key players should be allowed. BTW Pattinson doesnt even play one-day domestic cricket so doubt he will play one-dayers for Australia, the other two Cummins and Hilfenhaus are currently injured.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 11, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

@Popcorn is correct, Khawaja was very unlucky to be out, Hughes played very well today but he shouldn't have ran when Khawaja called a run as there was a run there, Khawaja should get another chance in Adelaide where he can show his form as well. @Hyclass there was certainly a run there and there is nothing wrong with Khawaja's running, its interesting you don't make the same critisms of other Aussie batsman who have been involved in many more runouts. @BigMaxywalker is spot on, fantastic run out by Khawaja, great fielding. Great win by the boys and looking forward to the Adelaide test.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 11, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

I love how when the aussies beat the 7th ranked team at home the suns shining & the birds are singing. haha get a grip.

Posted by azzaman333 on (January 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Well, tonight certainly proved that Haddin is no better than Wade with the gloves. Fumbled three or four balls from our spinners, as well as bizarrely getting out of the way of a floating edge rather than trying to catch it. He was just very lucky that either they didnt edge those deliveries or he was so out of position that it didn't look like a missed chance.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

The New Year Minnow Big bash is upon us. This could be a reunion of the "Australian cricketers whose careers were ruined by England", except that some of the club-rate minnows swirling around the Australian batting order are yet to have that privilege. Don't worry though, they will this year in the back to back Ashes series.....:)

Posted by Rooboy on (January 11, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

lol @front-fool-fool. Anderson has dismissed Hughes once in his test career. Once. Given Mitchell Johnson has dismissed most of the english line up more than once, I guess by your logic that makes the entire english side Mitch's bunnies. It's quite sad that you make a fool of yourself pretty much every time you comment, and you're too simple to realise.

Posted by Viraj_Hewage on (January 11, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

harmony111 , I could not agree with you more. There is an artcle about captaincy on 3rdman.org , have a look.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 11, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

@Jayzuz Well maybe you should try to get RandyOZ to stop trollin English articles, then maybe FFL will stop too.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 11, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

@Shaggy076 I dont think Alastair Cook got dropped though did he, you genius.

Posted by popcorn on (January 11, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

We should not judge Usman Khawaja's batting performance as poor, because he was not given the opportunity to bat - Phil Hughes ran him out.He should be selected in the playing XI for the Adelaide game. I would recommend the SAME 13 play against Sri Lanka for te ENTIRE Sri Lankan 5 match ODI series, and make changes for the 5 ODIs against West Indies - drop Hughes,Khawaja, Finch - bring in Warner,Watson and Clarke. Drop the bowlers too - Johnson, Starc, McKay, bring in Pattinson, Cummins,Hilfenhaus. Drop Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty as spinners, bring in Micahel Beer and Nathan Lyon.This way, ALL World Cup 2015 hopefuls will be given time to settle down. May the best Team THEN be selected for the World Cup - still some time away, but the time to think long -term is NOW.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Bradmanthegreatest - You can watch that paint drying with the England v India game showing some high class bowling. I've switched over to watch New Zealand play test cricket thats how bad that game is going.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 11, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Well, I am sure The Great Mahela Jayawardena will take some positive out of this humiliaitng loss too, just like he did from the recent test series loss too just like he did from the 1-4 home loss to Idnia too just like he did from the WT20 Final loss too just like he did from nearly series he played in his life. It seems Mahela is going to take positives out of losses all his career. Some ppl get too used to see the silver lining in the dark clouds. For them the dark clouds just never go, it is eternal heavy precipitation for them.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 11, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

@Eric Taylor (post on January 11 2013, 11:20 AM GMT): totally agree with you there. 'Ask Steven' has already shown that it is much harder to pick up a bowling 5-fer than score a ton batting, and especially in tests where wickets win matches the Man of the Match awards are still so biased towards batsmen it's unbelievable. I think every game should have two awards (maybe even three!) - one for batting, one for bowling, and perhaps one for fine fielding. Needless to say, Wade's trophy cabinet would be full of 'Fine Fielding' awards... *cough, cough*...

Posted by nthuq on (January 11, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

It definitely was a B-team... A Bailey team. A fantastically dominant performance. Looking forward to seeing the C-team - the Clarke team - soon though.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

This game just shows the depth in Aistralian cricket particular at the 50 over format. We can rest Warner, whilst Watson and Hughes is injured and still put out a side of equal skill. We will be very hard to beat come the World Cup in our home conditions.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (January 11, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

I like to hear what Mahela say. First of all he should drop himself especially in Australian conditions where he fails again and again miserably. He might as well play the next game as a consolation to himself and then let the below team play the last 3 matches regardless of the result we will have to experience. After all Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga's short format days are numbered. My playing XI for the last 3 games of the ODI series. 1.Dilshan 2.Dimuth 3.Chandimal 4.Lahiru 5.Angelo (Capt.) 6.Jeevan 7.Thisara 8. Kulasekera 9. Malinga 10.Ajantha 11.Herath no need of 6 specialist batsmen since Jeevan, Thisara and Kulasekara can do a better job with the bat than the so-called 6th batsman. Herath should play since his left arm spin bowling is handy. Hope the so-called selectors will consider these facts and take a wise decision.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 11:39 GMT)

Hughes "Mark 3" looks to be a star. But I always thought that a player dominating shield level at the age of 19 was always going to be a star. Looking forward to seeing him in the Ashes this year. However, not sure his game is as equipped to take on India in India but there was a Matt Hayden that went to India limited with his ability at spin and think he scored 700 runs that series. In 12 months time think we will all be talking about Hughes.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 11, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lug, that silence is far preferable to the mindless, arrogant, self-gloating din that constantly emerges from your chops. You make English soccer hooligans look intelligent. Quote @FFL "England can't wait to bowl at Hughes. Ask any Australian fans who saw the 2009 Ashes 'What Happened to Hughes'..All you'll get is silence."

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 11, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

FFL - Shall we ask any England fan how the great Alistair Cook performed in that 2009 series of Hughes will we get the same silence. Australian bowlers must be cuing up to take down the English captain.

Posted by Selector_Ads on (January 11, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Where have all the Bailey bashers gone? He has statistically been their best batsman since joining the team, and has continued his fine form today. And people bagging the selectors for making him captain? The captain needs to be a leader, not necesarrily the best batsman in the team. We were spoilt for a generation of Ponting when he was the best, continued by Clarke in his current form. Bailey has done a great job captaining Tassie for a few years, and has greatly contributed in building a great culture for the team through personal leadership. He deserves every opportunity he can get in my opinion.

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

What a load of rubbish both teams are, I thought the Christmas Minnow Big Bash couldn't be beaten, but how wrong I was. England can't wait to bowl at Hughes. Ask any Australian fans who saw the 2009 Ashes 'What Happened to Hughes'..All you'll get is silence. Classic. True cricket lovers would rather watch paint dry than watch a weak minnow Australia against a weak, minnow SL.

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

there's a minimum numbers of characters .. all i want to say is Bailey 3 Warne 0

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

I am an Indian, but I am a great fan of sl team a swell. It is very disappointing to see such a pathetic performance from SL. Can't imagine what will happen once jw and sanga retires. There confidence were down even before flying to Australia.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

SL looked promising..eagerly awaited a heist till the end. But it was not to be..exceptional as always Aussie fielding. If there was Mathew wade in the match we would have won.. Rdiculous runouts cost us the match.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

it was 140 run stand and not 150 as stated in the photo...

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

The mediocre performance of SL team continues, due to poor selection and absence of any strategic planning. The BBL stars too failed. What is the next step, 1 Think of your strengths and do the team selection accordingly. May be even 4 spinners with Ajantha, Akila, Rangana and Jeevan will be a better bet than this combination. 2 Do your match SWOT before the match and plan the strategies

Posted by valleypf on (January 11, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 11 2013, 08:59 AM GMT) "Hughes - Just another of the many Anderson Bunnies that lurk around Australia." What a classic comment!! 41 wickets in 24 innings at 38.5 against Australia! Ooooh our batsmen must be trembling at the thought. "Don't send me to England, please don't. Jimmy's waiting for me!"

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

Trying to work out why we have "Man of the Match" and why so skewed to the batsmen. Sure Hughes scored 37% of the runs, but Bailey not far behind, better run rate and 2 catches. BUT McKay took 57% of the wickets taken by bowlers, so where is the justice???

Posted by ajithabey on (January 11, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

who can resurrect SL cricket from the doldrums.It seems that no one can do that at the moment other than the cricketers themselves.what a disappointing start to the series with tested players involved in run outs and bad bowling by the reputed bowlers.experienced mahela and tharanga hanging their bats out to balls pitched outside the stumps.Pathetic.what is happening to SL 5th ranked in ODI's getting thrashed by 4th ranked and depleted Aussies.Obviously,something is wrong somewhere which needs immediate correction by all concerned.Even the future captain mathews seems to be a passenger in the side.He should prove that he can retain his place in the team before aquiring the title. We only hope for an improved performance during the rest of the series.Wake up Sri Lanka cut out the crap and prove your worth in the cricketing world.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Good job from Hads - echoing Healy's comments today, Aus needs a keeper who can actually keep wickets, not a batsman with gloves on. Clean and efficient from Haddin, and a spectacular catch to remove Chandimal.

Posted by ca2ca on (January 11, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

No matter how good Chandimal plays. When Sanga is cured Mahela will let Chandi to warm up benches. There was nothing from the much talked bowling formation. SL Runouts shows the T20 mind. Even in this format no class except the two batsmen.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

@yorkslanka; Well said mate. Completely agree with you. We badly need a one win to put the team on the right direction. Hope they will do it on Sunday. They have the balents but all are isolated performance at the moment. We want a collective effort to win the next match. Hope they will do it.

Posted by ca2ca on (January 11, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

@PhaniBhaskar24, Ya correct but your Indian team too must join the boat as they get hammered in your own pitches. Anyhow a clinical win for Aussies. Outclassed SL in all depts. Well done.

Posted by KingAjmal on (January 11, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

lool!! Sri Lanka are new minnows losing by more than a 100 runs to a team that is missing a lot of its best players :P

Posted by onlinegamer55 on (January 11, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

@hyclass I agree with what you have said. I'd certainly also like to find out why exactly Hughes seemed a different person on that England tour (and beyond for a while) compared to the lead-up. Hughes mentioned recently that he's been calmer and more settled and this has helped him. I think that he has improved in this regard (as everyone does as they age) by moving away from his family and friends. Let's hope that he continues to back himself and his game as he has done since his return to the international team. Hughes, to me, just seems very unique as a batsman and could easily be head and shoulders above the other batsman in his era. Hughes has a far more attacking game than Clarke, for example. His first class average has dipped from its height of 60 but I think that this is due to juggling the formats and changing his technique slightly and the uncertainty of his place in the international team than a lack of ability or work ethic which he certainly has in tremendous quantities.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 11, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

@Roshini: Why the rubbish? how many top teams are there in Cricket? its a sport played by a few countries wake up!!! bring in more new teams so the top teams don't have to play them as much.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (January 11, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

So a second string side beat Sri Lanka brilliant! :)

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 11, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Well played Australia, and once again look at that brilliant bowling from McKay - and yet the Aus. selectors refuse to consider him for tests where he'd also be ideal. Super fielding by Maxwell to get those run-outs. Good job Haddin was there instead of Wade, or Tharanga and Chandimal would have batted on...

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

This Bailey guy has done well. He can bat and field, apparently. If he is as good a captain as the selectors say he is then he is the full package!

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Comprehensive win for Australia. Outsmarted Sri Lanka in all departments. Absolutely brilliant performance by Australians. Sr Lankans yet to taste a victory in this Australian tour.

Posted by aranga on (January 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

Sri Lanka, This is high time to say good bye to IPL. SL cricket should take an immediate action against players, playing for IPL.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 11, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

congrats to Australia on a deserved win..we were pathetic today..our batsmen seemed to left their brains in the changing room during the mid innings break...utterly stupid shot selection, inept running and lackluster fielding..we CANNOT win matches like that..come on Sri Lanka, play to our potential and make us proud of you again...

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

lanka sinking fast and 9 down. The approach to tackle a 300+ score shows clear lack of direction. At least for Sunday match bring in Akila and Herath for spin and Karunaratne to the side to openers position

Posted by Meety on (January 11, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Whilst Chandimal & Dilshan were at the crease, SL looked a rough chance of winning. Then the Maxwell run outs & they were gone. Ahhh glad they selected Maxwell instead of Smith!!!!! (that one is for you Jono)

Posted by PhaniBhaskar24 on (January 11, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

If Srilanka can score 200 runs...i would give the match to Srilanka only...Such a medicore team travelling to Aus post SA tour to Aus....Its time Srilanka start playing with NZ, Bangla, Zim...Come on Aus...

Posted by   on (January 11, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

all SL fan talk about ind flat pitch bullies , what about SL ,take a. look test matches..I hope SL fan Will think before they comments..! Still respect SL Players..!

Posted by ajithabey on (January 11, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

what a mess SL .3 run outs.How do you expect to win games

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Well SL 7 down and lots of runs to get. Poor selection of the team without Herath and Akila has doomed Sri Lanka. When will they learn to do a match SWOT?

Posted by Roshini on (January 11, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

When I see cricket around the world more often than not its one sided affairs. Before global interest vanishes ICC must step in and implement two tier cricket for test and ODI. SL and India should be relegated to the second tier to fight out along side WI,NZ and BD as these teams must never be allowed to play against big boys unless otherwise the competitiveness improves a heck of a lot.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 11, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

overrated hughes wud see his career derailed in india and disintegrated in england, this poor batsman with rigid technique wud be devoured by raina and jadeja's slow left armers and inswingers of shami ahmed

Posted by hyclass on (January 11, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

@Big_Maxy_Walker...they also said he cant run-possibly more important given his score of 3....selectors 1, Khawaja 0

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 11, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

there are many hughes defenders here and amongst the commentators, somehow everyone else cops the blame when hughes is at fault.

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Absolutely mad running and that too for non-existent singles, even school boys would know better than this. Shows the lack of one pointed concentration and very poor show. Clearly case of coaching shortcoming

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 11, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

meety-- 5-0 whitewash is next for england as was last two times , 5-0 india wins, india wud also disintegrate aus in india on turners by flat track bullies

Posted by hyclass on (January 11, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

@onlinegamer55...Im impressed with your observations on Hughes.When reviewing his twin hundreds vs SA in '09 on YouTube, it was his calmness along with quick and certain hands and feet that stood out.These are usually associated certainty that comes from a well tested game plan that has succeeded in all conditions, as his had.The question that should have been asked when he started to fail in England in '09, was,'Why have his hands and feet slowed and his game changed so much from SA and who encouraged these obviously failed changes?' It was DeCosta, his long time mentor and coach who stated publicly that he was forced to change his preparation and approach on joining the Australian squad-he was forced to prepare in a manner that didn't suit him.I find it extraordinary that this statement along with his clearly different game in the 09 Ashes and sudden complete lack of calmness weren't noted by cricket lovers. The Ashes '09 attack certainly wasnt the 1100 wicket '09 SA Test attack.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (January 11, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Would you believe that Chadimal ran 3 batsmen out already by halfway of the match? At the moment he's 53 n/o and 3 wickets by running Dilshan, Mathews and Thirimanne.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 11, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

and they said that Khawaja couldnt field, Khawaja 1 selectors 0

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 11, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@hyclass (post on January 11 2013, 07:52 AM GMT): As one of the Hughes-critics you speak of (for test cricket that is), I was one of the first to admit that he has come back fighting big time and is a new man after his stint in English county cricket. But remember a 'machine' (Australia test team) is only as good as the 'sum and cooperation of its parts'... At times when Hughes (and Warner too) have been needed to dig deep and occupy the crease, they have got out too often to rash strokes, especially against high-quality Anderson-like bowling, and as a result their stats show that they only go on to make a 50+ score in only ~20% of their innings. It is early days though. If Australia stick with Hughes in tests, and he continues this fine form, I'll (once again) be one of the first to wipe the eggs off my face and not run away and hide like the others.

Posted by hyclass on (January 11, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

@colombo_SL...Are you trying to imply that Hughes is at fault? Innuendo is unworthy.Be specific-provide supporting evidence.It's simple.Khawaja ran himself out trying for a run that wasn't there. He failed to ground his bat properly when returning, which would have seen him get back.Probably nerves but a poor piece of judgement anyway. It's interesting that Khawaja's running was one of the facets of his game that Inverarity publicly criticised.The other two incidents with Bailey were a result of Bailey ball-watching instead of responding to his batting partners calls, as reported by the Cricinfo team.He made it through in both cases.Risky running is a core component of ODI's.Hughes is the first Aus ODI player to score a 100 on debut. The youngest to score 2 x 100's in a Test. has been a Shield player of the Year. Steve Waugh Medallist. Bradman Medallist. List A and T20 averages over 50. Its time the Hughes bashers looked at themselves in the mirror.He's 24 & deserves support & respect.

Posted by ozziespirit on (January 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

A few people doubting Hughes for the Ashes this year - Yes, Hughes's test career was all but ended by Anderson and his cohorts, but he's still got a future in Australia. And Yes, I'm not ashamed to say that ENGLAND ARE THE BETTER TEAM. Every Australian fan knows that, whilst we can also cheer at our successes. And today is a success. We start, as everyone knows, as underdogs for the Ashes. But Hughes may be able to change that.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 11, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

England can't wait to bowl at Hughes. Ask any Australian fans who saw the 2009 Ashes 'What Happened to Hughes'..All you'll get is silence. Classic.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Hughes is an absolute star. Will destroy India and England.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Maxwell & Hussey are doing nothing at the moment. If they have a genuine spinner Sri Lanka might be in big trouble.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

It is like playing on Sri Lankan ground. encouraging to see lot of SrI Lankan fans. Difficult task at the moment. But Chandi & Dili is doing well. Fifth bowling option is a big issue for Australians.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 11, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Hughes - Just another of the many Anderson Bunnies that lurk around Australia. Please let him play next Ashes.

Posted by onlinegamer55 on (January 11, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Hughes has been averaging 90 in one day cricket in the past two years; time will tell whether he can maintain this form but I think that the changes to his technique have made him an outstanding ODI player. If you look at him now, then you'll see that as much as he's opened up his leg-side play (he's pulling the ball, for example), it's his calmness and assurance at the crease which is the most striking example of the person that he has developed into. A young player, he still has much to learn about the game, but he's clearly the top young batsman in Australia at the moment. I think it's a headache now for the selectors to choose who to leave out upon the return of Watson, Warner and Clarke. Hughes can bat at 3, he did so for Worcestershire last year, with outstanding returns. We could have a batting order of Watson, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Bailey, D. Hussey, Wade. Warner needs to improve his consistency given the competition from Finch and Khawaja; Maxwell is very unlucky to miss out

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

As i said earlier, it is better to include Herath against this Australian team. Hope he could be a big asset against Aussies.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

We can forget Sanga for a while since little Chandimal is doing a wonderful job here.

Posted by trumpoz on (January 11, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@SLHESH the SL bowlers did not bowl well. They could have played on a green top and still been hit for plenty. Makings did well at the end as did Kulasakera but 210 runs in the last 30 overs says something. Good to see Hughes play a great knock he has worked hard on his game and deserves this success.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

I don't know what is wrong with Hughes. Always get involved with run out chances.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

@gsingh7; better to look after Ind vs. Eng. match mate. You are struggling.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

As i said earlier, this is not their B team, though there are some players missing. Wonderful knock fro Bailey. Lead from the front. MSG seems to be a batting paradise. But two Sri Lankan wickets have already been fallen. Nice to see young Chandimal's positive approach. At the moment he is playing positively than Dilshan. We just want a handy partnership to turnaround all the things.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 11, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Well played Australia. Wonderful innings from Hughes. Ton on the debut. Congratulation.

Posted by deepthaaya-pc on (January 11, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

but srilanka will get this target easily

Posted by Meety on (January 11, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (January 11 2013, 08:02 AM GMT) - you say this as England are 1/167 in the 30th - LOL!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 11, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

@SLHesh R u day dreaming? Match is already lost by a huge margin by SL. SL cannot even come close to this Baby Kangaroos.

Posted by hyclass on (January 11, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

@Big-Dog...both Hussey and Bailey are fine players. To be fair to Hussey though, he has batted two to three positions lower in the order for most of his International career requiring a different and far riskier approach to batting.In those circumstances, he can hardly be expected to retain the same consistency without an opportunity to build innings.He thrives in the number four position at domestic level. Though he has been below his best in Shield for the first half of this season, it would be fitting reward for a spectacular 1st class career if he was to make the transition to Test matches. Few domestic players ever average above 50 over a career while retaining a S/R above 70. In some ways, the remarkable resource of Hodge,Rogers and David Hussey have been badly wasted with only 7 Tests between them. Let's hope that the future of selection policy in Australia has a far better code of 'fair play'. It can only create certainty and encourage higher standards among the current players

Posted by Roshini on (January 11, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

I am at a loss to understand why Malinga under performs when ever he's in Lankan outfit. Outside Sri Lanka he bowls in-swinging yorkers,Furious bouncers and slow balls at will and comes up with at least 4-5 wickets often at a very low runs ratio.A brilliant deadly bowler in the shorter format delivering results for other teams in big tournaments where he gets big cash.But yet for poor Sri Lanka no worthy contributions on a consistent level perhaps delivering for what he gets paid???

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 11, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

another whitewash awaits for sl, all those posters from sl who slacked india should be griped with shame and humiliation as aus disintegrates this weak lankan line up

Posted by Slesh on (January 11, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

None of the Australian people remember that this MCG is a batting paradise at the moment so scoring 300+ was just a par score!! now they are highlighting the fact that Sri lankan bowlers gave away runs...but where there was nothing for bowlers!

Posted by hyclass on (January 11, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Since his Test debut in SA '09,Hughes has endured vitriolic and mostly unresearched criticism.His incredible run-1637 runs at 96 in 10 games,that ended during the Ashes 09 was a target.Many still dismiss the mighty SA '09 attack of Steyn,Morkel,Ntini,Kallis & Harris as having bowled short & wide of off for an entire Test,thus gifting him innings of 115 & 160 in the Durban Test-the youngest ever to do so. A quick check on YouTube of those innings reveals a very different picture.When he was dropped in England,one regular blogger insisted & does to this day that he had cost Australia the Ashes.The metier for his malaise in Eng '09 has an entirely different explanation to the public version.To many,he can do no right. Every run out is apparently his fault, as though the other batsmen had no part to play.I expect that Hughes will play cautiously until his bona fides are accepted & then explode into an International player of rare quality.Congratulations Phil Hughes.You have my respect.

Posted by nani8191 on (January 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

hughes have the capablity to fill the ricky ponting place in australian team.....he s a perfect batsmen .......lets see

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 11, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

I don't know why so many people are expressing suprise at Bailey's knock. His ODI average & strike rate was better than D Hussey's coming in to this game.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 11, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

305 seems a decent score for this pitch. Good batting by the lads but what about Huss II? Malinga bowled brilliantly right at the depth but Dave didn't panic. Just kept them out, took a single and waited for something he could hit. Don't you just love it when you can switch Hussey's mid stream and not rock the boat !!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 11, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Shameless bowling, Fielding made first ODI is a big loss for SL. I do not know why he used Ajantha for the last over whereas Tissara could have bowled it.

Posted by pickz on (January 11, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

what a performance by Aussies, the most interesting thing is look out the debut list, AJ Finch, PJ Hughes and UT Khawaja ,it seems may b some mistakes by cricinfo as we know these guys for some years, but its true that they are playing there first ODI match. so congrats every one, n yea great show by david hussy :)

Posted by whofriggincares on (January 11, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

@big maxy ,usman ran himself out never a run there. And if he grounded his bat better there would have been no runout at all. As for all the Bailey knockers LOL he is a very good ODI player, T20 is a different story altogether though, Warner for skipper in that format. IMO

Posted by ajithabey on (January 11, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

SL so called top 4 bowlers gave away 222 runs.It was pathetic from malinga and ajantha mendis as many expected them to perform better than what was on show.malinga seems to do well for other teams except for the country.lets hope SL does not make a mockery of the batting too.

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

I said 300+ and aussies did because of wrong tactics by Sri lanka. Malinga should have bowled the last over and Ajantha should have finished his last earlier. Anyway belter of a track and Sri Lanka should overhaul this score

Posted by PadMarley on (January 11, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

And I remember someone saying Malinga balls so well for his club...

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 11, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

finch looked all at see to me, i think warner should come back with maxwell dropped for when clarke comes back

Posted by Meety on (January 11, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

Congrats to Hughes - great job! BTW - pretty useful knock from Bailey - I wonder how many people will be wanting him dropped after this match?????

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Also Lanka should look to use Malinga with old ball, rather than new one. First three cost 18 and next two only three runs

Posted by Meety on (January 11, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

No collapses & Oz should get over 300!

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

SL skipper has now no one to turn to but Ajantha only as other are bleeding runs. OZ now going at run rate over 5 and looking good. What a folly that neither Akila nor Herath are there. 300+ possible

Posted by Meety on (January 11, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

After 20 overs, solid start from Oz. So far one out of 3 of the debutants have succeeded. Should push for a score near 300. I think our bowlers can defend anything over 260. IMO - Sri Lanka's strength is their bowling, batting minus Kumar is variable.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 11, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

is phil hughes trying to run out all his partners out there? khawaja copped it for his poor running in the past, but what about hughes, all summer he has been in mixups

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

And now Dilshan bowling. Pity Herath is not there. Once again a bungled selection. Only, hope that lanka can secure victory. 4 medium fast men in the team just like in tests?

Posted by Sugath on (January 11, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

I said to have Ajantha Mendis and Akila, but they have gone with more fast ones like Malinga and Kulasekara and in 10 overs bleed over 50 runs. Then comes leg spin in the form of B W Mendis and Finch gone. Once again the selection has not taken into account our strengths. At least we have the two Mendis & Mendis. Let us see

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
Tour Results
Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Jan 28, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 2 runs (D/L method)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 26, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Australia v Sri Lanka at Hobart - Jan 23, 2013
Australia won by 32 runs
Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney - Jan 20, 2013
No result
Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane - Jan 18, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets (with 180 balls remaining)
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