Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane

Kulasekara sets up low-scoring Sri Lanka win

The Report by Andrew Fernando

January 18, 2013

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Sri Lanka 6 for 75 (K Perera 22*, Johnson 3-11) beat Australia 74 (Starc 22*, Kulasekara 5-22, Malinga 3-14) by 4 wickets
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Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates after bowling Michael Clarke, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane, January 18, 2013
Nuwan Kulasekara destroyed Australia with lethal inswing © Getty Images
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A fearsome spell of inswing bowling from Nuwan Kulasekara was the definitive performance in a bizarre third ODI at the Gabba, where both captains would have batted first, but 100 may have been a winning total. Kulasekara took a career-best 5 for 22 as he damned Australia to 74 all out, with the aid of Lasith Malinga, who tore down the tail.

Sri Lanka's run chase shaped as a straightforward one, but they lost six wickets before they reached their target, meaning 16 wickets had been lost in the day for 149 runs. Had Australia held early chances off Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne, they may have won early the momentum to spark a heavier collapse, but instead the visitors limped home in the 20th over, with their last recognised batting pair at the crease.

Having rested several key players for the first two matches, Australia returned to near-full strength at Brisbane, with Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade arriving to bolster the batting, but none of them could make it to double figures. In fact, only the last pair of Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty did.

The captains shared the opinion that the pitch was full of runs at the toss, but both men seem to have underestimated the effect of Brisbane's humidity. It was in the air that Kulasekara won the battle, not off the pitch. Few batsmen are equipped to negate the amount of movement he achieved, particularly in the middle of his spell, but the lateness of Kulasekara's inswing made him almost unplayable, and Australia will perhaps feel there is little they could have done better to counter bowling of that quality.

The deliveries that bowled Clarke and Moises Henriques began about a metre outside off stump, and only began to move around halfway down the pitch, when the batsmen were already committed to the stroke. Both men played for big inswing, but as the ball swerved hard at the stumps like a snake suddenly smelling prey, they still had their inside edges passed and their woodwork rattled. George Bailey had made a similar mistake first ball, only he had offered no stroke to a delivery he believed to be passing safely outside off stump, and it struck him flush on the front pad and would have hit middle and off.

Sri Lanka's bowlers only mustered modest swing to begin with, but Angelo Mathews used a little extra bounce to dismiss Warner, who holed out to mid on playing a cross-batted stroke that was ill-judged in any case. Warner had been among the runs during the Test leg of the tour, and the manner of his dismissal in Brisbane may add heat to the debate about Australia's rotation policy, and whether batsmen are being done a disservice by being rested when they are in form.

Kulasekara worked himself into a honeyed rhythm after that dismissal, and by the 12th over, had embarrassed Australia's first-choice team. His first two scalps were the result of fine catching as well as great bowling, as Jayawardene held on to a tough chance off Phillip Hughes' bat at third slip, before wicketkeeper Kushal Perera dove to his left to snaffle David Hussey's inside edge.

Malinga also found movement in the air when he came into the attack at 6 for 30, and removed Mitchell Johnson with an outswinging yorker in his second over, before taking a wicket in each of his two next overs.

Doherty was circumspect at the crease to begin with, leaving the strokemaking to Starc, who was intent on making the best of a bad situation, and the pair rode their luck for eight overs, before Shaminda Eranga ended the innings with a slower ball. Had they survived five more overs together, it may have been their side that took the series lead.

Dilshan's innings of 22 was populated almost exclusively by booming drives, most of which failed to make contact - many by quite a distance. Faced with a small target and difficult conditions, Sri Lanka's batsmen appeared to have opted for a hyper-aggressive approach, reasoning that if just one of them came off, victory would come easy.

However at 4 for 37, that strategy had only delivered them jitters and handed the opposition momentum. Kushal Perera and Upul Tharanga chose then to reserve their belligerence only for the poor deliveries, and in a match where even minuscule contributions with the bat were invaluable, two wicketless overs before the tea break eased Sri Lanka's nerves, and three quick boundaries after resumptions hurtled them close to safety. Starc picked up two more scalps before Sri Lanka reached their target, but with so few to get, neither breakthrough gave rise to real hope of a famous win.

The action moves to the SCG now, where Sri Lanka have flourished in ODIs, and the visitors will hope to wrap up the series there, and maintain their dominance of Australia in their own conditions in recent years.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 NB/Wides
Australia 127 7 0 26-4 0/3
Sri Lanka 96 11 0 33/2 1/3

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Posted by Harmony111 on (January 20, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: I am not sure if cricket results can be normally distributed. Individual performances can be but not match results. Eng won 2005 & 2009 Ashes 2-1 so it goes 2-0 to Eng there but with the smallest of changes it could have been so diff. In results, exceptional performances often called cameos or lucky breaks/bad decision can sometimes/often leave profound impact on the series result. IMO central limit theorem is not applicable to such cricket matches. Syd 2008 is another example.

This wasn't meant to be Dhoni vs Clarke but fact is, better resources can make poor tactics look brilliant and vice versa. Ofc Ind have played poorly too and Dhoni himself is not a confident batsman in tests. But even with any other captain, I doubt if the result would have been much diff. Dhoni suffers cos he can't bat or bowl much and so his own performance isn't seen. Clarke scores runs so Aus win/lose he is seen as doing something.

TC.

Posted by bearface on (January 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

@TommyTuckerSaffa sorry mate dont agree with you SL are no minnows in ODI cricket. simply inconsistent, they were the finalists of the last two ODI worldcups and have a good record in ODI's.

Posted by bearface on (January 20, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

From some of the comments on here you would think that Australia had won the match comprehensively. a lot of fans talking about the test series yes we know we lost the test matches to Australia any rational SL fan knew that SL would get thrashed.We were massacred in the tests and it was disappointing as test cricket is the real deal but that is not relevant here its done and dusted this is the one day series and clearly Australia's best side is being severely outplayed by Srilanka yet we hear rubbish excuses such as the toss,one team is not focusing blah blah this is no fluke win SL have dominated Australia in Australia in recent times 8 wins out of the last 13 games. Its a good thing Australia have been so dominant in world cricket or we would have been hearing these excuses a whole lot more get used to losing, your team is in a transitional state and will have to face many defeats in the future Aussie fans simply learn some grace. good luck to both teams for Hobart.SL the favourites.

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

@Harmony111, cheers bro! I know that you would want to discuss at great lengths. But let's call it quits here. Let's not bore the Aussies and the Lankans to death with our debate on India and Dhoni :). Cheers Aussies and Lankans! Thanks for being patient with the two of us on your boards. Exciting fight going on right now at SCG. I'm off to that match now, though rain is kind of playing a spoil-sport there. Good luck to both the teams.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 20, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

@Harmony111, if we distribute performances under a Gaussian Distribution, positive or negative 3SD from the mean are exceptions/extremes and we are not allowed to judge a team or members in that distribution or a player by those extreme numbers. The two low scores of Australia are such aberrations only. Neither Clarke nor his team members should attract flak for those exceptions. You know it and I know it. Rather, how the distribution over a period of time is - that's what matters. Yes, Indians didn't get bowled out for two such low scores. But with some expertise in statistics, I cannot ignore the consistent Indians' sample over a period of time (the bigger the sample the better it is for us to draw a conclusion) that is staring at me. You know it and I know it. Is Dhoni responsible for it solely? Hell, no! Did he commit blunders on the field? Hell, yes! As I said, no point in discussing them all over again. We all went over them at great lengths when our team was being annihilated.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

@ Dravid_Gravitas: The subtle point was that in India we are now blaming Dhoni for a lot of things and have lost the objectivity one should have. Dhoni may have made a lot of money or have received a lot of coverage for his good doings of the past but I think all that has been shallow and has not shown us the true imp of Dhoni to Ind cricket. On one hand we think of Dhoni as a magician who just needs to stay cool to won matches and on the other hand the shallow reporting has not truly shown what one needs to be Dhoni-like. Result? On one hand we expect Dhoni to do it all and on the other hand we also blame him for all sundry things. With the amount of cricket MS plays and the pressure in every format of it, MS truly surprises me. Compare that to Trescothick or Basit Ali who cudn't even play as batsmen alone.

Shud the captain get any blame for 47 and 74 a.o.? MS surely got much flak for Ind batting failures in Eng/Aus. In fact for bowling failures too. Ans - Ind Media vs Oz Media.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 19, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

@Harmony111, you start your post by saying that you see things in entirety but interestingly you end your post by questioning about one or two low scores of Australia. Don't you think you are contradicting yourself by doing that? My take - EVEN IF India were to get bowled out for such low scores in a match or two, I wouldn't fault Dhoni for that. I don't know about you, but I see things in entirety. I don't expect others to see things in entirety but it would be nice if one can see things in entirety. Easier said than done. But no harm in giving it a try.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

@Sinhaya:

I've said something similar on the Ind-Eng 3rd ODI article today. I got no problems with DRS but it is way too expensive for the results it promises. And even with those high costs - accuracy is not guaranteed. Even with much simpler tools we often get to know which was a good decision and which was a bad decision then why not use them instead of insisting on a heavy-duty set up that DRS needs?

Instead of focusing on the problem of eliminating umpiring mistakes the focus has been on bringing DRS in and when BCCI says that the results of DRS are not satisfactory when seen with its costs everyone gets busy in BCCI bashing.

Now when I look back and think, I think this looks so obvious and simple. We've had slo-mo and super slo- mo cameras for long now. We've had 3rd umpire for 20 yrs now - just use them along with the benefit of 2nd look and some common sense.

Posted by CricketZoysa on (January 19, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

The last time Sri Lanka played Australia (Nov 2010) at Brisbane they were all out for 115 batting first. So maybe the Brisbane wicket is not suitable for 1 day cricket........at least that's what the ICC wouldd be saying if this happened on any sub-continent wicket. 115 is probably a winning score if Oz battet first.

Posted by Biggus on (January 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

@Harmony111-Actually Hash_Tag comes comes across as relatively sensible, it's you with the obsessive compulsions that you are unable to control.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@Harmony111, congratulations to India for winning today. But the issue of DRS has arisen again. If BCCI is against technology, then at least give the batsman or the fielding side the chance to challenge and get a 2nd opinion from the 3rd umpire using normal replays. I am saying so today based on KP's dismissal. Yes even Yuvi was unlucky in the 2nd ODI. Test series between England and India was marred by lots of umpiring howlers. So it is high time that we understand that umpires are humans and they make errors and their mistakes impact the match. Pakistan too were victims of umpiring howlers when they visited Sri Lanka last year.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

@ProdigyA, no need to bring SLPL when this article has nothing to do with it. This is our 2nd win in this series and not the first ever ODI win against Aussies.

@samincolumbia, kindly check the head to head ODI stats between Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lanka has won 55 times in ODIs against India. So once in a blue moon logic is rubbish. I agree our ODI record against India has been awful since 2008. Again you are wrong. When did India last win a test series against Sri Lanka? It was in 1993 and not after that. So India never won test series regularly in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan has beaten India more times. Just stop belittling their wins in bilateral series. Since cricket ties began between India and Pakistan, Pakistan has a better record in those. India Pakistan bilateral series are extreme high profile contests and of extreme significance.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

@Hash_Tag: What's your problem? It seems all you care for is to see a comment of me and then pounce on me. Do you ever care to read the comment of the other party or do you think the other person can say all he wants and I should say nothing?

What kind of a joker are you?

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket on (January 18 2013, 17:32 PM GMT), Sri Lanka and Pakistan have zero talent with bat and ball? Then what about our ex batting stars like Aravinda De Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu along with even Sanga? What about our former bowling stars Vaas and Murali? If we are so bad, how come Malinga was the highest ODI wicket taker last year along with Herath being the highest test wicket taker last year?

If Pakistan dont have good batting talents, how about Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq? I respect India batting maestros like Dravid, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Laxman but your point is absolute nonsense indeed!

Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 19, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

@Harmony111 have you completely taken leave of your senses? One minute you are boasting to @Biggus at how Australia were recently thrashed by England, next minute you are boasting to @jb633 of Englands Ashes record. Just love boasting don't you? Yet neither of these items have anything to do with this forum and here you are out parading your need to gloat and pour scorn again. Both England and Australia have thrashed us recently, perhaps this is what is motivating you. But who knows?

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

@jb633: Amazing that you talk of YOUR people as THE people. Don't you know there are more people in half of India than RoW put together? So what people do you talk of?

Aus have no option but to rest their players cos they are oh-so-delicate. And SA aren't playing ODIs atm so I don't know why u mentioned them. I guess they'll play NZ at near full strength.

As for Eng - who is resting? Broad is injured & Swann needs rest for his elbow. Jimmy? Poor chap bowls so well in ODIs that IIRC he had to dropped in a WC 2011 match.

Finally, what exactly did a full strength Eng team do last time & before that? 0-5 & 0-5.

Test Cricket? Eng cudn't win Ashes - their most coveted prize in their most imp format of game for 19 years and then lost 0-5 the next time.

Test Cricket? Are Eng #1 even in it? How long were Eng #1 in Tests? Did Eng win vs Pak 3-0 in UAE as #1? Did Eng defend their #1 Rank vs SA? Were Eng #1 longer than India?

Have you read the story of fox & grapes?

Posted by Mutukisna on (January 19, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. I hope we win the series. I never knew that the past tense for dive was dove as per the writer's phrase above " wicketkeeper Kushal Perera dove to his left to snaffle David Hussey's inside edge" unless a bird was fielding to the left of Kusal Perera. Oxford and Collins dictionaries should note this new word and incorporate it in their future editions.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

@jb633: Alright I did not know the ODI series between SA and NZ had started. I just saw SA are 182/8 vs NZ. My prev comment should be read in this light now, the part where I talked of SA should be ignored.

Posted by jb633 on (January 19, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

@Harmony111- no my point is who even cares about any ODI cricket. World cups or otherwise it is all irreavent in the grand scheme of cricketing history. When people talk about legends of the game you look at test match performances and nothing else. That is how you forge a reputation in the hall of fae. Nothing else will suffice. I do not deny that India have some creidble peromances to draw back upon, but they were years ago. When you see all the top sides, ENG, AUS, SA resting so many players in ODI cricket, it shows you all you need to know about it.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas: I don't know about you but I like to see things in the entirety. Yes Dhoni has lost a few series and the losses were huge and shocking but he has also won a lot for India. Thus my opinions about Dhoni is much less scathing than you. In fact I am more pro-Dhoni than anti-Dhoni. Yes, Dhoni has been poor in tests as a batsman but that is about the max I would criticize Dhoni for. Every other thing that you talked about, his Captaincy, his field placings, his selection, his backing of certain players - I don't have much issues with them - certainly none with his keeping skills save some rare misses here or there. He tends to give more time to players once they get in. Rohit, Ishant, Jadeja, Ashwin are eg. Yes, Tiwari was unlucky but so was Hussey for long. And fact is, selection is never a sealed topic.

I'd said that Dhoni can't be Alexander or Genghis Khan if he doesn't have a good Army - got it?

Did Ind get a.o. for 74 o r47 Home or Away under Dhoni?

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 19, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

@The_bowlers_Holding: I had mentioned the year 1985 right next to the words World Series and yet you had to talk about all the needless stuff? TBH I thought anyone who was into cricket knew about that WS as it was often hailed as a mini world cup and this is why I keep mentioning it. There is a reason why I did not mention the CB series Ind won in Aus or the Natwest Trophy India won in2002 cos they are tri-series wins and did not involves other nations. Hero Cup had many nations but it was at home so as per some of you - it doesn't count (when the WC too doesn't count).

I refer to it as World Series cos calling it World Championship often forces me to shorten it to WC (due to word limit here) and it will cause more confusion. I thought this was see-through.

Diff between Eng/Ind 3 WC Finals is that Ind won 2 of them. Lol. How can you even compare them? B1 scores 50 off 40, B2 scores 5 off 40 - are both equally good?

Facts may be boring but jb663 needed to have them as a reminder.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

How naive would you have to be to seriously expect anyone to pass up the opportunity to make the kind of money that players do for playing in such leagues as the IPL - would any of those people writing about sanctions for players that play in the IPL seriously give up the opportunity to make a years wage in a couple of weeks if given the opportunity.

Live with it......

Just play the best players, don't assume they are burnt out or that they might get an injury - if their form slumps then drop them, if they get injured (and none of this garbage about a splinter meaning your out for the season that we have at the moment) then they are out.

The garbage that we are getting at the moment, where you have no idea what team is going to turn up, players rested against their wishes, players picked for a single game, players breaking down is a joke and is costing the game a both in terms of attendances and credability.

Posted by caught_knott_bowled_old on (January 19, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Sri Lanka's batting was deplorable. Although they won, Jayawardene should be having a hard chat to his batsmen starting with Dilshan! What was he thinking?! The batting unit could've displayed more prudence in their approach and won this comfortably. Poor batting.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 19, 2013, 4:43 GMT)

Shan156 I have checked my sources :) and that was the The Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket, which caused the cofusion as a World Series was referred to. Anyway I was only making a point of the irrelevance of churning out stats but only succeeded in appearing as trivial as the aforementioned poster. Anyway thanks.

Posted by Sugath on (January 19, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Now that the match is over it is important to ponder what went wrong for Lanka in the chase because had there been another 40+ to chase it would have been difficult. My assessment of the chase boils down to mind conditioning. Once Lanka got Aussies out for 74, what could been seen was the euphoria in the faces, and did that infect the batting approach. Looking at the way Lanka batted it appeared that they wanted to finish in about 10 overs or less and that to me was the mistake leading to many rash strokes leading to most dismissals. So the lesson to learn is not to delve into what happened when bowling, but to put it aside and focus on the next job, the run chase and work out the situation SPIN. From the time Mahela played that stroke it was clear that had not been done post Aussie Innings. Now it is about moving forward for Sunday and working out the match SWOT for Sydney, environmental appraisal as regards the crowd, the pitch, the weather situ and as it appears now the temparature

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 19, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

@John Firth : Worst new ball bowling because of the conditions in Sri Lanka doesn't suite it. Worst new ball bowling squad, but they win in style, and making the Aussies reeling 45/9, and recording the worst score by Aussies in 15 years! :D

Posted by ShehanJ on (January 19, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

@Madhusha D. Mendis You say, "Was it australian A team or C team?" Well, according to that logic, the SL national team lost 6 wickets chasing down the 75 scored by the Australian C team no? ;) You also say, "If malinga bowled ,40 years record would be broken and aussies all out for 45." It's quite easy to talk in hindsight. Can you imagine what would have happened if Michael Clarke put Sri Lanka in to bat after winning the toss? ;) Don't forget that even batting second the SL team lost 6 wickets. Lady luck did not smile on SL in the test series and in the first ODI. Let's see if SL can win the 3rd or the 4th matches or both to win the series. Winning the battle is exhilarating...but winning the war is what matters. I don't need to tell you how Sri Lanka has choked in several finals in the recent past, do I? :)

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 19, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

The best in this match for me was 2 catches taken by David, probably the best fielder in the world cricket now.

Posted by Shan156 on (January 19, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

@The_bowlers_Holding, Harmony is referring to the B&H world series cup in 1985-1986 in Australia in which all the top teams competed. India won it beating Pakistan in the final. Ravi Shastri won the "champion of champions"/man of the series award. Since then, Australia always hosted the B&H world series between 3 teams except once in 198? when England, Pakistan, WI, and Australia competed (and England won). England also won the Sharjah cup in 1986/1987 in which Ind., Pak. and Aus. also participated.

So, while Harmony was correct here, he/she has got facts wrong before - he/she claimed that no Eng. batsman has scored 150+ runs ever in an ODI. And, when I pointed out that Robin Smith scored 160+ and Strauss scored 158 in WC 2011 against India, he/she said got his facts "slightly" wrong and also irrelevant things like I probably didn't know myself and used statsguru to find out. I admit I don't remember too many high scoring ODI innings by Eng. batsmen and that is why these stick.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 19, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

I think we got 4 ODI's and 3 T20's in this tour. 1-1 in ODI series and 1-0 to SL in T20's.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 19, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy on (January 19 2013, 01:31 AM GMT), couldn't agree more. RandyOZ insists that he doesn't care about Australia's ODI results outside the WC yet he seems to care a whole lot about England's ODI results, so much so that he even felt the need to comment on the warmup games for the current series.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (January 19, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

is it only me who thinks that this new rule changes of one less fielder outside the circle has in fact make it more interesting? IMO bowlers are now being rewarded for bowling good. Earlier in middle overs they used to wait batsman make mistake, but now as 5 fielders in the ring they can bowl aggressively. I think this rule will also benefit only 2 kinds of batsman one the kind of Amlas, Clarks or other kind of Dhonis Petersons who are strong in arms. Middle ware will not have anywhere to go. Probably this 5 in the ring is the reason is we saw Ind-Pak 160 odd & win and here 70 odd and still opposition 6 down for target. Anyhow I love it when batsmen has to earn their runs. Congrats SL. Aus is still a very good team. Loved watching Kula and wonder our new kid Bhuvneshwar can do wonder too. If u can swing it both way at 130 it is still dangerous if you can hit 145 you are Steyn :)

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

To think, "Sri Lanka have the worst new ball attack that has landed on our shores ever."

Well said Mr Hogg...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 2:31 GMT)

Was it australian A team or C team ...I was dissapointed when mahela removed malinga from bowling attack ..probably he has a good reason . If malinga bowled ,40 years record would be broken and aussies all out for 45... I can imagine M.clarkes face .... He is not a bad captain ...He is more good than R.ponting ..But R.ponting got best squad in the world ,He is not the best captain

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 19, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Dear Harmony111- I note in your list of India's acheivements in ODI that England have not won you have referred to a World Series win on a couple of occasions. The ' Benson and Hedges World series Cup' ran from 1979-1988, and was re-named the 'Benson and Hedges World Series' from 1988-1996, it was an invitation round robin between 3 teams; whilst it was called the World Series India never won it, they competed 3 times -twice runners up once last. Interestingly England did win it in 1986-87. A 3 team event is hardly a world series I am sure you would agree, India did win the Commonwealth Bank Series (the current monicker) in 2007-08 (England won that the year before). I am suprised someone normally so meticulous in their research/proclamations got the facts wrong but it is only boring facts. Interestingly England have been in 3 WC finals compared to Indias 3 and each has won the T20 world cup once. Another fact England has won 14 test series in Australia and India have won 0.

Posted by Hammond on (January 19, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

Scary the lack of technique on show from both teams. The pitch was flat.

Posted by RuwanFer on (January 19, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Clearly the current Australian top order is no better than subcontinent teams when it comes to handling swing/seam movement. Probably South Africa and England are the only two batting lineups that are decent against quality swing/seam bowling.. others are just meh.

Posted by RuwanFer on (January 19, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

Great bowling effort by Kula and co. Chasing wasn't look pretty and comfortable at all but I think it has more to do with the poor strategy than a real struggle. They might have discussed a plan to go all out attacking and not letting Australian bowlers to settle in to a good line and length, especially because of the alien conditions of this ground they were not confident of playing normal cricket. It's a poor strategy and kind of overeating. Should have just played the ball on it's merits. SL batsmen are better than they actually think about themselves. Look no further than how young rookie Kusal batted.

But Johnson has clearly improved. With a more higher arm action his bouncer is more lethal now. And less chance of spreading it around. After all, slinging can't be perfected by everyone. ;)

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 19, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

I must admit i feel abit sorry for the actual proper aussie fans who have to read everyone ripping them when they have a bad day. Just remember, you can thank that troll randyoz & a few others for that.

Posted by Moppa on (January 19, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

All the usual rubbish and trolling out in force as usual when Australia loses (though I have to confess that this was an unusually embarrassing loss!). Almost as bad at 47 all out in Cape Town - but don't forget we fought back to win the next Test. Anyway, just thought I'd make a couple of minor corrections: @mjee, Australia's assistant coach is Steve Rixon, not Nixon, and he is a former Test cricketer, not a baseballer. @Greatest_Game, seeing as you've resurrected the lame conspiracy theory about the pitches in the South Africa v Australia series, I don't think there was that much difference between the pitches for the two matches. The main difference was the lacquer on the (two) white balls, plus the high humidity yesterday, was particularly conducive to swing, which Kulasekera and Malinga exploited excellently. The pitch had very little to do with it.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Kula you beauty. Produced some rippers, credit must go to him. Bit skeptical of the pitch, 16 wickets for 149 runs... still a great match, nice to see bowlers dominate in a batsman-dominated format.

Posted by ell_bee on (January 19, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Why should I take my grandson to see this lot and why should I spend loosa bucks in the hope that the Selectors might piuck the kids hero - David Warner. I'm better off taking him to see the football where they always field their best side. Wonder how many others think like this - and if Austrialian attendances are down and the coffers are not as full as they once were maybe our Selectors and gung-ho sports scientists need a savage pay cut. Where is the valus now in getting a cap to play for Austrlia. I think Dick Smith and Hulia Gillard are the next likely selections

Posted by Rocketman1 on (January 19, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

Nice to see 'the worse pace bowling attack ever' get some wickets. Sure it's not a Test but the Aussies bowled on the same pitch but didn't extract the same venom. Lack of motivation after posting a poor total I suppose. The old guard from the Lankan's really need to improve their play. Matthews has played too many terrible shots, Dilshan has played and missed too much, and Mahela hasn't scored enough runs. Time for some fresh blood. Who will be dropped for Kusal Perera?

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

I wouldn't get too carried away with this. It was a great bowling performance by SL, but Australia bowled just as well, and SL may have lost if Australia had held their catches, if that nick to the keeper had been reviewed.The ball was seaming and swinging all over the place. It reminded me of the Capetown test, where twenty-something wickets fell in a day, and everyone criticised Australia for being bowled out for 47 - about 90 minutes after SA lost 9 wickets for the same number of runs. Short memories indeed. A little perspective required here. SL has the momentum in the series, but that can, and will change sometime in the next few games. This is a potentially very good AUS ODI side, and they will soon pull together. It's obvious the rotation system needs modification, and it is completely destroying continuity and team harmony. Despite what he said publicly, Clarke now realises this. I mean you'd have to be stupid not to see it. So you'll see less chopping and changing from now on.

Posted by Mitcher on (January 18, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

@Greatest_Game: In fairness mate, did you watch the game? This had nothing to do with the pitch, the ball was barely moving off the pitch. It was all to do with swing due to atmospheric conditions. So tuck your conspiracy theories away, at least for now.

Posted by hycIass on (January 18, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

@shaggy076 Rohit makes valid points, Khawaja has been Bulls leading batsman this year and they are shield leaders thanks to his efforts and efforts from their bowling attack. And Brendon makes valid points too that after 2 failures at the top order we need batsman who can handle swing conditions and there are few better batsman then Khawaja at handling that but he never got a chance to show what he can do in Adelaide.

Posted by Buckers410 on (January 18, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

Easy team for next game, this would be our best team; 1.Warner 2.Khawaja 3.Bailey 4.Clarke (c) 5.Smith 6.D Hussey 7.Wade (wk) 8.Johnson 9.Richardson 10.McKay 11.Beer. This team would beat SL, Richarson and Beer give nothing away while McKay and Johnson attack and more than handy spin in Hussey, Smith and Clarke. D Hussey can not bat in top 5. He can win us a game from 6 or 7. Hes deffinately not a top 4 batsman.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 18, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

@Harmony111, once upon a time our test ranking was #1 and what is it now? Who was the Captain all through the slide? Was the name of our Captain Dhoni or Harmony111? Is it clear now why Dhoni gets so much flak and rightfully so? Once again, sorry to say but I really feel like an idiot to lay it our for you, as I genuinely believe that you are one of the most cerebral Indian posters on cricinfo boards.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 18, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

@Harmony111, we don't thrash people for winning. Do we? So I answered your question as to why Dhoni attracts so much flak. What's the point in reminding about what India won under Dhoni? He is rightfully getting thrashed from various quarters for the slide not for the win. How hard is that to understand? Shouting at the top of our voice long after the series are over is much easier. But as the matches were unfolding, his abysmal captaincy, field placements, slashing the bat in thin air, and ridiculous reasons (excuses as some want to call them) were aplenty - point by point were noted at the time when the matches were going on. Dhoni or Dravid or Kumble - nobody will be thrashed for winning. They will get much of the flak for the slide and Dhoni's abysmal moves were clear as crystal. No point in going over them all over again. Am I clear to you now?. Next, what can Clarke do if the matches were at home? He couldn't possibly create overseas tours out of thin air. Can he?

Posted by Chris_P on (January 18, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

@harmony111. You haveNOo idea about cricket do you? Who said "never argue with an idiot, they will beat you with experience". Touche! Enjoy whatever little world you live in.

Posted by bobmartin on (January 18, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

@Harmony111... English minnows.... check the stats.. you''ll soon see who the minnows are... and it aint England... and if you're wondering why we Poms give you Aussie minnows a hard time... ask RandyOz who does nothing else but try to belittle England... Let he who is without sin.. cast the first stone...

Posted by fear_warner on (January 18, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Thanks Kula, my wife thanks you for reducing my friday nights cricket viewing! The Aus batsmen looked like bunnies caught in Kulas bright swinging headlights. The selectors need to seriously examine whether each Aus batsmen simply had some kind of brain explosion or has real trouble with quality inswing. Did any Aus batsmen realise they could shuffle across or move out of the crease which would have helped nullify Kulas attack, M.Hussey would have! I know Warner is somewhat of an instinct player but please engage brain before swinging the blade, same goes for all really, more gears and variety of playing styles are required in each batsman! All part of the Aus team rebuild process though, lets hope we don't need a repeat lesson. I don't think rotation policy can be blamed. Good ticker from Aus bowlers, McKay unlucky, couldn't beleive how many Dilshan swung at and missed, a couple of dropped catches too. Would be nice to see Cutting and Kwawaja get some more exposure in the ODI team.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

@yorkshiregenius

And I can't understand why some of Eng minnows jumping up and down here. This is about Aus-SL series, what's an Englishman doing here?

Ah, is it the recent mauling you had from Indians where you failed to bat for even 40 overs or score even 200 runs on a flat track where India smacked your behinds for 285 runs? Is it that you can't show your face there and so you now want to feel good to see your arch-rivals doing worse than you? Is it just that?

But how high can you jump at Aus's 74 a.o. when you yourself were 158 a.o. 2 days back and were 80 a.o. on the flattest of wickets in WT20 in SL vs India.

Btw, what hurt you more? 158 a.o. or 80 a.o. or the twin losses vs Ireland & BD in WC 2011 or the 1-6 thrashing you had vs Aus or the 0-3 whip Pak gave to the then #1 team? Or was it the 52 a.o. in WI? Or was it the 0-2 punch SA landed at you a few months back?

Lucky Eng - spoilt to choose which one hurt them the most....wow.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

@jb633: Lol, you talking as if Eng have won truckloads of WC on either HOME SOIL of the fast & bouncy wickets of SA or Aus.

Just fyi:-

Ind have won WC in ENG in 1983. Ind have won WC in SA (WT20) in 2007 + Reached WC Final in SA in 2003. Ind have won World Series in Aus in 1985 Ind have won WC AT HOME in 2011.

Ind has won or done exceedingly well in Eng, in Aus & in SA - the only 3 places that one suspects you really really really care about.

Can Eng match any of this?

Do you think winning WC AT HOME is no big deal? If that is so then tell me how many times have Eng won WC AT HOME even thought it has hosted it 4 times? What stopped Eng from winning AT LEAST AT HOME huh?

If Eng can match none of this then what exactly was your point? Did you even have any point or you just wanted to say anything random and typical to somehow feel good trying to cover your inadequacies?

Hash_Tag: Pls come and shoot at me again. I'm sure you won't find anything wrong with jb633 but only with me :-)

Posted by joronimu on (January 18, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Well done boys it's nice to see another win but at the cost of six wickets. I think a more professional and refined batting performance is needed by the Sri Lankan team, if Australia had another 30 runs more I wonder what the outcome would have been. Someone has to talk to Dilshan about fine and elegant stroke play which might help to improve his game. One thing I noticed during the game were the dropped catches by the Australians take a good look at their facial expressions it did not look like they cared at all that they missed them, very strange fielding performance even the ball by M Johnson to the wicket for the run out that missed no players up to the wicket and his expression was blank as though nothing had happened. VERY STRANGE

Posted by kandykolla on (January 18, 2013, 21:27 GMT)

Mahela and Sri Lankans are gentlemen !! If he wants when Aussies were 40/9 he could have simply continue with Malinga and finish the Aussie innings below 70 but, he didn`t do that !! If India were in the same situation, they would have definitely gone for those cheap records !!

Posted by yorkshiregenius on (January 18, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

I can't understand why some of Indian minnows jumping up and down here. Since they can't win any home or away series now they have started talking about non- Indian matches. Losers, please get your well deserved thrashing from England and enjoy the life.

Posted by jb633 on (January 18, 2013, 20:57 GMT)

@saminacolumbia- yes I am happy to concede that we are not the best in any format at present. Furthermore I am happy to concede that we were outclassed by the best side in the world SA. I am not blinded by bias here and am always willing to acknowledge English shortcoings. We were humbled in the UAE against the best spin attack seen in years. I am convinced that even SA will struggle in those conditions as Ajmal et co have perfected the art of bowling on low, slow turners. So many Indian fans are trying to cling to dying embers, eg the ODI format. Yes, you are world champions, but come next world cup on the fast bouncy wickets you will be lucky to win 3 games, let alone defend the trophy. India can only play at home, that is a fact of life. Yes in the past you have had excellent sides, but no longer. IPL has successfully destroyed the cricketing infrastructure and you now have nothing left. So cling to your home ODI wins and a world cup won on home soil. There will be nothing else.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (January 18, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. Win the series please...a Bangladeshi fan..

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 18, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Oh...there you go... one win and the little ratts are sqeaking again...just go play ur 2 cent worth SLPL..

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 18, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Well done SL. I think its the time for SL to move towards future and time to say bye bye to Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela. They have some very good yougsters like Parera. Austrailia is lacking consistacy in selection. some of their guys are getitng very good back by captain, board and management and some of them are not getting even a fair chance.

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 18, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Congratulation SL, the "Lions". SL played very well rather exceptional, the Gabba pitch favors swing bowlers a lot and Kulasekar, you beauty, won the match for SL, Dilshan showed his class as well. I do not care much about MJ, Sanga, they are run hungry person for their ownsleves. This ODI defeat for AUS is colossal in terms of margin. However, AUS can not be written off. They are champions and they know how to win, and they will come back. I agree with most of comments calling about the Usman Khwaja, he needs to be given atleast chance for few more matches before being axed. Having said that any team can defeat AUS on their day, but only PAK has ability to maul and haul AUS. @ bmike: you right mate, but the problem is that they have not learnt anything in last 80 years, and they not going to learn for decades to come.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 18, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Pathetic batting by top order SL batsmen. Mahela should have batted with more responsibility although the target was very small. I am really impressed by Kushal Perera and hope he will be retained in the team even Chandimal returns. Adelaide match was better win. This match was very closed.

Posted by crafty-Rabbi on (January 18, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

The Asian teams do not seem to be as focused on the Test version of cricket. The money is in ODI's and T20's and and so is the fan support. Inevitably they are usually a hand full in these shorter formats. The Australians play ODI's like the Brits these days.. a couple of great performances then a disaster usually followed by another flop then a brief resurgence etc. The Australia of old with Waugh and Ponting in his early years of captaincy had the killer instinct and belief. These days the Aussies seem more concerned about their hair and tattoos when they play.

Good to see the Sri Lankans putting up a scrap. That Kulasekara is worth putting a bob or two on get a few LBW's next game.

Posted by SeamingWicket on (January 18, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

This is typical Sri Lanka for many years now Many spoke of a decline in Sri Lankan cricket That will never happen What you will see is SL going through ups and downs constantly Like the graph for an AC current They lost the test series in a very bad way and most would not have expected them to win even a single game in Australia for the rest of the tour. This reminded me of what happened in South Africa They got bowled out for 40 odd in an ODI game. And went on to win the last 2 games chasing 300+ scores, lost the series 3-2 but left alot of people surprised.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Lukecannon: We saw plenty of the SL spirit on display on our recent tour where we beat you 1-5 in ODIs/T20s. The world saw your spirit in WT20 when you failed to chase 137 AT HOME and only 3 batsmen got into double digits, with your cap/future cap playing the ugliest of shots to get out.

Look, don't feel bad. I like SL as a team and have seen them playing top class cricket a lot. But why do you have to pull down Ind to prop up SL? What do you exactly mean that SL are in a diff league? If you say talk nicely about Ind or st least stay neutral about Ind then we will do so too. But don't feel bad or complain if we talk bad about SL if you too do so....

Tit for Tat.

Ind fans hardly ever start the fire but if and when it starts they love to show their skills for throwing fireballs.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 18, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

What is the point of doing well in Tests when there is nothing to play for other than a series win. However, in ODIs and 20-20s there are WC to aim for and win. Tests are useless without some kind of tournament. Tests are like an interview while the ODIs is the actual job where you get something out of it. Funny how some Australians are having a cry when the puny Australian team is not performing in the Premier format of ODI.

Posted by Jay.Raj on (January 18, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

@Hardy1, Test matches is a format to test the technique and talent of players and aus did prove that they are better than SL. But when it comes to using that technique and talent accumulated during the test series in ODI format, Srilanka showed Aus how its done not only in this series but also the previous commonwealth edition. You can have all the talent you want but when it comes to using it in a restricted format, srilanka was on TOP of Aus. Digest it!!

Posted by vrsrinivas on (January 18, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Facts are facts - for the past decade SL has been an excellent team in limited overs games call it ODI or T20 ,I hardly remember SL failing miserably like any other team especially when the tournament matters. They have consistent performers like sangakara, jayavardhane, dilshan, Malinga etc and spakling players like Kula,Ajatha. Starting 1996, SL had this luxury of have 3-4 reliable performers , 1-2 upcomers and odd sparkles. look at the passion of Sankagara & jayawardhane for win. Thou I am not a SL , I love team SL team next to my home country.

Posted by popped on (January 18, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

@ samincolumbia , excellent hypothesis by you, absolutely correct you are buddy , India wins all the matches against one country -SL loses against everyone else , glad you pointed that out to us buddy...oh and get over the world cup as the win was against SL-- and that's your theory not anybody Else's ,oops yes I forgot

Posted by bobmartin on (January 18, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

RandyOz... Excuses.. excuses... Look at Oz in the ICC Rankings: Test - 3rd....ODI - 5th....T20 - 7th. Pathetic... Where are all these wonderful players you keep telling us Oz has or are these the same ones who were playing yesterday after being rested.... Fat lot of good the rest did them.. But.. of course it was only an ODI and it was only Sri Lanka.... so you obviously don't care about being beaten then.. Is that why you filled your best side with the top players... If you weren't so pathetic, you'd be funny... Hope springs eternal though eh ?

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Sometimes I really wonder at some of the Ind fans we've got here. I mean what goes on in their minds? Ppl like Hash_Tag look like feel bad for the other side each time an Ind fan takes him on and shows the hollowness of his arguments or uses his own arguments to trump him.

Why is it that someone like Hash_Tag doesn't say a word to Biggus who was all nasty talking against Ind but the same Hash_Tag tries to come on top of me to ridicule me and to chastise me when I give a totally objective reply to Biggus?

To fill in the context here, Biggus said Ind wickets were made for Indian Gods to make stats, for Indian club level spinners to take wickets & that Ind players were Chocolate soldiers. I gave an obj reply to him where there was no name calling, no empty boasting, in fact no criticism too - all factual yet Hash_Tag feels I poured bile in that comment @15:56.

Hash_Tag: What's wrong with you bro? Why are you so rude with me but you plead with others for eg "English.Cricket"??

Posted by bMike on (January 18, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

This win teaches a good lesson to pathetic losers like Indian cricket team who can't even win a home series against any team.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Time for Khwaja to be given a chance.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (January 18, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

@ Hardy1; mate when you play an ODI tournament, the comments or articles are related to ODIs. Not Tests or T20s. Sri Lanka ODI Cricket team has done well against Australia in Australia during last couple of years. Please admire that fact.

Posted by amilag on (January 18, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

Aus should now recall hayden,warne,hussy,gilchrist to form their A+ team to fight against mighty Lions.hi....

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 18, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Hard to believe that this is the same ground where the first test was payed in the South Africa vs Australia tour. Philander, Steyn and Morkel would have torn the Aussie batting to shreds on a pitch like this. However, they had to bowl on a dead track!

On the only lively track of that series, in the Perth match, Aus batting was weak. It does look like their batting is suspect in swinging & seaming conditions. No guesses as to what kind of pitches the Poms will be preparing for Aus - unlike the dead pitches they prepared for SA!

Posted by hhillbumper on (January 18, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Does this show the weakness of the Aussies or the Strength of the Sri Lankans. Well done to Sri Lanka and that was a good piece of bowling.

Posted by Hardy1 on (January 18, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

I'm sorry but "maintain their dominance of Australia in their own conditions in recent years". Correct me if I'm wrong but did Sri Lanka not just get thrashed 3-0 in the Test series? OK they've done well in ODIs (even though they lost the Commonwealth Bank series not long ago) but please specify that it's in ODIs because in Tests (which is as the name suggests, is the real test) I believe they're 5-0 down from their last two tours.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 18, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

I watched the start of the game till it was 30-6, the swing bowling was excellent but as Clarkey said shot selection was poor, Warner is great against weak bowling but sloggers get found out against a talented attack. Clarke always gives credit to the opposition and gives an honest appraisal of play which makes his post match interviews worth listening to. re: crop rotation, I can understand it for quicks but do batsmen (not batters note) really need it for a home series? What is the general consensus of opinion.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 18, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

@lukecannon - Yes, Sri Lanka is in a different league than India. India wins all their matches against Sri Lanka, while SL manages to win one against India once in a blue moon.India wins test series regularly in SL, but SL cannot even win a single TEST in India.Likewise. Pakistan may win an insignficant trophy/series, but come the World Cup, there is only one winner and that's India.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (January 18, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka! A top performance from a team that has been under pressure. The Aussie batters need to show more heart. They are batting like cowards who don't have the stomach for the fight.

Posted by Shan156 on (January 18, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

@RandyOZ, You claimed that England are a poor ODI side. Well, Aus. have proved that anything England can do bad, they can do worse. All out for 74? At home? lol. At least, we won the first game against a strong side like India at their home and scored 84 more runs than you got in this game in the second. You have managed to do better than us in tests last year. However, that is also going to chance. Can hardly wait for the thrashing that awaits you in India and then in England.

Posted by Hash_Tag on (January 18, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

There can be absolutely NO JUSTIFICATION whatsoever for India fans or any fans of cricket to be here putting the boot into Australia. But no surprise to see @Harmony111 on (January 18 2013, 15:56 PM GMT) though. I see you have picked up where you left off in the England forums. Just as you went to the England V South Africa test forums to put the boot into England fans - now you just cannot resist the temptation to come here and do it all over again. You just love taking your ego out for a walk and putting it on display don't you? At least you are consistent - at least you thrash and pour bile on everyone and not just England. But I take no joy in saying that. I know you will call me various names and insult my intelligence again like you did last time(s) - but I don't care. It is clear that you take a vicarious pleasure in stirring up trouble wherever you go, calling people names and then running away saying that you have "won the argument". Bravo. Applause....

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (January 18, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

lukecannon : Off-course Lanka is like Pakistan and both have zero talent with the bat. One team throws away 6 wickets chasing 76 and other team only produces bowlers. Atleast we were heroes at one time (we will reach our prime again very soon) how about Lanka, that is something you can never think off. Hence, Lanka fans always compare with INDIA and think winning one game abroad makes you Champions. Dreaming is good!

Posted by d1n0 on (January 18, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Great stuff from SL bowling. Kula is such a accurate bowler. He was unlucky to miss out on wickets on the first test. Healthy Kula could have made a difference in the test series. As good as SL bowling was. AUS attack did superbly defending such a small total. They were unlucky with so many plays and misses and the fielding letting them down. Absorbing game of cricket! Cudos for Australia for making a game out of this one. Hope SL can go on to win the series with the momentum.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 18, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

@ Eat_sleep_play_cricket- Comes a comment from a guy whose country was whitewashed 4-0 against the same team we just beat and couldn't even make it to the finals of the CB series last year. BIG LOL. SL is in a different league compared to India. The spirit of a Sri Lankan can be matched by a only a Pakistani on cricket field in my opinion. Both teams have the ability to come back from hopeless situations and pull off miracles. India is more like WI . Once great and now a flop. Can't even win a test series at home can you? lol

Posted by kc69 on (January 18, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

We've seen how an average Lankan team struggled to get to 74.That means the pitch didn't change much even in second innings(Probably due to early dimissal of first innings).Well rather than praising Lankan bowlers i believe the man of the match should be Micheal Clarke who elected to Bat in such conditions.There would have been no change in the scores even if Sri Lanka would have batted first.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 18, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

And as usual RandyOZ having a tantrum when the Mighty Lankans thrash the puny Aussies. Did you see Michael Clarke's interview. I could of sworn I thought I saw a tear in his eyes. That mate is the 'Lankan Effect'.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Here is a gem from our beloved Aussie RandyOZ ....

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 17 2013, 16:29 PM GMT)

"England really are terrible at ODI cricket aren't they? The inevitable slide continues."

He gave this gem on espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2012/content/story/600922.html on Eng's los to Ind in the 2nd ODI.

At least Eng scored 150+ runs, that too away. But look at what Aus did....poor ppl could score only 74 runs and for most times were in danger of making their lowest score ever.

Dear RandyOZ: Aus indeed are fabulous at ODI cricket, aren't they? At least they managed to go beyond their lowest score - what an achievement.

Posted by mark2011 on (January 18, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

congratz for crushing victory by SL!!!. Good come back after first lost, so need to continue this in next 2 matches also to win the series. But one thing is clear SL batting is not still satisfactory any how. they shuld hav nt lost 6 wicket for this 74 runs at all. we are struggling with good opening batsmen. I think neither Upul nor Mahela is in gud nick, so both failed in opening the innings, specially MJ is strugling against moving ball, it is not good him to open the inning. I think we should use this Kushal Perera to open the inning, he is attacking batsmen and he seems to be having good defence as well as range of shots to score runs quiclkly. I think he is some one similar to Jayasuriya, if given chance up in the orde, he could make a diifrnce in first PP overs. I am not simply making him equal to great Jayasuriya, of course it is not, but I feel he is avkind of player of Jayasuriya,the way he plays shots and aggresion is a good sign.hopefuly shud bcom a gud prospect for SL.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 18, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

As usual, the standard Aussie bashing. I suppose it can be expected because we are the most successful cricketing nation of all time.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas:

Except winning vs Ind AT HOME what exactly have Aus done under Clarke? Lost 0-4 in England, 47 a.o. in SA and now 74 a.o. AT HOME. Clarke has been in good form in Tests, Dhoni has been in good form in ODIs.

And btw, barring a 100 in SA, I guess Clarke scored most ofl his runs AT HOME save a few here or there. (his away avg for last 2yrs is 37, my god).

And what issues you have with Dhoni's keeping? You're making up issues here.

The problem is that Dhoni is the fav punching bag right now even though he has performed like a superman and thus he gets flak for just about everything.

I hate to break it for you my dear extra-virtuous friend, but Dhoni is a 2 time WC winning captain - something Clarke hasn't done yet and may never be able to do. And oh, Clarke doesn't play T20Is (read unfit for T20Is) and thus has much less work load. Yes, Dhoni's place in Tests is questionable but he alone is not responsible for the defeats you talked about.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 18, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

I mean to be honest it is nice that Sri Lanka had a big win, after being humiliated in the tests and knocked out of World Cups time and time again by Australia. As for the English, we'd also be knocking you out of these tournaments to if you didn't keep losing to Ireland and bangladesh instead.

Posted by skilebow on (January 18, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

RandyOZ - Personally Randy I think its down to the inherent weakness in the Aussie domestic system. I'm sure you'd agree with me!

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 18, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

If anyone actually thinks we care about this series they are having a laugh. After crushing the Lankans in tests, our head space is already in India awaiting that series. Having said that, obviously this is a poor performance, which can be directly attributed to Arthur and the selectors poor rotation policy.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 18, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Seriously why do I keep reading Peter Forrest's name? The dude is averaging 22 in the Ryobi Cup and <20 in the shield. He shouldn't even be in the state team based on those stats let alone even being considered for Australia honours. Makes me think none of you even follow cricket.

Posted by jonesy.2 on (January 18, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

how can we be the best odi team on earth to the worst in 2 games. we must have 22 of the poorest players in world cricket. i cannot blame larger now ashes gone but someone needs to take the blame

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 18, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

@Harmony111, the reason Dhoni gets so much flak is because of the abysmal thrashings we got over the last 12 to 18 months along with his own horrendous performances with bat, wicket keeping gloves, captaincy and selections. The reason Clarke gets so many accolades is because of the stupendous performances his team and he himself came up with amidst those two low scores. I feel like an idiot to break it for you.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 18, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

@jb633 - ODI World Cup does not count for anything...really!! Just because England even with imports have never won an ODI World Cup, does not mean that it is insignificant!! Talk about sour grapes. India are going thru a bad phase and England are a better test team now for sure. But South Africa is the best in TEST and they just thumped you royally in your own backyard. England is second best and that's where it will stay for a while. Admit it, your team is just not good enough to be the best in even a single format. Atleast, India are the World Champs in one format. HAHA..

Posted by VickGower on (January 18, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Another deafening reminder of India's catastrophic bowling reserves. But you can depend on another article about whether Dhoni deserves to be the Indian captain or not. Let's not waste any ink over trying to keep sunlight on and bring change to a system that is 1000 times grander than Sri Lanka's yet cannot produce even a Kulasekara, what to talk of, a Malinga.

Posted by NasserAliKhan on (January 18, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

If a team was to field a second or third strength team, they are doing it for a reason and it is their choice. Whether or not it is advisable is a seperate argument for another day. But if that team loses; this should not be used as a "defence". After all, when they win next time win with a full strength team then the opposing team shall argue that the winners had the added advantage of a good rest or whatever. For me as a Pakistani supporter, it is a non-issue.

Posted by alwaysindia on (January 18, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

@jb633 by the way ,it is your team which is not respected by anyone and rightly so

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 18, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

To all that always bash Sri Lankans and saying our wins are always flukes. What more do you want than todays game. You say our win in Adelaide was due to the toss. I assure you Bailey would of batted first anyway and the interviewer ( Mark Nicholas) was surprised when Mahela chose to bowl first. Now you are saying that conditions were on our side again even when Clarke won the toss. Please take your nonsense somewhere else. We are the greatest ODI side at the moment since we can compete anywhere in the world in any conditions unlike India or England.

Posted by alwaysindia on (January 18, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

@jb 633 you are jealous since we are world champs . yes india is in bad form now but will recover soon.we didnt play well in tests but we played ok in odis abroad. regarding tests, our team is in transition and it may take some time to get going. by the way, we won in eng in 2007, cb series 2008, t20 world cup in sa to show for our record abroad. how many world cups have your team won till now mate

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 18, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

@ TommytuckerSaffa on (January 18 2013, 15:44 PM GMT) I agree with you Tommy, that is why the Saffers do not have a rotation policy and when the current 11 are gone South African cricket will go back to being medioce like the last 20 years.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 18, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

@Narbavi, thanks for acknowledging Kula's bowling. But for dropped catches, well we also dropped catches in the tests just like Aussies doing it today. Also, about the not out decision, well when Clarke was out in the SCG test, he was given not out so that is a part of the game. Yes if Clarke reviewed the not out today just like IF Mahela reviewed Clarke's not out in Sydney game would have changed. Just like Clarke not opting to review today, we also opted not to review. Solution is for DRS to give as many as 5 incorrect referrals. Just one for ODIs and 2 per test match innings is NOT ENOUGH!

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

@Biggus: And then when I reply to ppl like you in your own coin then you very ppl begin crying and ask for mercy.

1st some basic English lesson for you. Since mine was a written comment so it would be libelous and not slanderous (if at all). Pity you don't know the diff.

2. You accuse me of slander/libel but at the same time label our wickets as rubbish, mock our batsmen as gods, call our spinner as club level and describe our players as chocolate players. You are full of ironies.

3. You've said that our wickets are batsman friendly as well as bowler friendly (spinners are bowlers too, no?). So what's the problem? If anything it would be an ideal wicket.

4. Why does Ponting have such a pathetic record in these wickets of India if they are made to help batsmen?

5. Why did Warne get slaughtered on these wickets that were helping our club level spinners?

6. Aus've lost 2 Ashes, lost 0-4 in Eng, 47 & 74 a.o. in SA/Home - Which team has chocolate soldiers now?

Posted by British_North_America on (January 18, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

What type of wicket it is?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 18, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

The little big bash continues into 2013 with the two minnows slugging it out for mid table domination....74 All out !!! Wow !!! Team rotation is an excuse for having a bare cupboard or not knowing who your best team is. South Africa and England the 2 best teams in the world, have a clear selection policy on who their test team is and who their ODI team is. Team rotation works when you have significant depth to replace existing players, when the cupboard is bare, you look a little foolish.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (January 18, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

well played sri lanka from a india fan

Posted by jb633 on (January 18, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

gsingh7- it is more amazing to see you still present in any given forum. And to sugegst your own countrymen should give up test cricket really shows how little confidence in your own players. Anyone who knows anything about the game, knows that to become a champion player you must conquer the champion format. Look at your very own Suresh Raina for example. He plays ODI/ T20 cricket because he is terrfied of the short ball. He has no respect at all from any cricket fans because we all know that if a bowler was allowed to bowl over 2 bouncers an over he is mincemeat. ODI/ T20 cricket doesn't really count for anything. Look at India for example. They are world champions but everyone knows they are a woeful cricket side. Dispatched by Eng both home and away and innihilated by Australia. I would love to see Pakistan take them to the cleaners too. Don't start mouthing off because India may win a coupld of ODI's. Listen mate ODI cricket is no place to make a name for yourself.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (January 18, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Congrats to Lankans and Kulasekra for a great win after the recent Test series debacle , to bowl out Aus for 74 in their back yard is a tremendous achievement. Still think this series will be a close one , may be the best team win .

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Congratulations SL, the only other team in Asia that can show some teeth in away matches. Well played Indeed! Remember the previous Pak tour to SL in which we lost both the ODI and Tests to SL and Kula was the bowler who caused most problems for us and I thought this guy really is good. This performance shows that it wasn't a fluke. His precision and movement in both directions is immaculate and deadly.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

@colombo_SL : Stop saying that the Australian team is better than ours carelessly. Really embarrassing when coming from a good fan like you. We are ahead in the ODI and miles ahead in the 20-20. We are better than what we showed in the tests due to poor selection. we will be number 1 at the end of the champions trophy if things go well and if we play to our potential. Saying 'we' and referring to all SL fans respecting and liking the Australian team is going too far as well.

Posted by Extraz on (January 18, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Great win by SL love the way kulasekara bowl today best of luck for the remaining games from PAKISTAN.

Posted by landl47 on (January 18, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

I admit I was totally wrong about this game. SL bowled very well in conditions which I didn't think would suit them. Aus batted poorly and although they bowled well it wasn't enough. Congratulations, SL.

The rotation argument is rubbish. Hughes, Hussey and Bailey were playing their third game and all failed. Johnson and Starc were rotated and took 5-36 between them and Starc topscored as well. Nothing to do with rotation, everything to do with technique. Kula doesn't bowl an outswinger. When it was clear he was bending them, why didn't the Aussies adjust by batting a yard out of their crease and taking a middle and off guard? Provided they play a shot (sorry George), any ball hitting the pads will be outside the line.

I haven't seen a single comment saying how well McKay bowled, with no support from the fielders and no luck with the umpiring. He could and should have had 4 wickets before SL reached 30.

A strange game indeed.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

congrats to srilankan team and their fans.. what a game... i always wondered why every one kept on praising kula but today he gained one more admirer ...way to go man...

best of luck lions

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (January 18, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lankin players, well played completly outplayed us (oz), but the Lankin Supporters have let the good name and reputation of your team down. They have won 2 days cricket out of 18 days and you talk like world champs, and to the poms criticising, only 2 days ago when flogged by an inept India, and Broad was confirmed to maybe miss the rest of the one dayers, it was "who cares", it's only Pyjama cricket and a waste of time, tests are the best etc! It now seems 50 over one dayers matter now that the Aussies have been beaten AS BADLY - hypocrites!

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

It was a good show from Sri Lanka. They played really good cricket and deserved it to win, a good ream effort. An awful batting display from Aussies, really disappointing. I think the Australian Selection Panel didn't learn any lesson from the Perth Test against South Africa and again they dropped their first choice players from the first two matches. I don't understand the policy the rotation policy of the Aussie Selection Committee, they dropped their strike bowlers against SA in the last test and lost that test as well as the series, although Sidle was ready to play in that test match. Well done Sri Lanka, I hope you repeat this performance in the next match and wrap up the series early...

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 18, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

@stormy16, actually our pace bowling was not good in tests. Kulasekara not playing after the Hobart test was costly. We mainly lost the tests due to our carelessness. Aussies were absolutely mentally tough which is paramount for test cricket. We actually lost due to our mistakes more than due to Aussies being great. Well interesting to see how will Aussie batting performs in England. Aussie bowling is in perfect shape. Anyway, Aussies will fight very hard on Sunday. I was upbeat about our ODI prospects considering our recent ODI success in Australia. We won 2-1 in 2010 and we won 4 out of the 7 games we played against Aussies in the CB series.

Posted by Biggus on (January 18, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

@Harmony111-Didn't watch the game, did you? I can say this with confidence because the wicket didn't really play up all that much and most of the damage was done by swing and poor batting. Trying to slander everyone else's wickets doesn't change the fact that your's are rubbish, either roads to help your gods to pad their stats or square turners to make your club level spinners look dangerous. @Eat_sleep_play_cricket-Their bowling attack is WAY better than yours and they play with a far tougher mind-set, whereas your's are a bunch of chocolate soldiers who melt when things get hot.

Posted by SL_Boy on (January 18, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Wow way to go SL ... batting not sure was that the right approach ? may be right ... Mahela need to come up with batting or may be change him as team manager someone else can bat , Excellent young guns pushing seniors way to go SL. Looks like Kusal Perera does not have a panic button.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (January 18, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Its funny how Lanka fans compare themselves to TEAM INDIA. No matter how much you jump up and down, 36 all out in South Africa and humiliation test defeats in Australia (games were over in 2.5 days) still remains the record to be broken. Keep up the good work and i'm sure Australia will have the final say in next ODIs.

Posted by Sageleaf on (January 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Australia was 40 for 9 and I really don't understand why Mahela took Malinga off the attack. Mahela should have gone for the kill and should have continued with Malinga. Mahela is reading the game wrong since of late. If the Aussies have scored about 100 runs the game could have been different. Nevertheless it was a great game played on a difficult bouncy pitch. The Aussies got their own medicine by batting first. Well as I told you the Aussies are not so good. Sri Lanka has to play smart cricket during the next games and do not lose the momentum of winning.

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 18, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

It was not bad batting by Sri Lanka but a strategy to go all out to get the total soon rather than defending on a difficult wicket and getting out without a score on the board when the lower order chaps would get panic.Dilshan threw the bat by purpose rather than difficulty on this plan.Well planned & well executed by the Lions! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by trav696 on (January 18, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

@Darkmanx12155, I agree with you man... if only mahela left brought malinga back when Aus lost their 9th wicket and he could have cleaned them up for LESS than 70! We could have been in the record books :( Pretty sad that the No. 9 and No. 11 for Australia were the only ones to hit double figures. So don't underestimate SL Darkmanx12155 ;)

Posted by stormy16 on (January 18, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

I wrote off SL for the Gabba but what a show by SL and Kula's inswingers were insane. It's amazing how ineffective in test cricket this guy is and in general looks a military medium pacer but can swing and man did he swing it today. The delivery to Henriqeus was an absolute peach. Well done SL who have thumped Aus two games in a row and that Aus batting order is looking a tad vulunerable against what is still a decent attack at best. The amazing thing about SL is how well they have bowled in the last two games and there's been no spin on show, their traditional strength. Presure on Aus and SCG is probably SL's best place to force a win.

Posted by dabhand on (January 18, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

Well still no sign of to RandyOz - so quick to comment on the failings of other teams yet so reluctant to comment on the failings - and oh what failings - of his own.

Perhaps it would have been better had they put together a team of true (indigenous) Australians instead of relying on all those imports from other countries - or doesn't he apply the same rules when talking about Australia ?

Time to follow the lead of Australian rugby (both codes) and check out Tonga, Samoa and other such nations for replacements ?

Posted by Zerotollerance101 on (January 18, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

I thought SL had the worst bowling attack...what a Joke...AUS batsmen need to kern how to st in their own back yard...next tach drop mahela and tharanga.. Get chandimal in..time for MJ, sanga to retire... We can now win at he's without these od guys...

Posted by sirviv on (January 18, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

well done SL, a win is a win. who cares if you get the winning runs with one wicket in hand or 4. Big confidence booster ahead of the decider. Proud of you

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (January 18, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990 yes you're right I remember 1990, it was a great year for cricket what I mean by that is their were great batsman,bowlers and all rounders playing the game back then. Australia were starting to challenge the WI in test and one day cricket. England too like Australia had a good team in 1990 in Test and one day cricket, despite what happened in the Ashes in 1989 and 1991. England went to the WI and challenged the then mighty WI and played well at home against a very good NZ and India side with a young Tendulkar. England also had Graham Gooch and Robin Smith as the top two batsman in 1990, things looked promising for English cricket in 1990 for the 1990s however England went on to have a poor 1990s. It was Australia that in 1990 put together a team which was going to dominate 1990s.Your right 1990 was the start of Aussie dominance. They had a very good team under Allan Border in both Test and one day cricket in 1990 maybe a far cry from the current Aussie side in 2013.

Posted by blink182alex on (January 18, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Luckily our bowlers saved a bit of the blushes from the batsmen, if SL had come out and knocked it off without loosing a wicket from 10 overs then the criticism would of been worse. Our batters didn't apply themselves well enough, McKay was the only one who got a ball too good for him, the others played as if they've never seen inswing bowling before. I can imagine KP or Amla batting outside their crease on off stump to nullify the inswing, our guys didn't seem like they had a clue whether to stick or twist.

Posted by Zak- on (January 18, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

@Jayzuz I'll give that he's had a freakish 12 months. Mostly freakishly lucky. I bet the next 12 will be more true to his actual ability. I'm going to predict an average of under 35, despite hiding from the new ball down in 5/6.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 18, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Dean and Bredon agree with you guys, we need blokes who have ticker to win, Steve Waugh had it, M Hussey had it, and Clarke has it too, Another who hasn't got a fair opportunity is Khawaja, he is renowned in the domestic circuit for scoring when its tough, his 100 against Tasmania this season was rated by boof as the best innings he has seen. Dropping him after 1 debut game wasn't the way to go. Get him back in and he will give our top order the ticker that's required.

Posted by KK_Cricket on (January 18, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

I would definitely play Ben Cutting ahead of highly overrated Clinton McKay.. Cutting can come in at no. 7 and get some crucial runs in these situations and is a much better bowler... He is lost among Cummins and Pattinson's of this world but what a good prospect he is.. And I just can't understand why doesn't Fergusson get a good run in this Aussie side? He is a brilliant player and perfect middle order batsman Australia need right now.. He should definitely play ahead of Hussey/Bailey for sure... And in all forms too...

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (January 18, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

@ Pras_Punter - Agreed big time mate.... but WoW.... Super show by the SLs.... Unbelievable...... simply amazing bowling display by Kula.... Wonder why Mahela took Malinga off the attack when aussies were 9 down....

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 18, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

@shaggy027 i agree with you that Khawaja is a long term test player for us along with Hughes. But the fact remains that Dean, Rohit and Brendon are spot on about Khawaja being required for the ODI team as well, in the last 2 matches we failed because we got put into tough bowler friendly conditions and its no secret that most of Khawaja's runs this year have come in those conditions. He averages close to 90 on the Gabba at shield level where the pitches are even tougher then the one we saw today, he is just the guy we need in the top order because he is not a flat track bully but someone you can count on in bowler friendly conditions.

Posted by qazi255 on (January 18, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Great performance from both teams it was really a thrilling match as a Pakistani I mostly support srilanka wish you best of luck srilanka and really a great performance from Australia in bowling they made 75 scores difficult for srilanka

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 18, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

@Fleming Dean couldn't agree more. I still don't understand why Khawaja (one of the most technically gifted batsman in the counttry) continues to be left out of this squad when we need strong top order batsman. The thing that stands out for Khawaja is that he has scored his runs in testing conditions which is what we desperately need right now.His 140 against Tasmania when Tasmania got 90, 2 half centuries against NSW when they only got 150 and a 90 odd against South Australia on a green gabba deck.Seriously selectors need to look at this man carefully not just for this series but for the ashes.

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

@trav29: And it indeed is woeful batting even on those so called dreadful minefields of Asian wickets. Its just that there the balls spins a mile and at Brisbane it moved a mile. The inherent duplicity in your argument would boggle a person.

Posted by RSBali on (January 18, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Well done SL ! May be this a lesson for Aus; not to change a winning combination.

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 18, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Hereafter the Aussies will not talk of Gaba when comes to Sri Lanka.The Sri Lankans have kept an indelible record at Gaba now.Long it may last! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by mcsdl on (January 18, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

@ CattleFarmerRoy, Sri Lanka did win the ODI series when they toured Australia just before worldcup..! So your statement is nothing but sour grapes..! Just admit the Sri Lankans comprehensively outclassed the Aussies..! They were too hot for Aussies to handle

Posted by dmqi on (January 18, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

My only disappointment is SL could not make record by bowling out Australia under 70 runs. That was expected when 8th wicket fell for 40 runs. Well played Australia's bowler at number 8-9, with 22 runs, highest score.

Posted by RoJayao on (January 18, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Errr, can we have the Aussie "B" team back please?!! Shocking, limp Aussie performance, but well bowled Kula and Malinga, it was like watching Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, just 20km/h slower! But the SL batting was just awful, some of the dumbest, clumsiest, barnyard crazy stuff I've seen in thirty years of watching cricket! Truly a woeful match to forget, even for the winners! BTW, nothing horrendous about that pitch, Starc and Doherty proved that beyond a doubt. Can't blame a pitch for a gun swing bowling performance and the worst 4th grade batting performance in history!

Posted by Sinhabahu on (January 18, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

What a beautiful bowling effort (thought the less said about the batting, the better). I was stuck in an office in Sydney but there was a TV showing the match; thank goodness for that or I'd have gone nuts. I can't believe that such a good-looking pitch turned out to be so wild! Great stuff by Kula, he seems to enjoy Brisbane!

Posted by trav29 on (January 18, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

@ indicricket maybe because anyone who actually watched the game and understands cricket would tell you that there was nothing really wrong with the wicket , just woeful batting

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 18, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

funny to see the kind of responses from the SL fans, who had no place to hide during the real ones - Tests. Learn to win test-matches in Ind and Aus first before all the big-talk. Respect comes only out of winning test series consistently and not the meaningless ODIs at the fag-end of a tour when one of the teams had clearly lost focus. Get a break !!!

Posted by GeoffreysMother on (January 18, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

'Warner, who holed out to mid on playing a cross-batted stroke' now where have I read that before?

Good point by indiacricket. What is happening in Australian cricket? No new batsmen, no spinner, injured fast bowlers who are judged to be ' the next Glenn Mc Grath' after three outings and now a shortage of groundsmen. Still at least Warney is in trouble, so there is some link to the glory days!

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 18, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

good response sl after getting thrashed 3-0 in tests , like india u guys can only play 50 over and 20 over games , sl along with india should leave test cricket to sa and australia

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (January 18, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

I wish SL played like this for the Boxing Day Test Match. However like India, Sri Lanka cricketers are far more concerned about limited overs cricket. I always thought that the reason SL did poorly at MCG is not because of lack of ability but because they like India don't care about Test cricket like they once used to. Test cricket is becoming irrelevant in India and Sri lanka. However Sri Lanka's lack of success in Test cricket is to me very concerning. I would have traded one Boxing Day Test win for 10 one day wins against Australia. Still its good Sri Lanka won, because unlike the Boxing day test which is in my opinion more important they really wanted to win these one day games against Australia. Sri Lanka played and showed up Australia to be still a weak cricket team in one day cricket at least. Well played SL.

Posted by Sidath346 on (January 18, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Australia seriously underestimated SL with 3 big Test wins and a massive 1st ODI win (that too with a rather Aussie B team) and its nice to see SL bite back strongly after all those losses. No team should be underestimated as that in most cases leads to the rise of the underdogs. I believe they took SL seriously after the massive 2nd ODI loss hence the return of their main players but 74 a.o. is something no one expected. Overall, I think both teams did not bat well as SL too lost 6 wickets before reaching the target. Kulasekara was absolutely brilliant. Now for Sydney, hope SL would win and finish the series then and there.

Posted by whofriggincares on (January 18, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

Great new ball bowling , poor batting = great win for the Lankans. Would like to see how @front-foot-lunge would have gone to the ball that got Henriques he would have ended up on the ground with his pants around his ankles. Speaking of low scores against weak attacks wasnt that long ago (09 I think) that the great england side got bowled out for 51 when there was a test to be won. I think J taylor got 5 for FA . Where is Jerome Taylor now?

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 18, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

@Harmony111, first of all thanks a lot for your warm wishes and good luck to India in the 3rd ODI tomorrow. Well we did not bat well today. Had this scoreline being at Galle, the venue would have got a warning by now or even been banned!

I am happy but still sad at the way we gave away the tests. We really need to improve on bouncy pitches as shown today. Only Chandimal and Kushal Perera have impressed on bouncy pitches. As far as sub continent batsmen are concerned, only Dravid and Tendulkar really excelled on green tops.

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 18, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

When india got beaten 4-0 in the Tests last year they simply limped out of the ODIs too without guts.Here the Lankans showed the gutsy performance with Lions courage which they are known to.In fact the media forgets that this is not a flash in the pan as the Lankans have won over the aussies seven out of twelve since 2010.It is a real possibility for the Lankans to win 4-1 from now on. Ranil Herath - Kent

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

Just a temporary set back. This SL team does not have it in them to win a series in Australia. Australia will win the next two games and normalcy will be restored.

Posted by petecricinfo on (January 18, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Where is Michael Hussey????????? Please wake up Australian selector!! For sure 2015 world cup is very important!! How about wining home games first??? ... How embarrassing? People (ie Australian public) are paying they money to see the best possible team available!! I was going to see 3 out of the 5 matches Vs Sri Lanka, however all my plans were cancelled when the selector announced the "Australian B" team! (rather go and see the Scorchers). People who have paid for tickets should ask for they money back, especially for the second and today match!

Posted by hawkeye30 on (January 18, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

A midst a strangely low scoring game was one fact that grabbed my attention. When Australia was struggling and looking pathetic at 40 odd for 9 wickets I witnessed the Aussie fans genuinely supporting the team and providing the last pair so much motivation which needs to be applauded. This is something that all Asian fans could learn from. It really was great to see such a situation which almost won them the game for the Aussies. On a different note both teams batted badly - however Sri Lanka obviously did bat better and played the game better to be on the winning side of it. The conditions were the same for both teams and Sri Lanka did come on top this time around. Which ever way you look at it a win is a win. Say no more!!!

Posted by indicricket on (January 18, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

If this match had happened in the subcontinent, and more importantly, this was the result, there would have been a hue and cry about the quality of the wicket. But now not a whimper.

Posted by brusselslion on (January 18, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

@ _Australian: The whole question of whether rotation works, especially when it comes to the quicks, is definitely open to debate. England have adopted the same strategy with the same mixed results. Your fast bowlers seem to drop like flies and we've had our problems (Tremlett, Finn, Broad have all broken down) so is it a question of them needing more work or did the problems start as a result of overwork in the first place? Maybe my memory is failing me, but the great WI quicks of the 80s didn't seem to be break down that often and they bowled day-in, day-out in internationals and the county championship.

Posted by letsgoproteas on (January 18, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

ouch - this does not look pretty

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 18, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

O wow, I missed this match completely and now feel aggrieved for it. This must have been some day when 16 wickets fell in 46 overs.

SL are now 2-1 up and no matter what happens in the series now this raises serious questions about the quality of this Aus side. I understand that they are resting some players and Mr Cricket is no longer there but 74 a.o. is just unpardonable. If anything it only shows that Aus too can't play swing, things for which Ind/SL/Pak are often mocked at.

47 a.o. in SA and 74 a.o at home - all this in about 14 months under Clarke. Is Clarke really all that good? Poor Dhoni gets all the flak but look what Clarke has achieved so far.

One more thing. SL lost massively the 1st ODI and Aus scored 300+. Ppl were gaga about Hughes and how he'd improved and what not and how SL were very poor. My dear friends, this game is indeed a great great leveler. So those who get some success should show grace. But if u don't then the other side can get tough too...

Congrats SL

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 18, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

What a fantastic win by the Sri Lankan Lions!Not only they won,won with style subjecting the Aussies to their third lowest ODI total!At one time the aussie's only prayer was to go over their lowest 70 cheering childlishly every run they scored and what a releif they felt to go over the 70.Sri Lanka have knack of making records and at one time I thought the aussies would not score over 38,the lowest total Sri Lanka proudly hold over Zim.They boasted that the Lankans have never won over aussies in Gaba and what a way to blast that myth subjecting the aussies to run for cover.In fact this is sort of Sri Lanka B team (no Sana,Chandimal,Herath)beating the aussies A team!!

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

@Fleming_Dean, this is an ODi series, dude! It has nothing to do with the Ashes! If you said Australia were assured of an Ashes victory because they scored 300+ in the first ODI, people would say you were nuts. It's just as loony to say this result has anything to do with the Ashes. Or why not say the Australian bowlers were superb in having SL barely able to lay bat on ball for 20 overs, so this means they'll do the same to England in England? After all, 6/75 is fantastic bowling (esp with all the dropped catches and the edge the umpire missed). Imagine the score if the catching had been good - ALL TAKEN COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTEXT.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 11:32 GMT)

@KingOwl, why take Hogg's pretty accurate observations about the SL TEST attack out of context? SL lost 3-0. Hogg got it pretty right. ODIs are a totally different kettle of fish. 130km/hr bowlers can do well in ODIs if they are accurate, as batsmen will try to play shots at them. We already saw how SL's bowlers fared in the tests.

Posted by Soso_killer on (January 18, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Its sad to see what used to be a great team turn into a laughing stock, poor Australia

Posted by Mervo on (January 18, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Ha! They need some real batsmen. Bring back Ponting and Hussey (Michael) and perhaps Hodge. Why didnt cutting play? Thank god for Johnson and Starc. They kept Australia in the game

Posted by _Australian_ on (January 18, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

This is a perfect example of why the current rotation policy does not work. Sri Lanka are getting into the series and Australia have too many players starting it. Let's be honest these guys really don't work that hard to need to have so much rest. It does not matter who you are if you are not 'plying your trade' whatever it may be as much as possible you will never reach your potential. Injuries happen, but less to the person who is battle hardened. Australia will go nowhere as long as the current structure is in place and results like todays will be commonplace.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 18, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

KingOwl - Why couldnt they produce in the form of cricket that requires the most skill. I dont think Sangakkara thought the test wickets were flat. It was a great performance by Kulasakera but its one performance. The adelaide wicket aided them through the massive amounts of rain that fell in the morning and this is one performance.

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

@ Pras_Punter so what if Aus has lost an World cup Doesn't really matter in your logic because it is an ODI. "a 3-0 defeat in Tests has already been handed over to SL" is not the best excuse. prepare to be hammered in india, eng and your mediocre bowling to be trashed all over the place.swann,ashwin,panesar are waiting to reduce their bowling averages. Clarke the most over-hyped batsman, all his runs came in Australia,in West Indies he looked a walking wicket and scored only one 1 fifty(that too of edges and misfield).

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 18, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Any slight chance of us competing in the ashes looks shaky now. Our top six really does look fragile. Deservingly Khawaja is the guy to look at along with Doolan for the Indian tour and also get Khawaja in for at least one of the ODIs. Take these youngsters to the Indian tour and lets get away from brining 35+ year olds in the team otherwise what happened today will be repeated in the ashes. This has put huge pressure on Clarke now. How will our skipper respond?

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 18, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

I don't think you can take away the quality of bowling, and the victory, just because of the six wickets. That was awesome performance by Sri Lanka.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 18, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Rohit Pande; You could argue that Smith superior strike rate and higher batting average in the Ford Ranger Cup and that he has the ability to bowl a few overs as well as being one of the best fielders in Australia - that he deserved to play the first game in front of Khawaja. Khawaja was a fill in player while Clarke and Warner were out that needed to take his limited opportunity (which he was lucky to get). He is more suited to test cricket and should be worrying about taking his opportunity in India not some 50 over competetion.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Some Australian fans celebrated their 50 runs mark in style. It showed us their desperation. Their last pair was the top run scorers in the innings.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 18, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Rohit Pande ; Also interesting that Khawaja had nothing to do with either the shield victory (playing for NSW) or the Big Bash final (Sydney Thunder). Not sure how you can make the link in your argument.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

I'm sure Australia will come hard on us in Sydney. Still, they have the ability to win the series. They can do it, only if they can give due credit & respect to the opponents. That is the reason for Australia's recent defeat. It doesn't show Australia as a bad team. It is a off-day for them.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 18, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

Not bad for the 'worst ever bowling attack' to have ever visited Australia. Hogg must be feeling a bit hot under the collar! Well, these Aussies appear to be flat track bullies. It is clear that they cannot handle high quality seam bowling. On SL's bowling unit: The fact is that SL are a strong one day bowling unit, though weak in the test format. Also, as it is getting clear from time to time, too often to be a mere coincidence, this Aussie batting line up is rather weak as well. There are more FTBs than top quality batsmen. So, the outcome is not very surprising.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Now Australia is below the Sri Lanka in ODI rankings.

Posted by Ramsespd on (January 18, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

The situation today did look like the perfect occasion for one M. Hussey. Too bad he retired from all International cricket...

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@Biggus; You got it wrong mate. I never under estimate your esteem Australian team. I respect Australian team & really appreciate their performance. I don't feel SL team is better than Australian team. But our ODI team is in a good position & may be better than yours. I just wanted to put a sarcastic comment about your rotation policy. Because your selectors, Channel 9 & media had under estimated us. We feel worry about "A" team & "B" team talks. That's why we consider this as a special win under pressure. This may be an off-day for your team. Hope you will give us a good fight at Sydney. We love Australian team & their fans.

Posted by ---lasitha--- on (January 18, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

just see what an overrated player dilshan is and we still keep calling him a senior batsman. He is such a rubbish player who throws his bat at everything outside the offstump

Posted by ex-Srilankan on (January 18, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Why do some Sri Lankan fans keep referring to the Sri Lankan cricket team as the "lions" ?

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 18, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

OMG! This Aussie Team today looks weaker than Bangla, Zimbo or even associates like Irish, Afghan or Dutch. Bad luck today, they just missed their lowest ODI totals (70- twice) only for 4 runs. Better luck next time.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 18, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Interesting that Queensland is the current Sheffield Shield champion and is in the final of the Big Bash and does not have a player in either the last Test team or the current one day team. Cutting gets to the crease with the score at 6-85 and with Haddin puts on the highest partnership of the innings, has the best bowling figures and is then dropped.Similarly Khawaja gets 1 game, gets run out because his batting partner didn't trust his call and he is not given a second game in Adelaide. Smith, 23, had already played five Tests, 32 one-day matches and 20 Twenty20 games for Australia. What more could one game tell anyone when he played over Khawaja.H ere was a golden opportunity to expose Khawaja to some international cricket against Sri Lanka's spinners before the team heads to India but we are not using it, not to mention he scores in tough conditions.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 18, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

There are several comments about Hussey and Bailey on here that I find strange. Both excelled in the first game and deserved there place in the second game. Both these guys looked the most comfortable in Adelaide with Bailey out to a good catch and Hussey a run-out. They clearly deserved to play this game as they clearly deserve to play the next game. We should pick the same team in Sydney and let the players do the talking, except I would prefer Cutting in for Henriques as the Sri Lankans will struggle with genuine pace.

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (January 18, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

wow just brilliant performance by SL and looking at the lowest all time ODI scores the lowest 3 have come against SL & SL features in that list a mind boggling 16 times!! Pretty impressive coming from a little island consisting of just 20 million people. Fierce competitors SL are who also pocess the highest batting total in all 3 formats. but talking about this match SL batting really wasn't at their best. they threw their wickets away looking for a quick win instead of seeing off the new ball. but other than that they haven't put a foot wrong and im sure that in the next match they would take their time and build a better innings with chandimal in too. nothing much to speak about their bowling really. just hope they keep up the good work and give all the critics and arm chair pundits a run for their money!!

Posted by Sanga2014 on (January 18, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

If we had Chandimal at No. 3 or 4 We could have won by 7/6 wickets

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 18, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Tharanga only looked half descent in the middle order so not sure if he remains in the team but probably will since the selectors can see something everyone else can't. Thirimanne needs to learn how to attack while keeping the ball on the ground since he can't loft the ball on the offside due to the grip he bats with as witnessed today. Our first win at the GABBA against the Aussies so great to get that out of the way on our journey to Number 1 Ranking by the end of the Champions Trophy.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (January 18, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

When your last pair are the top run scorers in the innings, you know you're definitely in trouble." - Ian Chappell

Posted by crashed on (January 18, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

@ Trickstar Lol at least South Africa rest 1 player consistently (Kallis) and let Steyn andf Morkel take turns they do not re-select or build the whole team after every game as the Ausies do - seems like the Ausies want as much as possible international players so they boost every player up the ladder just to see if they will make the grade or not and if you do not make the grade you will have another go in 18 months lol -Great to be an Ausie player at least you will get some international exposure every 18 months. BTW seems like making the grade does not mean you will be on the next game since nobody is fit enough to play 2 games after each other as Ausie captain Clarke said after the match even he need some rest :p (sorry for any misquotes I read between the lines ... but I saw his interview directly after the match and fitness [or the lack of it] for selection purposes were the main message) lol

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 18, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

@KGY27 the rotation system has bitten us now, if Khawaja had got more then 1 game he could have showed what he was made of and today in his homeground he would have got useful runs. He made a move to GABBA where the pitches in shield are even tougher then what we saw today and he has been shining, this is what Anderson, Finn, Tremlett, Broad and Bresnan will deliver to us so lets get him in and also get Finch in. Players such as Bailey and D Hussey won't shine in conditions like today.

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 18, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

so what if Aus has lost an ODI ? Doesnt really matter when the real deal, a 3-0 defeat in Tests has already been handed over to SL. How many English fans, including the honorable Front-Foot-Lunge had really felt bad when Eng lost 1-6 on two occasions after winning the Ashes ? I doubt if there were atleast 1, not even Front-Foot-Lunge. So get on guys !! It's after all a limited overs game, which is the only chance for lesser teams to get even !! Period.

Posted by Biggus on (January 18, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

@ colombo_SL-If that really were the case you guys might have won a test, yes? Just remind me mate, who was that team that got thrashed recently in that test series. That was SL, wasn't it? If our women's team is better than our men's then you should consider yourself lucky that you didn't have to play against them since your thrashing would have been even more humiliating, don't you think?

Posted by Ramsespd on (January 18, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Congrats to SL, in particular Kulasekara and Malinga, two of the best spells of fast bowling you're likely to see. Questions have to be raised about the selection panel too, Warner threw his wicket away again and his average suggests he doesn't belong in ODI's for Australia. Would like to see Finch get an extended run and given time to develop (unlike his treatment in the Aust T20 side). Looking at the pitch I think they made a huge mistake taking Doherty into the game and felt another true seamer in Cutting on his home ground would have been better. McKay was heroically unlucky and Johnson was dangerous. Not sure about the selection of Henriques either, this man has stagnated for NSW the last 4 seasons and hardly set the world on fire. Surely the Duke or Christian have proven they can do it. I also can't understand why Luke Butterworth wont be considered. His stats back this up and was voted by his peers the 2nd most underrated cricketer in Australia.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, "Worst bowling attack in the world"? I'm sorry to say I don't think you understand Sri Lankan cricket very sir. Kulasekara was once ranked the world's no. 1 bowler, Lasith Malinga was one of the quickest to 200 wickets, has 5 ODI 5-wicket hauls, (more than many,, and he has a five wicket haul against Australia), and is the only bowler with 3 one day international hat-tricks (one against Australia). Thisara Perera has 3 ODI 5-wicket hauls including one against Australia at the MCG, and has a one day hat-trick and a great strike rate too, Ajantha Mendis although he is no longer that effective and didn't play this game has 3 5 wicket hauls, was the quickest to 50 wickets in the history of ODI cricket, has taken 6 wickets against Australia against Australia in a twenty20. Shaminda eranga took a wicket in his first over on international debut against the Aussies , that of Ricky Ponting I think? Angelo Matthews has taken 6 for 20 against a formidable Indian batting lineup

Posted by Saffa_1 on (January 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

To all the Aussie Bashers (All SL Fans). All teams have slumps at some point or the other but they also bounce back quite quickly. There are still 2 games left and Aus can win the series 3-2 so in essence this is all a bit premature.

Posted by mjee on (January 18, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Not sure if anyone noticed, but the Australian rotation policy was in full swing today. Arthur the head coach was rested and Nixon the fielding coach was acting head coach... I believe Nixon has a baseball background... It is not only the players that are rotated from the looks of it. Even the support staff are rotated. Cocky? Arrogant? Lost priorities? Or just plain old silly. Perhaps the decision makers don't understand that form cannot be rotated when in form you need to keep playing. Anyway whose played some form of cricket would know this.... Sad day for Australian cricket...

Posted by hycIass on (January 18, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@bearface agree with you 100%. @Samdanh i think David Hussey was good in his day but cannot deal with the swinging ball which is required for the ashes. Our top order woes can't continue for ever and a player such as Khawaja should be bought in, majority of his runs have come on tough swinging decks and that's what we need for the ashes.

Posted by Walpita on (January 18, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

a tough win for Sri Lanka as batsmen almost squandered the hard work of the bowlers. It is pathetic to see that they are still continuing with the "walking wicket" - Upul Tharanga. They should drop him immediately. Once again Dilshan showed his impatience and his inability to rotate the strike by collecting ones and twos. Angelo Mathews will need to look at himself as a batsman.

Posted by Gappistan on (January 18, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Best way to improve Australian Team's performance is an Early tour of India, we are expert in putting out of form players or track.

Posted by brenno23 on (January 18, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

@colombo_SL: you are right about England's bowlers being able to swing the ball, however India? They generally only play one paceman these days and at the moment he certainly isn't in the form to "swing it all over the place". @

Posted by kanihla1990 on (January 18, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Aussie a team now is gone 74..... they played like a school boys.... now its time for may be aussie womens team..... may be womensteam can be play good cricket.......... .... hey you aussie boys srilankans are the best one day team....... srilankans are d best.......

Posted by CandidIndian on (January 18, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

colombo_SL-Good point about taking SL lightly,underestimating SL in limited overs cricket is inviting trouble.Congrats anyways.

Posted by ajithabey on (January 18, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

well played Sri Lanka.Thanks to the bowlers SL managed the win.The batting as usual was pathetic.Out of form Tharanga should take a break and mathews probably should bat down the order instead of creating pressure to the other middle order batsmen.This is your best chance to win the series at the SCG with the best combination of the team as there are chinks in the armour especially in the batting dept.Hopefully SL will make it either with the "A" or "B" team of the Aussies.Go for it now SL.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

SL won with 180 balls to spare. Australia's biggest ever loss- previously lost by 142 balls to spare vs SA, cCenturion, April 2009.

Posted by Sanga2014 on (January 18, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

Australian A or B No problem we are lions

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

@Sajitha Dharmasiri; Channel nine is so biased. This is Andrew Fernando's tweet on channel nine. "Michael Slater thinks Shaminda Eranga is Sri Lanka's opening batsman. Classic Channel Nine."

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 18, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Will Wade, the world's worst wicketkeeper/batsman now be dropped? No, because he's the best the Aussies have. Let's not start a comparison with Matt Prior guys, the gulf between the two is so large it barely deserves a mention. And so much for the 'A' team - as I said correctly yesterday the 'A' stands for 'Amateurs'. lol. What a Farcical state Australian cricket is in, first England started them off on their slide all those years ago, now they just continue to get worse with no sign of improvement. England must be loving this.

Posted by Sugath on (January 18, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Two days ago I said Clarke or no Clarke Lanka will go 2-1 up and that is what they exactly did. Now moving on to Sunday the 20th in Sydney, let Lanka not repeat the mistake in 3rd Test when they went only with Herath. I suggest they go with Akila and Herath and seal it 3-1 with one to go. Tharanga should give way to Chandimal while Perera should keep wickets. Jeevan Mendis is not certain what he does be it batting or bowling except fielding. With Kula, Malinga, Thisara and Mathews and with Herath and Akila it should do. Sydney even with re-laid turf help spin so should have the duo in the team. Good luck.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 18, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

The strongest team Australia can put together is bowled out for 74 by the weakest team in International cricket- Just about sums up Australia's 'Slide' nicely. What a bunch of club-grade amateurs this Aussie side is, 74 all out to the weakest bowling in the world. I almost fell off my chair to this one.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 18, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Aussie fans should stop fighting because i have found out the solution for them. It's very easy. Open the innings with Starc and Doherty. :D

Posted by pitch_curator on (January 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

I have not seen the game but I think 74 is too low on any pitch. With a new ball at each end and two bouncers per over allowed I do not think we need any more assistance to the quickies as this pitch has done. If anything the pitches should be drier to support the spin bowlers who got a raw deal. If the wickets are assisting fast bowlers then the ball will swing for 30 overs with the ball at each end. This is ridiculous. Also, teams would need to fundamentally change their approach and their teams for ODIs. Out go some of the pinch hitters and at least one solid batsman should be in the top 3. The likes of Kallis and Trott would be in demand now. Not good for people like me who want the ball to fly to all corners of the ground after the first six overs.

Posted by tickcric on (January 18, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

The Australian team is not a settled side. The problem is its taking too much time to get things in place. I think injury, inexperience, fiddling with team combination, somewhat dearth in batting talent, all these are playing their part. The batting in particular is inconsistent and lacks confidence.

Posted by bearface on (January 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

also a word to the Aus selectors give Khawaja a run the kid can play!

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

If this rotational policy continues, following are the possible results. 1. Some of Australia Women's cricket team members will be selected for 4th ODI. 2. Some of Australia Rugger team members will be selected for 5th ODI. 3. Australian coach & selection committee members will be selected on rotational basis for India & England tours.

Posted by RaadQ on (January 18, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

This is why the rotation policy is a spectacular failure. What it does is dissolves the "A-Team", so when their day comes, they aren't playing their best. If the Aussie selectors are always playing around with the team, then they actual "A-Team" players ability will not be tested. How will you know if Wade and Warner are in form unless you play them! Also credit to the SL bowling, who put in a great performance (especially Kula) to obliterate Aus to one of its lowest totals!

Posted by lukecannon on (January 18, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Sri Lanka is No 4 in ICC rankings now. They just went past Australia. Keep up the good work. Go with the flow SL. God is with you.

Posted by bobmartin on (January 18, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

A strange silence seems to have come over RandyOz... 74 all out..ha ha ha At home ha ha ha .... After winning the toss and electing to bat ha ha ha ...Fielding their strongest ODI team ha ha ha... Dropping catches like hot potatoes ha ha ha..Console yoursef with the thought that things can only get better... Well let's face it, they can't get any worse...... Can they ?????

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

@ Zak" but by no possible objective definition could Clarke be the best batsman in the world in any format." How about the objective measurement of scoring by far the most runs this past year at an average of over 100 in tests, then? But I suppose scoring runs isn't important in determining good batsmanship.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 18, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

SL should go with the same team for the next game excluding Tharanga. Chandimal must play instead of him. Want a sydney series victory SL team. God is with you. Good luck

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@Zak; I see Clarke as a really good batsman. I like to see him playing. My problem is , he is batting at No.5 position. It is better if he can play at No.3 or 4 & take some responsibility rather than batting at No.5.

Posted by bearface on (January 18, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Well done SriLankan lions!! i also urge my fellow lankans not to be too complacent the series is not won yet Aus do have some good players and will come hard at us @the SCG underestimate them at your own peril. But this is an important win to get under our belts. Look forward to a good game @the SCG. good luck to both teams :)

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@colombo_SL, exactly....the commentary was very poor....Its like hearing to Australian domestic cricket or a Australia vs Australia match.....It always about ether good performance of aussies or bad performance of aussies but nothing about Sri Lankan players...They may have never seen some of Sri Lankans before(I suspect whether they have commentated outside Australia before)....I admit that its enjoyable when seeing such commentators being humiliated by their own teams performances but my flavor isn't doing good for cricket....So for crickets sake Australia do something about this....If you can't take a Sri Lankan commentator, please invite some others from England, Indian, Pakistan, West Indies, South African, New Zealand or even from some non cricket playing nation....Honestly I watched cricket all over the world but this is the worst commentary I have ever heard....

Posted by DubaiGura on (January 18, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

We Huffed and puffed by raising thousands of SL cricket fans blood pressure in the process to reach the winning post.This milestone win nearly made a mess of our bowling performance seen for a very long time lead by Brilliant Kule ! Why we always struggle for convincing victories 99 out of 100 opportunities ? Is it a habit of SL cricket ? We are still struggling to find the best opening pair in the overseas to put on 50 runs for the 1 st wicket. Mahela, promoting this time to open did no good either by playing that horrible cover drive to waiting hands.Tharanga made some mark at last with some sweet timing & again poked to outside off stump to give his customary slip catch practice...when is he going to grow up ? But we have found a bating star of Kusal who was praised by Aussie batting greats in the commentary box...The ever dependable Jeewan,has put his head on the block ,as he had a very ordinary day...will his place be at risk for Kusal when Ch'mal & a spinner back in Syd ?

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (January 18, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

apart from test matches Australia is just an average team in other formats...dont compare this team with the mighty australians of 1990 who dominated all formats....

Posted by bearface on (January 18, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Well as i said before despite all this talk of A team and B team we are a good enough ODI side to beat Australia's best when we play to our potential. Brilliant spell of inswing bowling from Kulasekara the ball to Henriques was an absolute peach..the bowling was brilliant from us and made perfect use of the conditions but the batting left a lot to be desired with Dilshan having ugly swipes at the ball but at the end of the day we won and thats what counts it was definitely a minefield of a pitch and the Aussie pacies especially Mckay and Johnson were really good. Very impressed with young Kusal Janith Perera he has batted well and kept wicket very well in both games he should be retained in the side when Chandimal returns and Tharanga should be dropped he is failing terribly. I also believe that we need to bring in a frontline spinner for the game @the SCG Eranga should be replaced by Herath.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 18, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

@KGY27 on (January 18 2013, 05:42 AM GMT), seriously? Yet another one who has apparently no faith in the fortitude of these professional sportsmen. If you really think that they can't come back after two losses then you may as well give up on them now because they will lose two games on the trot again and they will lose badly again. They're not so weak that that is going to break them.

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

Stark can bat better than the Middle order of Aussie team......

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

Just didnt get if Mitchel Jhonson was injured or sumthing...he took 3/11 in 3 overs nd had srilankans at bayyy and wasnt given a bowl after dinner...??? but well bowled Kula...he is a good bowler but not a great...his best 18 wickets in a 3 match series came against pakistan in i think 2009 where his viscous inswing with new ball caused all the problems, but apart from that nothing really impressive in tests. so, he is gud for srilanka in ODIs and T20s... But nothing to be taken away from using the conditions whenever given. Welldone...!!!

Posted by sampi72 on (January 18, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Paise about the skills of young Kusal janith perera....He is a outstanding wicket keeping batsman who can also capable of opening the inning which he had done for his club several times with great success.If Chandimal is fit ,Out of form Tharanga should be dropped.Mahela should not be opned the innings since SL is playing without Sanga...I suggest Kusal Janith to open the innings with dilly...

Posted by chokkashokka on (January 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

what a useless game? the curator for this wicket should be fired. If I was a fan or more importantly, an advertiser, I would demand CA for my money back. These type of wickets that are being manufactured in Australia, England and south Africa - will kill this sport.

Posted by Zak- on (January 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

@colombo_SL wait, Clarke is the world's best batsman? I admit I pay no heed to the "official rankings" but by no possible objective definition could he be the best batsman in the world in any format.

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

Love Sri-Lanka....from Pak

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

@jmcilhinney; Yes. One innings proves nothing. May be i'm too early to predict abot Hughes & Warner. But, i feel that they are not complete batsmen like Clarke. Lot of areas to be improved specially on the on side. Appreciate, Hughes century. I did see Kahwaja as a good batsman.

Posted by anver777 on (January 18, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Superb Win !!!! A-class performances from SL against a so called A-team Aussies.... Like i said before the SL are real fighters & they like challenges !!!! Kule & Malinga did their part & rest is history !!!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 18, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

First of all I have to say Sri Lanka made heavy weather out of a small chase. We gifted away our wickets due to the hurry to wrap it up quickly. I see some saying here that toss helped SL win today and in the 2nd ODI. Please dont give excuses. We played well today and in Adelaide. But our batting should have done better. Whoever who batted first today and posted at least 100 may well have won. The way we batted in a hurry today showed why we failed in the tests. Largely due to our mistakes more than Aussie greatness. Aussies will no doubt come hard on Sunday and we must hit hard too.

Posted by Simoc on (January 18, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Excellent bowling from SL especially the K man. Warner & Wade got themselves out and the rest weren't up to it. Unfortunately for ODI s, no one really cares. Its entertainment which T20 is better at.

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 18, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Well done Srilanka...Now cmon crush the aussies in their own backyard and win the damn series...Love from Pakistan...

Posted by himohan007 on (January 18, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Congrats Kula u worth it for ur fighting character..... Highly under rated among fans...

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990; Nice to see a good comment of you. I also hope that Indian team will win the 3rd match against England in style.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 18, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

@narbvi- hey mate, where you been all this time?you are correct except you forgot to add one thing:irrespective of all these things, Sri Lanka still WON...

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Shh.. @ Cricinfo..Australia A team is playing.

Posted by AS7777 on (January 18, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Bad luck Australia. I don't think Australia should worry about this defeat. Its just the brilliant inswing bawling by Kulasekera.Also Australia underestimated Sri lankan bawling in these conditions. Same thing happen in Adeleide. In Sri Lankan perspective they have found another promising youngster and in the future we would like to see him more and I think he should be given a permanent place in ODIs and T20s.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 18, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

You beauty Kula.Lions roars again.Lions is coming now, we will wrap the series by 4-1.Overrated kangaroo will be roasted by great lions.....

Posted by Selassie-I on (January 18, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

As I commented yesterday, Aus had no chance - they're a third rate team at best these days. Unlike Sri Lanka who have some real up and coming stars as well as the proven guys like Malinga, Dilshan, Mahela etc and are def on the way up.

Some serious whipping awaits the Aussies in India and England this year.

Posted by trav696 on (January 18, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@colombo_SL, completely agree with you. Australia are so swollen headed thinking SL isn't even worth their time. Just look what happened, all out for 74... they shouldn't underestimate any team. If only they got Aus out for 5 runs less and that would have been their worst score in ODI history :( Kula showed us why he was once the No. 1 bowler in ODI's and Malinga looks like he is in form again. This win just shows all the people who underestimated SL that we are a force to be reckoned with and no team in this era could make Aus look that bad with the bat except SL. Sad to see we lost 6 wickets when chasing that, when most of the batsman went out playing stupid shots. By looking at this series so far, Tharanga and Jeevan Mendis do not look like they can handle good pace bowling. Bring in Karunaratne and Chandimal in for both of them. Hope this momentum continues for SL and to all those people who think this win was a fluke, that is just stupidity. Get the batting together SL and win!

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Thanks Australian team. You have supported me to save 4 hours of my day.

Posted by maf17 on (January 18, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Diismal batting by Australia, slightly less dismal batting by Sri Lanka, good bowling by Sri Lanka, only slightly less impressive bowling by Australia. So to sum up, the two teams were a lot closer than it appeared. Had Australia made just 20 or 30 more runs, it would have been very interesting.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Highly appreciate the talent's of Kusal Perera. Please, use him as a wicket keeper in ODIs. Chandimal should be used as a specialist batsman.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 18, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

So the A team was beaten badly than the B team. (Not that im not paying respect to Aussie team but the author (brendon) had gone overboard saying that A team was back as if the previous match was lost because of its B team and did not respect the opponents.

@ Rise-of-Sinhaya SL Tricked india? But why would they do that? Just enjoy your game mate.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@Narbavi; It is happy to see that you have at least appreciate Kulasekara's bowling.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (January 18, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

how good the srilankans are...coming from a tiny island and beating Australia in australia is not an easy task....where is RANDYOZ

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

We know that Australia team is a better team & their fans are so good. But Channel 9, commentators (Exept Mark & Chappel) are very biased. Their media is also like that. So, we are overjoyed with our victory. I think this "A" team & "B" team talks gave us a good motivation. Never under estimate this Australian team but the Channel 9 commentators.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Oh Dear! Gabba pitch will now be blacklisted ... and that too by Aussies themselves....Wait!!!! That only happens with Subcontinent turning pitches. Except for the humidity factor not a single word has been mentioned by cricinfo about the pitch being sub-standard....Again it happens only with Subcontinent pitches.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 18, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

@sinhya-2: ha ha ya brother, they think their bowlers are world class, in reality they are not even club class, they are nothing compared to kula malinga eranga

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 18, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

@colombo_SL on (January 18 2013, 08:17 AM GMT), stupid comment. One innings proves nothing. I'm not completely convinced by either Warner or Hughes but if this game proves Hughes is bad then how does his 112 in the first game figure into the reckoning?

Posted by kkvg on (January 18, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

what happened Australia A Team..............Lions are Hero.............Come On WE are Cricket Kings......... Well done Kula

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 18, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

imagine Kula bowling at 140-145 Kmph.he could have been unplayable. Watch out Eranga is next one coming up with sharp inswing and outswing and he is more pacy and aggresive than kula.yet he is not very accurate.Kasun madushanka,alvitigala and vimukthi perera also to be watched out for. the indians hinted the ozzies were weak against swing and we proved it with the sydney pitch assisting spin we got one more weakness to reveal

Posted by KEVINSL on (January 18, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

@yorkslanka:- correct bro, I also has huge respect to Michael Clarke not only bcz of his rare talents but also his great sportsmanship .I highlighted this bcz we all know some childish captains around the subcontinent used to come up with very very joke excuses such as drizzle during the match,injuries ,toss,etc, after heavy defeats

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

If it was Bangladesh instead of Australia definitely their Test status would be questioned by the PUNDITS of Australia :D :D :D

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 18, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

@VinodGupte on (January 18 2013, 08:09 AM GMT), excuses, excuses. Whether or not lack of match practice is a factor, to blame that batting performance on that factor alone is burying your head in the sand. Fortunately for Australia, Clarke isn't so deluded.

Posted by KEVINSL on (January 18, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

@SamRoy: is bhuvneshwar kumar a swing bowler?? he is a condition bowler.bcz he only swings if there has overcast condition and I haven't seen any reverse in his deliveries later part of the innings. he can't compare with our kulaa.poms will be end his career tomorrow.

Posted by Narbavi on (January 18, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Chasing 76, a team loses 6 wickets, there were 3 dropped catches, a caught behind that wasn't given, wow so much for chasing a tiny total, but got to admit kula bowled brilliantly!!

Posted by suve on (January 18, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

I don't care about rotation policies being 40/9 and then losing with 30 overs to spare is one of the worst ODI's losses I've witnessed. Doherty and Starc's last wicket partnership saved them from a very humiliating loss, Mahela should've let Malinga clean up the last batsmen. Sri Lanka have found a very good Batsmen with a solid Technique in Kaushal Perera. Sri lanka would make a very good team for the 2015 world cup with Sangakkara, Chandimal and Herath coming in.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 18, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

@ravi_hari on (January 18 2013, 07:40 AM GMT), people love to throw around words like "obsessed" to be dramatic but that's basically rubbish. The administrators have formulated a plan that they believe will benefit Australian cricket in the long term and that plan has certainly not been proven to be bad at this stage. Given that the players who weren't rotated failed in this game too, what evidence is there that those who were rotated failed today because of rotation? Some will claim that the team is affected and therefore the whole thing is because of rotation. Seriously? Does anyone really believe that Phil Hughes got out because Clarke, Warner and Wade were not in the team last game and were this time? If you really think that's the case then you don't give professional sportsmen much credit for being professional.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

Sri Lankans were brave enough to drop Ajantha & play with Eranga. It is nice to see Australians struggling against Kulasekara. Even, so called world's best batsman Clarke could do nothing.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (January 18, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Well, we have seen the Aussie A, B, and C teams. At long last I am begining to understand Agatha Christies great book 'The ABC murders'.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 18, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka on a fantastic win..That was a masterclass of swing bowing fom Kula and the cricinfo headline" Kula destroys the Aussies" was quite accurate..I am happier because my last post in this series stated I hoped we could continue to improve and i think we did that in some areas of the game..more of the same for Sydney please boys..We did make life hard for ourselves with some pretty stupid shot selection (again)...this needs to be addressed..still we got there in the end.. Huge respect to Clarke, who was honest in both interviews he did to not only give credit to us but more importantly not make excuses for his own teams performance..This is another example from him as why he i hugely respected by opposition fans(as well as being a damn good player!) Finally, I wnder what all the trolls and boo boys that constantly try and put SL down unfairly have to say now?fairy quiet me thinks... good luck Sri Lanka..

Posted by ranilranathunga on (January 18, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

I see some Jayasuriya in Kusal Janith Perera, These youngsters should be in the team. I think we have enough talent to replace non-performing players like Mahela, Upul,etc...Players like Banuka, Anjelo perera should be given a chance. Just forgot Dimuth.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

Women Australia team is better than this Clarke's team.

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

@Jayzuz on (January 18 2013, 07:49 AM GMT), while I agree that continuity is important, if this team of professional sportsmen are incapable of handling a little change then they're not really all that professional. You are drawing a conclusion that suits your prejudice and is far from proven. You seem to have completely dismissed the possibility that Australia could play badly and lose. No doubt SL is a better limited-overs team than Test team and Australia lost 4 games to them last time they toured, so it's not exactly out of the blue. Australia have collapsed in the past and will again in the future. They batted poorly and Kulasekera particularly bowled very well. Maybe Australia were just outplayed. You say that players aren't robots and yet don't expect them to take any responsibility for their own poor performances. It's not like the players left cricket behind and lived on junk food for months.

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

In 1st ODI ( Played Australia team). In 2nd ODI (Played Australia A team). In 3rd ODI (Played Australia "F" team). I'm sure that Australian selectors will experiment Australia Women's team for the 4th ODI. What a way to experiment.

Posted by ca2ca on (January 18, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

This victory over Aussies sure gives the much needed self confidence. Its a bowlers day. Good stuff from Kulasekara and fielding was good from SL side. Again SL batters shows their weakness against good seam bowling, im Dilshan, Mattews Tharanga & even the shot played by J. Mendis. Hats off to Kushal Perera. He is brave for a novice & got the heart to attack and his keeping is outstanding. Hope he will not be a bench warmer in next series. Sadly this may be the case.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

David Warner & Hughes proved that they are ordinary batsmen with limited strokes.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 18, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

"Probably should have bowled" Michael Clarke, pays homage to Nasser Hussain's famous "Prolly should have batted" comment (that I just made up) at the same venue.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

we love u and proud of u lankans brothers...from pak fan i like aussie team also , i want some competitive matches...plz make some impact ateast on ur home grounds...next match will b interesting....i think aussies will come hard...that will b good for cricket...como on warner and dilshan...shoot something out of stadium...

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Good reply from SL team for Channel 9 commentators.

Posted by Perera32 on (January 18, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Kulasekara needs to be given more credit. It just shows that you don't need pace, height and sledging to become good fast bowlers. If Malinga was given an extended spell, Australia would've been out for less than 50!!!. Australia after being 40/9 means they have a lot of work to do for sydney. I don't blame Dilshan for attacking because if he defended, he would of got out for less than 10 runs. The Channel 9 Commentators (except for Mark Nicholas and Ian Chappel) are once again a joke and are very biased.

Posted by Trickstar on (January 18, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

@dan1234 Steyn & Morkel are regularly rested in one day games, quite a lot of the time they just play one or the other, Kallis gets to sit out quite a few one day games, due to his work load & age. Philander doesn't play one day cricket so he doesn't need a rest really. The thingy is SA don't play anywhere near as much cricket as England, India & Oz, so it's not as important.

I'd have thought if any country would understand rotation or at least resting fast bowlers it would be OZ. Just about everyone of your bowlers have broken down this past year and surely the key is to rest them before they do break down. England have been doing this player resting for a couple of years now, mainly though it's for players who play all 3 formats & a player will usually miss a one day series here or there but when it comes to Test time we put our best side out. But sometimes you just have to except the rough with the smooth if you haven't got you're best side out.

Posted by priceless1 on (January 18, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

May be SL should play their B team in the next game

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Now Aus & SL are equals in ODI rankings. Good lesson for overrated Australian team on their home soil.

Posted by docvinnny on (January 18, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Well done boys for beating Australia A! I can go to work on time today. Is there another team called Australia National Cricket team (Australia A, B sounds like there is one). Bring it on MATES!!

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

This should be Australia's "G" team. Even Bailey's team is better than this & was able to score 150+ runs.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 18, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

@ jmclinny -- dont goad aussies here as ur english team suffered their 2nd biggest loss 2 days earlier and past record of 16-2 in 20 odis in india bodes disappointment for english team, u might not come here for few weeks when india will thrash ur team 4-1 .

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 18, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka. Congratulations. Sri Lanka leads the series 2-1. Good lesson for stubborn Australians. I think they had taken us easily. I think it is high time to respect opponent.

Posted by VinodGupte on (January 18, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

Lack of match practice is all that there is to talk about. AUS will come back strongly and win the series. SRI Lanka should't get giddy about this win.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

i m a pakistani...good match for srilanka....australia played the worst they can....excellent bowling from lankans...happy to see srilanka win...i think now srilanka should go 4 whitewash....revenge of test series..next odi lankans make it loud and clear...ASIANS got best talent in WORLD...keep it up

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 18, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

The current player is not going to forego IPL and champions league committments as such the likes of Warner and Wade have barely had a month of over the last 12 months. I have no issue with giving them time to freshen up as winning tests in India and England are a priority. We have picked the best side here and they are professional enough to perform after refreshing the mind however today they just performed badly. I'm not sure how you can blame the selectors for that. I still expect to win this series and also expect a great showing in upcoming series. This is probably coming from someone who thinks that test cricket is the number 1 and what ever we do to give us the best chance of winning in India and the Ashes we should do, I know other people will rate one-dayers a little more highly than I do and will differ in opinion to me. I guess we will see in 14 months how successful we are in India, the back to back Ashes and the tour of South Africa with how successful this policy is.

Posted by Adoh on (January 18, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Has anyone else noticed that Michael Clark, Matthew Wade and Warners form was great before they were rested. I think it's time to look to the English for some ideas.

Posted by crashed on (January 18, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

A message to the Ausie team - get fit - then you will be selected consistently lol your captain just admitted you are not fit that is why you do not get selected consistently ;-)

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

@ jmcilhinney, real head in the sand stuff. The negative effect of rotation on the team is now beyond question. The results speak for themselves, and the only point that is "silly" is refusing to look at the mammoth in the room. We have players who were in top form and dominating SL a few weeks ago coming back from being rested and looking out of touch - which is exactly what is to be expected. Far from being "silly", the only logical way to create a culture of success is to reward success - not to "rotate" success out and give someone else a go. The question has to be asked, how many of the guys rotated into the team for one or two games benefited from the experience, and how many have had a negative experience, as in failure and loss of confidence/form/being dropped? How many of the rested players have returned to form and success? I struggle to think of a single definitive positive.

Posted by ShahramKhan on (January 18, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

A Baaad bad cricket match.

Posted by Zak- on (January 18, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

All these Aussies complaining about rotation - where's your self-appraised "depth" gone then?

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 18, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

O lalala well done srilankan boys. Wish you good luck nd usman khawaja plz relocate urself nd play for some1 else. NZ may be a good choice. How can they keep ignoring him nd keep playing players like baily nd d hussy?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 18, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

I wonder whether RandyOZ will be around after this one. In case he is, here's a direct copy and paste of his comment from a day ago: "Australia really are terrible at ODI cricket aren't they? The inevitable slide continues". He actually said England but it's obvious after this game that that was a mistake and he meant Australia, especially after England's 4-0 victory in their last head-to-head series.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

@jmcilhinney, the negative effect is on the TEAM, not just individuals. A team is not a collection of workers, but a unit tied together by the momentum of recent games played, experience and relationships based on trust. The results of rotation speak for themselves. EVERY time there have been mass changes, we have lost badly, and two of those times were immediately after the team was dominating the opposition. I was 75-25 against rotation up till the last game, but am now 100% against. We can't afford to wait two years to see if this works, because the short-term damage is just too great. This experiment is an embarrassment to the history of Australian cricket. The backlash in the press in the next few days will be furious, and entirely justified.

Posted by dan1234 on (January 18, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

I've never seen Steyn, Morkel or Philander rotated out of the bowling attack, or Smith, Amla, Devilliers or Kallis given a rest just in case, and SAF are pretty highly ranked last time I checked. Just saying that's all...

Posted by ravi_hari on (January 18, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Bravo Aussies! You stick to your policies despite loosing frequently. The selection panel seems obsessed with rotation policy. So why not rotate the selectors also? Have a pool of 20 selectors and rotate them for every match so that the team is also automatically rotated. Their form is at stake, reputation at stake, records at stake and some careers at stake. If Aussies had won 3 consecutive Worldcups it is not because of rotation but because of having atleast 6 to 7 consistant players and changing only in case of need. The nucleus of the side was never compromised with. How can you just chop and churn like this? I was waiting for this to happen so that atleast now they will realise the damage being done. Ridiculous is an understatement. It will take a huge effort for Aussies to come back into this series. I feel a 4-1 is a certainity and you will start blaming the players for it. God save Aussie cricket. With a big series with India ahead this is the worst preparation for them.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 18, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

I really think that some Aussie fans are overdoing it a bit on the subject of rotation. Jayzuz comparing the players to mercenaries is just silly. With the amount of international cricket played today and the issues of injuries and burnout, rotation is here to stay, although it may be fine-tuned over time. I do think that resting players on a series by series basis is a better bet than game by game. Let's get real though. These players are all professionals and most have plenty of experience. They've played together many times and they all train together all the time. Player rotation is just not an excuse for today's performance, or lack thereof. It would also be nice to see these people give some credit to the SL bowlers and Kulasekera in particular, who bowled fantastically today.

Posted by Trickstar on (January 18, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@ Meety With you on that, it looked to me like he was trying this best to get back to the changing room as quick as he could, really really strange innings, especially from someone so experienced.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Bowled out for 2nd lowest score in the history in there cricket. Where is Australia's A Team Now ?????

Posted by AhmedEsat on (January 18, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Irrespective of the result here, there is a clear message for the Australian selectors: find your 15 best players and blood them as a playing unit. Poor Usman gets dropped after a single game!! How can anyone perform with so much axing? I reckon Usman should move elsewhere because he is not being given a fair go.David Hussey batting at 3????crazy!

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

I understand your point, @KGY27, but this is an ODI game, not a test match. If you are worried about the Ashes, surely test match form would be a better guide, and AUS won that 3-0. How do you bounce back from two big losses? I don't know, but SL just bounced back from 4 big losses on the trot. But somehow I don't think the team beating us is going to immediately rest half the team while it is on a roll. So I think we should outsource Inerarity to them. He'll immediately recommend that Malinga and Kulasekara be rested, as they are overworked according to the Informed Player Management computer. Three games in a row! It's just bad science, SL! Rest those guys now!

Posted by crashed on (January 18, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

I have said it before (after SA won the Perth game [where they rested a Siddle from the middle]) and saying it again - A-Team B- Team resting players does not matter. A team is selected and make the grade as the team that represents the country on International level. If they do not perform to expectation and loose it goes down on the records as a lost game. We cannot lament after the game about who should have been in or out. Australia is again about to loose due to selectors choices and everyone complains - rather get another bunch of selectors seems the problem starts in the selectors minds. Unless the selectors works to an unseen goal forward and never enlightened the supporters to the prospective future gains of hordes international players performing someday ahead... It is sad though to see the decline of the once mighty Ausie team to what is happening here

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 18, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

@Jayzuz on (January 18 2013, 04:45 AM GMT), a lot of people are quick to jump all over rotation and blame it for the failures of Warner, Clarke and Wade today. Such people conveniently ignore the fact that Hughes, Hussey and Bailey all failed today as well. Are you saying that those three failed because they were somehow disconcerted by having different team-mates for this game and the last? Starc didn't play the last game but that was because of an injury rather than rotation, so I guess that explains his top scoring today.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 18, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

well done aus , u cleared my doubts for india test win in few months, also its funny thinking ur fate in 2 ashes, with such talentless batting line up even bangladesh wud fancy their chances

Posted by Nisalskoop on (January 18, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

wow it was super bolling bu Kula

Posted by SamRoy on (January 18, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

India needs to bring Bhuvneshwar Kumar against Australia in the test matches. It's obvious that Australia struggle against swing bowling and Bhuv is a very good swing bowler (swings it both ways). Him and Umesh Yadav (if not fit, play Shami Ahmed) can cause some serious problems to Australian top-order as Hughes, Warner and Cowan all struggle against the swinging ball.

Posted by Meety on (January 18, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

I think Dilshan should get man of the match for the ugliest match winning 22 runs EVER!!!!!

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 18, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Australia can play some fine cricket but can play some woeful stuff as well. We are way too inconsistent and need batsman that value their wicket.

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

@ Mitty2 Calm down dear, what's with all the false bravado mate, not too confident in you're own side are you. England lost a test away to India and SL and that's laughable, really? in a series we won and a 2 match series we drew, both abroad. I know you're reaching for things to say but come on don't make a fool of yourself, just because a few of you're fellow country men don't fancy you're chances in the Ashes. All very strong words especially when you're going to India very soon and we''ll see how laughable you're lot are then. Complete drubbing against SA, really, we got badly beat in one game a bit like yourselves and had two other close games with them but if you think games in the sub continent or against SA are meaningful when playing you lot, you must deluded. Depth in bowling maybe but it's not as if England haven't got depth themselves, but the difference is, the batting, yours is a complete joke & we've seen how they handle swing today and before, like headless chickens.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 18, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Bowled out for 74 - Certainly not a great performance. I havent been able to watch it due to work but just got home and saw the replay besides Wade they aall got out to really good deliveries so credit to Kulasakera in particular. I've got no issue with Clarke, Warner and Wade having a week off and doubt that has anything to do with this performance, these things happen from time to time and I will judge the way they come back from this. The reality is this is our best one-day side except for the all-rounder position. KGY27 - Did you say the Indian bowlers swing it all over the place? I think I have been watching the wrong games of India playing.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 18, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

The ball is NOT JUST SWINGING. It's SEAMING OFF THE PITCH WITH EXTRA BOUNCE. i just saw a Clint Mckay delivery that swung, seamed and had extra bounce in it. SL will have to fight to knock this target off even though it's very small. Brisbane is a minefield.

Posted by sinhya-2 on (January 18, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

sri lanka did well to get Australia out for 74.. But India Bhuvi Kumar and Shami Ahamed would have got them out for 25.... Buhvi is the best swing bowler in the world...better than anderson

Posted by ajithabey on (January 18, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

SL making heavy weather of getting to 75.Mathews should bat lower as he his not technically sound to come in at 5 which creates unnecessary pressure to the middle order.Hopefully SL will make it by a whisker.

Posted by An_offside_rant on (January 18, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Rotation policy or not, Australia must work on getting a fixed 11. My opinion is that the Aussie side is all over the place with too many "Better Players". Khwaja and Finch does well domestically but is left out for "Better Players" in the form on Warner and Wade.

Destructive bowling from Kula, how always had an insane in swinger and was absolutely unplayable today. But it's evident that the Aussie side isn't a "Team".

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Stupid cricket by srilankans

Posted by skilebow on (January 18, 2013, 6:35 GMT)

Ouch....James Anderson must be licking his lips

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 18, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Maybe it is time to start rotating the coach, selectors, erc. Those poor poor men must be exhausted after staying up late very night, agonizing over who to rotate n & out the squad. It's a very demanding job, you know.

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 18, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

Can people please stop talking about the ashes and Australia supposedly going to get smashed.. It's irrelevant, regardless to the fact that this is only an odi and we have only 3 startings players in our best test XI (clarke, Hughes and warner), we have had a much better record than the overrated 'minnows' in England for the whole of 2012. The fact that eng lost to India and Sri Lanka in different tests is just laughable. even more laughable is the white wash eng suffered at the hands of Pakistan and it wasn't even at their home grounds. Oh yeah and the complete drubbing eng received from SA at home. I can honestly say I cannot wait to see the Aussies play in the ashes with our overwhelmingly large depth in quality fast bowling.

Posted by MisterObvious on (January 18, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Just about the most pathetic batting effort I have ever seen from Oz. When your #9 & #11 bats are your top scorers, it is mighty sickening. Starc & Doherty played better, more elegant shots than anyone in the top order & made more runs than the rest of the team combined. What?? Rivals the 47 Oz made in the test in Capetown in 2011. Good, even great, bowling from the Lankan seamers but it wasn't THAT good. I might've called it an anomaly, a freakish one-off innings during unplayable batting conditions, but I'm afraid it isn't so. Having closely watched Oz in recent years I've seen similar (though not as spectacular) batting collapses all too often, mostly in tests. The last two Ashes campaigns, the most recent test against SA, etc. Lots of big fails. Too many to be random or coincidental. It's like a mental rot that sets in at the top & affects everyone on down. Inexcusable. It is absolutely a mental thing, & I don't see it happening this much with other top-level teams. Why?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (January 18, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

Just imagine if India was bowled out for 74 at home in an ODI. Culprit IPL and all of that hell would break loose and how India's test status should be cancelled!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 18, 2013, 6:11 GMT)

SL will loose from this posiion

Posted by sweetspot on (January 18, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Awesome SL! Awesome Kula! Glad for this performance from a CSK lion!

Posted by Optic on (January 18, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

SL are swinging at every ball like a rusty gate, proper mindless batting and not even getting anywhere close to connecting, Surely the way to go about this is to rotate the strike and hit the bad balls.

Posted by cccrider on (January 18, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Ashes are going to be awful ...

Posted by kc69 on (January 18, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Don't completely blame Aussies for such a collapse but one bad decision by the captain during the toss and here is the result.This also tells us that how crucial are players like Mike Hussey or MS Dhoni in the middle order.

Posted by tallgrass on (January 18, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

I saw some Aussie complain on this forum that this summer's cricket was a disgrace with teams like NZ and SL touring. I hope he got his money's worth now. Be thankful that your admin is a lot smarter than ours to rotate and try out younger players by scheduling less demanding tours before the Ashes next year. Sadly Sri Lanka play cricket with their hearts not always with brains...it's a miracle we achieve this much!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (January 18, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

Now I clearly understand the rotation policy. If you rest the top players, when they come back - out of shape - the bowlers will not get injured because they won't have much of a score to defend! Brilliant. If they don't have to bowl much, they'll stay fit.

Works well for the Lankan bowlers. They only had to bowl brilliantly for half the match, so they get rested during the games!

Posted by CricketBat_SL on (January 18, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

I am wondering whether is this Australia Team 'A' .74 all out. Well done SL.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

So glad Moses was declared fit. Great dig champ. Amazing how australia can expect to win matches against quality ODI teams when "resting" players because they are in form. Warner, Clarke... both looked like they had no form.

Question, do the australian selectors care about ODI anymore? The message the fans are getting says NO. If i had paid my hard earned money to go to this match i would be demanding a full refund from their pockets.

Also apparent in the current side, australia has lost the ability to cope with good bowling. Sri Lanka bowled a great line and length and were rewarded. But you can attack good bowling. Making a bowler think about what you will do next, rather than pushing at a ball.

Last whinge, promise. Watson must be back in next game and opening. He has been the best opener for us in recent years. Even if he cant bowl cos of injury. Seems to be ok to pick Henriques half fit

Posted by Udendra on (January 18, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

So the Aus 'A' team got bowled out for 74 against the SL 'B' team??

Posted by supadupamonk on (January 18, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

OMG....SL, way to go brothers....wat a comeback after the test series loss...congrats from an Ind fan...

Posted by KajuWaththaEksath on (January 18, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

BuHaaa...Haaaa...Haaaaa :D :D :D

Well done Australia Team-A. You performed really well. Absolutely brilliant figures.Shame on Australia Team-B. Please continue with this greatest form. Make sure to include Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade for every game so that you could win easily.

BuHaaa...Haaaa...Haaaaa :D :D :D

Posted by kc69 on (January 18, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

How did they get to 74 last time i saw the score it was 40 for 9 !!!!!

Posted by mikey76 on (January 18, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

Oh dear Australia. Another terrible performance by your batsman in home conditions, tailor made for runs. Kulesakera is pretty average by any standards. Can't wait to see Randy/Jonesy's excuses on this one. The minnows are shrinking further by the day.

Posted by Meety on (January 18, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Correction, we have now got past 60 - game on????

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 18, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

This is Australia facing Sri lanka A team.(chandima,sanga,mendis,herath missing)

Posted by disco_bob on (January 18, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

This performance by the Aussie A [!] team is the gold standard for 'Abject'

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

And they blame only India batsmen as being unable to counter swing :-) Well bowled Lanka. The fact today is that on a juicy pitch most batsmen struggle against quality seam bowling. That said - wonderful bowling by Lanka. Cricinfo commentary makes it sound almost like live TV viewing ;-)

Posted by kristee on (January 18, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

Would the Starc-Doherty show be something of a repeat of the Siddle- Lyons 'feat' at Cape Town?

Posted by Looch on (January 18, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

I've been wondering all summer if Australia had improved against good swing bowling, no need to wonder now! This is a very bad sign for the Ashes, we won't have a hope in England if we have a top order that is impotent against swing!

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 18, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

@x-sl-boy: Yes brother same feeling here, i am sure even our team is getting bored to play out there against this 'A' team, no challenge at all, 3-0 test win was just an eyewash, i am sure our boys lost the tests just to give the aussies some confidence

Posted by sweet2hrme on (January 18, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

Yes right now sri lankan bowlers are top class and Australian batsman are third class. Even i can play better than them. This time they somehow cross 40 runs in next match they will be all out under 20. Hahahahahah lol

Posted by CricLankanLover on (January 18, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

The question now is whether Australia can manage to surpass today's WEATHER RECORD in Sydney - 46 degrees!!

Posted by Solace1 on (January 18, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

38 for 7, hmm come on boys, time to wrap them up for 50, then come in chase it in 5 overs, or if you feel like showing mercy then take 15 overs to chase it and go back, what's the use of winning those useless test matches? you should prove you are better than us by winning ODI's first and more importantly the upcoming t20 series, then i will agree that Australia are better than srilanka,

Posted by Meety on (January 18, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Wow! I like to say well done Kulasekara, his bowling was brilliant & nothing should be taken away for one of the best 5 fors, I have seen in an ODI. HOWEVER, the Oz batting was HOPELESS! DISGRACEFUL. I cannot bear to watch & the boys should consider refunding fans tickets out of their 6 digit pay packs! That said - any chance of defending 40?????? LOL!

Posted by Optic on (January 18, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

Australia always giving us the LOL's.

Posted by bemUSed2 on (January 18, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

this is a true embarrassment for a team struggling to find consistent performers and which can surely not try to hide their deficiencies against swing bowling... if they were wearing yellow they would have scored 280 at least

Posted by meursault on (January 18, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

It seems Australia's batsmen are getting knocked over by swing again. They have five months to learn how to play the swinging ball or else the Ashes will also be carnage.

Posted by priyalmendis on (January 18, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Hay, which of them have come to the Gabba today - Australia A, B or Z Team - LoL..

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 18, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Would love to have Khawaja in there right now, great player in swing conditions and has been getting runs at Gabba this year for the Bulls in exactly the conditions we are seeing right now.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 18, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

Aussies cannot play the seaming ball.. might be the weather assisting too much? anyway awesome bowling by kula. Australian train wreck is due to lack of match practice for batsmen. How do you think about the rotation policy now?

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

I might add that administrators need to be held accountable for this fiasco. This is two series this summer we have thrown away when in a dominant position due to arrogant, clueless, unaccountable administration. I'm just looking forward to the media lashing, including from former players. The spin from Inerarity and co will be all too predictable.

Posted by Shalith on (January 18, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

@Cricinfo- did you say Aus "A" team back in action???? you ganna kidding me. dont show your jealousy over Sri Lankan team. just take care of india who loose in their home soil to both PAKISTAN and England.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

This is what I wrote in the preview. Why is a supporter smarter than clueless AUS admin? - "I see another strong possibility of a problem emerging here because of rotation. Now we effectively have had 3 very different teams for three games. As a team, how can that promote consistency & team harmony? Surely these players are now beginning to feel like employees, like workmen shipped on & off an oil rig every week. This is my main contention when science is over-done: it turns people into robots, because of the things that cannot be measured lose value, or are completely denied. & it is the things that cannot be measured that are the most important, and not just on the cricket field. Some of the puppet masters need to loosen the strings a bit here, before we completely ruin the Australian cricket team. The other thing is that as individuals players are losing match readiness. Let's see if Warner, Clarke & co can get moving today. If they can't we will be 2-1 down, thanks to rotation.

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (January 18, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Yesterday when i talked about tricking india by losing some people laughed at it, now see, what a performance this is, the more we move towards the high profile t20 series our boys have improved upon their performances

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Even a bunch of under 12 year old kids could bat better than the useless bunch we have had in today..what a damn disgrace

Posted by tallgrass on (January 18, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

now which team are we playing...Australia A or B...or C? I forget

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 18, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

i hope the selectors are paying close attention to this terrible innings of australia, they sowed the seeds for this

Posted by x-sl-boy on (January 18, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

Hi Australia, "B" team looks bit better than "A" team for us, pleas give us the "B" team for next match..........LOL

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (January 18, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Hope the falling of wickets continues. The SL bowling is top class and is fun to watch

Posted by ajithabey on (January 18, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

So finally Aussies (A team) are on the hop.Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties.go for the kill SL and show the world that you are made of sterner stuff.

Posted by Sudu_putha on (January 18, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

huh huh... 30/6... Australia acting like a C team...lol

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (January 18, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

Jesus! Lucky we didn't play the B team eh?

Posted by disco_bob on (January 18, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

It's great to see that the selectors did not insult the spectators by playing a "B" team.

Posted by Prem2248 on (January 18, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

This Team doesn't need risky, sticky-footed unreliable players such as Mahela, Dilshan, Tharanga,Thisara. Though Jeewan Mendis is a far better batter than the 4 I mentioned previously these 5 places should go to Chandimal (if he was 80% fit) Angelo Perera, Khausal Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Ajantha & S'nanayake who have been the most reliable School & Domestic players. SL doesn't need services of 3 seniors as players any longer, they should concentrate on administration side of SLan Cricket instead. Samaraweera should be brought back as a frontliner together with M'thews. The 2 (brilliant batters since their age of 15)have been wasted down in the batting order in their entire careers by these ignorant J&Ps.

Posted by hycIass on (January 18, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

Our top order collapse shows again that what we need our solid top order batsman who can play in swing and bouncy conditions and none better then Khawaja and Finch in that department, get them in the squad again. David Hussey for how good he is usually gets his runs when we have a platform.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

The other issue is why bat on a seaming track when your opposition only has seamers? If they bowled second when the track was flat they'd be shown up to be exactly what they are - 130km/hr medium pacers. There's some really, REALLY dumb decisions being made here by the team and management.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 18, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Watching the Australian team play like a bunch of mercenaries put together for each game is really starting to pee me off. Australia won the 1st game by a massive margin, then made massive changes and handed the momentum back to SL. Now huge changes for the 3rd game and players like Warner and Clarke looking totally out of nick (as of ten overs), no cohesion in running between wickets, with the opposition hitting their stride thanks to playing consistent cricket as a team - just as I predicted. This rotation policy is nuts, and an insult to the intelligence of the cricketing public. It is costing Australia wins, and degrading the national team. Pick the best team and keep them on the field! That's what worked in the past, with every good and great team from all nations. So far we are looking like throwing away two series out of three - going from domination to being dominated. The test series vs SA and now this series. Somebody should be accountable for this fiasco.

Posted by cardmak on (January 18, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

Phil Hughes will continue to get his chances despite his deficiencies on the off. Wait until he gets to England. Today made the same mistake as he does. Either the selectors love him too much or possibly it's Michael Clark.

Posted by chamil111 on (January 18, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

This match should upul tharanga's and mahela's last international match if they did not score runs. Both of them got more than enough chances than any other player. Yeah mahela is a great captain, but we can't play a specialist captain who is not in form. In tharanga's case he is never learning from his past errors.

Posted by Sugath on (January 18, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

May be Mathews has struck early, yet I am not sure that Lanka has the right bowling combination. They have 5 medium fast bowlers but no specialist spinner. If a wicket has bounce then it will have bounce for spinners too. Ideally Lanka should have had Akila who with high arm action and unpredictable deliveries would have been a headache for Aussies. Time only will tell and one must remember Aussies batsmen thrive on bouncy wickets

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