Australia v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sydney

Sri Lanka seek another series win

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

January 19, 2013

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Match facts

Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates after bowling Michael Clarke, Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane, January 18, 2013
Michael Clarke will be aiming to lead from the front after Friday's debacle © Getty Images
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Big Picture

Just as the Test series between these two teams was decided with one match still to play, the one-day battle could be done and dusted before the teams fly to Hobart for the fifth and final game. Through outstanding swing bowling over the past two matches in Adelaide and Brisbane, Sri Lanka have positioned themselves so that in Sydney on Sunday they can become the first team ever to secure two bilateral one-day series triumphs against Australia in Australia. South Africa have done it once, in 2008-09. So have Pakistan, in the winter of 2002. Sri Lanka did it with a 2-1 success in early 2010-11. But no team has done it twice - yet.

Sri Lanka were disappointing in the Tests, no question, but a one-day series win would at least allow them to fly home with some pride restored. At the very least they have shown that their pace attack, pilloried during the Tests, is a much more dangerous proposition in the one-day format. The presence of Lasith Malinga helps, of course, but in Brisbane on Friday it was Nuwan Kulasekara, who was here for the Test series, who destroyed Australia with the kind of prodigious swing most bowlers could only achieve with a half-taped tennis ball. It was brilliant stuff, and Australia's batsmen will need to show more of a willingness to fight through such swing if it is again present in Sydney, although the conditions are unlikely to be as helpfully humid as in Brisbane.

For Australia, this match is as much about regaining pride as it is about keeping the series alive. If their 170 in Adelaide looked bad, their 74 all out at the Gabba was as embarrassing as it gets in one-day cricket. Only the final batting pair, Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty, reached double figures. It was only due to their 34-run stand that Australia avoided their all-time lowest ODI total. The match was nearly over by 5pm, the time that should have been the change of innings. Those numbers cannot be avoided. Nor can they be repeated.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
Australia LLWWL
Sri Lanka WWLWW

In the spotlight

For most of Australia's brief innings on Friday, it looked like Michael Clarke was going to be the top scorer with 9. He was one of several men beaten by hooping inswing and as the captain, it is up to him to ensure Australia find a way to combat Sri Lanka's bowlers on Sunday. Such has been his consistency lately that not since the opening two Tests of the 2010-11 Ashes has Clarke made two consecutive single-figure scores for Australia. Now is not the time to change that.

Nuwan Kulasekara's 5 for 22 was the best analysis ever achieved by a Sri Lankan in an ODI in Australia and it was a performance built on controlling and directing his inswing, and in many cases swinging it late. The conditions in Sydney won't be quite as helpful, but after Friday's performance Australia's batsmen will be wary of him all the same.

Team news

Jackson Bird has been added to Australia's squad for this match as cover, just as Ben Cutting was for the Brisbane game. But it's not Australia's bowling that has been the problem, and Bird may find himself running the drinks if all the other fast men are fit. Glenn Maxwell will come into contention again after being left out due to the conditions at the Gabba, and might be jostling with Moises Henriques for the No.7 position.

Australia (possible) 1 Phillip Hughes, 2 David Warner, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 George Bailey, 5 David Hussey, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Moises Henriques / Glenn Maxwell, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Ajantha Mendis should be reinstated at the SCG after Sri Lanka's selectors shrewdly judged the Gabba as a venue much friendlier to swing and seam. Shaminda Eranga would be the most likely man to miss out, having replaced Mendis for the Brisbane game. The fitness of Dinesh Chandimal remains a query but with Kushal Perera performing impressively over the past two games, there is no need for Sri Lanka to rush Chandimal back if he is not quite ready.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Kushal Perera (wk), 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

Pitch and conditions

Both teams would be pleased the Sydney match was scheduled for Sunday instead of Friday, because while they were competing in Brisbane, the temperature in Sydney reached an all-time record of 45.8C. The forecast for Sunday is a much more pleasant 25C, with a shower or two possible.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have not only won their past two ODIs against Australia at the SCG, they have also won four of the six the teams have played there this century
  • Ajantha Mendis needs two victims to reach 100 ODI wickets and if he reaches the milestone during this series he will be the quickest Sri Lankan to the mark
  • In the four games (Tests and ODIs) Australia have played in 2013, they have used 23 players; Phillip Hughes is the only man to have taken part in all four matches


"Our batting performance was very poor. We have no excuse for that ... If we bat like that in any conditions, we're not going to make many runs."
Michael Clarke after the humiliation at the Gabba

"What happened in the last two games is fantastic but we need to start all over again in Sydney, have that intensity, have that energy."
Mahela Jayawardene

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Posted by greatshinwari on (January 20, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

its too sad that CA dropped M.hussey bkz he suddenllly announced his retirement...they are taking revenge from result is in front of every each their batting order collapses.....miss u mr cricket..

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 20, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

@Mitty2, which parallel universe are you living in? Starc not in our best playing 11 for ODIs? He's the best short format bowler we've got, and he's been sensational for the past season or two!

Posted by Stereo11 on (January 20, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Apparantly all you have to do to be selected for the Aussie team is score 4, 3, 2, 32, 18, 7, 12, 0, and 2 and your in. With selection criteria like that I cant see us winning much for a while yet. :-) I must be watching a different game to the selectors.

Posted by Prem2248 on (January 20, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

We need selectors the kind they have in England, if we had so we wouldn't have lost this much of matches at home in particular. The Country badly needs young batters of quick reflex and good control over their batting and spinners that can spin & extract bounce off the pitch with some control. The henchmen that have been used by the J&Ps are way below the accepted standards, e.g. Batters are sticky footed, slow in reflex, unable to middle the ball nor stroke the ball along the ground when it is really needed (specially on the leg side); Spin Bowlers can't spin the bowl unless there were pot holes on the pitch. At times they, the J&Ps pick henchmen for no valid reasons that have done nothing at School or at 1st Class levels though there are more than enough quality young players with very consistent performances at domestic levels. The most disheartening factor for ardent SLan Cricket fans is their (J&Ps') ignorance of using reckless hitters as front liners in Test & ODI formats.

Posted by getaclue on (January 20, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

i assume the selectors are aware Bird has 8 List A wickets in his entire career. Great first class player and potentially a decent Test player but lets pick good ODD bowlers for our ODI team. Do we have to keep handing out new caps, we have plenty of blokes with some international experience that could come in, Bollinger for one has a great ODI record. Hastings can play etc etc

Posted by gularan on (January 19, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Sri Lanka was doing everything at their disposal to throw away a game handed to them on a platter in Brisbane. I just cant understand the thinking behind the move not to bowl out Malinga when the Aussie last pair was struggling. Jayawardane breathed life into the Aussie last pair to the tune of 34 runs by keeping Malinga's last 3 overs on ice which to me was a grave tactical error which even a run of the mill captain would not have made which in turn makes me reiterate the fact that he can't hold a candle to Arjuna as a skipper. Ford cut a sorry figure as a coach when the cameras zoomed in on him, sitting away from the team and trying hard not to go to to sleep. He should have been in the thick of things advising the batters to come and working out strategy instead. I think Tharanga and Jeevan mendis have reached their use by dates on this tour and should be discarded and other youngsters in the squad given their turn to show what they can do . Kusal is a good case in point.

Posted by Mitty2 on (January 19, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Not harbouring too much hope for this game. As this side is no where near as good as our best XI for the test, with only four: Hughes, clarke, Warner and wade (starc and Johnson aren't in the best three pacers imo) in the test side from this current one. And also Sri Lanka priorities limited overs cricket over tests, so their focus and ability in the ODI's is much better. It seems to me that out side is built on a supposed x-factor over reliability. Warner in odi's is incredibly unreliable as he has the wrong mentality, but he has the aura that he can win the game single-handedly. But.. His average and record shows that he is much better in 20/20's and tests. Hughes is not used to the format and kula is the perfect bowler to ball to him so, overall, there is a huge chance that we can be two down very early, and when that happens, unless you have the likes of MICHAEL hussey and khawaja to save and anchor an innings, we won't win many. The onus is on the openers; protect the middle order

Posted by wellrounded87 on (January 19, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

3 Things i just don't get about this series. 1. How did Australia go from being so dominant in game one to astonishingly bad in the next two games. 2. Why is the Sri Lanka attach so much better at ODI, i know Maslinga helps but still he's not doing everything. 3. Why are we resting batsmen who are in good form... when all i've ever heard about batsmen is time at the crease is the best thing for them.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Warner make a 50 ball hundred and follow up with Hussey and Micheal Clarke to lead a big score. Srilanka will be choked. Go Australia Go Go Go. From an Indian supporting Austalian Cricket.

Posted by ShehanJ on (January 19, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Looking at all the SL comments here is quite amusing. SL fans are dreamers and they will be devastated if SL lose the 4th and 5th ODIs, like they have choked in the recent past. No doubt Kulasekera, Angelo and Malinga bowled well in the 2nd and 3rd ODIs due to luck of the toss and assistance of the wicket, but their batsman are quite ordinary. Australia are not going to take things lying down, and the 2 humilating defeats and the bad press has probably given them a wake up call. I'm sure they will come out all guns blazing tomorrow.

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

sri lanka has to win this series to remove whatever little doubt there is about the wrongness of rotation policy

Posted by CricketZoysa on (January 19, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

They should play herath & dhananjaya tomorrow. I don't think the Sydney wicket will help Mendis.

My squad (and batting order) for tomorrow:

1) Chandimal 2) K. Perera 3) Dilshan 4) Thirimanne 5) Jayawardene 6) Mathews 7) T. Perera 8) Kulasekera 9) Herath 10) Malinga 11) Dhanajaya

I think Senanayake should have been in this squad too...hopefully in the future. If chandimal's not fit then I suppose we have to put in Upul in the middle order and push Mahela/Dilshan to open.

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (January 19, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

Yorkslanka made an astute observation about being Fans instead of Fanatics. How true! Agree with Herath-UK too that Tharanga should be kept on & Jeevan dropped and that Eranga must go to make room for a quality spinner. SL might face a backlash from the humiliated Oz watch out pls. Mahela & Co.! Be equally agrressive & dont flinch the least bit.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (January 19, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

I love the way they say Bird was added as cover. Don't they need cover for just about every position in the team now after the previous performaces?

Posted by vimal03 on (January 19, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

@ Eat Sleep Play Cricket. You don't know what is cricket don't you. Well you only eat sleep and play cricket never do any hard work, such as training. Comparing India chasing 154 in India with SL chasing 74 in AUS is such a stupid sense.

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 19, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

@Eat Sleep Play Cricket: SL is playing in AUS away from their home grounds. It is not SL, it is not SA, it is IND the biggest choker and CHUMPS. Look how comfortably IND has been choked and whitewashed (in every format of the game) on their last two outings to ENG and AUS. If anyone needs to learn anything from IND is to learn is to glamorize their humiliation, medioceicity, and pain of loosing. For AUS, remember that SL is a lot better team than IND, it is impossible to whitewash them completely as you did to IND. GO SL. The whole world knows that last ODI wordcup was a fluke and rigged.

Posted by Narkovian on (January 19, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Willing to bet there is not very much "Rotation" going on in the Aussie side for the next 2 games !

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 19, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Why don't Tharanga get a Test match "IN" India/Sri Lanka where there is less pressure on him? If Sri Lanka does that, I think he will get rid of the pressure... I don't mean a bouncy track, rather a dead rubber.

Posted by shanepe2003 on (January 19, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

Every one talking about dropping Tharanga & Mendis , Earanga etc. one should really question what our vic. Captain AB Mathews doing in the team. close to 90odis has only able to deliver twice. If there's any to drop it should be Mathews given more than enough chances to prove him self. God knows how he mark down as future captain! not even god can save SL when he become captain.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

lanka team: Please watch 3rd odi between Ind vs England and look how comfortably India chased 154, unlike throwing away 6 wickets while chasing a mere 74. Wont be surprised if your team crumbles for 37 a.o again. Dishan, cant bat, Mahela wont bat, Thirimanne as usual - one big score and ducks for few games and rest will follow their captain.

Aus fans: Dont worry, Srilankans have a reputation to choke, and they often get excited when their team wins once in a while. Clarke and Co, will surely post 300+ on a seaming wicket and Johnson & CO will run through fragile MINNOW batting lineup.

Posted by Tysonlanka on (January 19, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Mahela, coach and the management, please justify the place of Upul Tharanga in the ODI sides. don't you get it that his has lost his tuch???/ who els need to show this to you guys.... come on.. get the new keeper to open, he has better technique and better attacking shots then most of the other top oder players. please please Mahel. save your name by making intelligent decisions mate..

Posted by kc69 on (January 19, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

I think all the Lankan fans are up for a reality check from now on in this series.Aussie's faced enough humiliation in front of their fans media and former cricketers.Its time for some serious cricket for Clarke and boys.

Posted by Rukhshan786 on (January 19, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

Sri Lanka should exploit the inexperience of the Australian batting line up. But doing that they should ensure that their batting line up would stick together as a unit. The last match was won by SL mainly because of their fast bowlers. The batsmen looked in bad form except for Kusal Janith. It's better if SL can play both Ajantha Mendis & Akhila Dhananjaya, may be dropping S.Eranga & U.Tharanga. Anyway Aussies will fight back. Looking forward to a great match at SCG. May the best team win.

Posted by Furyss on (January 19, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

jaya and dilshan should open they usually play half of the innings at a given day

Posted by sameeratharanga on (January 19, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Mahela, This is your last series as captain. so good luck to win series as 4-1. that is All Sri lankan dream. Mahela Say good bye to captaincy as a real LION.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 19, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

1 Kushal Perera 2. Dilshan 3. Thirimanne 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6. Matthews (only because they will never drop him)7. UPUL THARANGA (until Sanga comes back for Champions Trophy) 8. Thisara Perera 9. Kulasekera 10. Akila 11 Malinga. This combination will turn the Aussies into Kangaroo curry.

Posted by ozziespirit on (January 19, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

How can we expect to compete with England if our best team can only manage 74 against one of the weakest attacks in the world? The answer is we can't. England are going to be too strong for us, just like they have been for years now. Drop Wade, bring in Paine. Drop most of the top six too, and that will be just a start. I miss the days of Warne and Mcgrath too but you've got to admit England have been streets ahead of us for years. Now us Aussie fans are going to have to sit through back-to-back Ashes series, getting Innings trashing after thrashing handed to us. That's going to be fun.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 19, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Keep Tharanga in the lower order. Get through this final hurdle. Don't dissapoint us again. Good luck Sri Lanka.

Posted by landl47 on (January 19, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

@trav696: I've seen quite a bit of Kula and I've never seen him bowl an outswinger. I'll take your word for it that he can, but until I see him do it then my advice that the Aussie batsmen should treat him purely as an inswing bowler stands. Yes, he bowls a very good inswinger, but as I pointed out, it's possible to nullify inswing by getting forward and outside the offstump.

We'll see whether the Aussies have learned anything from the last game. My guess is they will handle him a whole lot better in this match.

Posted by mark2011 on (January 19, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Mahela, please use this Kushal Perera to open the inning with dilshan and drop the Tharanga if Chandimal is fit to play.if the wickt is spin friendly certainly Dhanajay should play and drop Eranga...please try your best to get the series win without leaving again this to last match...if we have learnt something from past defeats of big finals, we shuld correct ourselves and play to win this match.this is like a final match ...all the best and may god bless u all to take this historic win.!!!!

Posted by Sagay-Ed on (January 19, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Srilanka has a very good chance to win this series. Only a strong batting display from Australia can keep the series alive till the last match.

Posted by priceless1 on (January 19, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

its that final hurdle again for the SL... , which they always fail miserably ,let see weather they have learn any thing from all those previously failed attempts ......

Posted by endianuwagona on (January 19, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

For Gods Sake Mahela Jayawardene, please drop your playmate Upul Tharanga and that ridiculous flop Jeevan Mendis and play Herath and Chandimal. Herath is a better bat than Tharanga as he will get 5 or 6. Tharanga will not be sure of that also. If you want to play Jeevan Mendis, tell him to wipe that lousy smirk off his face when he gets out, drops a catch or does a misfield. It maybe funny for him as a non talented player in a national side due to politics (presidents son's school) must be hilarious for him. It is however not funny to us SL fans and is becoming an eyesore. Our future captain (God Save SL) Matthews will have to wear 3 helmets and 6 gloves tomorrow as he showed the entire world that he cannot face short pitched bowling. As for you Mahela, it will be interesting to see to whom you will edge the ball tomorrow. The keeper or the slips. You should be commended for getting out so predictably. Makes life easier for the opposing captain.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

At all Aussie fans, just ignore the comments by some trolls here. As a devout Lankan fan, I am extremely aware that Aussies can still win the series 3-2 from here. They can be deadly when in danger. But of course my dream is to see us win 4-1 and that is tough.

I think Starc and Johnson are well suited for ODIs. Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Pattinson are perfect for tests but not ODIs as they go for runs.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Guys now time to put aside the Saturday matter and focus on tomorrow. With Sydney being spin friendly hope they do not field the same combination and instead bring in Akila, Chandimal and Karunaratne for Eranga, Tharanga and Jeevan. Jeevan has not gor the right temperament for ODI cricket.

Posted by Maduka43 on (January 19, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Looking for an exiting game from both team.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

For god sake please drop Upul Tharanga even if Chandimal is still unfit! If Chandimal is fit, please get Kushal Perera (KP) to open with Dilshan. Also, we have to be at our best by all means tomorrow because Aussies are extremely desperate to restore pride. So they will come all out at us. But SCG will suit us better as it is less faster than the Gabba. It is cloudy tomorrow so we may be better off bowling first. We have to win tomorrow or if not, we are likely to give away the series on Wednesday next week.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 19, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Another great win by Bribane tonight in the T20. That on top of the fact that we are shield leaders this year as well. Pick player from a winning team of Qld, of course Khawaja and Burns should be in the side. Consistently getting runs, Khawaja has been our best shield and Ryobi batsman this year. Now is the time to blood these guys and dump the likes of Maxwell and others who havent performed despite multiple chances. Bring in Finch as well. Can i add that the series is not on the line at the SCG tomorrow, Australian cricket is.We sit here on a Saturday afternoon in the middle of January and cricket has absolutely no exposure.There is not a game being played anywhere - not a Test, not an International 50 over game, not a Shield game and not a domestic 50 over game, CA needs to look at this very carefully as its not acceptable for our national sport . And Shaggy076 you don't have to see the world in the same vein as me champ but lets not get personal. @Chris i am not a fan of streakers

Posted by ashguru123 on (January 19, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

if chandimal ready to play...we have to drop tharanga!

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

If Chandimal is declared fit I would rather drop Jeewan & keep Tharanga to bat lower down;Jeewan's batting looked horrible (did not score in the BBL)and was used only for two overs in Adelaide & none in Gabba.Bring in Ajantha/Dhananjaya for Eranga. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

@777aditya, thanks for your wishes and lets hope that all sub continent teams will excel. My main worry is our bowling in test cricket.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 19, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

It will be interesting to see if Australia can wrestle the momentum back from SL. This will be the deciding match in the series, I predict. The problem is that the rotation system and all its changing and shifting has left every single AUS batsman without any match form. But the truth is that it is a strong batting lineup. Now, bringing Jackson Bird in? Gotta laugh at that. Too late. The horse has bolted. The seaming, swinging conditions of the Gabba are gone. Sydney will be dry as a bone and flat as the Nullabor. Should favour Australia.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 19, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

If all goes to plan my wish will come true. A 4-1 win in the ODI series and a 2-0 whitewash in the 20-20. These are the formats that matter most (due to the WCs) and Australians are pathetic at it for the last 6 years. The Mighty Lankans will leave for Colombo with joy while the Aussies are left awestruck allowing for the boys of the Caribbean to win 3-2. I predicted a 4-1 and we are on our way. Go Lanka Go.

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

Need to be careful of what i say because apparently I am not Dean, Shaggy076 can you please let me know who i am because i haven't been told the truth, did you have a few to drink tonight bud. But in all honesty You are missing the point! it wasn't the team picked yesterday that was the problem. The problem was Sri Lanka bowled inswingers...and we can't bowl them and more importantly we can't bat against inswingers.....and guess what the poms bowl? There is one guy who handles them well and that is Khawaja hence the push to get him in. Give him a few games and you will see what a fantattic prospect he is for not only tests but also for the shorter format.

Posted by NP_NY on (January 19, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Srilanka got really lucky in the last ODI getting Aus all out for 78. But still SL struggled to get there. Learn a lesson from India. When you get the opposition out for a low score, play sensibly so you don't puff and pant your way to the end. But then if SL were nearly as good as India, they wouldn't have lost every series to India in the last decade, both in SL and in India.

Posted by hycIass on (January 19, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

Shaggy Chris, Dean and Edwards are all big fans of Khawaja but they are not the same people mate, stick to the argument and best not to accuse people of something if you don't agree with their views. I think generally alot of fans want to see Khawaja given a fair go which to this point he hasn't got both in tests or ODIs. Surely he should have played in Adelaide, i think that's all most of these guys are asking for.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 19, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

@Shaggy076 my wife has confirmed to me that I am Chris and that we are not aware of any replica of myself walking around. Learn to accept different viewpoints. Getting back on topic It is sad that khawaja has been treated so unfairly. He is a freakishly skilled batsmen and handles swing, spin, pressure and difficult conditions perfectly. What more could you want? Also the rotation policy is a joke. I can understand blooding a player or two throughout a series such as this, but the current selection process is a joke. If the selectors are not going to treat this type of series seriously the fans will join them and turn off in droves. Give a player at least 3 games and don't drop him after 1 match. Also think the next match deserves at least ONE streaker, what do you guys think.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 19, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

HyCIass - I accept they are different people. However there is a Chris_Mcintosh, Dean_Fleming and A Edwards that say each other is 100% correct ( I think that's there names - and they post almost identically). I dont know about you but Australia should never pick a bloke that has only bowled 10 first class overs and expect them to get through 10 overs in a one-day game. You can realistically only pick 5 batsman in one-dayers a keeper and 5 that can bowl and which one of the five batsman should be dropped for Khawaja. If they are dropped shouldnt Finch be the nedxt in line through his domestic domination.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 19, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

Shaggy076 I can confirm i am brendon mate, one thing not to agree with me but another to accuse me of being someone else. I have said it once and will say it again. I don't understand why Khawaja (one of the most technically gifted batsman in the counttry) continues to be left out of this squad at the expense of the likes of Maxwell and Bailey. Seriously selectors need to take a closer look. And can i add that no wonder Cricket Australia is having problems filling cricket venues when they charge exorbitant prices for tickets and then when you get there, security and police are carrying on like they're the Gestapo!

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 19, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

It is exhilarating to hear that only SA,Pak & Sri Lanka have won a bilateral series in Australia.All those three teams boast of good bowlers not mere bloated batsmen.I think Sri Lanka have forced much worse humiliation on Aus by establishing a record 3rd lowest defeat ,just escaping by a whisker the 70 mark,than the test defeats Sri lanka suffered as it was like Sri Lanka B/C team that fought in the tests.The stir this record defeat has made in the Aus camp is all there to see, everyone is running around for answers.Sri Lanka is famous to do things in style & I'm sure will leave the Auss shore leaving them to lick their gaping wounds.

Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 19, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

What an entralling contest the New Year Minnow Big Bash is turning out to be. It's great to see the lower-level teams fight so hard for those lower ranked places. Sri Lanka will take this series and with some ease.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 19, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Can all Sri Lankan fans stop asking for the return of Karunaratne for this series. He has already gone back and not even in the squad. Be realistic. Hopefully he comes back for the Champions Trophy.

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

And Shaggy076 Khawaja bowls useful off spinners, he got Sangkara out in the chairman's X1 and can bowl part time spinners in ODIs if required. But he should be good enough to be picked on batting alone as he is a fantastic top order talent.

Posted by hycIass on (January 19, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

@Shaggy76 that's one way to not accept other people's views, just say its the one person. I don't know about you but Brendon and Rohit seem very different to me, completly different ways of talking. Seriously mate, its one thing not to agree with people's views but its another to just accuse all of them as one person, I expect better from you because your comments are usually very informed.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

If SL bats first tomo it will be a great opportunity for them to go 3-1 up... It's not luck that makes SL win in OZ, it's consistency with the bowling and a good mental attitude to bounce back after the test matches that is winning games for SL... Indians only rely on luck and dead pitches to do it...

Posted by KP_84 on (January 19, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

"a one-day series win would at least allow [Sri Lanka] to fly home with some pride restored" It would do more than that. In a country where cricketing success is measured by performance in ODIs, the tour would be hailed as a massive success if SL wins the one-day series.

SL's ODI record at the SCG over the past decade is better than their record at several venues in their own country.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 19, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Rohit_Pande; In your proposed side with six batsman and a keeper who is going to bowl the last 10 overs?

Posted by Nathan_123 on (January 19, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Didn't we all enjoyed the master class of swing bowling! it's such a pity that SL management didn't recognised him as a skill full bowler in the test matches. In my opinion Hearth and Kulasekara are the two most confident and skillful bowlers in the SL ranking. No doubt Mendis got skills but he lacks confidence. For me he is not hitting the crease with definite commitment and aggression. I believe Tharanga will be replaced by Chandimal if he is fit and Mendis is replaced by Hearth. SL has found a great all rounder in Kushal. The Australian ex cricketers were full of praise for him. He could be a good candidate to open the innings with Dilshan. I still believe SL is only playing their half strength side, because of the injuries especially to Sangakara. The only way to beat Aus is to be confident and aggressive. One thing for sure that's Aus won't go down without a fight. Can SL stand up for Aus intimidation? let's wait and see!!!!!

Posted by x-sl-boy on (January 19, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Poor batting display by Jeevan Mendis shouldn't have been in the tour at all. Karunaratna in for Tharanga, Chandimal in for J Mendis, if not Eranda, Senanayake or Akila.

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 19, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

personally I am really looking forward to the match tomorrow..I dont think we should rush akila into the team ashe is still learning his trade. Probably right that Ajantha comes in for eranga to suit the historical sydney tracks..I hope my Sri Lankan brothers keep a cool had on this forum as we want to remain as "fans" rather than "fanatics"..We all want our team to do well but lets mantain our reputation as sensible fans as opposed to some others...good luck Sri Lanka for tomorrow...

Posted by PhaniBhaskar24 on (January 19, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Srilanka beating Aus at their own yard...OMG...luck is really favoring Srilanka. After being thrased comfortably in tests, Srilanka ahead in ODI is really lucky..i think the rotation policy of Aus has costed the position for them..though srilanka doesn't deserve a win...anyways..with still two games away..Aus 3-2

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 19, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

come on u aussies , i want them to win big and series 3-2 with 300 plus in both innings , all indian fans are with u , oi oi oi

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 19, 2013, 10:28 GMT)

When will you Khawaja fans (fan - Im not sure if you are all the same person as you right exactly in the same manner and always say each other is absolutely correct (although that correctness is an abject opinion ( so you should say I agree with you - rather than you are absolutely correct))) learn that in one-day cricket a fifth bowler has to bowl 10 overs, although I dont agree that Maxwell should be picked for that position I sure as hell would never pick Khawaja and expect D hUssey to bowl 10. Also he was only given a chance because Warner and Clarke were rested and they gave one shot to him and SMith. Neither of them took there chances but everyone else did. Sydney will be a flat track and we need to knock up 300 to keep us in this series and that will not happen bhy picking Khawaja

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 19, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

@brendon and Chris I agree we need to stop picking players that bat a bit and bowl a bit pick the best 11 J Bird and P Siddle are 2 of that 11 U khawaja is in our to 6 best bats he needs to be in and stay in it may take time for all to feel secure and perform, how many baggy greens an odi caps have been given out in the past yr or so , way to many to ordinary players getting their hats.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 19, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

Come on Lankan lions lets create the history by thrashing Kangaroo.Upul should be dropped if Chandi is fit n Perera should play as keeper batsman.Akila is more preferable than ajanatha...

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 19, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Get rid of Maxwell and other batsman such as Bailey and D hussey need to be told that they can't take their positions for granted, make Warner the VC and get Khawaja in there. At least that would be a Start. Replacing a batter that cannot bat at all with a batter that has shown results, even though it was in the BBL. At least Jackson Bird can get some consistent pressure down one end. Having both Johnson and Starc is a bad idea, they leak too many runs. Bird will get 2 or 3 maidens but Johnson will leak 6/7 an over. As much as I want Australia to win I think Sri Lanka to win by 50.

Posted by skdev on (January 19, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

kula wasn't fit 2 play the second and third test..... and wasn't well backed up in the first.... which is probably another reason why v lost 3-0

Posted by Eppingjagoris on (January 19, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

I recon that SL selectors should leave those freshers such as Lahiru,Kusal with out disturbing theircurrent touch which will definiately help SL to build up a firm team toward 2015 WC with young talanted players.Rested seniors players and senior players who are out of touch regadlessly the position they hold in the team should keep away.This doesnt mean that v have no value on the job they did.But reality is if there is better performer either from senior squad of up coming players definiately we have to give them appropriate attention.Succeess behind SA team is that.WSe do not have to follow what SA do but think wisely towards betterment of SL cricket.Good Luck to tomorrows game in SCG.Mahela repeat Adelade and Brisbane performance with ur solid squad.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 19, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

@DylanBrah Khawaja got 1 debut game, got run out and then wasn't played in Adelaide where the conditions suited his game and where we were stacked up on allrounders, how is that giving him a chance.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 19, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

@Fleming_Dean and Big Dog I think the selectors have Khawaja earmarked as a test player for the Indian series which is great but we are missing a trick by not having him in the ODI team, especially given that the pitches so far have had bounce and swing to help our fast bowlers, shame they have used it better then us.

Posted by trav696 on (January 19, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

@landl47, I am not sure how much you know about Kulasekara's bowling but he can definitely swing the ball both ways. He can straighten the ball and make it go on its original line to right handers, and to left handers he can swing it back in. England may have plenty of inswing bowlers, but none of them can swing it a metre like Kulasekara can, and that is basically every ball. Kulasekera is not a bowler to be taken likely because no bowler can bowl better lethal inswing than him. SL look like they have their bowling under control but they need to bring in Dananjaya instead of A Mendis because he isn't accurate. Batting on the other hand looks quite shaky. Bring Karunaratne in for Tharanga. Also omit J Mendis because he can't handle good fast bowling at the body and bring Chandimal in because SL need him. Hope Chandimal is fit for Sunday and for Wednesday and SL need to just bat with a bit of common sense. If SL play within themselves when batting they can win the series 4-1.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 19, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Usman Khawaja should have been given more chances and James Faulkner should be the allrounder. If only Mitchell Marsh was not injured he would be a great fit also.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

This time there is no "Australian A" theory from Brydon Coverdale.:P

Posted by spas on (January 19, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

I hope selectors recognise the value Kushal brings into the team. Then confidence he showed in the two matches was outstanding. moreover he seems to be less bothered about the conditions just like Jayasuriya did. He may be a good opening partner for Dilshan at the moment. If Chandimal is fit by the next match, Tharanga may sit out, not Kushal. Mahela may bat down the order. SL may not do the same mistake they did in the last worldcup, having all the most experience batsmen in the first four slots (in this case Dilshan and Mahela - and Sanga in the worldcup). someone should be there to hold the batting together unlike the last 74/6.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 19, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

@big dog agree with you 100%, our issue in the last 2 game was not our bowling but our batting, Khawaja should be bought in to strengthen the top order and I would also give Finch another chance. Maxwell will continue to fail in the series and not sure about Henriques but he got a beauty of a ball so should get another hit, but if they apply the same rules on him as they did on Khawaja then it will be his only shot.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 19, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

So can anyone tell me how many times the arrogant Indian teams have won a bilateral series in Australia? Ha, this proves that the Sri Lankan team is the greatest team in ODI (the format that matters most due to the trophys available). 4-1 here we come.

Posted by 777aditya on (January 19, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Although, the magnitude of defeat suffered by Australia in the last match was shocking, Sri Lanka's performance in ODIs has not that surprising. SL ODI team has been to WC finals more often than not in recent times - sharp fielding side, more than decent bowling side, and pretty okay batting side. SL, like India, is going through rebuilding and hence test performances later this year need to be scrutinized more seriously than bother commenting on as of now. ODI and T20s are anyways more on the feet thinking than raw talent, so results can go either way on any given day.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 19, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

@SSJG why not india, it's close and we have yet to win a test match there. it's a shame now we have forgotten to play tests against india. India in india is a formidable opponent but there should not be flat tracks where each team score 500+ in their innings in india, which has always been the case.

Posted by D.Fonseka on (January 19, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

#Sinhaya# you raise a good point, Dilshan has been the only consistent batsman throughout this tour. With a solid total of 316 with two 100's including the one against AUS XI and two 50's in the first two ODI's. He has been rock solid at the crease slashing every short ball across the cover and if he manages to get 100-200 the game is in our hands.

I predict that Mahela although will not get over 40 at least. His last tour as captain is weighing on his batting too hard. Sunday's match will be a must win for us as we are bound to lose the fifth ODI

Best of Luck GUYS!!

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 19, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Why bring in Bird? Fast bowlers are not the problem. The selectors need to start making some logical selections. Dump Maxwell & Henriques & bring in Faulkner (way ahead of Henriques in one day stats) & surely Khawaja deserves a proper chance.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (January 19, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

What I really like about Australian media is that now they are attacking their own team, own captain rather than other teams, which they used to do. If you rise, they bring you to the top by defeating all, and if you fall twice, you will be pressed harder, and put under the mud. Spike and slab :P

Posted by SSJG on (January 19, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Dananjaya should play this Sunday and SL should bat first if they win the toss. It will be good to the team moral if they win the series bcos of the test series outcome. Hope SL will give more thought to test in future! SL should look for an annual test encounter similar to Ashes preferably with NZ, WI or SA to improve.

Posted by NZLankan on (January 19, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

Love to think that SL will wrap this up in Sydney, but we shouldn't forget the dismal batting in response to the Aussie's 74 at the Gabba. Very little margin between positive batting and its reckless equivalent - something Mahela should keep in mind. I say open with Kushal or Chandimal - as a better foil to Dilshan who lets face it has only one gear: full speed. Maybe Tharanga can then bat properly further down - as he did for a while in Brisbane - and leave the slash outside off at home. Mahela and thirimanne as the finishers.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 19, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

History is being made here aussies. Performances by great aussie teams in the past are going to be undone. You surely can't say test is the real test..Odi's doesn't matter now :D anyway we want a good match strong batting performances by both teams which was dismal at Gabba.

Posted by bunsal on (January 19, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

I cannot uderstand why Mahella did not cotinue to bowl out Malinga's overs. He should have been bowling when Aus were reeeling at 40odd for 9. In the same way I could not fathom Clarke not using Johnson after the tea break when he was having the SL batsmen at his mercy.

Posted by ravi_hari on (January 19, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

If Aussies go in for the match with just one change or no change it will be a record of sorts. Constant changes have affected the team and it is time they retained the same XI and look for the right balance. Henriques is a good allrounder and should be given another game. I feel Clarke should drop one place down and allow David Hussey to come in at 3. Sri Lanka will definitely start favourites with both their batsmen and bowlers striking form in the past 2 games. However, the side batting first will have an advantage if they can score over 280. Clarke will be hoping to win the toss to have the first chance of batting. Kula is an under-rated bowler but has been very inconsistant, hence Aussies can relax a bit in SCG. If the openers and Clarke come good Aussies have a game on hand and Lankans will find it difficult to score on the big ground. Their fitness and running between the wkts will be tested. Looks quite an exciting encounter. May the best team win.

Posted by stormy16 on (January 19, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

I canot recall the last time the SL pace bowling attack was considered a major threat in Aus of all places. While Kula was brilliant one woudl imagine Aus are able to handle him but the preview doesnt say much about the wicket. If it brings the SL spinners in to the game Aus will have a major problem. Aus also need to consider Baily - this guy really hasnt done alot and its crunch time now. SL should swap Tharanga for Chandimal and open with Mahela. Ensuring the Aus new balls doesnt cause too much damage will be vital to ensuring runs on the board. I think both teams find themselves in an unexpected position ahead of the 4 game and that would amount to huge pressure already. My call is for a SL win.

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

It's not too many teams that can beat Aussies in aussie soil. Kulasekara is the hero in most of the matches played recently, eventhough it's not mentioned much.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 19, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

tomorrow history will be made, i predict dilshan will get a 200, especially after the flawless knock of 22 yesterday i am sure if he gets 50 overs to bat tomorrow then surely our lion will make us proud with a double hundred against this bowling attack!!

Posted by tsarnick on (January 19, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

Call me crazy, but I would've thought the solution to the current Australian cricket crisis would be to start picking the best team. I'm sorry, but George Bailey and David Hussey will never be in the best team. Michael Hussey is still available and Adam Voges has clearly earned another chance. John Inverarity - a middling cricketer himself - obviously has a bias towards picking other middling cricketers as a way of saying that he should've been given more opportunities back in his day. Please John, watch Moneyball, and learn something about identifying the best performers available.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (January 19, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Lets go LIONS..... Its time to re-write the history.

Posted by landl47 on (January 19, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

Hopefully for Australia the light will go on and they will realize that Kula doesn't bowl an outswinger. Get out of the crease and play him before the ball swings into line with the stumps. LBW is taken out of the equation (unless like George Bailey you forget to play a stroke) and he can be picked off on the leg side. For left-handers, don't fish at the ball going away. This really isn't hard; England has had dozens of inswing bowlers over the years and once the batsmen worked out the way to play them they became ineffective.

The only counter is for the W/K to stand up, as Dhoni did to Kumar against KP. Good luck trying that in Aus, where the ball gets up.

Aus will come back strongly and SL's batting looked almost as bad as Aus's. I see this as a 2-2 series going into the last game.

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (January 19, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

This statistic clearly shows that india's CB series win in 2008 was just a fluke and neither australia or srilanka bothered about that series that time, bilateral series are regarded highly, hope we wrap up the game in two hours and take rest!!

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 19, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

hope this XI is played. 1.K Janith(keep) 2.T Dilshan 3.L Thrimanne 4.D Chandimal 5.M Jayawardene 6.A Mathews 7.J Mendis 8.T Perera 9.N Kulasekera 10.L Malinga 11.A Dhananjaya (he have seven variations and he flights every single ball) Ur OZ might need Starc and Doherty to open the innings to ensure a strong partnership at the top

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