Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Melbourne

Ugly finish just 'heat of the moment'

Brydon Coverdale at the MCG

January 28, 2013

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Sri Lanka celebrated passionately after clinching a last-ball win against Australia, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Melbourne, January 28, 2013
The Sri Lankans were jubilant after their final-ball win and made their feelings known to Glenn Maxwell © Getty Images

The Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews and his Australia counterpart George Bailey have played down the ugly scenes at the end of the second Twenty20 as "heat-of-the-moment stuff" and declared there was no lingering ill-feeling after the match. Sri Lanka's near two-month tour of Australia ended with a last-ball victory in the Melbourne match but the battle did not appear to end there as players heatedly exchanged words on the field after the game.

The problems appeared to begin when a large group of Sri Lanka players gathered for a conference before the final ball of the match, when Glenn Maxwell needed four off Thisara Perera to steal an Australian victory. The debate amongst the Sri Lankans dragged on and Maxwell, left standing at the crease and waiting, told the Sri Lankans to get on with it, to which Mahela Jayawardene responded in kind.

After Maxwell failed to make contact with the last ball, Perera taunted the batsman and Maxwell was clearly making his opinion known while shaking hands with the Sri Lankans. The ill-feeling continued when Matthew Wade engaged in some verbals with Jayawardene and Perera while the handshakes took place, and Bailey had to encourage his men to put it all behind them.

"It was just the heat of the moment," Mathews said after the match. "Things happen. You exchange a few words. They play it hard. We play it hard. So that's it. After the game you're friends."

Bailey said he was unsure of the source of the trouble because he was not on the field at the time, but he agreed with Mathews that it was part and parcel of such a tight finish.

"Passion mate. People care about the game and care about the way they play," Bailey said. "I know we get along very well with this side. Even just the chats there coming off, I think it's all just heat-of-the-moment stuff. But I think what you're seeing is individuals and teams that are pretty keen to win."

After the match, Maxwell tweeted: "Absolutely shattered... I went into the Sri Lankan rooms after and they apologised for going over the top. All good." In a second tweet, he said: "Just to clarify... I apologized to Mahela and SL players as well. I have a good friendship with Mahela, and it's gonna stay that way!"

The Sri Lankans were relieved to come away with a victory after a 45-minute rain delay resulted in an adjusted Duckworth-Lewis target that appeared to favour Australia. At the start of the break, Australia needed another 102 from the remaining 10 overs with eight wickets in hand, but the revised target left them requiring 62 from five overs, which with so many wickets in hand allowed them to swing hard and take risks.

The rain had lasted only a few minutes but the delay dragged on and on as the groundstaff struggled to mop up the water from the outfield, a similar situation to the one the teams faced during the abandoned ODI in Sydney last week. The TV commentators were agitated for a quick resumption and the umpires took a cautious approach, and Mathews said despite the wet outfield he was glad play was able to restart for the sake of the 39,427 spectators.

"The outfield was extremely wet," Mathews said. "The bowlers were finding it really hard to grip the ball because it was slipping. But we wanted to get out there on the field because we couldn't disappoint the crowd which turned up in large numbers. Especially playing in Melbourne, it's like playing at home because it's the second-largest Sri Lankan community after Sri Lanka. It was very demanding conditions but we wanted to get out there and get a game for the crowd."

Bailey conceded that the revised target probably favoured his team, but he said it was not an unreasonable compromise given the state of the game when the rain came.

"I've got no idea how Duckworth-Lewis works," Bailey said. "I think generally it does suit the team batting second, just because you know exactly what you have to do. When they're shortening the target and the overs you've still got your wickets in hand. There is a slight advantage there. But I think 62 off five [overs] was a pretty fair summation of where that game was at."

Bailey nearly got the Australians home, striking 45 from 36 balls, but when he fell in the final over it left 16 needed from the last four balls. A waist-high full toss from Perera was a bonus for Australia, and Mathews said during the conference before the last ball there were numerous voices trying to tell Perera what to do, but in the end the captain trusted the bowler to come up with his own plan.

"It was a bit nervous. All the guys got a bit excited and I just wanted to keep it calm," Mathews said. "I told Thisara to go for what his instincts said, because he's the bowler. I thought he bowled a brilliant over considering the fact that it was demanding conditions as well. You couldn't really hold on to the ball because it wasn't gripping. It was wet, the outfield was wet. It was not easy but I thought he bowled a brilliant over."

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Posted by ami77 on (January 30, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

I can understand Maxwells behavior being in the middle. However how can you justify Warner and Wade's actions while shaking hands. Can't they learn from other teams. SL team is the one that I have seen using the least words in the field with opponents. Even their fastest and best bowlers keep their smile in their face all the time and never seen sledging as Ausies do. Still Ausie players don't seem to learn the gentleman's game of cricket. That's why most fans love to see Ausies get beaten. Otherwise Australian players have got a lot of talent and world would love to see them playing except the their sledging which has become part of their game.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Why is so much of the ugly behaviour in cricket put down to 'passion'? The word 'passion' is used like a mantra to seek to excuse all sorts of disgraceful behaviour. It's not passion; it's just cricketers being yobs.

Posted by JamesSmithee on (January 29, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

Maxwell, Mahela, Perera, Mathews were in the ground. It is acceptable their behaviors. But reactions from Wade and Warner were not appropriate.

Posted by Ajithd on (January 29, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

I cannot understand why Thisara bowled outside the off stump without having a deep point fielder. If he connected the last ball SL would have gone.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 29, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

The aussies crossed the line, not the first though, since when did a batsman called the bowling side to get on with it? If there is the issue of slow over rate then what are the umpires and match referee for? Absolutely distasteful to say the least but glad the lankans stuck it back into the aussies a bit. well played Lankans!

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (January 29, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

International men's cricket with bowlers putting 150km/h bouncers around your ears has never been for namby-pambies. Unsurprising that things can become overheated at times, but as long as apologies are made when things cool down (as SL and Aus players have) it is all in the best traditions of the men's game. What makes me a little nauseous is the faux outrage and faux shock from those who seem to be living in fairytale land.

Posted by vimukthirananjayaya on (January 29, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

we are talking of cricket at highest level. players who reach it loves and lives in the is passion.But what is this .in australia they expect to sledge every one and to be the that moment sri lanka were well within their time limit to ball there 15 overs.and they could have used about another 15 minutes of discussion if wanted. but it was only about 2 minutes of discussion which got maxwell exited and had a kind word at sri lankans.mahela was well within his right to reply the way he did.And i think perera reply after the final ball was the best reward they got for there efforts from about one and half decades.all that could be explained as heat of the moment.but what do you call the speeches of warner and wade when shaking hands. i think it is the disgusting nature of SOME australians who even make their world class team look like a set of bandits playing cricket.

Posted by sonu77 on (January 29, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

@VivGilchrist, how can we chase 220+ when your team got all out for 74. lol

Posted by wallyofsydney on (January 29, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Despite being Australian and loving cricket, I am not a fan of our team. For many years, we have seen players taunt and abuse opponents when winning comfortably (Glen McGrath and Shane Warne, for example). It's never sat well with me. Now the opponents are less willing to accept it and it amused me to see the likes of Ponting get upset when people got in his face. I think for too long we were the schoolyard bullies and now the other kids are fighting back.

Posted by ham1990 on (January 29, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha, you can't seriously compare Warnie's antics with Mahela throwing an expletive version of 'go mind your own business' at Maxwell. That was that, end of story. Perera didn't act in the best way, so I agree with you there. However after Maxwell was on his haunches reflecting missing that last one, he goes to shake hands with opposition players and Mahela did nothing but that and Maxwell starts arguing about goodness knows what. I'm not sure if I was watching the same game, because to back that up Wade and Warner come out and stick their beaks into it. It's completely unwarranted. These guys are relatively new on the scene and I agree with @Dannymania in saying that they should give more respect to Mahela. He didn't offer any personal gibes to anyone before that. If someone gets in Mahela's face he will have no problems in giving it back to them.

At the end of the day tempers flared and players are friends off the field.

Posted by Shafi79 on (January 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha - mate whats wrong? you Aussies can dish it out but cant handle it when it comes back at you? the days of Asian teams being meek and taking your crap is long gone. If your gonna have a go at SL/IND /PAK of today expect to cop some heat. If Maxwell had a problem with the delay he should have complained to the umpires instead of trying to be the "MAN" and it wasnt exactly like he was saying "please guys can we play ..." watch the video again - he got exactly what he deserved from the Mahela and Thissara. Deal with it mate!!!

Posted by Markus971 on (January 29, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

G.Maxwell....move on from the crappy behaviour we all had to put up with , when the so-called superstars of Australia were dishing it out!! I don't want to have to turn off the Cricket again because of another shameful generation of Over- Competitive Mouthism! Learn to play Competitive cricket Australia without shaming yourselves & Ur opponents!

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 29, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

The aussie bashing continues, but we expect it after 30 odd years of utter dominance.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (January 29, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Typical whinging aussies. Always the victims, you need to man up.

Posted by Cpatain on (January 29, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Big boy Aussies can't handle it when given a bit of their own medicine? One rule when they are sledging on the field and another when they are at the receiving end. It is rubbish to say that the game was delayed from the last ball field setting. The delay was because ground staff was so slow to get the outfield mopped up after the rain delay. There were concerns for "players safety" when Australia appeared to be disadvantaged by the Duckworth-Lewis rule in Sydney but it was perfectly safe to play when they were advantaged by the Duckworth-Lewis rule at MCG. May be the difference is in the rain water in Melbourne and Sydney.

Posted by Dannymania on (January 29, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

I don't know why this stuff is being made up into such a big deal?! I honestly think that it was refreshing to see. It shows that both the teams were really really into the game and were competing their you know whats off to take the game away from the opponents. In the end, the Srilankans prospered and they were undoubtedly the more deserving of the two teams. Don't think of this as a bad thing, this ' heat of the moment' thing was good! More teams should play with this competitive nature. Competition is good as long as its healthy and its with sportsman spirit. and I don't think anything happened which was dishonorable to anyone. All that being said, everyone should be really respectful to players like Mahela. Mahela is one of the best in the whole world and he deserves as more respect as he can get. Maxwell shouldn't have carried his 'argument' or whatever with Mahela just because Mahela is one of the legends of this game that Maxwell has just started playing.

Posted by janoodot on (January 29, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

As far as I know there is no time limit during deliveries, what matters is to complete the overs in a given time period. Y'day SL have not surpassed the overall time period. And they had all the right to take time to set the field or discuss. Otherwise, they would have been fined or given a warning by the umpires. But neither happened, cause SL was within the time frame. It all started with Maxwell's idiotic intervention. And from all who criticize Mahela's response, I would like to ask how he should have been answered? U guys mean Mahela should have said like, "Please Mr. Maxwell, Sir we obey you, OK we stop our discussion and v'll ball you right now". That's not gonna happen ever. Then during shaking hands, Maxwell draged the conversation. And Wade joined it. However it's appreciated Maxwell apologised at last and the gentleman behaviour of Bailey & Warner.

Posted by thinka on (January 29, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

After the match, Maxwell tweeted: "Absolutely shattered... I went into the Sri Lankan rooms after and they apologised for going over the top. All good." In a second tweet, he said: "Just to clarify... I apologized to Mahela and SL players as well. I have a good friendship with Mahela, and it's gonna stay that way!"

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 29, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

The whole victim thing with SL and its media has gotten out of control. Just looked at some tweets and they have hash tags like "#biasedchannel9commentators" and "#sore losers". Beyond belief. They have turned this "we were robbed" thing into a national mythology, and the whole silly sob story became so huge in the end that they just blew their tops. Thank God for Maxwell standing up to Mahela, because the umpires and officials have been totally inept. The Australian team should not play the role of a whipping boy for SL, or anyone else. They are here to play cricket, that's it, not dodge sticks and stones thrown at them by others.

Posted by lonewolf77 on (January 29, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Plus after the ball, the bowler thisara RUNS right up to the batsman while he is running and shouts at him. I would have punched someone who ran at me in such a aggressive nature shouting at me.... It would have felt like i was being physically threatened. And then as if the Sri Lankan team werent arguing as well after the fact. It amazes me how one sided and blind people can be....You cant have it both ways. If its wrong, then its wrong NO MATTER WHICH TEAM DOES IT. It doesnt make it right if you feel the opposing team had done it previously themselves. If you feel there is never anything wrong with it then fine thats your choice, but NEVER complain when it gets done back at you. But on this comments, people are so onesided. If Australia does it, they would all jump up and complain, if a subcontinent team does it...its all part of the game. Just Because Australia dominated for so long, doesnt mean everyone still has to be so onesided against them.

Posted by rohanbala on (January 29, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

Though Angelo Mathews was the captain officially, it looked as though Mahela was in charge for most of the time. It was clear what language Mahela was using during the final over of the match and the onfield umpires were mute spectators to everything happening under their nose.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 29, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

So there are no repercussions for this? Beyond belief. Maxwell's "crime" was expressing annoyance at the 3 min delay SL team meeting before the last, hardly warranting to aggressive, obscenity-ridden tirade Mahela threw at him. He completely lost control and went into a frenzy. You just can't have that on the cricket field. Shane Warne was suspended for similar behaviour recently, so why does Mahela get away with it? There really are some absurd double standards here. And not a single apology from the SL camp for all the aggro! Perera must at least get a fine for his bahaviour. You just can't run up to a batsman and start screaming at him like that after the final ball. Totally lost control as well. So why is Maxwell apologising, but not the other two? Is it too much to ask for the same standards for all teams? I just don't get it. Are we supposed to believe, as Mahela would suggest that SL are victims, that their behaviour was caused by Maxwell, so its OK?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 29, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Why is it that this Aussie team whines far more than any other previous Aussie team? So poor are they, that it's their only weapon to counter pressure on the field. More un-sportsmanlike behavior at the end of this match by Australia, and the whining has only just got started. Where is the ICC on this?

Posted by heathrf1974 on (January 29, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

I'm an Aussie and the Australians need to pull their head in and act with more discipline, especially when shaking hands at the end of the game.

Posted by TopOrder_ on (January 29, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

If cricket is a gentleman's Sports then no other team which fits this title as much as Sri Lanka. Always clean from making headlines from the wrong reasons, no hyper and disrespectful celebration after taking a wicket or winning the matches. What happened in this match was just a reaction, and a prove that they are also human who could be provoked but yet it was well within limits. A team with so much success and star cricketers and yet maintaining low profile. Proud to be fellow Asian…Love from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Totaly disapointed with the comentary its a bad thing.pls do the genuine comentary and learn from the great man TONY miss u bad :( .through out the series they did that.

Posted by VinodGupte on (January 29, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

uncivil behavior of two teams one of which is AUS? why don't you tell me something new?

Posted by SuPerDuPerMaN on (January 29, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

The umpiring this summer in Australia has been far below par. We've seen some really poor decisions and game management from the umps. They even failed to control the proceedings in the last match. There have been lots of inconsistencies going around the Cricket field in the past few months and I hope that these will be seriously considered by the handicapped ICC for the better of the game. To me you've got to raise the bar for the umpires else its dooms day for cricket...

Posted by ygkd on (January 29, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

I am an Australian but that doesn't necessarily make me proud of the Australian cricket team. What Sri Lanka did was no different to what Australia would do under the same circumstances. "Heat-of-the-moment" is an excuse best left to hot-heads. In this case, it should not have even been described as a heat of the moment, but moments. The kerfuffle was reignited again when it should have been cooling down. Are we to see more of this when Australia play the West Indies, given what happened in the Big Bash? I certainly hope not. As for keeping friends, it is far easier if one does not do things to them that reasonably require an apology. Similarly, if CA want to market the game to families, they need to crack down on this sort of thing.

Posted by appoooz on (January 29, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Tight matches usually end up with similar passion, but its should stop when umpire says "game is over". Extending the fight to shake-hands line up is bit annoying for a "good-manner" game like cricket. However, in the end skipper George Bailey handled it in a very nice way, proves he's a very good leader on and off the ground.

Posted by Cannuck on (January 29, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

@Sidath346: Spot on mate, couldn't have said it better. What bugs me is not that there was an on field heat of the moment exchange, but Maxwell continued it when Mahela came to shake hands. That's a sour loser! Plus Wade & Warner who weren't even on the field, doing the same during the shake hands. Aussies who talk of splaying hard on field, but friends off the field.. guess you didn't know that when you shake hands the game is over. Most of you can only dish out, but can't take it when it's dished out & you lose? Basically Maxwell tried to agitate the SLs by dishing out, never expected the reaction he got, which unsettled him for the last ball which was pretty much the same 2 balls he got before. In the end justice was done, he got what he deserved. Should have kept his trap shut or complain to the umps... then again the 2 umps were Aussies, who didn't intervene & missed a thick edge few balls before. Great stuff CA! You & Channel 9 are the best in blowing your own horn for cover up!

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

How many times have we seen this when Australia loose a series especially at home. They need to learn and respect other teams when they get defeated at their home grounds rather than getting involved into such ugly battles which over shadow the win of the visting teams.

Posted by DanTas on (January 29, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

What on earth are the umpires paid for? They should have intervened and got the game back underway immediately. Whenever Mahela is being interviewed I'm left thinking "What a charming, quietly spoken, intelligent young man!" One didn't need to be a qualified lip-reader last night to discern the profanities coming out of his mouth. What a shame. Destroyed an illusion. As for Maxwell, well I've been looking for a brash, no-nonsense, never take a backward step member in the Aussie side for a while now. Just hope he has talent and some longevity. With current selection "policies" who knows.

Posted by Sidath346 on (January 29, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

For all those who say SL took a long time... for god's sake, is SL the first team to have a small conference before the last ball? There are many teams that have done this in the past mainly in crunch situations. Thisara Perera was under the pump so all the seniors had to calm him and get their field bang-on before that important delivery. If Maxwell was agitated, that's his problem and immaturity. Had it not been for his agitation, A'lia would have easily won the 2nd T20 as the last ball was wide outside off stump but Maxwell was so full of himself that he missed. If A'lia are such sore losers, well continue to be sore after losing. If you want to know what's unfair; it was the decision taken because of rain in Sydney where the match was canceled for no reason and the 2nd T20 where the game was not canceled in similar conditions and the biased commentary of your so-called professional A'lian commentators.

Posted by Baundele on (January 29, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

I like the Aussie style. They have the hunger for win. When that does not happen even after the match officials come in to play, they have the reason to express their feeling.

Posted by DilumSL on (January 29, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

First of all I think Maxwell started this by shouting at SL. But Mahela and others got upset because Maxwell tried to walked in to SL's discussion. That is not a polite thing to do. Bowling team have their right to took some time to discuss before they bowl. People who thinks that bad sportmanship Then there is a serious problem with their cricket knowledge. Then Perera shouldn't have taunt at Maxwell. SL bowlers normally do not do that. But Still what Perera did was not acceptable. Then again appreciate Both Maxwell and SL team for apologizing to each other and get over with the situation. Those things happen in sports. That's the nature of sport. Players must understand this and move on other than arguing about the incident. and FANS MUST DO THE SAME. My disappointment is not with the incident is about the commentators(except Hussey and Richie). They are not worthy to address as commentators. Matching word is CHEERLEADERS (specially Waugh and Healy). missing TONY GREIG badly :(

Posted by WalkingWicket11 on (January 29, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

The players apologized to each other and moved on, while the fans continue fighting the battle on the internet. :P

Posted by Rahul_78 on (January 29, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Delaying and slowing down the game when the bowling side is under the pump is called gamesmanship. Aussie cricketers of all the people should be aware of it. Getting involved with the opposition clearly didnt help Maxwell. The field was kept exactly the same and Thissara bowled the same bowl as his previous 2 deliveries which were hit for four but this time Maxwell buckled under the pressure. As a spectator I enjoyed the contest. These things do happen in the heat of the moment. Congratulations to Lanka and hard luck to the Aussies.

Posted by Firenze317 on (January 29, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

The last ball did not drag on at all! I watched it! It was merely an extra minute and it has happened at least a thousand times in cricket already! For the batsman to tell the fielding side to hurry up?! That's incredibly rude and disrespectful.

Posted by Prats6 on (January 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

It was stupid to see the last ball getting prolonged for ages. Maxwell was correct in asking SL to get on with it. I mean it was ridiculous. Parera had clearly lost the plot and SL were simply making Maxwell wait. It was okay if it was for a while but the problem is that it took ages to get the lankans moving. I am a big fan of Mahela but felt that they clearly side stepped the spirit of the game. I think the umpires should have intervened but as usual they seem to have run out of common sense.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 29, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

Can we have a summer here without SL touring? The constant whinging and cheating accusations abound when they do. Mahela set a bad example out there last night. Had roles been reversed SL supporters would have been irate. Australia wanted to play in Sydney and it actually spared a SL loss as they never reached 220 all series. The morale high ground they take is almost sickening. Get off your high horse.

Posted by Really_get_over_it on (January 29, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Seems like both Teams have gotten over it pretty quickly.,. But not the one eyed Sri Lankan fans... why when we play these teams do the fans only ever see one side.. how can the behaviour of the Sri Lnakans after the final ball and prior to it somehow get turned into the Australians Fault. In Sydney on the last ODI Jayawardene was the first person to demand to the umpires to leave the ground.. and started walking off before the umpires called the rain, in last nights match he was continuaously complaining that it was raining and wanted to go off. Maxwell was angry about the very obvious and bad spirited tactics the sri lankans were deploying to stall and delay, not pretty cricket. he should not have shouted out once the game was finished but neither should the bowler have gotten in his face after the last ball was bowled, he was also out of line, but to the sri lankan fans thier team was all walking around with halo's over their heads as usual. I know why i never read these comments

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 29, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

Its very interesting that an ODI match with similar rain conditions was considered cancelled when Sri Lanka had the edge, and in the same rain conditions (where if the game was called off, Sri Lanka would have won), it was considered playable. Double standards here in Australia, the Lankans should have won the ODI Series. And why doesn't anybody ask the "same question" about Laughlin's last over in the very same game where 20 runs were squandered off him? That over took just about the same amount of time as the Sri Lankans did

Posted by Vishnu27 on (January 29, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

@V.GOMES: T20 with its song & dance routine, school kids & teenage fans versus Test cricket. I know which one I prefer...

Posted by Ashish_514 on (January 29, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

Yes, the aussies are rude, but I like them. They sometimes go over the top (which wasn't the case this time), but otherwise theirs is a natural aggression which makes the game interesting even if your team is at the other end.You want your team to do better than ever against them, nd m sure the players feel the same way too. True, had there been a complete role reversal, the aussies might have looked even more ugly for doing what Sri Lanka did, though they were in all their right to do so.

Posted by mysay on (January 29, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

Armchaircritic, Can't deal with a loss is it? When Aussies had to bowl on wet conditions play was abandoned, but when opposition had to bowl under wet conditions play not only resumes but the missing D&L system for the Sydney ODI showed up here. As for bogus appeals ask your Mr. Pointing if or not they did not realise the ball hit Kumar Sangakkara's helmet, when Aussies appealed for a caught behind, out given, courtesey Billy Doctrove. (Can't remember the year but sure enough this was en route to a SL test win) You guys have lost your glory days, think of some new excuses for the Ashes mate, for a royal English bashing.

Posted by V.GOMES on (January 29, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

The fact is that more people watched this T20 that the tests, so the people have chosen what is relevant to them. By the way, Bailey & the Aussies had a similar "conference" in the last over of the SL innings when Perera scored 20 runs. Not sure why that is not mentioned. Writers bias I guess.

Posted by   on (January 29, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

This kind of attitudes of Aussies are common on the field. Whether its a test, ODI or T20 or BBL, the ugly attitude comes forward when Aussies are going to lose. When this isncident was seen by the entire world, now the applogies are coming in, visiting & talking to the opposition at their rooms. If SL had lost the game, again the ugly attitude woud have come forward. They are Aussies and what to do at their grounds...

Posted by YoPatel on (January 29, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

Few conclusion - When you require 102 in 10 overs, how could DL method bring the required runs to 62 in 5 overs.

If you guys talking about delay of few minutes before the final ball was delivered, how about game being cancelled because it rained for more than 1 hours. Actually in those time remaining 10 overs would have been completed. And I have watched both Sydney ODI (which was cancelled) & This T20, this was very wet outfield, it should have been cancelled.

And Aussies are known as the men of controversies. They never play with sportsmanship when they are losing. Finally the Team with Courage won it.

Posted by avmd on (January 29, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

I'm neutral, neither from SL or Aussie, I think Maxwell was right in getting agitated and restless. I, even watching from the comfort of my home, was very annoyed the way Srilankan continued their mid-wicket conference before the last ball, for ages, that was certainly not cricket. I was surprised umpire didn't get involved more forcefully and Srilankan got away without any penalty. By the time the long wait was over and the last ball was bowled, poor Maxwell had lost the rythm, he was unstopable earlier.

Posted by Anwaruzz on (January 29, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

One thing ! I give the Ausies full mark for making the game of cricket very interesting and intense with their street-wise attitude and spoilt-brat characteristics. They fight very hard both with excellence of the game and worse of their behaviour, maybe these tactics are ingrained into them in their cric academy. The world of cricket can do without the umpiring, which is the bane of the tourist and, now, it seems the groundsmen have joined the party. I have observed the grounds men in play in atleast two of the game in this series now.

Posted by Lionbite on (January 29, 2013, 2:40 GMT)

Deal with it. Didn't they a take their sweet time in sydney! Over 30000 people were waiting to watch some cricket but the umpires took their time to make a decision to start the game to favour the Aussies . Sri Lankan team have all rights to be angry for double standards by cricket Australia prepping the grounds for wet weather. The ground staff had no rush to get the game running in sydney. So when Aussies lose just deal with it and suck it up! Don't even talk about sportsmanship. All the other nations now how dirty the Aussies play. Don't worry we will see when West Indies come how dirty it will get!

Posted by mucheemaann on (January 29, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

@trumpoz - umpires were still contemplating how to call the last ball dead in case Maxwell fails to score a boundary.

Sri lanka was very close to winning the one day series and the upires called the off a game that they could have easily won and robbed them a chance to win a series in australia. Here Sri Lankans were just trying to cover all basics before bowling the last ball - because a loss here would rob them another change of a series win.

Posted by pat_one_back on (January 29, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

If an Aust bowler had given a last ball send off like that he'd be talked up here as the 'Ugly Australian'. Poor sportsmanship from the reigning T20 champs, got a rise from a young bloke who v.nearly stole the game in 3 balls. Storm in a tea cup but cheap food for all you ignorant Aussie bashers out there who I suspect rarely ever see a ball bowled anyway.

Posted by Vishnu27 on (January 29, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

Yes, mcsdl, that's right. The test matches really demonstrated exactly that, didn't they? Keep telling yourself T20 is actually relevant. When you finally win a test in this country, then come & crow. The wait has been on for some considerable time...

Posted by tmd1 on (January 29, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

So if the rolls had been reversed most of the comments here would be bagging the Aussie's for slowing the game down and abusing the batsman.Can't do anything to please people who are so bias and prejudice.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 29, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

On 2nd thought, why is the Aussies are fine with sledging, bowling bouncers to tail enders, etc, but whine when the other teams take time for the last ball when the team is already clear in the overrate? And I thought the Australians were tough

Posted by Nomad82 on (January 29, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

Frankly, I like to see a bit of passion. Maxwell wasn't out of line giving SL the hurry-up, Jayawardena wasn't out of line firing back. Players getting passionate about 2 one-off 20-20 games has got to be a good thing, certainly puts paid to any suggestions it was a meaningless fixture. An exciting end to a fascinating game, great stuff.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (January 29, 2013, 2:03 GMT)

Originally when I heard about this, I thought it was Mahela's fault for "prolonging" the time. In my mind I was thinking 4-5 minutes of prolonging. When I saw the video, it was barely 30- 45 seconds of discussion when Maxwell yelled at them to hurry up. Based on the context of the game (4 to win off 1 ball), it was perfectly understandable to be talking/discussing. In some very close games, the last over sometimes takes 8-9 minutes to complete due to discussing of what ball to bowl next. Also, the way Maxwell told them was very arrogant. The way he motioned/told them was like "come on, it doesn't matter how long you talk, i'm still gonna hit it for 4". Maxwell's fault clearly, but surprised to see agression from Mahela/Matthews who should set an example like the Australian Captain Bailey

Posted by Mahaanama on (January 29, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Generally bowlers appeal for LBWs when batsmen hit the pad even ball goes down the leg side or gets an inside edge. Since bowler,keeper & even umpire have a fraction of time to see it we can't call it as lack of sportsmanship. But I have seen many occasions when umpires gave batsmen NOT OUT batsmen like Sangakkara, Mahela still walk off the field if the catch is clear. That's called as sportsmanship. I also don't accept Thisara's reaction to Maxwell after the last ball. Anyway people who question about Thisara's sportsmanship because of the little more time he took to bowl the last ball why don't you guys question about Marsh's sportsmanship who didn't walk off the field when he clearly knew he was OUT. After everything as captains have mentioned it's just the heat of the moment so no need to have any more big discussions or heat moments here :). Australians & Sri Lankans are good friends and we have had a long term relationship. That's why 2nd biggest SL community live in Australia.

Posted by srilankan1984 on (January 29, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

Aus havent win any t20 against srilanka in Australia..shame on you is the best,most consistant Limited Overs team over the last 10 years..

Posted by miles100 on (January 29, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

I must say it was a great team effort as all players in this unit encourage and look after each other. Full credit to this new young captain of Sri Lanka. Winning 2 in a row against a team like AU in AU is not easy. Angelo knows what he is doing. I'm sure he will continue the good work as the captain in ODI's and tests.

Posted by bobagorof on (January 29, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

I stopped watching when they went off for rain, due to what happened in Sydney. I checked back on CricInfo and they had resumed, so I turned on Channel 9 and they had some other program on. Didn't see the blow up - I can understand Maxwell getting impatient about facing the last ball but the Sri Lankans should be able to get their field right if they don't take forever. Maxwell has a history of running his mouth off in his first 6 months of international cricket. I guess Warne's antics in the Big Bash League have shown us that this sort of thing is acceptable in Twenty20, sadly. Bring back the Spirit of Cricket!

Posted by CandidIndian on (January 29, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

Heat of the moment ,well nice title to the article.Not fair to blame either team for those heated discussions.Heated arguments happen when we play just for fun cricket at home, so its not surprising to see arguments in International matches played by professional players,its expected.Congratulations to SL fans though for victory.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (January 29, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Hopefully Maxwell learns a lesson - that is complaints should be directed to the umpire in a professional manner. I'm sure the Aussies were frustrated by the delays, but throwing a tantrum is really not the way to deal with it.

As for Jayawardene, he's so good at playing the victim all the SL fans have started to believe it's true!

Posted by Meety on (January 29, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

Sl players should be happy to win, but I think the verballing of Maxwell off the last ball is weak. It does seem though that both teams have buried the issue as a storm in a tea cup, pity the fans can't behave that way on this site.

Posted by Kays789 on (January 29, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

absolute sore losers these australians are. one would expect them to have gotten used to it by now though after the last few years. apparently not. says a lot about their characters.

Posted by HOMEBREW on (January 29, 2013, 0:58 GMT)

20/20? Who cares? The real game starts againest the Poms with back to back Ashes series. Australia in 20/20? guy's were ranked 7th in the world so let the minor test playing nations have their day in the sun with this format of the game. I'm a pureist,test matches are more enthralling than the farce with rain delays and duckworth lewis.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 29, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

Sri Lanka are well in their right to take a bit longer to discuss the field setting on the final ball, especially considering the previous two balls went for four. Maxwell shouldn't be shouting at a gent like Jayawadene to "get on with it"... The dissapointing thing is that majority of our players play within the spirit but guys like Maxwell ruin it all. Spirit of cricket... LOL

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (January 29, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

I find it funny that when Aussie gets narrowly beat in T20 they are written off as a cricket nation, I thought they won the tests at a with embarrasing ease, maybe I was wrong.

Posted by Litmus on (January 29, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

@trumpoz, this sledging culture was brought to the cricketing field by Aussies. If the roles were reversed yesterday it would have been all "heat of the moment stuff" wouldn't it?

Posted by AsZa on (January 29, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

what a disgrace to cricket, cricket australia should be ashamed of its players and the behaviour of the comentators. i've seen lots of cricket and never seen this much biased commnetry in my entire life. commnetry should be proffesional opinions and situatuion of the game from cricketing greats. definitly not barracking for your own team infront of millions of audience. also people who says test cricket is the real cricket, because australia only won the test series. then why the hell in the world australia has an ODI side and a T20 side....that is SOUR GRAPES and you bunch need to learn accept defeat...

ps:kick out all the channel 9 commentry team and hope australia loose to wi and india as well as ashes

Posted by trav696 on (January 28, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

@Felix1025, Mathews should definitely be named captain in all 3 formats. These 2 wins as captain in the T20's might bring about some more belief in him. Talks of Chandimal being the test captain is idiotic, Mathews is a smart player. He has got a good head on his shoulders and the captaincy may even benefit his batting and bowling. Also, I have been saying this over the whole leg of the Test tour, bring Dilhara Fernando in!! They need to just fix the little flaws in his bowling like no balls and full tosses. He can do wonders with his pace and bounce. @Ezhuth Aani, I completely agree with you. Aus had the advantage of 8 wickets in hand and needed 62 of 5, yet Marsh knew well and good that he had edged that. That is poor sportsmanship as well, and Aus still couldn't go on to win after that... If that was a SL player, they definitely would have walked. This tour just goes to show that SL are better when the format is shorter. More TEST MATCHES have to be played for SL to get better!!

Posted by Hodra99 on (January 28, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

Poor form by some of the Sri Lankans last night...they derserved their victory but should have been more gracious in that. The way Jayawardene and T.Perera carried on was a disgrace. Even before the 'incident' Jayawardene was trying to get in the umpires ear all night. Last time I checked he was no longer captain! If any body should have been talking to the umpires and then at the end the bowler it should have been Matthews. Perera taunting Maxwell at the end was just in poor taste and would have won no fans in the dressing rooms or the public for that.

Posted by nilb on (January 28, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

@Gilly4ever Whatever tactics are used, legal or illegal, it's upto the umpires to step in. Not you or Maxwell. I agree Mahela's reaction was a bit harsh to Maxwell (I can read lips) but Maxwell crossed the line shouting to the Sri Lankan players as well. Mahela talked to the umpires is that Illegal? Does it count at worst behavior when he's wearing a Mic? Mahela did not start it, if Maxwell went to the umpires and complain we wouldn't have seen these ugly scenes. It's not like Sri Lanka's the only team that use delaying tactics like that. I think Aussies invented that.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 28, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

It was a good game and happy to see the it went down to the wire, however i must comment on the commentators they were only supporting Australia which i thought was rather un professional. James Bradshaw only talks up Maxwell even if he touches the balll. Maxwell deserved to be told to go away by the Sri Lankan bowlers. Amazing how pathetic cricket has become when an average player gets to play for their national team in a game that is essentially backyard "hit & giggle" cricket. Believing they're something special is what brings on the arrogance.I am still predicting Finch to fire in the ODIs

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 28, 2013, 23:31 GMT)

Maxell was out of line, no wonder he is apologising, he should have never taken the situation in his own hands but left it to the umpire. I don't see Mahela saying its all ok becuse he shouldn't be spoken to like that by a player who is yet to prove himself. I was very impressed with Marsh and Faulkner.

Posted by nilb on (January 28, 2013, 23:23 GMT)

@trumpoz If getting in the face of a batsmen as a bowler is un-sportsmanlike add to your list every fast bowler ever played for Australia, and some fast, spin bowlers from every other nation. You must be joking. Now coming out of the dressing room and doing a ritual congratulations handshake while getting in the face of the opposing winning side, now that's unsportsmanlike.

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (January 28, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

All a bit of fun. Agree that the umpires were asleep at the wheel but & should have told SL to get on with the game. Guess given the treatment meeted out to Darrel Hair for enforcing the rules I can understand their reluctance to confront the Sri Lankans.

Posted by sath002 on (January 28, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

Maxwell, you are back in my good books mate :).

Posted by Ravendark on (January 28, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

I kinda miss when 2020 was just hits and giggles and no one really took it seriously. Neither side looks great after this and all over what? A nothing game that means nothing. Save the intensity for test matches, fellas.

Posted by corzaNZ on (January 28, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

Yet again Australia have to complain when things dont go their way, YOU LOST deal with it... umpiring decisions and now this.... i suppose the Aussies will try and get a time limit between deliveries now... just think if this was the other way around the Australians will be singing the praises of the guys who stood around ' had a conference' chose the field and composed the bowler... come on Aussie your getting far to predictable when you lose

Posted by Hatedaarmchaircritic on (January 28, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

Typical slow play tactics from the SRI Lankans, the Aussies had every right to be upset. Poor form from Mahela, he is not captain or bowler and he doesnt even bowl so shouldnt have been involved with that conference. All the armchair critics blowing up about poor sportsmen.... the SRI Lankans have riddled the one day and T20 series with porr sportsmanship.... Need i remind everyone of the big appeal for LBW when all and sundry knew warner hit the ball, and then again with Moises, and now this rubbish.... Shame on you SRI Lanka

Posted by Antomann on (January 28, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

Big fight? Big deal. Professional sports teams from any country will do anything for a win, that's how it's always been. If you don't like it, go watch tiddlywinks.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

Totally understand Maxwell getting a bit annoyed and Perera's over the top reaction and put that down the the heat of the moment. But having Wade, Warner et al coming from the off the ground and sticking their beaks in, while supposedly shaking hands, that's what caused the uncle scenes. And that's not heat of the moment!! That's the typical Aussie mentality of "when we do it, it's playing tough, when anyone else does it it's against the spirit of the game!"

Posted by trumpoz on (January 28, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Hey guys the Australian team were not the instigators here. A stupidly long conference on the last ball of the game started everything. However you look at it that was time-wasting. It shouldn't have been up to the batsman to tell the Sri Lankans to get on with it, the umpires should have stepped in to curb this behaviour. Thisara Parera is a disgrace - to get in the face of someone like that just poor sportsmanship. Try being disappointed with the fact you lost and then have someone come up to you and give it to you as you are running past. No wonder Maxwell was furious. Again - where were the umpires? After the game Maxwell had every right to vent about the poor sportsmanship the Sri Lankans displayed. But it should have been to the umpires - not the players. Where were the umpires? Wade and Warner should not have steppd in - Jayawardene should hae walked away instead of acting like a turkey. Where were the umpires? continued.......

Posted by Mr.Arrack on (January 28, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

I do agree that Test Cricket is the real science and beauty of this game i Love. The Aussies really did take us to school during the test series. I"m sure that the notes were taken and lessons learned. I can only hope that the players observe the demeanor and approach taken by the Aussies as a whole and use that to take our test play to the next level. In the same manner I hope that the Aussies will do the same with the T20. If they could just crack that puzzle they may see the beauty of this format as well. I know winning would bring legitimacy within universe down under. Give it my friendly Kola's you will crack it and be at the top one day soon.

Posted by mcsdl on (January 28, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Aussies need to learn to face the truth.. And that is they got comprehensively beaten by Sri Lankans in their own backyard... This Aussie team is average at best. Sri Lankans are just too good for them to handle

Posted by Ganda-Phillander on (January 28, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Gilly4ever, Mahela was actually concerned about the laws that certain Aussie umpires follow when the rain rules kick in. Any right thinking cricketer has the right to question double standards by umpires.

Maxwell guy should learn to respect senior internationals and to vent his frustrations to the umpires rather than gesturing directly to the opposing side.

But then again, this is team Australia.

Posted by Mitcher on (January 28, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

So... The players seem all fine after an incident in which BOTH sides gave as good as they got. Yet, unsurprisingly, we have a typical bunch of moral outragers attempting to take a moral stance. Honestly, get a life.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (January 28, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

Just as Australia acknowledged that there was a major problem with Ponting & that he was not a suitable leader or role model for an in international cricket team, SL has to address the fact that Mahela is not suitable to lead SL - officially or not. The damage that he is doing to the team & the game is now obvious to all. The attitude of victimhood & blame has infected not only the team, but also SL media & supporters. His constant attempts to cajole & manipulate umpires & officials both on & off the field have now gone too far. His yelling, screaming & swearing in front of cameras & viewing audience are simply not in the spirit of the game. It's not the first time this has happened. Mahela seems to think that he is above the game, & that he has the right to do whatever he wants, make whatever accusations of cheating or conspiracy he wants, even when there is no evidence for it. Sad, as the SL team & supporters used to be so different.

Posted by gopherpoo on (January 28, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Anyone saying that SL were trying to slow the over rate is just sore for losing. What on earth do you get? The 15 ovrs needed to be bowled, it's not a test match where the fielding side was trying to get in the minimum overs and no more! As long as the over rate is met, it's the fielding side's prerogative to take their time to strategise, is it not? Suck it up Aussie, Maxwell couldn't stomach the tension and SL played on it. It's psychological game play, and smart game play at that. You wouldn't complain about someone bowling bouncers at a No 11 with a silly point in place, just to scare the sod's wicket away? I'll say it again: SUCK IT UP AUSSIE and be men about it. Kudos to Maxwell for playing with passion, and kudos to Maxwell for going into the dressing room afterwards.

Posted by Trioboy on (January 28, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

Aussies will do anything to win a game. Anyone remember the underarm ball from Chappell?

Posted by Rhygwyn on (January 28, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Laughable that some of the people on here think the Ozzies did anything wrong. The Sri Lankans were slowing down the game and the umpires should've intervened. They didn't and the players got upset. Big deal. Oh wait, teams from a certain part of the world are allowed to do whatever they want and the rest of the world should just take it. I get it.

Posted by HambaanakaKewa on (January 28, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

Why are Aussies complaining - isn't this the way they normally "give it" to other teams. Or dear another example of they are sore losers. They never complained about the 4th ODI in Sydney that was called off in fear of defeat, but now behave like sore sooks in defeat. Typical Australia attitude. Well done to Sri Lanka team and for giving it back to Aussies.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

in this so-called gentlemen game, there are certain teams who always give a lot of respect and admiration to the visiting teams as long as they are winning but the moment they lose and especially if they lose real bad, they can't digest it, its like an insult to them and they don't let any chance to insult, humiliate the visitors, either its by their players or supporting HONEST media, why we got ICC!!!!

Posted by __PK on (January 28, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Lots of uninformed commenters here asking who Maxwell is. I'll tell you - he's the guy who previously smacked the bowler for consecutive fours to miraculously give Australia a chance for the final ball. He's the batsman. Perara is the bowler. Mathews is the captain. Now, let me ask, who is Jayawardene? He's not the bowler, he's not the captain, he's not even the usual captain who's HIDING to avoid doing the time for his over-rate crime. He's nobody in the context of this game. But he's still cheating by slowing down the over rates. Shame on Sri Lanka for allowing this to happen.

Posted by rust01 on (January 28, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

All those on here blaming the Aussies are brainless fools with no knowledge of the game. The Sri Lankans were stalling deliberately and should have been reprimanded by the umpires. Learn to play proper cricket Sri Lanka, which is test cricket. You lost the series 3 nil, or do you have memory problems.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 28, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Mahela Jayawardene should be facing stiff penalties for his behaviour in the last hour, trying to convince the umpires to go off, stay off and then go back off, to abandon the game so that Sri Lanka would win. And he wasn't even captain! His delaying tactics to upset the batsmen were extremely unsportsmanlike, let alone how he behaved towards Maxwell. If being petty, you can focus on Maxwell or even Perera's retaliation but you have to remember that Mahela Jayawardene was the instigator of it all. He really should be banned for a few matches for that kind of behaviour. It was basically cheating.

Posted by riverbaby11 on (January 28, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

No one should expect anything better from Aussie cricket - every generation more classy than the previous one ; oh well at least they play good cricket.

Posted by Viraj_Hewage on (January 28, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

I am happy that mahela and the team gave OZ a dose of their own medicine. The truth is SL won the T20 series 2/0. It is that timple.

Posted by Aizikhan on (January 28, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Typical Aussi's Response :) I think Bailey is the Most Unsuccesfull Captain of Top T20 Teams.. But he is a Good Guy.. and Maxwell should Show some Respect to the Seniors ..

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Marsh should have walked when he was caught.

Posted by WTEH on (January 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Shame, Shame Cricket, Shame Australia... Cricket used to be a gentleman's game. Even after getting into the national side, if you cannot accept defeat, play a fair game.. what is the point of playing the game!!! People like Maxwell should be punished well to learn their mistakes or banned from game. Channel 9, if you willing to promote these attitudes well true cricket fans may search elsewhere watch their games.

Posted by bumsonseats on (January 28, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

they were poor sportsmen when they were a great they are poor they are worse.they had the benefit of having to get 50 runs less in a run chase and still cannot win.

Posted by Felix1025 on (January 28, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Sanath, be wise and show your brilliance. Mathews deserves to be named the captain of all 3 formats of the game. Who else? Thilina K? Mathews from the school team to SL A team has captained very well. We don't have to break the unity of the team. Give him the opportunity as the test captain as well. He will make SL very good in 3 to 5 years time. Can't do miracles. Also we don't get too many test matches. When touring to non sub continent countries use Dilhara Fdo, Nuwan Pradeep, Dammika Prasad and Eranga. Dilhara can be a match winner or a looser. SL cricket has not guided him properly. He needs mental strength. Probably Vass can share that with all these bowlers. Don't use Dilhara and Prasad for ODIs and use them for tests only on fast pitches.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 28, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

if one thought that the SL team was using any delaying tactics, than it was the duty of the two umpires , who should have had a word or two with the SL team and not mr Maxwell.. Maxwell ,had no right and he should not have done ,what he did by talking to the SL players to carry on.AUS is saying ' TAKE THE DRS OUT OF THE PLAYER'S HAND', now , perhaps they will say, take the power of making decisions from the umpires, and hand it over to the players, ............ preferably the AUS players ????.

Posted by aby_prasad on (January 28, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

Like iv always maintained, after the aus decline after their last wc win, srilanka is the most consistent limited overs side be it ODI or 20-20. That doesnt mean,as an indian fan, that india is worst or giving anyone the license to vent out their anti india feelings lol. Just that even with india winning the wc or aus winning cb series or pak winning asia cup, srilanka has alwayssss been around! Something which no other team has done for a long time! Anyways congrats srilanka and as for australia..thats the way they play!, i wonder what the fuss is about. But yes, its always strange for an asian side to accept some different cultural codes like abusing on the field and being friends outside (not that asian teams dont do it!,but rarely with the same intensity as aussies!). I also feel the aussie t20 selection is pretty strange (dont want to ellaborate though) as i dont have that dirty habit of criticising other teams unnecessarily except my own, india :P ;). Cheers to both sides then!

Posted by Thilake on (January 28, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Gearge Baily is very talented but calm and quiet person. I hope that he will have a great cricket career that would bring Aus back to the number one team in the future.

Posted by LankaGod on (January 28, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Like always, Aussies are sore losers. Not that Mahela covered himself in glory, he should have asked the boys to come back and get on with the game instead of escalating the whole situation. With us it happens once in a while, with the Aussies,, it's something or the other every other day.

Posted by NixNixon on (January 28, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

@ Tommytuckersaffa. I agree with you, OZ must stop crying when they loose, they always have excuses. And Maxwell, well his just as overrated as steve smith - both useless allrounders! T20 cricket is making average players like maxwell look great. Cant stand that guy, he is soooo full of himself

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

Actually Aus is ranked 7th in T 20. What astounded me was the double standards in the rules between Sydney and Melbourne. Same conditions, different rules, both favouring the hosts. The match officials need to be more consistent in their rulings and not bow to pressure. There is no balance in the commentary team since the sad passing of Tony Greig. Warner, Wade and Maxwell are following in the traditions of the ultimate sore loser Punter.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 28, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

I think to be fair to the Aus team (commenting as a SL supporter), they have done nothing wrong. I would not blame the SL team either. Just part of the game. Nothing ugly seems to have happened.

Posted by Karnain on (January 28, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Ok Max, we will let you play in this years SLPL. Don't worry

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (January 28, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Great to see two sides playing with passion for their teammates and their country. The England sides of the past 40 years, packed with players from elsewhere, cannot match Aus or SL for passion or commitment (or anything else).

Posted by thilana on (January 28, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

i think Aussie's actions can not be accepted here, they did not have the right to command bowlers to make it fast, that is the reason why umpires are there for,child play.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

australia have a habit of spoiling spirit of cricket and sportsmanship. every 15 days they involve in an ugly spat. how many times will this happen . first warne . now maxwell . shame on acb . i think they should teach their players discipline

Posted by jerryman on (January 28, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

alls well that ends well .. that was rather the ugly side of cricket rearing its head.. umpiring was not the best either.. should have reviews and DRS available in T20 format to make it fairer. ICC please review conditions on rain affected games , so that they are consistent .. decisions of match referee should be reviewed as well .. what is sauce for the goose... well played both teams. SL just played it better in the t20 format.. wish they showed this much spirit in the tests as well .. retrospection needed .. Don't rest on these laurels.. long way to go ...

Posted by PrasadGunawardane on (January 28, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

I dont know about Ponting, McGrath or even Maxwell today; but one thing is for sure that, George Bailey is one of the few gentlemen in Australian Cricket. Really pleasant, calm and cool. However, i am not refusing what Mahela did as a response to Maxwell's commanding. All and all it was a good game of Cricket to finish the two month tour started with the first ball down in Hobart to the last ball up in MCG where you cant ask a better place to complete a series. Limited over series in this summer proves a fact that, in lesser bouncy but still fast tracks, Sri Lanka are supreme under a given number of overs per day. By the way, it is time to SLC to produce more bouncy pitches for domestic Cricket which will definitely help to see more 50/50 matches in all formats of the game when SL are touring Australia next time around for sure!

Posted by bobmartin on (January 28, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Frustrations.. heat of the moment... no fisticuffs... shake hands and make up... ... no lasting damage... What happens on the field stays on the field. Where's the problem ? If I were an Aussie I'd be more concerned about the state of your T20 team.. You have a handful of your best players not in the national T20 side, going off to play in the IPL... Seems to me if they're good enough to earn mega-bucks in that tournament they should be prepared to represent their country in an international rather than a domestic one.

Posted by Aussasinator on (January 28, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

The Ponting tradition of being very ugly losers continues. Point is they have got well and truly used to losing in the last 4-5 years. Yet they havent acquired grace.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 28, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Same story, same team. OZ has a dispicable sportmanship record in cricket which they continue to get away with under the guise of sledging or ín the heat of the moment' . Shane Warne was embarrassing himself and fellow ozzies the other night and now this. When will it end? Is the frustration of being 5th in the world taking its toll?

Posted by RobertRussell on (January 28, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Maxwell smacks-well, but he no acts-well? What a terrible example to be setting for children watching the game. Now we're going to see batsman yelling at the bowlers to "hurry up" in the under 14s.

Posted by pundit14 on (January 28, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge, isn't it the other way around? The Sri Lankans barely won against the 7th best side... we are talking T20s right? The two teams were evenly matched in ODIs, and Aussies battered SL in tests. I think the ICC rankings in all three formats showed in this tour.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (January 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Cricket will be a boring game if are to take the heat away as long as it just on field. Was there any form of violence? No just heated conversations. It the heat is too hot in the kitchen stay out.... Remember the Beefy and Miandad clashes?

Posted by bootlicker on (January 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Hat off for Bailey, you are a gentleman which is very rare in Australian cricket. It is strange the way Mahela reacted to Maxwell because he is normally a calm but sharp cricketer who doesn't tolerate biased decisions of officials. All in all I think both Mathews and Bailey settle the dust before it settled by itself.

Posted by spas on (January 28, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge . aussies are incapable of beating 6th or 7th best side in the world? come on mate be bit realistic, you can shower your frustration here anyway. In fact, in the rankings Aussies are at no 7 I guess while Sri Lankans remain at the top. Whatever the rankings say, Sri Lankans are really good at limited overs cricket at the moment. Aussies are trying to make way for some youngesters. It may take sometimes to fire. However, there must be someone who can play some good cricket like Michael Hussey did to hold the Aussie batting. However, Mahela did overreact while others like Thisara and Dilshan were crossing their limits. As one of the most experienced players around Mahela should show good sportsman spirit a bit.

Bad luck this time and All the best for Aussies in the coming tours. Bailey has a cool head and hope he may form a good T20 team.

A Sri Lankan fan

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 28, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Finally all good..i really didn't think maxwell would apologize for it. I think it's good sportmanship. Anyway heat of the moment stuff rocks!!

Posted by SriLa72 on (January 28, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Glen Maxwell, way to go. Yes, in the heat of the moment, emotions can go wild. However, at the end of the day, when you realize what went on and let things sink in, you have got to do the right thing and Maxwell did the right thing and so did the SL players.

Posted by Rugsy on (January 28, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Heat of the moment is right, but the Aussies must reconcile to the fact that they are not the team they were. The frustration of being second best should be better controlled. Maxwell should have left it to the umpires, he had no business shouting at the opposition. Would any opposition not react to his tantrums? It is good he apologized.

Posted by Kitschiguy on (January 28, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Heat-of-the-moment stuff. let me translate that for you; bad sportsmanship.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 28, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

More disgraceful behaviour on the field, Ponting clearly left his mark on the team all right. Not only have they shown themselves incapable of beating the 6th or 7th best side in the world, this Australian team are also sore losers too. Doesn't make for good reading, who is really surprised?

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