Michael Jeh October 31, 2010

Australia must take T20 cricket seriously

Can experiments go wrong or does the very notion of an experiment essentially mean that there is no right or wrong, merely the testing of a theory or method
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Can experiments go wrong or does the very notion of an experiment essentially mean that there is no right or wrong, merely the testing of a theory or method? Is it just a matter of learning from the experiment with no blame or recriminations attached? Australia’s T20 team tonight was deemed “an experiment”; on that basis, what have we learned from it and will it result in any lessons learned? More importantly, will the lessons learned actually be put into practice?

Some would argue that one lesson which probably did not even need to be tested was whether Michael Clarke has a future as an opener in T20 cricket. When I saw him walk out to bat with Dave Warner, I knew then that this was not a game that Australia was necessarily desperate to win. It was more about trying to justify his selection, in a media atmosphere that has been questioning his credentials all week. For a game that relies so heavily on power hitting in the first six overs, to open with Clarke is just plain stupid. He has never been that sort of player, much more adept at using his feet to the spinners and using quick wrists to manipulate the ball into gaps and running cleverly.

And so it proved....his inability to hit the faster bowlers over the top put pressure on young Warner too, and created the domino effect that led to a comprehensive thrashing. It’s not necessarily about being a big strong hitter – the Sri Lankan top order are hardly big men but they know how to hit through the field, if not over it. To bat Clarke at the top seemed like a pointless experiment (or a desperate effort to justify his selection) because it was never likely to succeed, nor is it likely that it will be an experiment that will Australia would ever persist with if they were dead serious about winning T20 games.

Look at it this way; even if Clarke scored a few runs today, would we seriously see him opening the batting at the next T20 World Cup? If he retains his place in the team, it will be because he is captain, not because of his powerplay hitting. He might be more than useful in the middle of the innings against the slower bowlers, but even that is not assured in a style of game that simply doesn’t suit his repertoire. So why bother with the experiment at all? It made no sense. It’s almost as if they’re conceding that he doesn’t have the power game to muscle the ball over the fielders when the fielders are in the deep, so they’ll flirt with a slow start, wasting the powerplay, to compensate for that weakness. Surely a few net sessions with Clarke trying to smash the quick bowlers over the top would have sufficed to put this theory to bed?

Experiment # 2: if Australia is going to challenge in T20 cricket, they either need to stick with the quicks or play a different spinner. Steve Smith, admirable batsman and fielder that he is, cannot do what a genuine spinner must do to be worth four overs. Comparing Smith to say Suraj Randiv was like ....well .... well, no comparison really. Play him as a batsman if necessary, but Australia need either another genuine slow-bowling option, or five quicks. Picking a spinner for the sake of it makes no sense. Not when you’ve got David Hussey, Cameron White or Clarke himself who can fill in with a few overs of pretty much the same stuff that Smith is capable of serving up. Against good players of spin like the Sri Lankans, a token spinner gets treated pretty much like Smith was tonight – with disdain. Can we safely say we're done with that experiment now?

Usually, playing in Perth against an Asian side is a huge advantage to the home team. Except of course that this team contained no one with any real ‘home’ advantage factor! Picking a team full of Victorian and New South Wales players essentially evened up the odds against the Sri Lankans. In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Sri Lankans were the team more accustomed to these conditions. In all disciplines, they looked so much more assured in these conditions. Who would’ve dared predict that some years ago at Fortress WACA?

Overall, as a spectator, I didn’t find too much to surprise me. Australia is a middling side in world cricket, going through a rebuilding phase, and without a genuine world class player in this format. Sri Lanka is an emerging force, playing intelligent cricket and led by a few canny and classy players who can execute plans. Fast, bouncy pitches are no longer a huge advantage to Australia in shortened games. And when Channel Nine hypes up something like this and cannot even bother showing it live to a Brisbane audience, it just goes to prove that T20 cricket is no more than another form of canned Sunday night TV entertainment, despite promotions and hyperbole to the contrary. If Australian cricket authorities and broadcasters continue to treat fair dinkum ‘internationals’ as experiments, they may well discover that some viewers may just switch channels. For a nation that is totally unaccustomed to playing sport with anything but a “must win” attitude, such experimentation will soon wear thin.

T20 cricket may well be the hottest new kid on the block but if you disrespect it too much, even this golden goose may stop laying eggs. It would be interesting to know whether viewer numbers in the major Eastern seaboard cities dropped off when it became apparent that the Sri Lankans were cruising towards an embarrassingly easy victory. At a time when the cricketing authorities are claiming that the future T20 franchises could be worth much more than some popular football teams in Australia, they won’t need to test this experiment again.

Notwithstanding Sri Lanka’s fine performance, there was little else worth remembering. Is that really the golden future of T20 cricket that is apparently this multi-million dollar investment? T20 cricket is not much more than packaged entertainment, here today, forgotten tomorrow, but what other ‘entertainment’ experiments with paying consumers?

Michael Jeh is an Oxford Blue who played first-class cricket, and a Playing Member of the MCC. He lives in Brisbane

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  • geetha on November 5, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    OH god. Aus is not taking seriously ODI's at least

  • Udara Ranasinghe on November 5, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Slaughter at WACA, Miracle at MCG and finally, after 29 years of struggle and humiliation we see the Enlightenment at Sydney.

  • Mazlett on November 3, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    The best Australian team for T20's is as follows in batting order:

    1. Watson 2. Warner 3. Haddin (vc) 4. White (c) 5. Ferguson 6. D. Hussey 7. M. Hussey 8. Johnson 9. Siddle 10. Doherty 11. Tait

    Open bowling with Tait and Siddle and use D. Hussey and Watson for the 5th bowler! Doherty has the right temperament and changes of pace and spin to succeed in T20's. The batting line up has brute force with everyone able to score at 150 strike rate but if we lose quick wickets, they can all rebuild and then punish! M. Hussey to close game like the T20 semi final! Cheers!!

  • Udara Ranasinghe on November 3, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Its 3rd November 2010.. Australia Just lost to Sri Lanka who were nothing short of Amazing.. So ODI must also be "canned Sunday night TV entertainment".. Av it Aussies Ava it.. WE LOVE IT!!!

  • Rajeewa on November 3, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Aus. not taking seriously ODI too. What match was the 1st ODI ? can you belive Aus no answer for a 132 run partnership for 9th wicket ? I beg Aus dont take other 2 ODI's seriously as well

  • Meety on November 2, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Wish my first comment was published, basically Oz finished 2nd @ the last T20 World Cup about 4 mths ago, so the side (inc Clarke), is not too bad. I do agree some selections were a bit weird, like why was Hastings selected ahead of Christian? Regarding Smith, his bowling is not too bad at all and last summer he did really well - (although it was against the WI & Pak). The team Oz fielded was not the best it could of had, but full credit needs to go to the Lankans for winning - hope that ends in the ODIs!!!!

  • Nipun on November 2, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Australia under fire completely..aussies still can't get over the fact that their dream run in world cricket is over and other teams are catching up on them..Michael Clarke definitely does'nt deserve a place in the side. High time Cricket Australia starts grooming Cameron White into captaincy, because Clarke as aplayer itself is a burden on australian cricket team..

  • Australian cricket fan on November 1, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Another lame excuse, not taking T20 seriously? They had better get serious about test cricket as well, now that they are languishing at No5 in the world. mmmm. This reminds me Ian Healy's (stand-in captain) comment, when Australia got crushed by Sri Lanka in Colombo in 1996/97 series. He said, winning ODI's in this part of the world (sub continent) is NOT Australia's priority!!! Sour grapes mate!

  • Harsha on November 1, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Oh please. Why won`t they write articles like these when other countries loose their matches ( "Bangladesh must take their T20 cricket seriously") Just accept the fact Aussies were truly beaten by an awesome Sri Lankan outfit

  • Nilanga on November 1, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    time has arrived to show the world of subcontinent power in aussie conditions , this is a good boost for the upcoming three onedayers i hope srilanka do well in remaning matches the aussie dominence are no longer in world cricket any team capable beating them in their own dockyards .

  • geetha on November 5, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    OH god. Aus is not taking seriously ODI's at least

  • Udara Ranasinghe on November 5, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Slaughter at WACA, Miracle at MCG and finally, after 29 years of struggle and humiliation we see the Enlightenment at Sydney.

  • Mazlett on November 3, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    The best Australian team for T20's is as follows in batting order:

    1. Watson 2. Warner 3. Haddin (vc) 4. White (c) 5. Ferguson 6. D. Hussey 7. M. Hussey 8. Johnson 9. Siddle 10. Doherty 11. Tait

    Open bowling with Tait and Siddle and use D. Hussey and Watson for the 5th bowler! Doherty has the right temperament and changes of pace and spin to succeed in T20's. The batting line up has brute force with everyone able to score at 150 strike rate but if we lose quick wickets, they can all rebuild and then punish! M. Hussey to close game like the T20 semi final! Cheers!!

  • Udara Ranasinghe on November 3, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Its 3rd November 2010.. Australia Just lost to Sri Lanka who were nothing short of Amazing.. So ODI must also be "canned Sunday night TV entertainment".. Av it Aussies Ava it.. WE LOVE IT!!!

  • Rajeewa on November 3, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Aus. not taking seriously ODI too. What match was the 1st ODI ? can you belive Aus no answer for a 132 run partnership for 9th wicket ? I beg Aus dont take other 2 ODI's seriously as well

  • Meety on November 2, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Wish my first comment was published, basically Oz finished 2nd @ the last T20 World Cup about 4 mths ago, so the side (inc Clarke), is not too bad. I do agree some selections were a bit weird, like why was Hastings selected ahead of Christian? Regarding Smith, his bowling is not too bad at all and last summer he did really well - (although it was against the WI & Pak). The team Oz fielded was not the best it could of had, but full credit needs to go to the Lankans for winning - hope that ends in the ODIs!!!!

  • Nipun on November 2, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Australia under fire completely..aussies still can't get over the fact that their dream run in world cricket is over and other teams are catching up on them..Michael Clarke definitely does'nt deserve a place in the side. High time Cricket Australia starts grooming Cameron White into captaincy, because Clarke as aplayer itself is a burden on australian cricket team..

  • Australian cricket fan on November 1, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Another lame excuse, not taking T20 seriously? They had better get serious about test cricket as well, now that they are languishing at No5 in the world. mmmm. This reminds me Ian Healy's (stand-in captain) comment, when Australia got crushed by Sri Lanka in Colombo in 1996/97 series. He said, winning ODI's in this part of the world (sub continent) is NOT Australia's priority!!! Sour grapes mate!

  • Harsha on November 1, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Oh please. Why won`t they write articles like these when other countries loose their matches ( "Bangladesh must take their T20 cricket seriously") Just accept the fact Aussies were truly beaten by an awesome Sri Lankan outfit

  • Nilanga on November 1, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    time has arrived to show the world of subcontinent power in aussie conditions , this is a good boost for the upcoming three onedayers i hope srilanka do well in remaning matches the aussie dominence are no longer in world cricket any team capable beating them in their own dockyards .

  • Aftab on November 1, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Take it easy, Aussies are rebuilding their team, so, there will be ups and downs. Didn't all teams go through this sometime or the other? Give the credit to the Lankans, they played beautiful, thoughtful and brilliant cricket. So that says it all. As for Michael Clarke, Cricket Australia has already decided that he is going to be their next captain (all three forms) so don't blame the poor guy. He has too much on his head to worry about other than playing cricket...!

  • Ravi Sharma on November 1, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Phil S, I completely agree with you. Why does Australia think that the T20 team needs to be sigmificantly different from the tests/ODI?

  • Michael on November 1, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Did Australia play a Twenty20 match? I must have missed it when I was watching something interesting...

  • Andy Mack on November 1, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Lose one game of T20 and we cant play the game?? Rubbish, pretty sure we dominated the last 20/20 "world cup" and made it to the final (losing to England who played a blinder).

    Looks like sour eggs from a lot of people who have suffered lots of losses to the Aussies over time. Get over it.

    Aussies still rule the shorter versions of the game. The record over the last few years shows this, for those interested in facts and not just hyperbole (so indian readers can ignore this.....)

  • crickclick on November 1, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    come on guys aussies lost only one match, all the people are putting pressure on thoes lads, it's not fair, except only one or two guys others are really good crickerters, not only in T20, they can play any format of the game.

    i feel the selectors must bring in Micheal hussy,M.johnson,and ricky ponting.

  • BILOO WALIA on November 1, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    I like to shut everyone up,Australia is always the best and they still the best.Most professional cricketers born and play for Australia,look how many times they won world cups,and rule in test matches from more then decade. They going through tough time because more then half a world best players retired together..Gilly,Hayden,Warne, McGrath,Symond,Lee(sick)few more i don't remember..that is why they going tough time for a short while but they be back like lions again and rules again. What you guys talking about India or Lanka..what they did in world..only win one each.They good in there own homes,only play to make records not to win.anyway time win tell all of you guys who is real champ and who is looser.AUSTRALIA ALWAYS RULE BECAUSE THEY ARE TRUE CRICKETERS.

  • James on November 1, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Can we just take a step back and get a bit of perspective here? Australia lost one T20 match, given that all the focus from their team is on the Ashes, after returning from a 2nd place at the World Cup. I think anyone saying Australia isn't taking T20 seriously is blowing this out of proportion. I understand your point about Michael Clarke, but I think we also need to respect what a great job he did at the World Cup. Its not right to say the whole team doesn't take T20 seriously

  • Shabbir on November 1, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Aussies have lost 9 out of their last 10 international matches (all against subcontinental teams) and all were not T20s!!!

  • Anonymous on November 1, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    @kumar and anyone else who has noticed - Yes i did notice the unashamed bias of the commentators on channel 9. But rather than get annoyed, i felt a bit of pity cos they came across as really pathetic. I get that any home commentator wants his team to win but theyr also professionals and that was what was clearly missing. They were so hopeful tht aussies wud run through the sl batting line up even after a poor batting performance (mind u not one mention of a gud bowling performance by SL) and the result that ensued was hilarious in the context of it all. I LOLLED when Tony Greg poked fun at a few 1996 world cup aussie members commentating bout losing the final. They so deserved it. Honestly i like the aussie team with the exception of mitchell johnson and shane watson (altho theyr both gud players). But its this kinna arrogance that puts everyone off. I was on the fence before but i kno for certain who im supporting this Ashes. (Heres a hint, they dont wear baggy green caps).

  • Alex on November 1, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    The reason aussie lost because of many reasons. These srilankan team has some fighters. Even the noball feranado bowling as well as he can.

    I blame aussie selectors considering Michael clarke as a future. He is not that good. Yes he play spins well. That is about it. His captaincy lacks imagination. Rickey ponting should never retire until he gets injured.

    I think these are bad times for aussies unless umpires helps Aussies , there is no way in hell aussies are going to win the ashes. if england take out ponting , aussies will be done and dusted. Something lacking in the aussie team because too much pressure put on ponting batting nowadays.

  • Nicolai on November 1, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    If it makes you feel better about the loss by saying the Aussies don't care, well go ahead. The truth is the Aussies take every sport they play very seriously. They certainly didn't want their undefeated string broken. They just plain got beaten. They are in a slump right now, that is all. There is no point asking for Ponting's head or Michael Clarke's head. Instead support them in the time of need if you are real fans. They just need to win a few and they will be back on a roll. I would not bet against Australia in any form of the game. Don't be surprised if they win the ODI series against Sri Lanka 3-0 as they are still the favorites. Let's give Sri Lanka credit for the win and give Clarke a break. Australia will also win the Ashes series easily.

  • Hari Ravi on November 1, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    The problem with Aussies at present is that of choosing the right combination. They have too much of talent but are not picking the right ones for the right games. I think as many said, Clarke does not suit for T20. Even in One-dayers, he is not a automatic choice. People like, Watson, White, Ferguson, Warner, Mcdonald, Hussey brothers, are best suited for T20. Australia should groom different leaders for different formats. They are not mixing talent as desired. It is definitely a bad idea to open with Clarke when you have Watson in the XI. I think Aussie bowling looks good for the format. Buck up Aussies otherwise it will be too late. Hari Ravi

  • Srinath Nadarajah on November 1, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Well-done Sri Lanka. You guys played fantastic cricket, well prepared, well executed plan, great attitude and matured cricket. Good on all the senior players. Australia always give WACA (World’s fastest pitch) to all sub-continent teams to make the visitors have a nightmare (Pace and Bouncy). This was happened all the time until last night T20. After last night Sri Lankans love the WACA more than R. Premadasa and Rangiri Dambulla international stadium. CA (Cricket Australia) must look for another new ground somewhere in Alice Springs or Darwin. Big question comes last night was “ Is Clarkie going to be the next Australia captain???”, I think Cameron Leon White is the best man to lead future Australia cricket.

  • sp on November 1, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    I would argue that the Australians selectors(rightly so) are just taking a one off t20 as less important then the ashes. M Husseys not playing demonstrated that attitude, say what you want about his test form but its hard to deny that he is unmatched in Australia (possibly the world) at winning unwinnable games. He did it in the world cup when Australia were in a similar position against sl and then against Pakistan.

    Although I agree that Clarke must be dropped if he wants to captain the t20 team he should be forced to prove he can either in domestic or the IPL.

  • Lalith Kuruwita on November 1, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Do not write off Aussies. They will bounce back under Ponting. I believe ODI series will be much closer if not Aussies will win comfortably. But I need to see how SL plays motivated Aussie outfit. If SL can win by 2-1, then it will prove. If SL looses narrowly or after a good fight, then I can believe they are one of the favourites for the WC.

    But the match was very good as SL were much much better than Aussies in every department.

  • Bindu Kumar on November 1, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    what a farce... if SL loses then it will be branded as a mediocre team.. if AUS loses then it is 'Aus should consider T20 seriously' !!!!

  • Kalana on November 1, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Well i'm pretty sure it was Ian Healy who said when commetating that, Clarke batting up the order is a very good move....no comments there...but i think clarke should be playin...He led them to the T20 WC final after all..

    I'm an australian born sri lankan & i'd like to see SL winning the ODI series...but i think its just a matter of time till australia find their winning ways....they are still the best team in the world..they are just going through a rough patch... that all... i'm sure they will get everything together by the time ashes start..

  • Timmuh on November 1, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    I have a question about the heading for this article: how does anyone take T20 seriously aside from the cash? It is Clown Cricket,pure and simple. The Australian players should be playing Shield cricket in the build up to a Test series, not limited overs cricket of either the 20 or 50 over variety.

  • Nisala Fernando on November 1, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Sour grapes!!! Australia doesn't take t20 seriously? Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Aussie media and past players say that Australia has started to take t20 cricket seriously when that made it into t20 finals? Now it's a different story. Just admit that SL outplayed Australia. Clark admitted it and he was the captain of the team while those who claim that Australia is not taking t20 seriously are a bunch of arm chair critics. And don't make pup a scapegoat for Aussies losing the match. Cricket is a team game and everyone in the team played badly except Haddin & Smith. Clark is a classy player and I'm pretty sure he'll adapt to t20 cricket in the near future. Look at mahela, kallis & SRT...

  • SANDEEP on November 1, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    iam the auses big fan idont know what to australia ithink it as to be rift between clerkegroup versu rickeygroup thats what auses was strgulling to balance the side s.smith did that because ponting didnot want to play smith in oneday &test clarke wants him he as chance to play talanted fergusion in india tour but he plays smith & he notplay as batsmen or bowler nor allrounder not is james hopes selectors did well not pick hopes to srilanka dont know how he pley 90 oddg ames for austalia players like hastings/macdonald/ben cutting/christen/mithcellmarsh/and lot of other guys. coming to ashes australia shoud won 3-0 but as to make changes in the team this points are vary key to australia succsses is 1st step is opening with watson &phill hughes because simon wes good player is slow.shoud be wary &no3was most diffnetly ponting followed by clarke in no4 no5 is only 1chance for hussey he failed fergusion as to play no6 north norwhite&marsh 7haddin bowlers bollinger,johnson/hilfe siddlharres

  • Siva Rama Krishna on November 1, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Indeed they are taking everything seriously..... but the fact that their opponents are good enough to outplay them

  • Mike Odea on November 1, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    From the moment Warner walked out to bat the commentators were asking him questions through a mic... If that isnt the sign that Australia doesn't take 20/20 seriously then what?

    How can you concentrate on the job at hand when you have stupid questions coming at you from Mark Taylor and Michael Slater.

    And they are stupid questions.....

  • Adnan on November 1, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Why cant the Aussies just admit they are not good at this? This experimentation is a very lame excuse and just come forward and admit it that you guys are not good at this sport! Or is that too much for the Aussie sporting ego!!

  • Steven on November 1, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    T20 is rubbish. Anyone who says a T20 game is a good indicator of what will happen in an upcoming test series knows nothing about the game of cricket. I've seen about 6 overs of T20 cricket in my life, I intend to keep it that way.

  • SIJU JOSE on November 1, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    IF AUSTRALIA PLAY WITH SHAUN TAIT AND DIRK NANNES, THEY WILL BE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN T20s

  • P.Satish on November 1, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Sorry I did not read the author's post clarifying some comments he made on the blog. However, not all poor decisions can be called experimentation. Maybe the T20 strategy and team were more a reflection of Clarke's inability to lead.

  • Buddi on November 1, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    haha every boday blames clark for the lost. come on guys...is sangakkara a big hitter? get the SA team even england. who thought mahela could hit like that until he started to open the batting.is sachin a big hitter? 20/20 is not all about hitting sixes and fours. you guys think just the winning stratefy but if you paly cricket you need to prepare for the worst. thats y clark is there. some one who can boost the sprit up. some one who can anchor the inning. did u guys really thougt clark opened the batting to get 50 odd runs in 10 balls.haha do u guys think aussi selectors r that stupid. do u think clark is that stupid to even try it...come on guys....they play cricket 24/7..

  • bond on November 1, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Australia will come back in the 50/50 version, at least if not a win a fight. SL is a class act with a bunch of unassuming talented gentlemen. It was sad to see the umpires poor decissions at least 3. To sum it up please listen to Tom Moody's expert comments.Mark Nicholas was sarcastic as usual regarding his curry jokes & bill, Tony Greg always has a soft spot for the Lankans but his comments are straight & fair. Michael Slater is unbiosed,Enough of the CLARKE bashing guys, he is better than most of you.

  • Reza thahir on November 1, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    this is the ideal Australian team T20 team. 1. Warner 2. Watson 3. D. Hussey 4. Symonds 5. White 6. M. Hussey 7. Haddin 8. S. Smith 9. Johnson 10. Nannes 11. Tait

  • P.Satish on November 1, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Well, if Australia were soundly beaten I doubt if you can blame it on "experimentation". Maybe they put out their best side and lost to a superior opponent?

    However, a T20 loss hardly means anything for the upcoming ODI series against SL nor for the Ashes against England.

  • beardfear on November 1, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Twenty20 is great for domestic cricket, but does it really deserve to be taken seriously at an international level? 5 years later and it still feels like a high-calorie, fast-food emulation of cricket (fittingly sponsored by KFC), and has produced very few memorable matches. Cricket Australia are well within their rights to use it for "experiments".

    All credit to Sri Lanka; classy as always. Looking forward to the ODIs.

  • jude on November 1, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Well done Sanga & guys, this is the right time to win a tittle in Aus for SL. Srilanka is currently better than India, so we will get ready to take world cup to SL.

  • Anonymous on November 1, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    T/20 World Cup should be played at the Olympics. Best way to promote cricket! The T/20 ICC Champions Trophy should be played at the Commonwealth Games, with an invitation to non Commonwealth nations. T/20 has it's place, but no at the expense of Test or One Day cricket. Problem with Australian cricket is their arrogance and that stems from the top to the bottom and includes the Broadcasters. Every December Australia, NZ and South Africa should play a T/20 Tri-Nations.

  • Krishna on November 1, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    There can be nothing worse than losing an ODI series ahead of the Ashes in the home soil. If it does happen, Oz will be down in confidence ahead of the 1st test. This is absolutely going to help the spirits of the English side. Oz shouldnt have planned for an International schedule ahead of Ashes series.

  • chand on November 1, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    If you don't play serious cricket, you have to pay back the admision fees to the spectators and of course TV rights, and at least apologize to all other people watching the match.

  • Anonymous on November 1, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    There is only one solution to this problem: Drop Michael Clarke, do not make him captain of any team, and put Cameron White in charge. That's all you have to do. Clarke isn't going to captain Australia permanently because by the time Punter retires from all forms, he could be 31-32, making him a tad too old. Cameron White would be about 29-30, which is the perfect age for a captain!

  • inditaj on November 1, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    its really silly to think that OZ not taking T20 seriously . they looked very desperate to win that match but SL team was better yesterday .

  • Marcio on November 1, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    It should also be pointed out that opening with Clarke is insane. Thanks to him Australia were wobbling along at 4 or so an over after 3-4 overs. That set the tone for the whole match. But the truth is - despite what the Lankans are saying here - there is far too much talent in the team for it to stay down long. This was one of those days where everything just went wrong. And the team was clearly underprepared, and - again despite what some are saying here - not taking the game seriously. Why else would they screw with the batting order and put M. Hussey and M. Johnson in shied games? That's no disrespect for Sri Lanka who are a talented team who played really well. On the bright side, with a descent mental prep this won't happen often for Australia, not with the batting talent in the team. Watson and Warner are a fantastic opening pair, and why Clark #*#!ed it up by opening is anyone's guess. Bring on the next game! Anyway, they dug a hole for themselves, let's see them dig out of it!

  • Tony Rai on November 1, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    he is a good player. and good players can adopt. u'll c him succeeding soon.

  • Rajeewa on November 1, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    If Australia could win this match only they have taken 20-20 seriously ? I think they have not taken any format (Oneday, 20-20, Test match) seriously for a while. (becouse no win). Why Clarke canot be a good 20-20 player ? see most of SL players are test players see how they change their stly for differnt format. That is there classy. I wish SL could wash Aus. during in Oneday too.

  • Marcio on November 1, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Australia doesn't have a world class player? Cameron White? Mike Hussey? Sean Tait? Dirk Nannes? Brad Haddin? Are you serious? How did they make the T20 World Cup final then? Oz have won 70% of their T20 games in the last year, which is the highest of any nation, I believe. It's amazing how people lose perspective after a few losses. The truth is the side is loaded with talent. But you are right about Clarke and their not taking the game seriously. The fact that they had two guys out playing state games tells you where their priorities are. And as long as Michael Clarke is playing T20 we are not putting our best team on the park, and winning is not a priority.

  • Anonymous on November 1, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Australia doesn't have a world class player? Cameron White? Mike Hussey? Sean Tait? Dirk Nannes? Are you serious? How did they make the T20 World Cup final then? Oz have won 70% of their T20 games in the last year, which is the highest of any nation, I believe. It's amazing how people lose perspective after a few losses. The truth is the side is loaded with talent. But you are right about Clarke and their not taking the game seriously. The fact that they had two guys out playing state games tells you where their priorities are. And as long as Michael Clarke is playing T20 we are not putting our best team on the park, and winning is not a priority.

  • Dayan on November 1, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Aussies are going down, their time is over now.

  • sri lankan fan on November 1, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    come on guys give Clarke a break, he is a talented batter, you all know that, and you guys think that during the powerplay there should be power hitters to score maximum and clarke is not one of them, you dont have to have power to score quickly the best example is Mahela, he has scores quickly without biffing the ball, and i think Clarke is in the same mould as Mahela and if he is going to continue in the T20 team opening is the best option for him, OH by the way for the Sri lankan fans our team played rellly really well today but please do not post comment saying that we are good at playing in faster pitches (luckily Tait and Johnson did not play in this game)wait till the ODI's finishes and if we winn the series then we can consider our players are good on fast, bouncy pitches

  • Kapitan on November 1, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Sri Lanka outplayed Australia today in the WACA fortress. A feat rarely achieved in history. Many theories were given out.

    _But The difference now is, thanks to the IPL and its half a million dollar contracts, to several Sri Lankan players, the game has changed forever in favor of the Sri Lankan side.

    -Second reason being, Sri Lanka always has had excellent team spirit in spite of the rough times the country has gone through in the last 30 years. Kudos to Sanga, and Murali of course who is the best champion for team spirit. Don't write off Australia... it is still a very good team.

  • Cricket Fan In Australia on November 1, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    HAH ... Time australia took Twenty20 seriously . Is it really that hard to accept that australia was just not good enough and sri lanka the better team rather than come up with excuses.

    Runner up in the last twenty20 world cup , more than 10 aussie players in the IPL , planning to expand the big bash competition to cash in on Twenty20 and this guy still says Australia does not take twenty20 seriosuly , oh mate Australia takes it serious enough they are just not good enough to win.

    Lesson 1 for the australian cricket team and media is to accept they are not good enough , other teams are BETTER. Dont give this " we need to take it seriously " excuse all the time.

    Number 5 in test cricket ..... MMMMM ... maybe you should start taking that seriosuly too

  • Gopal on November 1, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Where is brad hodge my dear? Without him I dont think any team from Australia can claim that they are the best eleven.. Michael Clarke?? He is the one who would score tons of useless runs when team doesnt need it..

  • Virajzco on November 1, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    Who says Ausis are not taking it as seriously? Is there any country in the world who doesn’t take the very first match they are playing in the series, seriously? I hope they would take at least 50 matches seriously..

  • anonymous on November 1, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    oh so when they reached world t-20 final they were not taking it seriously ... whenever aussies lose the whole thing is non-serious. perfect. every country has its clarke's which are chosen regardless. dhoni has been deadweight in t-20 for some time. graeme smith is in while the davey jacobs of this world sit out. selection is not fair in any country. one can make up a much better team than the one england are carrying for the ashes from the county players.

  • praneeth on November 1, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    well done srilanka

  • sujanm on November 1, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    guys have u ever thought of comparing the lankan test side with the t20 side. mahela,dilshan,sanga,mathews,randiv,malinga,fernando n even if he was not retired even murali will find a place in the test team. so all together 8 players in this team will play test matches n who says u will need t20 specialist ?? to my aussi friends i don't know what is wrong with your team but definitely something is very wrong. so without the ridiculous resting policy which you have in aussi u guys should let players get in to a rhythm...........

  • Ravi Sharma on November 1, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Are they not taking T20 seriously? how about Tets? Are they taking tests seriously? The last time I checked, they got a thrashig in India in tests and are now number 5 on the list!!!!

  • lizzyp on November 1, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Bad move by the Aussies if they weren't taking the T20 at the WACA seriously. The England team arrived in Perth on Saturday and must have taken great delight not only at the result, but the ease with which Sri Lanka rolled the home team. And drop Clarke, and make Cameron White the T20 captain - maybe also for the 50 over format too.

  • Doom on November 1, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    well done sri lanka awesome performance ...!!!! feel sorry for the Aussies..opening with Michael clark....? what a joke, may be clark should get some advise from mahela how to change from being classy to be effective, i have no hope for aus with ashes if they play like this. it's time to find a real captain other wise we aussies will go down the drain, clarkie is hopeless as it is and after ponting leaves......? god bless Australian cricket that's all i can say, well played sri lanka kick some aussies ass go 3/0 then aus selectors will wake up, and clark can go eat lollies n laugh his heads off when the team is down at 4/30

  • sss on November 1, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    @kaushik Yes Australia can do it again,Bounce back to WC 2011 after whitewashing against Sri Lanka.

  • cricket lover on November 1, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    aust is not a good t20 side. period. that doesn't mean "can" the whole project. they will come good & i think clarke is on very thin ice and i'll predict he won't be in next t20 w/c. white will lead the side.i don't fully like t20 when its played on small grounds where edges go for 6 & 4s. but in aust ground its worth watching & S.L played very well. well done to them. no shame in losing to a better side.

    if anyone thought ODI was dead, think again, Pak vs S.A in Dubai and Razzaq's 70 ball 100 (7 4s and 10 6s) stole the match from teeth of S.A. cricket at its very best!

  • Pankaj on November 1, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    I am an Indian but I think Sri Lanka has the best balance team for the world cup, although India has best batting power. I am scared to see a semi-final like India-SL (96) again.. hope SL will loose somewhere before face India or otherway..

  • Anonymous on November 1, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    AUS THOUSE DAYS PLAY WELL BECA OF THERE BOWLLING ATTACK NOW NO MACGRA he is the main man in aus side in thouse days... they will never gona have a caliber of macgrah kind of bowler. so they gona lose matches for good teams... specialy srilanka and inda.. and sout africa,good bye aus....

  • kumar on November 1, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    An experiment? Please. The Australians go out to win every game they play. Give Sri Lanka all the credit of a good victory.

    Also, did anyone else notice the absolute, unashamed bias of the channel 9 commentators?

  • Chris on November 1, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    Is anyone in Australia really panicking?

    Who cares about some two-bit 20/20 which is only there to make some quick cash? Nobody in Australia pays this result any heed whatsoever.

    And for those who are claiming that this result bodes poorly for the Ashes, well, you may as well claim that Lleyton Hewitt's last tennis match bodes poorly for all the relevance that it has. Test matches are a totally different (and frankly, far more important) kettle of fish.

  • Butterteeth on November 1, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    A bit rough to heap so much blame on Clarke - its not like anyone else managed to do anything much, including the rather hit and miss power hitter Warner. Australia do take T20 seriously - we did make the final of the last World Champs (or whatever they call it). Bottom line is, Sri Lanka played really well and Australia didn't. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that out.

  • Abdul E. Faisalabadi on November 1, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    The awesome thing is that Randiv bowled TWENTY FOUR balls with not a single no-ball!!

  • Jase on November 1, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    Viewer numbers dropped off? I didn't even bother watching past when Clark walked out to open the batting.

    Whilst I rate his captaincy, he's NOT a 20/20 batsmen. There's no shame in that. He should concentrate on Test match batting.

    Wouldn't it be nice if the selectors actually picked people based on form.

  • gara on November 1, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    What do you mean that "this was not a game Australia was not looking to win'? Do you mean after the wickets starting to fall the Aussie team was not struggling to save the match? That wasn't what we saw! They were in total disarray and even their bowling showed it and the captains expressions wass proof. Swallow your pride and be a sport! Accept the defeat rather than belittling the Sri Lankan win! Shame on you! The fact is that Australia was comprehensively beaten in this match. Gone are the days they are invincible. Look what happened in India.

  • Ravishankar on November 1, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Aussies are confused - They are not getting their team right and obviously the results - Like the good old English, they are talking only about the Ashes, reducing every thing else to insignificance.

  • lee on November 1, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Re the viewing on the eastern seaboard: Well it wasn't really worth watching anyway considering we were getting it delayed by an hour and a half or so. Don't know whether this was just because Qld (where i am) lacks daylight sayings. By the time it started on tv it was already clear australia had not made a defendable total. personally i'd rather miss the first innings and get it live (presuming the cricket lost out to the league last night)

  • Gerard Armstrong on October 31, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Spot on Michael. You have mentioned the misuse and misunderstanding of the power play on numerous occasions before, not just by the Australians, and it's somewhat surprising that 5 years since T20 became an international affair, captains aren't identifying that the powerplay is where the game is won - team leaders are still treating it like an obstacle to be negotiated for the batting team when it's the exact opposite!

  • Sudath on October 31, 2010, 23:50 GMT

    A lot of thanks from Sri Lanka,if they do not take ODIs not so seriously as well.

  • Darshan on October 31, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    Wake up Andrew, you are a typical example of sour grapes. Everyone knows that every time Aussies go out to play sport (not necessarily cricket) they want to win at any cost. Last night because they lost in a pathetic way that game is not important, had they won your tune would have been different. Andrew come down to earth Aussies arn't the dominent team in world cricket any more . Be a gentleman and a good sport and accept the fact that last night Aussies were beaten by the better team.

  • Jason on October 31, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Disappointed with the tone of this article. Where exactly should Clarke have batted? Predictably, you don't say...because you don't think he should be in the side to begin with. In that case, you should have written a complaining article a week ago, when the team was selected.

    "For a game that relies so heavily on power hitting in the first six overs, to open with Clarke is just plain stupid" Tell that to Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis and Mahela Jayawardene. Those 3 examples alone should be enough reason to try Clarke at the top. But no, it must have Clarke's bloated ego that made him open... As usual Clarke is the easy target when Australia lose.

    For what it's worth, I agree with you on Smith :)

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    Cameron White's bowling would probably get dealt with as brutally as Smith though..

  • VinnieVincent on October 31, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    Why not have a T20 series instead of one off exhibition games? What was the point of last night. What is the point of the Australian cricket summer anymore. Time to get rid of the dinosaurs at Cricket Australia and bring in some innovative people to bring cricket back to life in this country.

    Clarke is a horrible player, can not hit big and is a clueless captain as well. The robotic Watson is also not suited to this game, Haddin can go too, bring in the flair of Time Paine and if our spinners aren't up to a world standard, let's not embarrass them and play them.

    Clean the slate and pick the team on form.

    D. Warner C. White (c) S. Smith D. Hussey C. Ferguson T. Birt D. Christian T. Paine M. Johnson P. Siddle S. Tait

  • Will Cavanagh on October 31, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Why should Australia treat this format as anything other than hit and Giggle for there kids , as that is what the game is The fact that Davis Warner is mentioned as the better option should say it all ,as a bottom handed biff over Cows or a sliced drive over cover point cover his shot range. 20/20 was supposed to be a bit of fun lets leave it as that

  • AmmaGahai on October 31, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Not taking seriously? No, Australia was disrespectful of Sri Lanka. In Australia, Aussie says “u have to win the respect”. The truth is, Sri Lanka never won the respect by winning in Australia. So, yesterday was another Aussie “win if u can” attitude team selection.

    They gave Sri Lanka the fastest and bounciest wicket in Australia which SL have won only 1 out of 15 games and a experimental team. They knew / hope that Clarke and gang will win it easily and channel 9 commentary team will again humiliate SL for poor shot selection on fast and bouncy pitches.

    It didn’t happen and I think Sri Lanka won a bit of respect! If we can win the ODI 2-1, Sri Lanka will win the respect! We should win in MCG and easily on SCG. If boys got enough patrol left in the tank we might win 3-0!

  • Meety on October 31, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    The Test team should of been playing first class cricket, even if that meant bringing the Domestic season forward a month. All the Indian tour did (I think Oz played well & were half a chance of winning 2 nil), was leave the boys with a black eye, a losing streak, and major technique tweaking from dust bowls to green tops. Anyway - got that off my chest, back to T20, my side would be 1. S Smith 2. Warner, 3. Watson, 4. White, 5. Clarke, 6. Haddin, 7. O'Keefe, 8. Hopes, 9. Johnston, 10. Lee, 11. Nannes/Bollinger/Bracken/Tait. I would open with Smith because he is brash & unpredictable (quality as well), Warner is worth the risk when he tees off. Watson - because he is Oz's best genuine all rounder. I would have Pup in the middle order to launch a recovery mission then good all round depth in O'Keefe & Hopes (the most underated player in Oz), my primary strike weapons would be Lee & Johnson + Tait or one of the others mentioned. Bracken adds versatility - important in T20.

  • david24126 on October 31, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Perhaps the Australian selectors now might drop the concept of the 3rd XI

  • Ben on October 31, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Michael, you are spot on. Cameron White should be captain of the T20 side. He's one of the most prolific batsmen in this format. If necessary bring in Hodge, the leading batsman in T20 instead of Clarke. Clarke is Australia's Mike Brearley - can't bat, won't bowl, just captain. Xavier Doherty or Jon Holland should replace Steven Smith. Watson already fills the batting allrounder role. That's what Smith is - a BATTING allrounder. Using him as THE slow bowler is Cameron White all over again. No lesson learnt.

  • Sunil on October 31, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    Honestly, does anyone in Australia care about T20? Its popcorn cricket pure and simple. I don't even think its worth analysing. It will be forgotten next week. Can anyone remember how many T20 World Cups there have been or who has won them? Aussie fans are more into real cricket. I mean West Indies beating Australia by 1 run at Adelaide in '91/'92 still stands out in my mind and it happened 20 years ago or M Waugh's stand against South Africa I think in '96 when everyone thought he hadn't the temperament to hang around a whole day is real cricket. These youngsters playing T20 growing up watched that kind of stuff and thats what means the most to them, I'm sure. T20 is just a cash cow but heroes are made in Tests.

  • Prem, on October 31, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Australia is not taking T20 seriously. Some of Australian best players Glen McGrath, Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Alan Border etc. not playing is a clear evidence they are not taking it serious. Australia has made important changes in selectors. I hope future T20 team will include the Australian best players.

  • Ck on October 31, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Some Aussies are such sore losers! "Australia must take T20 cricket seriously" So they were just goofing around were they? They lost because they were just mucking around? Why play in the first place? Yup definitely, they lost not because they were out played and out classed.

    "When I saw him walk out to bat with Dave Warner, I knew then that this was not a game that Australia was necessarily desperate to win" come on Michel! What the! When Australia decided to play at the WACA against Lankans to start of their summer of cricket, Aussies were dead serious about wining this game. Specially when they have the ashes just around the conner.

    Then you contradict your self "For a nation that is totally unaccustomed to playing sport with anything but a “must win” attitude".

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    The 'future to be captain' is becoming a burden for the Australian team. Now it seems the selectors are trying different options to fit their to be captain in the 11. Its time to give Clarke a rest and try some new talent.

  • saha on October 31, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    People can be so rash and ridiculous sometimes... how does australia losing the t20's affect in ANYWAY chances in the 2011 ONE DAY WORLDCUP? Granted lanka played exceptional,(remember though australia's bowling was 3rd string, no bollinger tait johnson, or even lee who is now fit) but this has no bearing on the WC australia is still world no1 so just wait and see.

  • eddie on October 31, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    after years of fighting mcgrath, warne and lee, sangakkara and the boys must be having fun facing this lukewarm australian attack. the sheer class of the sri lankan batting in the top order won us this match. i wouldn't get too confident though. i'm not convinced our batting strength is so good from 5-down and if we hadn't gotten rid of cameron white so early, we'd have been chasing 170. but i haven't seen us thrash the aussies so well since the world cup final in 96, so ima take this victory and hope for more =)

  • Rishi on October 31, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    It seems like the only prerequisite to be the Captain of Australia is the ability to spit on your hands repeatedly. Cameron White obviously hasn’t mastered this skill yet, but with some extensive training he might get there. Sri Lanka played extremely well, but we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves yet. I just wish they came here more for test matches, instead of some silly winter series every 5 years. All the best for the one dayers!!!!

  • kundan kumar on October 31, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    not only in t20, Austrailia needs to get serious in any and every format of cricket...useles bunch of younsters should be kicked out of the team...and especially their captain Michael Clarke

  • Andrew on October 31, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    Clarke knows that he doesn't suit this version, the problem is that until Ponting retires at the end of the next world cup this is the only chance he gets to captain a team, which is what he is being groomed for.

    Once Ricky retires from the One-day game and possibly the test game i fully expect Clarke to retire from T20 and hand the reigns to Camron White.

    As for last night, most in Australia won't care too much. In fact many would not even know it was on especially witht he Pre-Ashes hype and Australia's most famous horse race being held 2 days later. A T20 game against Sri lanka just isn't important. Probably the reason it was held in Perth too, they were not even bothered about trying to get the best TV ratings (WA is 3 hours behind most of Aus and there for the large Sydney and Melbourne market would have been asleep for most of it)

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Clarke is a fantastic player in tests and a genius of the one day game. Yet so often in t20 his batting in the middle order holds the team back. Theres a heap of suitable replacements hanging around the domestic scene. Hand over the captaincy to Cameron White.

  • Paul on October 31, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka on a fine performance. Well played. Australia, on the other hand, need to look at themselves pretty hard. Two things got my attention about this game. Aust were 4/30-odd and Michael Clarke was sitting on the sidelines throwing and catching what appeared to be lollies around and laughing his head off - your team is in dire trouble and your are laughing? As captain? Get a grip, dopey - the FANS won't continue to pay your wages if you carry on like you don't care. Second - Cricket Australia announcing that they want Michael Clarke to play every game this year has effectively sent out the message that, regardless of his performances, they won't sack him. What effect does that have on his attitude and that of his fellow teammates? If CA doesn't have the guts to sack a guy who hasn't got the skills for the short formats of the game, well, why would we support it?

  • It's just a t20 on October 31, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    This series is just a distraction from the rest of the summer. I think Australian selectors have done the right thing by letting test players and test hopefuls play shield cricket and fight for their spots. There is a big difference between a t20 and tests and form in one doesn't necessarily mean form in the other. People calling for Michael Clarke's head do so justifiably but he is going to be the next test captain there is really no doubt about it so as much captaincy experience he can get is a good thing (since he doesn't captain his state team).

    Australia have never taken t20 seriously, and I don't think we should. I would prefer to see an Australian under23s team playing an International t20 than see our test players, playing this hit and giggle game instead of first class games.

    I would also like to say, our bowling line-up was very poor how Hasting got picked instead of Hopes and how Clint McKay got picked instead of anyone I don't know.

  • Hasan Cheema on October 31, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    This total injustice to Sri Lanka if some one says that Australia is not taking the t20 seriously.. Of course they are taking it serious but they are not winning it............if so then i must say the whole Non-Auzi world should have taken cricket seriously during the period 1999-2007... Auzi lost two test against India it means Auzi not taking test cricket serious too... I hope they take Ashes seriously

  • Jimmy K on October 31, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    I agree that Michael Clare should be gone from the top of the order and, really, gone from the side. He's no longer the young dasher of his early career and is, in fact, our most solid test player at the moment, so is entirely unsuited to T20. I think blaming his decision to open for the defeat is a bit much though. The Lankans were really good and that shouldn't be glossed over. They're above us in the rankings and should be there. And I think the comments about Steven Smith as the primary spinner are well and good... except, like any Australian team at the moment, who do you replace him with? The spin cupboard is pretty bare. I like Xavier Doherty as a negating, miserly spin option but his batting and fielding are such that he probably won't be able to make the cut for a T20 game.

  • Auskiwi on October 31, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    With the ultimate demise of one day cricket on the horizon Aussie better start to learn how to play 20 20 cricket full stop!! they were very ordinary last night bowlers were not doing much with ball or is it a bold and cunning plan to make the English complacence

  • Vijay from London on October 31, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    SL won the T20 professionally. But be careful Ozzis will bounce back in every department very secretively. They do anything to distract SL in the future games. Don't take the win too easy and relax. Keep your high expectation in every game until the last ball is being bowled and batted.Guck luck for the rest of the games. Vijay from London

  • mashood on October 31, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    I disagree, I think other teams have to take T20s a little less seriously. There are no T20 rankings, only the WC. Australia were the Finalists, they do take it seriously enough I think.

  • jj on October 31, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    it is not Clarke's fault if he is picked as the Captain, the selectors and Cricket Australia needs to take the blame.

    Clarke's batting ability is very good he can be a impact player in T20 as well if used correctly, to me he is not a good Captain ? even Ponting was really mediocre in India. Aussies need a new person to marshall them in ODI, T20 and Test. Australian cricket needs a major change & like how Allan Boarder

  • Visal Liyanage on October 31, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    The thing about Aussie fans is - when they're winning its all well and good. But if they lose, all of a sudden its "oh that was just a warm up" or "who cares about t20 anyway." Problem is, you can't keep playing with that sort of attitude and looking ahead to one fixture (the ashes) when you haven't won an international match in 4 months - it doesn't give you ANY momentum going into it. Look at what happened before the 2005 ashes - the losses to Somerset, England in a t20, then Bangladesh! It's about time that Australia stopped covering up their weaknesses with so-called "experimentation" and just go out and win games again.

  • arslan on October 31, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    when australia won some 9 matches on the triot prior to t20 final every one was sayying they mean business

    now when they lost 4 on the trot ,they played it as a joke

    Get a life authour there are teams that are technically better than Australia

  • Phil S on October 31, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    What I find strange (& I haven't even seen the 2nd half of the game, but I think I could guess what happened)is that SL has a team not all that different from their Test team. Aus, on the other hand, has a lot more "T20-type" batting specialists doing the rounds - even in the Sheffield Shield, players like Aiden Blizzard & Travis Birt come to mind for that style of play. Yet, The Sri Lankans don't seem to have that separation of the two forms. So what is going on, is it the coaches & selectors in Aus who preach the differences rather than the similarities? If a spin bowler can't take wickets at less than a 50 ave in the Shield given the somewhat lower standard that seems to prevail there with the bat recently, how can they take enough wickets in international T20? Does Michael Clarke get the wrong message, that T20 is some game from Mars and he has to approach it in some alien way? I always thought the Lankans would win because they are more settled. Look out for them in the World Cup!

  • jk on October 31, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    sorry michael J, cricket australia is dame serius about cricket and always put out the best, but today we saw the best in Australia is not good enough and players like Gilchrist, Warne, Magrath and Ponting were the X factor.

    Good for cricket fans Now at least we have 4 or five teams who can beat the Australia in their back yard, worst is yet to come wait and see what England is going to do to the demoralised Austarlian team

  • KiranMV on October 31, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Haven't we all had of "Aussies don't take T20 seriously"? Please, give it a rest! This Aus team is not worth it's salt in any form of the game. They keep giving excuses all the time. Instead, they just have to say that they are not good anymore. Their best players have moved on, and we are left with only The Pretenders. MClarke is a pup, and will be a pup. No further comments on him. But, as a team, they are only getting by. The legendary Aussie spirit is dead. Over and out!!

  • Profesori on October 31, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Well. As things stand, Australia needs to take all the formats of cricket seriously.

  • aris desilva on October 31, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    lions just had kangaroo soup for dinner..lol

  • Michael Jeh on October 31, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Thanks for the comments guys. I think a few people may have genuinely misunderstood my intentions. I wasn't making excuses for Australia's performance last night, merely highlighting a series of areas where I thought they played poorly or made dumb decisions. No team goes into any game not trying to win but my point was that when you come up against a balanced and classy side like the current SL T20 team, unless Australia "gets serious" about it's selections/strategy, they'll continue to get thrashed. We can't keep relying on White and Hussey Bros to keep bailing us out. No other world team carries passengers at the top during powerplay or plays a token spinner. What I was trying to convey was a lament that last night's game was too much of an experiment and I don't think international cricket is the place to experiment. Pick your best team and best powerplay hitters. Neither was evident yesterday and SL proved that you can't get away with that at this level.

  • Ranil Herath on October 31, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Hilarious, your title calling aussies to take 20/20 seriously, a case of sour grapes.SL hammered them out of 20/20 finals here in UK last year and now in your own backyard.It clearly shows bouncy,seaming pitches are not any more alien to dashing Lankans and mind you they hammered England 5/0 in the ODI & 20/20 when they toured here last time and what bet it will be 3/0 now in australia.

    Ranil Herath Kent.

  • Harvey on October 31, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    If losing is evidence that Australia is not taking a format seriously, then clearly they're not taking Tests or ODI's seriously, either!

  • kaushik on October 31, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    NOT SRI LANKA INSTEAD AUSTRALIA R IN THE REBUILDING PHASE,AS FAR CLARKE GOES HE IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF OZ TEAM AND CAN MAKE A GREAT DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD CUP...SO JUST DON'T BOTHER REMEMBER THE PERFORMANCE OF AUS BEFORE THE LAST WORLD CUP,WHITEWASH AGAINST THE KIWIS THEY WILL REALLY BOUNCE BACK IN THE WORLD CUP..

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    kl

  • Andy on October 31, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Is Michael Clarke the worst T20 batsman ever?

  • thianavi on October 31, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    "Australia must take T20 cricket seriously". What kind of a headline is that? Really? Are you telling us that A. They don't? B. If they had, even in the slightest bit, Sri Lanka would have had no chance in this match? Aussies got their shoes handed to them. Admit it. Cut out the excuses dude.

  • Nepali on October 31, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Clake, I hope you are graceful enough to already realize that you are not good enough for 20-20 cricket although you are a classy test player and reasonably good one day player. You would do yourself and you country a great service by concentrating on your game on longer format just like Ponting did. Mind you, Ponting could well survive 20-20 cricket. In your case it seems you are not good enough by your present statnards for 20-20 and you might ruin you test and one day game in the process of adapting to 20-2-.There is no disgrace in it. It better if you do that sooner than later.I am an Australian fan as well as Michel Clarke fan and man fans like me have similar view I guess.

  • last knight on October 31, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    ah , as if so far Aussies have been joking in T20. Nice distractor by author.

  • Manjala Wijenayake - Angammana on October 31, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    You see boys our Sri Lankan crickters. So good, what a credit for us. I wish they play like this rest of the games. So beautiful boys. I wish them good luck.

  • SANDEEP on October 31, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    clarke please retire from 2020 cricket white get ready sorry

  • Vasee on October 31, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Clarke, like Ponting, has repeatedly proved to be an unimaginative captain. Watson and Warner are probably the best opening pair in T20 cricket (any country) and to Clarke's decision to open the batting is best described as a dull decision. The real measure of any captain is his decision making and body language when his team is put to the test by the opposing batsmen. Clarke did everything Ponting would do; used a single formula, bit his nails, looked worried and failed to show any signs of leadership under pressure. It must be frustrating for the likes of Cam White and David Hussey to play and lose under the captaincy of somebody so ordinary.

  • RickyGilchrist on October 31, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Experiment #3: Aust 20/20 team. Warner, Watson, C.Ferguson(vc), White(c), D.Hussey, Haddin, M.Marsh, Lee, Bollinger, Nannes, Tait. Smith as 12th man. Clarke can be orange boy. BRING BACK ROY!!!

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    It is true to say that Ausies didn't experiment with their team today. it's the reflextion of where the Australian cricket is at the moment. Australia no longer a cricketing force as they were few years ago.The rest of the world has cought them up. Especially South Africa, India and Srilanka.

  • JJ on October 31, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    I think Clarke has tried to emulate Tendulkar and Mahela, both expert and classy batsmen (although Mahela is nowhere near the mastery of Tendulkar, Mahela has his own class. Both of them have proved to be formidable openers for Mumbai and SL respectively. Clarke is a sort of established one day and test performer and must have thought why he should not try the same

  • dr ajay patel on October 31, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    There was a time when there were at least three to four players in Australian side who could not be selected because of tough compitetion who otherwise were compitent enough to be selected from any other country . Now it is a time when they have a player who will not be selected in any of the other top cricket playing countries for a shorter version of the game & here unfortunately he is a skipper....

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    i think clarkey is the most overrated player......they say he plays spin very well....i think he fakes it...i mean he comes down the pitch to every delivery....as if to show he uses his feet well to the spinners( the famous tag line of all the countries outside subcontinent)...i mean look at laxman or any indian batsman how many times a dravid,laxman tendulkar,ganguly come down the pitch....only when to hit a six...n the most weird dhoni....wht feet movement he does something just stringed together n somehow plays it....so clarkey should try to learn how to play spin first....

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    common this is a lame excuse whnever aussie team lose...they just have this excuse tht they need to take T20 seriously as if they wont lose whn they will play seriously...........they should accept they r not good in this format.....why always cry...and not give credit to other better teams......and for the first time its seen tht a aussie captain does not deserve a place in the side...whch use to happen with other teams in the past......so its proved just players of the past were terrific n not the oz system.......

  • amit gaglani on October 31, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Come on !! STOP SAYING AUSSIES NEED TO TAKE T20 SERIOUSLY. Aussies cant win anything at the moment.They have some unskilled players starting with Clark who is not equipped to play T20.Some others are out of form. Mike Hussey the most overhyped player. Just because he did well in first couple of years, they named him Mr. cricket.(By aussies and not others) On that basis, Tendulkar should be called doctor of cricket.Aussies kept winning between 1995 and 2007 because of luck, bad umpring and some below par opposition. Those days are gone. Opposition like India, SA and England have tightened their game and go with skilled players. so Aussies will remain in top 5 but not at the top of cricket.

  • Nilanga on October 31, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka

  • Roger Merrill on October 31, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    "Australia must take T20 cricket seriously"... This is lamn excuse. The fact is the other teams are better then Aussies in T20. How about we say that the other countries didn't take test and ODIs seriously in last decade and so Aussies kept winning against them..lol

  • abul on October 31, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    oh really mr. Michael Jeh ??? The team which is unbeaten at home in t20 for more than 4 years, u saying they r taking t20 lightly??? if aussie had won today, would write this post????

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    it seems that this aussie team needs a whole year to prepare for ashes (an excuse). lANKANS played like professionals ,did nothing extra ,but still managed a well deserved comprehensive win. who the hell in australia thinks that clarke should captain team ? even smith would have been much better (far more aggressive ). having talents & using them are different things ,neither ponting nor clarke look good. try some change

  • Dank on October 31, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Michael Jey, All i feel reading this is that you are utterly frustrated about the aussie performance. Just one game of T20 and you guys are deep down six feet. You could blame the selection or whatsoever all you forgot was how incredible was Sri Lankan performances today.

    You should learn to lose sooner than later. it's not always possible to be number one in the world every day. support your your aussie team. give some showers of blessings with some words of encouragement. what ever sri lankans are ready for the challenge after the WC 2007 betrayal of playing a final in the muddy dark day.

  • jossey on October 31, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    srilankans are much better side than the aussie even in australia, and they played like true champions.so there is nothing to argue and even IAN CHAPEL would agree this;CLARKE open the innings is a coplete foolishness and he should give up t20 and concentrate on 50 overs plus testes and for me srilankans are going to win the WORLD CUP also.

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Aussi is no longer a powerful team. V dont hav to c any more arrogant Aussies. They r 5th in test ranking. Soon they wil say Tests r not important!! SL wil win 3-0 in ODI as well.

  • Oshan Liyanage on October 31, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    No excuses Australia!! you were well and truly out-played in all departments by the better team - Sri Lanka. SL will go on to win the ODI's and only a fool would bet there house against Sri Lanka wining the 2011 World Cup! Australia would be very lucky to reach semi-finals if they do...in the 2011 World Cup.

  • Handlebar on October 31, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Agree with both Shaun and Crickepissek; T20 is a format that Oz has not been able to perform, but does not make it any less important.

    Also, it is good to see that Oz's dominance is diminishing, giving other teams an ability to contest them; in any case in ODI's Oz is still number one, but I do not think for long.

    T20 - all is wrong. Clarke - captain? Really.

  • bettertimes on October 31, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Michael Clarke was not sent in to experiment as an opener. Sri Lanka opened bowling with Murali against NSW T20 warm up indicating that they will open bowling with a spinner. Australia took the bait and sent in Michael Clarke their best against spin to open. Instead he had to face genuine quickies bowling 140kph upwards in one of worlds fastest and bouncy tracks. The WACA match was intended to soften up Sri Lanka who traditionally have gentle medium bowlers and batsmen uncomfortable in bouncy conditions. Surprise surprise! Wake up Australia..... the world has moved on.

  • Jayaprabath on October 31, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Aussie dominance is over. they should all forms of cricket seriously. No gilly,hayden,macgrath and warne means others dont have to fight. hoping to see SL winning ODI's as well. good luck for aussie camp.

  • ron on October 31, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    australia need to make some changes aus need tim paine at the top with warner or flinch or may b hodge then watson,symonds,david,m.hussey,white,bollinger,horitz,tait,bracken in the plaing 11 also hopes,jhonson in the squad can make combination of some serious t20 players clarke is of no use in t20 symonds is needed for sure the biggest hitter for aus in t20

  • Waheed on October 31, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    In general, Australia needs to take everything, other than just the Ashes, seriously.

  • percy on October 31, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Aussie's has been ruling the game of cricket like what WI did in 70's. now is the time to see them going down to better teams in Asia. SL ofcos a fighting team and well balanced under the cap'cy of Sanga. now is the time for ICC to think that cricket is not only for big countries,,, its a game who can play with the wining attitude sides. Weldone Ponting!!! To be honest clarke is not lucky to lead a team. SL will win the WC this time for sure!

  • Naren on October 31, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Several weak links in today's team. Clarke is a misfit. I like him generally, but Australia are losing because of him adding pressure at the top. White should be captain. Why not Callum Ferguson? I was only wondering maybe Australia want to pick him for the Test squad. Otherwise he should be in this T20 team. The fast bowlers sucked as well. David Warner has been disappointing for a while. Shaun Marsh can be brought back. Australia are better of with Medium paced allrounders than spinners. Maybe McDonald can be brough back.

  • Steve on October 31, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I agree with the Clarke part, his selection even as a middle order batsman cannot be justified with his pitiful T20 record.

  • Mark on October 31, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    " T20 cricket may well be the hottest new kid on the block but if you disrespect it too much, even this golden goose may stop laying eggs. "

    A bit shortsighted, so Australia is rubbish as T20 and hence the format is rubbish.

    I believe the truth is; this defeat has hurt you more than you desire, SL outplayed Australia in every department that it made a mockery of Australia's new cricketing talent (it's that what we call it).

  • Sammy T on October 31, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    The gap. That gap is now starting to widen. Watching the class SL bats make a mockery of our puny total was like watching class tradesmen build a doll house. The effortlessness of Sangakkara strokeplay is something to behold. This guy is, after the Satchie, the best bat in the world. I actually enjoyed watching my beloved Aussie team being annihillated by a very cohesive, talented outfit. Dilshan and Mahela were just icing on the cake. Clarke continued to frustrate and annoy me - this bloke cannot play 20/20. Warner looked short of a run - why Clarke opened himself is a mystery. The steady decline continues.

  • Anonymous on October 31, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    yea!! Yea!! Some more of it.Until I Explode with Happiness.Plz don't take me wrong,I juz luv any article which says bad abt the Players jus to see How good they come back of it. It happenes when either the team or the player dose not perform(Articles). Lets see how the Aussies are gonna come back.As well as the team. They are not so used to these. This is the First time i have seen this since i was a Child or maybe Even i was born :O "Australia is a middling side in world cricket". I really Hope The Aussies will come Back well and Not like the windies. They'll(WI) Be soon Striped from the Test Schemes. If the Aussies are not on the Top i jus feel it jus don't look like a Modern day Cricket.For me Legends come form India... and Champions from the Aus. (Sunil,Sachin,Rahul,Dada,...etc n Warne,megrath,haydo n Gilly...etc) I know i have added few players only.=these are juz the ones i saw and njoyed the most....there can be players better which i will accept

  • shameer on October 31, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    11 SL men had to face 13 Ausi including the umpires, who's decisions were clearly in favor of Ausi. all teams have ups & downs of performance, but the former spirit of Ausi cricket seems no more. SL seems getting better, slowly & steadily over the period & the analysis of shots played from SL batsmen in the match indicates its success. wish all the best to SL team.. !!!!

  • Akindu & Inuki on October 31, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Australia is no longer the best team. When you have young players like Thisara Perera mixed with seniors like Kumar and Mahela Sri Lanka are one of the favourites to win the world cup. Sri Lanka Play better than most countries and with India are probably the best team at the moment. Sad we dont get recognised

  • ramanujam sridhar on October 31, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Ithink it was really dumb to open with Clarke and Warner . Watson has been batting brilliantly and why on earth would Clarke want to meddle with that. I think this match is important from one perspective, two actually, the first is that every team is waiting to give it back to Australia in any format of the game for what they have been through and second more important from Australia"s point of view is that Clarke is selfish and cannot be a serious alternative to Ponting once he leaves. Australia needs another alternative maybe Cameron White for the shortere version. Clarke should not even be in the shorter version team. Well Played Srilanka and what an experiment, it it was one, in an Ashes year, Australia get ready or get ready to forget the Ashes sridhar

  • Icee Cool on October 31, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Australia is taking T20 cricket seriously.......... but the only problem with them is MICHAEL CLARKE!!! they need to have Callum Ferguson in place of Clarke

  • Al on October 31, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka is not 'an emerging side' as jeh puts it. He needs to write more acurately and in a less condescending manner.SL 'emerged' long ago. Sri Lanka won the 50 overs World Cup way back in 1996 and were runners up in the 20/20 World cup final beating all teams leading to the final match.They hold their own in test cricket too albeit with diminished results in Australia. And oh! its highly dubious that Australia didnt take this match seriously. Surely they would have wanted to win at any cost after their terrible ongoing slump?

  • INDRAJEET KUMAR on October 31, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    its a reflection of coming world cup. only two teams will rule. India and Sri lanka. Aussie must declare there w.c team, and in t20 games they are still taking risk to playing with new talent. its totally a frisk.

  • INDRAJEET KUMAR on October 31, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    its a reflection of coming world cup. only two teams will rule. India and Sri lanka. Aussie must declare there w.c team, and in t20 games they are still taking risk to playing with new talent. its totally a frisk.

  • Snowsnake on October 31, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    I think Australia has about the right approach towards T20. It is worthless cricket. For all those who wrote obituary for ODIs should notice that T20, when played for a while, will lose all the interest of audience. Most results of T20 games can be decided in first 7 overs. If a team does not lose any wickets and maintains a scoring rate of over 7rpo in first 7 overs wins in all likelihood. So, players play all sorts of random shots to get that strike rate in first 7 overs, and depending on wheter they acheieve that strike rate without losing a wicket or lose wickets in their attempt, the team wins or loses, which makes the outcome of T20 game random. There is no nation in the world that can truly claim to be T20 Champion-- ever.

  • Sanjeewa on October 31, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Well done Sri Lankans, Oh! Ausies you got totally outplayed, If this the way you are going to continue, say bye bye to Ashes

  • CricketPissek on October 31, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    all credit to sri lanka. experiments or otherwise, australia had never lost a T20 match at home before tonight. the Lankans, a bit like Barcelona and Arsenal in football, have always stayed true to the certain style of playing the game in an entertaining and artistic way. it's great to see the results coming along to complement that to make the team the complete package. Bring on the world cup!

  • shaun price on October 31, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    shame on u aussie. suddenly t20 is not worth it. well of course australia are not good so "can" the contest. it used to be ozzie policy of selecting 11 players and then the captain, now select clarke + 10. THE ASHES. Talk of a weak link link in KP, i think M Clarke is the "weakest link" (ann robinson no less eh!!!)

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  • shaun price on October 31, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    shame on u aussie. suddenly t20 is not worth it. well of course australia are not good so "can" the contest. it used to be ozzie policy of selecting 11 players and then the captain, now select clarke + 10. THE ASHES. Talk of a weak link link in KP, i think M Clarke is the "weakest link" (ann robinson no less eh!!!)

  • CricketPissek on October 31, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    all credit to sri lanka. experiments or otherwise, australia had never lost a T20 match at home before tonight. the Lankans, a bit like Barcelona and Arsenal in football, have always stayed true to the certain style of playing the game in an entertaining and artistic way. it's great to see the results coming along to complement that to make the team the complete package. Bring on the world cup!

  • Sanjeewa on October 31, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Well done Sri Lankans, Oh! Ausies you got totally outplayed, If this the way you are going to continue, say bye bye to Ashes

  • Snowsnake on October 31, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    I think Australia has about the right approach towards T20. It is worthless cricket. For all those who wrote obituary for ODIs should notice that T20, when played for a while, will lose all the interest of audience. Most results of T20 games can be decided in first 7 overs. If a team does not lose any wickets and maintains a scoring rate of over 7rpo in first 7 overs wins in all likelihood. So, players play all sorts of random shots to get that strike rate in first 7 overs, and depending on wheter they acheieve that strike rate without losing a wicket or lose wickets in their attempt, the team wins or loses, which makes the outcome of T20 game random. There is no nation in the world that can truly claim to be T20 Champion-- ever.

  • INDRAJEET KUMAR on October 31, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    its a reflection of coming world cup. only two teams will rule. India and Sri lanka. Aussie must declare there w.c team, and in t20 games they are still taking risk to playing with new talent. its totally a frisk.

  • INDRAJEET KUMAR on October 31, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    its a reflection of coming world cup. only two teams will rule. India and Sri lanka. Aussie must declare there w.c team, and in t20 games they are still taking risk to playing with new talent. its totally a frisk.

  • Al on October 31, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka is not 'an emerging side' as jeh puts it. He needs to write more acurately and in a less condescending manner.SL 'emerged' long ago. Sri Lanka won the 50 overs World Cup way back in 1996 and were runners up in the 20/20 World cup final beating all teams leading to the final match.They hold their own in test cricket too albeit with diminished results in Australia. And oh! its highly dubious that Australia didnt take this match seriously. Surely they would have wanted to win at any cost after their terrible ongoing slump?

  • Icee Cool on October 31, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Australia is taking T20 cricket seriously.......... but the only problem with them is MICHAEL CLARKE!!! they need to have Callum Ferguson in place of Clarke

  • ramanujam sridhar on October 31, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Ithink it was really dumb to open with Clarke and Warner . Watson has been batting brilliantly and why on earth would Clarke want to meddle with that. I think this match is important from one perspective, two actually, the first is that every team is waiting to give it back to Australia in any format of the game for what they have been through and second more important from Australia"s point of view is that Clarke is selfish and cannot be a serious alternative to Ponting once he leaves. Australia needs another alternative maybe Cameron White for the shortere version. Clarke should not even be in the shorter version team. Well Played Srilanka and what an experiment, it it was one, in an Ashes year, Australia get ready or get ready to forget the Ashes sridhar

  • Akindu & Inuki on October 31, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Australia is no longer the best team. When you have young players like Thisara Perera mixed with seniors like Kumar and Mahela Sri Lanka are one of the favourites to win the world cup. Sri Lanka Play better than most countries and with India are probably the best team at the moment. Sad we dont get recognised