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Cricket has been more than a game for Sri Lankans, and when they take on Australia in a 'game', they'll be expressing the will and hope of an entire nation, writes Kurt Sorensen in the Roar.
Sri Lanka will play cricket in Australia as a game. They will ask no favours and nor should they receive any. Their skills and abilities will be tested in the toughest and most competitive of cricketing environments against one of the strongest teams in the world. But while we enjoy the fierce competition between Australia and Sri Lanka, we should not underestimate the importance that this team has in its unifying and pride inducing role for a nation that is still grief stricken and healing from a generation of civil war and natural disaster.
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