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Sri Lanka v Australia

2005: Australia in Sri Lanka, 2003-04

Paul Coupar

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Sri Lanka v Australia

2005: Australia in Sri Lanka, 2003-04

Paul Coupar

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Sri Lanka v Australia

2005: Australia in Sri Lanka, 2003-04

Paul Coupar

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th day

The Murali muddle is more than just cricket

Mar 28, 2004: Chris Broad's decision to report Muttiah Muralitharan for a suspect bowling action will reverberate far beyond the cricket field in Sri Lanka

The Wisden Verdict by Paul Coupar in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 5th Day

Tillakaratne steps down from captaincy

Mar 28, 2004: Hashan Tillakaratne tendered his resignation as Sri Lanka Test captain after Sri Lanka were whitewashed at home for the first time in history by Australia on Sunday

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Langer - 'I don't know what I can do to change perceptions'

Mar 27, 2004: Yesterday, it looked as though Justin Langer's disappointing tour of Sri Lanka was about to get worse, when he was reported to the match referee for a supposed code of conduct violation

Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Tillakaratne - 'I thought I was playing my final innings'

Mar 26, 2004: Sri Lanka's embattled captain, Hashan Tillakaratne, produced a crucial unbeaten 74 to carry his side into a position of strength on the third day against Australia in Colombo

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Langer cleared of disrepute charge

Mar 26, 2004: Justin Langer has been cleared by the match referee, Chris Broad, of a possible breach of the ICC's code of conduct, after being reported by umpiresSteve Bucknor and David Orchard for an on-field incident during the third day of the Colombo Test

Charlie Austin in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Tillakaratne leads Sri Lankan fightback

Mar 26, 2004: Hashan Tillakaratne led a Sri Lankan fightback after Australia struck early in the day

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

The key to overcoming Murali - overcome yourself

Mar 25, 2004: Darren Lehmann has shown over the past two days that cricket is played as much in the head as on the pitch

The Wisden Verdict by Paul Coupar in Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Atapattu - 'I wish I'd done this in the first Test'

Mar 25, 2004: It may be a dead rubber, but in scoring his 12th Test century, Sri Lanka's captain-in-waiting, Marvan Atapattu, was determined not to let Australia walk away with a 3-0 clean sweep

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Atapattu leads Sri Lanka's reply

Mar 25, 2004: Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu gave Sri Lanka an excellent start, after Darren Lehmann had helped Australia to 401 in their first innings

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 1st day

Lehmann: ' I was a little bit bored at times'

Mar 24, 2004: Since he cemented his place in the Australian middle-order, Darren Lehmann has scored five centuries in nine games

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo, 1st day

Lehmann century boosts Australia

Mar 24, 2004: With the prospect of a series whitewash spurring him on, Ricky Ponting took control on the opening day of the third and final Test in Colombo with an authoritative 92

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

March 24-28, 2004

Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo

Mar 23, 2004: Sri Lanka v Australia, 3rd Test, Colombo

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

'Our batting and catching let us down'

Mar 20, 2004: For Hashan Tillakaratne, it was the second time in consecutive Tests that he had let slip the initiative

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

'I don't think I could have bowled much better'

Mar 20, 2004: Shane Warne dashed Sri Lankan hopes quickly on the fifth morning, taking two of the three wickets as Australia wrapped up the win to take the series 2-0

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

Sri Lanka not quite there

Mar 20, 2004: The tree-lined ground at Kandy was the stage for some wonderful drama in the second Test, reaching its gripping peak this morning with a 28-run win for Australia

The Wisden Verdict by Paul Coupar

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

Warne and Gillespie star in Australian win

Mar 20, 2004: Australia needed just 6.1 overs on the fifth morning to complete victory at Kandy, as Shane Warne and Jason Gillespie struck in quick succession as Australia won by 27 runs to wrap up the series 2-0

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 4th day

'We can still win' - Jayasuriya

Mar 19, 2004: Sanath Jayasuriya, whose sparkling 131 put Sri Lanka on course for the unlikeliest of Test victories, insisted that they could still put it off, though they were down to the tail

Charlie Austin
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Series Results
Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC) - Mar 24-28, 2004
Australia won by 121 runs
Sri Lanka v Australia at Kandy - Mar 16-20, 2004
Australia won by 27 runs
Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle - Mar 8-12, 2004
Australia won by 197 runs
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