Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Perth February 9, 2012

Settled hosts meet hesitant visitors

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Match facts

February 10, Perth
Start time 1220 (0420 GMT)

Big Picture

An Australian side in the pinkest of form meet Sri Lankan opponents with plenty of improve upon following a first-up loss to India in a mediocre match that was also at the WACA ground. While the tourists will benefit from having played a match at the ground, a series of starts with the bat, some middling bowling and hesitance in the field - from the newly-appointed captain Mahela Jayawardene's field placements as much as his men's occasionally indifferent attacks on the ball - must be rectified if they are to get close to the hosts.

Michael Clarke's major concern as captain appears to be who to rotate out of the side to hand a debut to the adopted Queenslander Peter Forrest. None of David Warner, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey or his brother David will want to sit out, and the desire for a varied bowling attack would appear to keep Daniel Christian safe as the allrounder. The bowling attack functioned smoothly against India at the MCG despite losing Brett Lee, and Mitchell Starc in particular will look forward to another match in Perth after his strong Test showing at the ground.

Sri Lanka's rebuild after another change of cricket administration, captain and coach requires solid results to bolster confidence and create belief. Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal might have added to it had one gone on from a start to punch out a substantial innings against India, but as it was their series of starts allowed India the luxury of a chase where the required run rate was never stretched. Lasith Malinga can also produce the spark required, but may require more aggressive fields from his captain.

Form guide

Australia WWLWL (Most recent first)
Sri Lanka LWWLL

In the spotlight

Mitchell Starc first made an impression as an international bowler against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in the third ODI played in late 2010. Now armed with the knowledge imparted by Wasim Akram, Starc has added consistency and later swing to his repertoire, and at the WACA ground he has a chance to push still further to retain his place once the likes of James Pattinson and Peter Siddle come under consideration for the second half of the series.

Angelo Mathews was a match-winner for Sri Lanka on their last visit down under, salvaging a game at the MCG that really should have been lost by a fair margin. He produced a quietly impressive display against India, cracking 33 unbeaten late innings runs then fetching 2 for 31 with the ball. As the man most likely to succeed Jayawardene as captain, Mathews will want to make a similar or greater impact against Australia, whose players grew to respect his batting on last year's tour of Sri Lanka.

Team news

Having flagged the inclusion of Peter Forrest for his debut, the Australian selectors must still decide who to leave out for him. David Hussey or Daniel Christian appear the most likely to make way, although the national selector John Inverarity suggested when naming the squad that senior batsmen like Ponting and Michael Hussey might be rested at times. Ben Hilfenhaus is in the squad as Brett Lee's replacement but the bowling attack should be unchanged.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Matthew Wade (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Michael Hussey, 6 David Hussey/Peter Forrest 7 Daniel Christian, 8 Ryan Harris, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Clint McKay.

Rangana Herath may be in line for a recall to the Sri Lanka XI on a Perth surface that offered some turn in the India match. He may come in at the expense of Lahiru Thirimanne, who seemed surplus to requirements batting at No. 8 and not bowling.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Lahiru Thirimanne/Rangana Herath, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Dhammika Prasad.

Pitch and conditions

The surface for the India v Sri Lanka match provided Perth's habitual bounce and pace but also appreciable spin, offering something to bowlers of all speeds and varieties. Expect something similar for this game.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have never beaten Australia in eight ODIs played between the teams in Perth, and have won only two of 16 matches overall at the WACA ground, the last in 1996
  • Should he debut for Australia, Peter Forrest will be the first Queensland-based batting debutant chosen for the Australia ODI team since Jimmy Maher in 1998 - Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson and James Hopes have played as allrounders.

Quotes

"Our plan was always to start well, and then through the middle give some development opportunities to some players and then pick our best team again. But results along the way determine that."
Mickey Arthur on Australia's triangular series strategy.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on February 10, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    GREAT SL won hte toss.To beat Aus in Aus is not a joke. They might throw away a match to keep Ind vs SL on their heels. This happened in 1986-87 Benson & Hedges when Aus were all out for 94 to keep Ind & NZ Finally Ind won & entered finals for the first time under Kapil Dev's Captaincy. They lost both the finals. Beware Ind & SL. Win all the games & I want Ind & SL to enter finals.

  • on February 10, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    _____________________________________________ Good Luck SriLanka! Waiting to see your performance! _____________________________________________

  • on February 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    srilanka going to win today rest assured and MALINGA will be very successful. GOOD LUCK LANKA.

  • thectexperience on February 10, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    The only way I can see a Sri Lanka win here is an innings from Sangakkara along with Dilshan or Jayawardene. More likely though is Sri Lanka five wickets down before the 30th over, meaning they won't be able to post anything competitive

  • kalins on February 10, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka will be writing a new history if they ball first. Aus will be using thier weapons on the field and oustide such as media to let moral down on visitors. There is a strategic move by organisers to have all the SL matches aways from sydney and melbourne due to SL crowed support. With all new team spirit SL will win this match easily. SL should swap thier openers by using Mahela and Dilshan. Tharanga should bat 1 down and followed by Chandimal. Let Sanga to be in middle as it will be good to defend there as most promising player. Hope to write a comment after winning SL soon...

  • Rooboy on February 10, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan - oh really?! Aus lost '3-0(or 3-1 ?) in ODIS' in their most recent tour of India huh? Well remember a couple of months ago when Aus beat India in India 7-0? Probably not, because it never happened ... neither did the results you are making up!

  • on February 10, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Dilshan, Tharanga, Sangakkara, Chandimal, Mahela, Mathews, Maharoof, Herath, Kulasekara, Malinga, Prasad. Best 11 for me. Perera likes to swing across the line. Might be a problem with the Australian fast bowlers and the slightly longish square boundaries on the leg side. Maharoof likes to play straighter. May the Gods bless you, Sri Lanka and give you the strength to beat Australia today.

  • on February 10, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    I just don't get why Forrest has been selected when there are players like Khawaja, Hughes, Klinger, Cooper, Birt and even G.Bailey havent ever got a run in ODIs

  • on February 10, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    I hope Dave Hussey isn't rested - he has been in and out of the team far too much for a player of his calibre and deserves an extended run, especially after his last performance.

  • cardassian on February 10, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka. Hope you put up a good fight.

  • on February 10, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    GREAT SL won hte toss.To beat Aus in Aus is not a joke. They might throw away a match to keep Ind vs SL on their heels. This happened in 1986-87 Benson & Hedges when Aus were all out for 94 to keep Ind & NZ Finally Ind won & entered finals for the first time under Kapil Dev's Captaincy. They lost both the finals. Beware Ind & SL. Win all the games & I want Ind & SL to enter finals.

  • on February 10, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    _____________________________________________ Good Luck SriLanka! Waiting to see your performance! _____________________________________________

  • on February 10, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    srilanka going to win today rest assured and MALINGA will be very successful. GOOD LUCK LANKA.

  • thectexperience on February 10, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    The only way I can see a Sri Lanka win here is an innings from Sangakkara along with Dilshan or Jayawardene. More likely though is Sri Lanka five wickets down before the 30th over, meaning they won't be able to post anything competitive

  • kalins on February 10, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka will be writing a new history if they ball first. Aus will be using thier weapons on the field and oustide such as media to let moral down on visitors. There is a strategic move by organisers to have all the SL matches aways from sydney and melbourne due to SL crowed support. With all new team spirit SL will win this match easily. SL should swap thier openers by using Mahela and Dilshan. Tharanga should bat 1 down and followed by Chandimal. Let Sanga to be in middle as it will be good to defend there as most promising player. Hope to write a comment after winning SL soon...

  • Rooboy on February 10, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan - oh really?! Aus lost '3-0(or 3-1 ?) in ODIS' in their most recent tour of India huh? Well remember a couple of months ago when Aus beat India in India 7-0? Probably not, because it never happened ... neither did the results you are making up!

  • on February 10, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Dilshan, Tharanga, Sangakkara, Chandimal, Mahela, Mathews, Maharoof, Herath, Kulasekara, Malinga, Prasad. Best 11 for me. Perera likes to swing across the line. Might be a problem with the Australian fast bowlers and the slightly longish square boundaries on the leg side. Maharoof likes to play straighter. May the Gods bless you, Sri Lanka and give you the strength to beat Australia today.

  • on February 10, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    I just don't get why Forrest has been selected when there are players like Khawaja, Hughes, Klinger, Cooper, Birt and even G.Bailey havent ever got a run in ODIs

  • on February 10, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    I hope Dave Hussey isn't rested - he has been in and out of the team far too much for a player of his calibre and deserves an extended run, especially after his last performance.

  • cardassian on February 10, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka. Hope you put up a good fight.

  • Harry_Kool on February 9, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    @india79. But we did win a series in Sri Lanka! That is not denigrating the Lankans, it is an acknowledgement of the mighty effort that was because we all know how tough it is to beat them there. To win there was a greta achievement, we NEVER underestimate them. Now can you tell me why it was such a great effort? I seem to recall the last time India won a test series there was 1996. Get the pitcure, dude? SL is a tought place to win in!

  • Harry_Kool on February 9, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    @ Amal Misra. Yes and in 2009 after the Ashes, Australia took almost a virrtual 3rd X1 to India and won comprehensively. And this means what? Absolutely nothing! Current form is the ONLY thiong that counts! You also seem to forget that 4 years on means all of these players that played are 4 years older & their fielding reflects it! I can almost hear the creaking from the tv coverage!

  • Harry_Kool on February 9, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    @chokkashokka. Let me remind you that last time the Aussies toured India & SL they won! I guess it is always a good thing to have selective memory when making empty boasts. You don't get & maintain #1 status for a long period of time by winning at home. And I know, past form means squat, but please check records before making glaringingly inane comments.

  • rust01 on February 9, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Sorry I meant to address that last one to Amal Misra.

  • rust01 on February 9, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    @pras_punter that was 4 years ago. Times have changed and the Indian team can now only perform in India. This is due to the IPL being played in India and which is all Indian players care about and it fills their pockets with undeserved riches.

  • on February 9, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Srilanka has to bowl first and bowl really well ,and if malinga has to fire at the start plus hearath the spinner bowls his best spell so far ,and top of that srilankan top 3 should fire in batting only then srilanka have chance to win

  • on February 9, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @Pras_punter: And the last time Indians were playing CB SERIES in aus, we won the series defeating ur team 2-0 in the two finals.

  • asirigamage on February 9, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    1.Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Mahela 6.Maharoof 7.Mathews 8.Senanayake 9.Kulasekara 10.Malinga 11. Presad.

    Thisara is a Good Player But He is Very Expensive In Last Few Matches. Have To give a Chance to Maharoof. At least 3 matches for maharoof And Senanayake should Play. Then Only we Can TAke Good Results From THem. Cant Expewct Good Performrnce In one Match

  • priceless1 on February 9, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Aussie will win this very easily.. SL had never had any decent game in Wacca ....

  • on February 9, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Sangakkara is the Key!! If he fires...SL do have a decent chance...otherewise..it would be Aussies all the way!!

  • seantells on February 9, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    thisara perera not a good inclusion he's not been cosistance , SL needs a decent allrounder

  • india79 on February 9, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    those all telling about Astralia did something in Lanka, just wait for few days and things will be in your court again to say no one can do in subcontinent againest India or lanka or Pak. the same happened to England very recently and brought down to earth. its turn for Australia to receive the same in India.... till thentry to enjoy this temperory rise and be remember Aussies team now is not 2000's team... now its all about who are playing well in those 5 days or one day, and home conditions. no team is real great at this point

  • on February 9, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    IS suranga Lakmal still Injured?

  • on February 9, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka Will Definitely win this ODI because of they have already shown better performance with new Captain,They played well last Series with Australia.let`s see how they are playing this time.......

  • PrasPunter on February 9, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan , yours is yet another case of you folks not getting your facts correct - that was 3 match ODI series, with 2 of them getting washed out ; only one was played and won by your team. Back in 09, we played and won an ODI series 4-2. Enough said ?

  • on February 9, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Please bring in Ferguson or Voges...they have shown they can play on big stage and why not give Cosgrove a chance or his career will go the Hodge way

  • sando_35 on February 9, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    @DArcha - is that an insult to Starc, or an attempted compliment gone wrong? Starc actually swings the ball, gets high in his action so is able to get better bounce of a length that Johnson and appears to genuinely trouble top order batsmen. He's still a work in progress, but give it two, three years and at this rate, he will be the bowler that Johnson just never quite became

  • on February 9, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Aussies are a formidable side on their home turf. Lankans, somehow, facing India appeared to be a defeatist mentaql make-up. They could have easily given a tough fight, at least towards the end. But they did not .. the story will repeat tomorrow also ..

  • jerryman on February 9, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    believe mahela shud open with dilshan, thrimanne shud play in the middle order . other changes from last game -- drop tharanga & thisara perera , bring in herath & maharoof.. Thisara can be too expensive in leaking runs ... middle order needs someone who can step up scoring.. beielve the 2 new balls is not working in malingas favor as he prefers bowling with the older ball , especially in the death overs ... all the best for both teams.. hope mahela stops talking and playing mind games .. action speaks louder than words.. no whining ,no excuses for defeat .. losing is ok as long as there is a spirited fightback.. hopefully there is no rain.. results based on D/L are not too fair at times..

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 9, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Aus did not win the ODI/test series against IND in INDIA recently. They lost 2-0 test series and 3-0(or 3-1 ?) in ODIS. But that ODI series was not taken seriously by both teams(with key players missing) as they were preparing for WC/Ashes.

  • DArcha on February 9, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Tommorow Mitchell Stark will show why he is th next MITCH JOHNSON. But mathews won't perform as expected

  • Okakaboka on February 9, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @whitesX...Spot on....playing Forrest (Fc av. 35) at Hussey's expense is to a colourful metaphor: Dah...Doorrrr...de...dooor....dumb!!! And for the next trick, they'll bring back 'Hack' Haddin and his gloves of clay and dump Wade. Question? Will they bat Haddin at his correct position in the batting order....at...er...number 11??? So all the build up in confidence will be flushed away to ...Werribee! (For non victorians...Werribee has a sewerage farm)

  • dunger.bob on February 9, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    @ zenboomerang on (February 09 2012, 05:44 AM GMT) : Couldn't agree more re who to leave out. M Hussey or Ponting are the only logical choices. Neither of those guys have anything left to prove to anyone, so leave one, but not both, of those out if they insist on changing things around this early on... .. re Forrest. ... Who ? .... re . the Cautious Approach ... depends on your ultimate goal... win this series versus target everything towards the 2015 World Cup. .... personally I think they have to mess around a bit with the latter in mind, but a cautiously aggressive approach might be best.

  • dunger.bob on February 9, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @ (February 09 2012, 04:08 AM GMT) : This is about the home ground thing I'd say. You're the fella who thinks that because there is a home ground advantage, the rankings mean s.f.a or something. ... well, it's taken me a while I'll admit, but I reckon I've finally worked out who you really are !! .... You're Gautam Gambhir aren't you ? .... the only opener in living memory who gets scared when the ball gets above his navel ! .. fair dinkum mate, as an ex fastish bowler I'm disgusted in that sort of behaviour. .. Princesses you batsmen !! Nevertheless, the Revolution is upon us. .. !! Finally. We are in for a short period of REAL cricket, whereby the Ball shall have parity with the Bat.. I say again... WooHooo.. great cricket ahead and recently past.

  • shantiratnamaj on February 9, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    I am not a magician - but the records of Mahela very clearly show how succuesful he is when he opens the batting - so why is he not opening the batting? this means They can leave Tharanga for few matches and then play a spinner in the team. Thirimanne is a better middle-order batsman than Tharanga so he should be in. Its always handy to have Thisara Perera because he can be devastating in the 35-40 overs and he can bowl decently in aussie conditions. I would go with Rangana Herath - he is a quality spinner always - Mendis will be a failure if Aussie handle his few variation balls - Rangana spins the ball well always better than Mendis.

  • on February 9, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Please check title of this page. Its shows australia vs india however preview is about Australia vs sri lanka

  • TeamRocker on February 9, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @Meety- Its says batting-based debutants.

  • Heisenburg on February 9, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    I have absolutely loved the selectors, until now, Forrest is a horrible selection, but I can forgive, however if he replaces D Hussey I will rage.

  • on February 9, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    no comparison ov aus n sl aussies r going to crush sl team but i hope it does not happen if aussies beat sl then the cb series will nt b intresting so good luck to both teams

  • Bruisers on February 9, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @Akheel- LOL the odds are against your statement mate!

  • on February 9, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    @mysays: works, not talks matter..let us wait and watch the entire series..

  • Lion_96 on February 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka's biggest problem is the middle order batting. There were so many dot balls in the middle overs and thats what cost us the game last night. Cant win ODIs with a struggling middle order. India will be relived that this is a Tri-Series and not a Bi-lateral series. Sri Lanka will have to surprise many, if they are even going to qualify for the finals. Different Captain, different Coach...same result. We have to start phasing out one of the big three batters and give youngsters a chance. It seems making big decisions like this, is very hard for the selectors. Lets not forget,Sri Lanka's performances since the World Cup>>>Lost to ENG, AUS, PAK & SAF. And who do we face next?>>>tri series in Aus & 2 Tests v ENG. Im afraid the losing streak will continue, esp. since we keep persisting will batters who haven't performed well for over a year. Same problem, same result.

  • on February 9, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @gpm86 mate as far as I know my knowledge of cricket is quite good. If you can see that the editor has made some changes to the article itself as earlier it was not communicating what it intended . Earlier comment "Should he debut for Australia, Peter Forrest will be the first Queensland-based batsman chosen for the Australia ODI team since Jimmy Maher in 1998 ..... " and now it has been changed to "Should he debut for Australia, Peter Forrest will be the first Queensland-based batting debutant chosen for the Australia ODI team since Jimmy Maher in 1998...." So better keep your superior knowledge to yourself

  • SL_Cric on February 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    The weak link in Sri Lanken team is Mahela..to WIN against AUSTALIA Mahela sholud be DROPPED...We won last TWO matches against SOUTH AFRICA by scoring 300+ runs TWICE once MAHELA was DROPPED from the TEAM...that's the bitter truth...

  • 9ST9 on February 9, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Tuesdays game was winnable for Sri Lanka, there were two flaws that cost them the game - one was taking the power play too early, that forced the batsmen to up the tempo and resulted in a wicket and Perera was sent in far too early, secondly SL did not attack enough when they had India at 180-6 : Surprising field settings from Mahela who used to go for the kill in such situations in his previous tenure. However the biggest pluses i am seeing ever since the SA series is the emergence of younger players, good to see Matthews back in some nick since it's the Tharanga, Matthews, Chandimal Generation that has to carry SL forward and not the Old Triangle of Dilshan, Mahela and Sangakkara.

  • anver777 on February 9, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    SL must include a specialist spinner against Aus.... in the match against India, they really missed a spinner in the middle overs. Ashwin is a good example !!!! SL batting is their strength & batters must get runs so that they can defend a score with their weakened bowling attack ....

  • Akheel on February 9, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    India: watch and learn from SL, How you defeat OZ in OZ.;-)

  • on February 9, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    @mysay......if u think ur so called sri lanka or i say lion will win......keeep ur dreams on buddddy...sri lanka a loser in d making

  • on February 9, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    SL have 60% of winning chance tomorrow.

  • on February 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    if we don't get our things right Ausies will murder us tomorrow...

  • on February 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @ Prashant Joshi - Hayden made his debut in 1994.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 9, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    I WANT SL TO WIN . I WANT AN SUBCONTINENT TEAM FINAL B/W IND & SL . THOUGH IT'S POSSIBILTY IS VERY LOW BY LOKKING THE PERFORMANCE OF IND & SL TEAM BUT IT WOULD BE DELIGHT TO WATCH .

  • whitesXI on February 9, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    If the selectors leave out D Hussey to play Forrest I'm going to lose all the faith that I was just beginning to find in the new seltion panel. I thought the decision to include Hilfenhauds instead of McDermott or Coulter-Nile was a step backward but this is just wrong. Hussey is one of the best players in the world yet has been dropped and overlooked on many ooccasions and now after the T20 in Sydney where he should have gotten man of the match (2 wickets for 4 runs from 2 overs, 1 great slips catch and 42 runs) and a brilliant quickfire 61 not out with a strike rate of over 200 in melbourne they want to drop him again for someone with an average of less than 27 and SR of 62 in Domestic format???

  • yorkslanka on February 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    looking forward to seeing how we do against the hosts- it will be difficult to win but we need to ensure that we gain momentum from yesterday and improve...for me our batting line up should be: 1. tharanga 2 dilshan 3. sanga 4. chandimal 5. mahela 6 mathews 7. thisara 8. kulasekara 9. senanayake 10. Malinga 11. Prasad

  • on February 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    a lankan Wins Against Aussies will set up this Tri series most Interesting as all Three teams have equal points too,If Aus Win than it will smothen their progress towards the final and that will be race between the two Asian Giants

  • on February 9, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Dohni is bat in no.4 than india win all the match win by ausis

  • maxximoo on February 9, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    I am normally against the rotation policy, but I dont mind the selectors getting a look at the rest of the squad and fringe players before settling. Also it gives a little exposure to some who would otherwise not get any. It is only injury that has allowed AUS selectors to test the bowling stock depth. But I cant wait for Cummins from one end and Pattinson from the other, then Siddle and Hilfy 1st change.....hmmmm juicy stuff :)

  • on February 9, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    hi win ausis in cbseries

  • maxximoo on February 9, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @chokkashokka dont you pay attention. AUS beat SL in SL less than a year ago. I dont think this current AUS team would mind visiting IND while IND are so poor - especially the test squad. IND might be in for a nasty surprise. AUS would be more worried about PAK on a spinning surface than IND or SL at the moment. I hope SL find their feet tomorrow and we get a good game! Best of luck to both teams......PS.....I wish people would read the articles carefully before criticising the writer......fair dinkum!

  • sawifan on February 9, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @chokkashokka... umm, i'm pretty sure the Aussie quite recently won both a test and ODI series in Sri Lanka. You're making excuses for losing before the coin is even tossed!

  • off_the_feild on February 9, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    another batting collapse from S l ?

  • mysay on February 9, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Mahela is back as Skipper and that is by far the best move forward. Mahela will come good come tomorrow. Mahela at the helm automatically makes Dilshan & Sanga up their games. Chandimal is having a dream run. SL will come out all guns blazing with our bowlers showing that they too can use fast bouncy pitches to their advantage. Not sure about Rangana though, I would prefer Mendis. India was just a game releasing SL from the rust. It's gonna be an AUS / SL final and SL will make it a three game final. SL can do it, all they need is belief, and they've got it. India can enjoy the holiday tagging along and Aussies will have sleepless nights. Good luck boys... The Lankan lions are ready to ROAR.

  • on February 9, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Team should be - 01 Upul 02 Dil 03) Sanga 04 ) dinesh 05) Mahela 06) Mathews 07) Thisara 08 ) Senanayaka 09) Malinga 10) prasad 11) welagedara.

  • on February 9, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Substituting a player for anyone is not a big problem ever for Australian cricket, because they play as a unit and at least most of them in the squad perform with whatever work he be given. Their policy of giving chances to new members before the time expires is perhaps the reason why they fast regain themselves after the loss of big guns like Mcgrath, Warne, Hayden etc. However more if we go down by the performance Ponting, I think is more vulnerable than anyone, though they could also give M. Hussey some "rest" but I think to drop any of the new recruits will be an injustice to them unless they are injured.

  • on February 9, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    @chokkashokka, did u forget recently oz won the odi series against india in india and against srilanka in srilanka.. think before u write.

  • jayaboy on February 9, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    if dila had a good start sl will defeneatly win this

  • on February 9, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Sl Need to drop sangakkara,dilshan and probably mahela should sit out, unfortunately he's the captain so cant drop him, there are amazing youngsters coming up and they can shock the world in no time, Tharanga and dimuth to open, chandimal no 3, thirimanna 4, bhanuka,5, kusan janith 6, matthews 7, what a team that would be,

  • PrasPunter on February 9, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    @chokkashokka, we were already in the pink of our form when we beat SL 3-2 in ODIs and 1-0 in tests ( should have well been 2-0 had rain not intervened in test #2) in SL in July - Aug 2011. Since WC 2011, we have been the only team that has fared better than the other teams when playing away - ODI series wins in SL and SA , test series win and a draw . So get your facts right before putting down your digits on the keyboard for a comment !! cricinfo, please publish.

  • rust01 on February 9, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    @chokkashokka Oz just recently beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Has that conveniently been erased from your memory? And you can be sure that Oz will not surrender meekly in India the way the Indians have done here.

  • Satv007 on February 9, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Aussies have the edge, still can't write off the lankan lions...may be mahela should drop on pacer for a getting a spinner...preferably mendis...

  • trumpoz on February 9, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    @chokkashokka - didn't Australia recently tour Sri Lanka? didn't they win the series? hmmmmm. Just aside - if your beloved India perform at home with the same incipid attitude as they have in Australia then they will lose badly.

  • satish619chandar on February 9, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Hussey brothers will be the key for Aussies.. David has performed better in home than away for the national team and is more effective bowler in home too due to his massive experience.. Aussies again starts as clear favorites.. SL will need to score more than they did against India to make a match out of this.. Spinner will come in by default but replacing whom? Kula bats better than Thisera in crisis but Thissera is a better hitter.. One among them need to pushed out to accommodate Herath..

  • bMike on February 9, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    SL should play a specialist bowler for the place of Thisara Perera. Perera is a young talented allrounder but his batting is not consistent and his bowling is not good enough to play him as a specialist bowler. He gave away 37 runs for his 5 overs in the last match & if someone was able to bowl that 5 bowlers for 20-25 runs SL could have won that match. Perera's been always expensive so Herath/ Senanayaka should replace him

  • on February 9, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Just answer me one question, What has Forrest done to deserve a call up anyway? He plays for the right state i guess, look at M. Klinger who has dominated domestic cricket for 3 season and he doesn't even get a mention because he plays for the Redbacks, lol, No point dropping anyone, when watson comes back we will be at full strength again!

  • stormy16 on February 9, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    I am afraid Aus hold all the guns in this battle against a team that is all over the place on all fronts. SL should consider playing one or may be even two spinners as there was plenty of spin and bounce and SL is never going to knock off Aus with pace. SL's real battle will be how the cope with the Aus pace men.

  • clunk on February 9, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @chokkashokka Do you remember August-September when Australia toured Sri Lanka? The result there speaks for itself. An unsettled out of form Australia won 1-0 in the test series and 3-2 in the ODIs. With the improved performances from the bowling attack, I don't think the result would be any better for Sri Lanka if this series was being played there.

  • zenboomerang on February 9, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Can't see how you could leave out Christian - the most economical bowler used in MCG & batted better than Warner, Ponting, Clarke... He also needs more time playing after the shortened 1st game... If they need to rotate anyone Ponting or M Hussey are my 1st picks - though really I would leave Forrest for the AO or SCG game... Oz really need to start off with 2 wins before rotating players... With Wade & Christian already ODI "newbies" - experimenting with an untried player this early is fraught with dangers that could lead to a bad series for us... With the likelihood of Haddin, Watson, Pattinson, Hilfenhaus, Siddle returning to play I think the team has more than enough changes ahead of it...

  • gpm86 on February 9, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    @Meety and @Prashant Joshi - Mustnt know your cricket well/lack attention to detail. Hayden debutedwell before 1998, when jimmy maher did. He debutted around 1993.

  • Prema1948 on February 9, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Fleet footed Sangakkara's Tharanga's places should be given to Promising extremely outstanding young batters the likes of Angelo Perera, Bhanuka, Rosen Silva,Khausal Silva, Romesh Buddhika, AshenSilva,... and All-rounders Umesh Karunarathna, Sachithra Serasinghe,... Bowlers Dulajana Mendis, Rohan Jayatissa, Ajantha Mendis, Malintha Pushpakumara,Jayampathi.....should be preffered to Herath, Welagedara

  • zenboomerang on February 9, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @Daniel Brettig :- "armed with the knowledge imparted by Wasim Akram, Starc has added consistency and later swing to his repertoire"... lol... He had that swing before talking to Wasim, or haven't you ever watched Starc bowling before that Test?... It takes months & sometimes years for bowlers to change their release action & get consistency with it... Also you may have missed the NZ series where he looked extremely nervous throughout that series - especially after dropping that sitter at Extra cover... Or his great form in BBL before the Perth Test?...

  • on February 9, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Bat Mathews up the order to let him play throughout the innings. No 3 or 4 would be great. He never batted in the power play during the last match but had the highest strike rate.

  • on February 9, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    First queenslander since Maher ! I though Mathew Hayden was a queenslander too and neither an allrounder or a bowler !

  • johnathonjosephs on February 9, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Really want Mahela to open and Tharanga to play down at 5

  • chokkashokka on February 9, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    everyone is pink at home - let see how fast the pink turns to a shade of black and blue when this settled aussie side visits lanka and india.

  • chad_reid on February 9, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    the lankans really need to lift their game they were very slow in the middle overs which cost them the game and tried slogging at end which doesn't always work everything needs to lift batting bowling and fielding dont know about mahela as captain his out of form and has been for a while and wasn't attacking when india were strolling to a win aus are fav but the top order for aus is fragile warner is slowly getting out of form or already is ponting was good in tests lets hope he performs in odis Clarke has been good but too many dot balls while the rest have been good

  • dsig3 on February 9, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Poor old Pete Forrest is going to be under pressure. He has not forced his way into the team at all, good season or not. Why is DHuss not considered an allrounder in your article? He provides more balance than Christian IMO. They should be dropping a batsmen rather than an allrounder. Ponting or MHuss should be sitting out if they want to play with this rotation rubbish.

  • Meety on February 9, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    "Should he debut for Australia, Peter Forrest will be the first Queensland-based batsman chosen for the Australia ODI team since Jimmy Maher in 1998 - Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson and James Hopes have played as allrounders." Thats a bit misleading as Hayden played since then, I spose they meant debuts?

  • on February 9, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Well...never underestimate Sri Lankans..we did not bat well...but our younger players certainly gt the ability. They are not vulnerable on fast pitches. They just have to capitalize on the starts they get..

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  • on February 9, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Well...never underestimate Sri Lankans..we did not bat well...but our younger players certainly gt the ability. They are not vulnerable on fast pitches. They just have to capitalize on the starts they get..

  • Meety on February 9, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    "Should he debut for Australia, Peter Forrest will be the first Queensland-based batsman chosen for the Australia ODI team since Jimmy Maher in 1998 - Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson and James Hopes have played as allrounders." Thats a bit misleading as Hayden played since then, I spose they meant debuts?

  • dsig3 on February 9, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Poor old Pete Forrest is going to be under pressure. He has not forced his way into the team at all, good season or not. Why is DHuss not considered an allrounder in your article? He provides more balance than Christian IMO. They should be dropping a batsmen rather than an allrounder. Ponting or MHuss should be sitting out if they want to play with this rotation rubbish.

  • chad_reid on February 9, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    the lankans really need to lift their game they were very slow in the middle overs which cost them the game and tried slogging at end which doesn't always work everything needs to lift batting bowling and fielding dont know about mahela as captain his out of form and has been for a while and wasn't attacking when india were strolling to a win aus are fav but the top order for aus is fragile warner is slowly getting out of form or already is ponting was good in tests lets hope he performs in odis Clarke has been good but too many dot balls while the rest have been good

  • chokkashokka on February 9, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    everyone is pink at home - let see how fast the pink turns to a shade of black and blue when this settled aussie side visits lanka and india.

  • johnathonjosephs on February 9, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Really want Mahela to open and Tharanga to play down at 5

  • on February 9, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    First queenslander since Maher ! I though Mathew Hayden was a queenslander too and neither an allrounder or a bowler !

  • on February 9, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Bat Mathews up the order to let him play throughout the innings. No 3 or 4 would be great. He never batted in the power play during the last match but had the highest strike rate.

  • zenboomerang on February 9, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @Daniel Brettig :- "armed with the knowledge imparted by Wasim Akram, Starc has added consistency and later swing to his repertoire"... lol... He had that swing before talking to Wasim, or haven't you ever watched Starc bowling before that Test?... It takes months & sometimes years for bowlers to change their release action & get consistency with it... Also you may have missed the NZ series where he looked extremely nervous throughout that series - especially after dropping that sitter at Extra cover... Or his great form in BBL before the Perth Test?...

  • Prema1948 on February 9, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Fleet footed Sangakkara's Tharanga's places should be given to Promising extremely outstanding young batters the likes of Angelo Perera, Bhanuka, Rosen Silva,Khausal Silva, Romesh Buddhika, AshenSilva,... and All-rounders Umesh Karunarathna, Sachithra Serasinghe,... Bowlers Dulajana Mendis, Rohan Jayatissa, Ajantha Mendis, Malintha Pushpakumara,Jayampathi.....should be preffered to Herath, Welagedara