Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series 2nd final, Adelaide March 6, 2012

Michael Clarke says rushed return cost him

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Australia captain Michael Clarke has admitted that in rushing back to play after suffering an injury to his right hamstring - which he picked up against India in Adelaide - he opened himself up to the strained left hamstring that makes him a probable absentee from Thursday's third final against Sri Lanka.

In acknowledgement of the team's difficulties, the national selectors have called the West Indies tourists Nathan Lyon and George Bailey into the squad for the third final. Lyon will press Xavier Doherty for his spot after five expensive and wicket-less overs in Adelaide, while Bailey offers a dynamic middle-order option to potentially replace Clarke.

In the aftermath of an eight-wicket loss to the visitors that left the finals series locked at 1-1, Clarke said he had bypassed the advice of the team physio Alex Kountouris in order to play earlier than recommended, and in doing so favoured his left leg over his right. The extra loading was not appreciated, and he now has strains of varying seriousness on both sides.

A scan on Wednesday will determine the extent of Clarke's injury, but with a long-haul flight to the Caribbean mere days away, it appears unlikely the captain will play in the series decider on Thursday. "I've done something to my left hamstring, I don't know to what extent," Clarke said. "I have to have a scan tomorrow, but it's obviously not feeling good at the moment.

"We leave for West Indies in three days. I don't want to make a judgment until we have the scan, I think I'd be silly to do that. It's a tough one. I pushed really hard to try to get back for this finals series and tried my best not to give Alex much of an option to be honest.

"So I feel for him as much as my left leg at the moment, because I know he probably would've preferred me to take it easy, but I wanted to be part of this finals series. But after straining my right one I've probably favoured my left over the past couple of weeks or 10 days and I've done a bit of damage there, so we'll wait and see."

The damaged state of Clarke's hamstring rather mirrored the cricket played by his team in Adelaide, where the struggles hinted at in Brisbane's narrow victory were writ large across a heavy defeat. Clarke apportioned blame evenly across the team, suggesting that the batsmen had been too sluggish on an easy-paced surface, the bowlers lacked control, and the fielders were sloppy and ineffective in their efforts to stem the flow of runs.

"We were short with the bat, we didn't score enough runs on a very good batting wicket and knowing Sri Lanka had stacked their batting line-up and played an extra batter at No. 7 we didn't score enough runs," Clarke said. "No excuse for our performance in the field though, we let ourselves down in the field and our bowling was quite poor once again. We've got a couple of days to turn things around.

"I'm really happy with the squad we've got, we're in the finals of this series and we've played some really good cricket. The bowlers have done a good job throughout the series in patches like our batting group. It's certainly not the stock, we've got the right stock, we just have to execute our skills better."

Earlier in the series, Australia's batsmen had struggled to go on to make centuries, though scoring at a decent clip. However, in Adelaide, both Clarke and David Warner passed three figures, only for their scores to be eclipsed in impact if not volume by Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Clarke said that "maybe we need someone to make 150 all the time", but credited Sri Lanka's bowlers for their thrift.

"It was certainly no team plan to start off conservative, that's for sure," Clarke said. "I think the boys found it quite hard early on, they thought the wicket was quite slow so it was hard to get rhythm, momentum and play their shots I guess. But credit's got to go to the Sri Lankan bowlers.

"I think they bowled in pretty good areas, they changed their pace very well and then at the death they hit their yorkers pretty well to restrict us to 270-odd. We can learn a lot from the way they bowled tonight.

"We beat them in the last game in Queensland, but we have to be at our best to beat them. India and Sri Lanka are two very good one-day teams, and we have to play our best cricket to beat them, and we're not doing that at the moment."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 8, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    @i_m_cric - problem is matey, that India have hosted the World Cup THREE times. So it is India 1/3, England 0/4, Oz, Saffa, Pakistan & WIndies 0/1, SL 0/2. So it is not really much to crow about, however I understand that you would be looking to take some positives somewhere out of Indian cricket!!!!! @zenboomerang - quite a weak attack on Clarke, a 72% success rate would suggest to most clear minded people that he has a knowledge of cricket that is far better than you or I. LOL - that you think you know more about cricket than he does!! LOL! Go the Couch Potato!! LOL!

  • POSTED BY LivingDead on | March 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    nilankaraja-"Whats Indian fans doing here? I thought they are out of the tournament after ending up last in the points table?"

    Dont be so naive man, if Indian fans stop following cricket, then your cricket team will never get paid :D ...so be grateful that Indian fans follow your matches.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | March 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @i_m_ crick.. i'm a srilankan fan and i think that is a reasonably good arguement. But SL too won the world cup when it too was hosting the world cup, although not the crunch games. We had to beat india in india to achieve that feat. India is powerful than most of the teams at home. But in this world cup i heard indian patriotic songs played on the PA system when india was batting, i think it was an indian national anthem or something because it is so familiar to us because hindi films. I thought India was trying to get an psychological advantage at that moment. That was NOT great hosting!!! i don't think something like that was ever done during an international cricket match. I felt so unfair and thought it was ridiculous!! this was an international match for god sakes!! I thought indians took unfair advantage by that.

  • POSTED BY porshatom on | March 7, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Clarke had a big hand in Pontings Axing. He pushed his mate Forrest into the Aussie team & rushed himself back from injury. Selfish & disrespectful. Obviously Katich didn't thump him hard enough (joking). Oh, that's right Clarke got Katich dumped before as well. Australia's team maybe needs to be renamed Clarke's Eleven.

  • POSTED BY i_m_cric on | March 7, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    For all those people who are just saying that INDIANS are just HOME CHAMPIONS, just tell me the name of single country either in CRICKET OR SOCCER who won the WORLD CUP on their own SOIL.. Answer is NO-ONE-EVER.It is not just a child play to win at ur HOME.@wjKALANA:- I know INDIA is not playing well from last 2 foregin tours.It doesn't mean that you will take our glory to be WORLD CHAMPIONS..

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    its d shocking news for ausis in form captain struggling vth right hamstring now time 2 srilankans 2 claim d cb series and also d defeat at home

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @golubhai, Last time Australia played an ODI series v India in India, they won .... and it was a 7 game series with some stars missing through injury. Your comments lack merit. Don't believe the hype.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 7, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Seems like another bad captaining job by Clarke in ODI's... Clarke didn't gee up Warner earlier when the RR was so obviously slow... Would have much preferred Warner getting out for 60 in even time & giving the thoroughbred batters in the 2 Husseys more time in the middle to increase the run rate... Oz will fail in the final if Warner, Wade, Watson, Forrest bat in that order - Mike Huss @3 & David Huss @5 would add attack to a faltering top batting order & turn over the strike... Our most aggressive strikers have to be at 1, 3, 5 to give the team attacking play & upset the bowlers L&L... Watson can't play spin so needs to bat down the order - no.4 or 6 plus he is still running out himself or teammates... Where is his mind?...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 7, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    So Clarke figures he knows more about sports science than the physio's... No wonder Oz players keep breaking down when they don't follow advice from specialists... Another case of 'me' over 'team'... Time for Clarke to be pulled into line as he did the same last summer playing at the Gabba Test - was useless in the field & couldn't run...

  • POSTED BY visha_pb on | March 7, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Clarke wish you to get well soon. You are a class act & Good Captain.

    And shame on you sanjay for your one sided TV commentary. You was telling sri lankan team celebrating like they won the world cup after the final qualifier. Yes they celebrate like that, becoures wining of each and every match is very important for the sri lankan team.

    Not like, careless flatrack bullies who won the world cup witch played all the matches in side India with full of ground support. This sri lankan team winning with Aussies in ausy conditions.

    And sanjay always talking about once in a blue moon story of India hit 321 in 37 overs. you can't hide total tour loss from one match my dear one sided commentator.

    Aussies - The world No.1 as per there consistency at any where in the world.

    Sri Lankans - cool, Always doing some thing new, difference, exiting and refreshing.

    Indians - All the playing 11 are superstars. Even the bench guys are superstars.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 8, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    @i_m_cric - problem is matey, that India have hosted the World Cup THREE times. So it is India 1/3, England 0/4, Oz, Saffa, Pakistan & WIndies 0/1, SL 0/2. So it is not really much to crow about, however I understand that you would be looking to take some positives somewhere out of Indian cricket!!!!! @zenboomerang - quite a weak attack on Clarke, a 72% success rate would suggest to most clear minded people that he has a knowledge of cricket that is far better than you or I. LOL - that you think you know more about cricket than he does!! LOL! Go the Couch Potato!! LOL!

  • POSTED BY LivingDead on | March 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    nilankaraja-"Whats Indian fans doing here? I thought they are out of the tournament after ending up last in the points table?"

    Dont be so naive man, if Indian fans stop following cricket, then your cricket team will never get paid :D ...so be grateful that Indian fans follow your matches.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | March 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @i_m_ crick.. i'm a srilankan fan and i think that is a reasonably good arguement. But SL too won the world cup when it too was hosting the world cup, although not the crunch games. We had to beat india in india to achieve that feat. India is powerful than most of the teams at home. But in this world cup i heard indian patriotic songs played on the PA system when india was batting, i think it was an indian national anthem or something because it is so familiar to us because hindi films. I thought India was trying to get an psychological advantage at that moment. That was NOT great hosting!!! i don't think something like that was ever done during an international cricket match. I felt so unfair and thought it was ridiculous!! this was an international match for god sakes!! I thought indians took unfair advantage by that.

  • POSTED BY porshatom on | March 7, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Clarke had a big hand in Pontings Axing. He pushed his mate Forrest into the Aussie team & rushed himself back from injury. Selfish & disrespectful. Obviously Katich didn't thump him hard enough (joking). Oh, that's right Clarke got Katich dumped before as well. Australia's team maybe needs to be renamed Clarke's Eleven.

  • POSTED BY i_m_cric on | March 7, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    For all those people who are just saying that INDIANS are just HOME CHAMPIONS, just tell me the name of single country either in CRICKET OR SOCCER who won the WORLD CUP on their own SOIL.. Answer is NO-ONE-EVER.It is not just a child play to win at ur HOME.@wjKALANA:- I know INDIA is not playing well from last 2 foregin tours.It doesn't mean that you will take our glory to be WORLD CHAMPIONS..

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    its d shocking news for ausis in form captain struggling vth right hamstring now time 2 srilankans 2 claim d cb series and also d defeat at home

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @golubhai, Last time Australia played an ODI series v India in India, they won .... and it was a 7 game series with some stars missing through injury. Your comments lack merit. Don't believe the hype.

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 7, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Seems like another bad captaining job by Clarke in ODI's... Clarke didn't gee up Warner earlier when the RR was so obviously slow... Would have much preferred Warner getting out for 60 in even time & giving the thoroughbred batters in the 2 Husseys more time in the middle to increase the run rate... Oz will fail in the final if Warner, Wade, Watson, Forrest bat in that order - Mike Huss @3 & David Huss @5 would add attack to a faltering top batting order & turn over the strike... Our most aggressive strikers have to be at 1, 3, 5 to give the team attacking play & upset the bowlers L&L... Watson can't play spin so needs to bat down the order - no.4 or 6 plus he is still running out himself or teammates... Where is his mind?...

  • POSTED BY zenboomerang on | March 7, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    So Clarke figures he knows more about sports science than the physio's... No wonder Oz players keep breaking down when they don't follow advice from specialists... Another case of 'me' over 'team'... Time for Clarke to be pulled into line as he did the same last summer playing at the Gabba Test - was useless in the field & couldn't run...

  • POSTED BY visha_pb on | March 7, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Clarke wish you to get well soon. You are a class act & Good Captain.

    And shame on you sanjay for your one sided TV commentary. You was telling sri lankan team celebrating like they won the world cup after the final qualifier. Yes they celebrate like that, becoures wining of each and every match is very important for the sri lankan team.

    Not like, careless flatrack bullies who won the world cup witch played all the matches in side India with full of ground support. This sri lankan team winning with Aussies in ausy conditions.

    And sanjay always talking about once in a blue moon story of India hit 321 in 37 overs. you can't hide total tour loss from one match my dear one sided commentator.

    Aussies - The world No.1 as per there consistency at any where in the world.

    Sri Lankans - cool, Always doing some thing new, difference, exiting and refreshing.

    Indians - All the playing 11 are superstars. Even the bench guys are superstars.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | March 7, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    SL will win tomorrow. Whats Indian fans doing here? I thought they are out of the tournament after ending up last in the points table?

  • POSTED BY heartbreakerz on | March 7, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Clarke is a class act.....i wish him a speedy recovery

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | March 7, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Mahela and boys have done it. It was obvious to OZ that if Lankans stretch them into the 3rd final it will hurt them. Thats why Clarke played in the 2nrd match and tried to win it in 2 games. It was a gamble worth taking on Aussie skippers part. With Clarke out it is a huge blow to Aussies and their another consistent run scorer Warner half fit they are up against it. Lankans are red hot at the moment lead by excellent Mahela. Aussie will have to pull a rabbit out of hat to win this one.

  • POSTED BY Fauzer on | March 7, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan, my congrats to David Warner for a stellar 100 off 140 balls, keep it up. wink wink :)

  • POSTED BY golubhai on | March 7, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @wjkalana Every team is champion at home.. If Australia have guts than they shuld show that in the series agnst India in Nov. Or December when they hve to beat India in India.. We will see that how half australian side will win agnst India.. India doesn't perform good on fat pitches and same is with Australia, England, Newzeland, SA. These teams also don't perform in subcontinents wicket.......

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @wjkalana; Your team could not defend 321 and were thrashed in 36 and half overs conceding bonus point to India. Before commenting about us look at your own back first. Also Best of luck for finals, may your overconfidence may not cost again like world cup finals.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | March 7, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Australia going to miss clarke,big blow to the team.Punter is a better choice but no reason talking about it.@ wjkalana,the same weak Indian team beat srilanka 2-1 with one bonus point.so this implicates what clarke telling is right.Why do they keep finals in flat tracks like Adelaide? They should keep this matches in Perth,where subcontinent teams struggle to win games.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | March 7, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    Aussies were on track in the CB series. Why risk the captain when an international tour is coming up soon for an inconsequential ODI series that no one will remember in few moths from now? I think Aus selectors made a mistake in playing Clarke or he lied to them about his physical fitness. No matter what, it is going to cost their team dearly.

  • POSTED BY SRAM20 on | March 7, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka are going to be mighty dangerous in the Asia Cup. Right now, I tip them to be favorites to lift the Asia Cup. They look a completely different team under Mahela. Thank god Mahela was not captain during that World Cup final. :P

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | March 7, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    I think that most medical personnel associated with sporting teams are already more gung-ho about letting people do overly strenuous things after injuries than the mainstream of their profession. If the Australian team physio says that it's OK to play in X number of weeks then I bet a regular physio would probably say X plus a few, so to ignore the advice of the medical staff is really playing with fire. I feel bad for Clarke but that is really bringing it on yourself.

  • POSTED BY hasitha81 on | March 6, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @Sumesh Nair I agree with you. Aussies should have kept Ponting till the end of the series. Pointing is a classy player who was just not in right form in the first three matches. But his experiance would have helped them as the team progressed in the tournament and he had a good chance of scoring a big one. Anyway, wish good luck to MC to get well soon.

  • POSTED BY ami77 on | March 6, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    We are enjoying one of the most interesting tri nation series - if not the best - so far. Thanks for all three teams for giving us such an entertaining series. All the teams played neck to neck. SL has done amazingly well on pitches completely different from their home grounds and seems that they have a very good future with lots of young talents. All the best to them as well. SL used to be a really good fielding side in par with Australia. However in this series I have seen some drop in fielding side. They could manage it well so far due to the extremely good batting and bowling. Imagine what if they had the same level of fielding they used to have. All the best for both Aus and SL for the grand final on Thursday. Wish speedy recovery for Clarke, Mathews, Thisara and Malinga. We just want to see another amazing 3rd final.

  • POSTED BY torsha on | March 6, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Thaveesha Cabral, stop talking about Dhoni. I know Clark is class act so as Dhoni. Why don't you say the same thing to Sanga?

  • POSTED BY VillageBlacksmith on | March 6, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    aussie commentators saying how great D'oherty Lee and pattinson are only a match ago, (and starc was a world beater only 2 weeks ago!) now they are saying they are not good enuf... All these injuries (Clarke, Cummins, Pattinson, Watson, Marsh, Lee) and defeats make aussies look a v weak and flakey side. WIndies will be licking their lips.. Even without Gayle.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | March 6, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    warners 100 off 140 was what hurt australia. i dont understand how they can only muster scores of 270 at this venue. 300+ with those short side boundries is whats required. warners ton yesterday goes with forrests in hobart great test match innings, just too bad they were in ODI matches. our bowlers are all too express! wheres the line and length bowler that a bracken or clark would have given back a couple of years ago??? i would play bollinger or another bowler who doesnt just compete with the speed gun but actually uses his brain and puts the ball in the right area. sick of lee running in with the sole aim of bowling at 150km/h and resulting in a wide and 4 byes!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Both Warner and Clarke were carrying injuries. Both scored centuries albeit Warner was the slowest and may have cost the team 40 runs.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 6, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Congratulations to David Warner for both scoring his 2nd ODI century (2 in a row) and lifting his batting average up to 33. I congratulate him because this is what he must have set out to achieve. His innings of 100 off 140 cost Australia the game as it was way too slow on this wicket. Especially as the innings of the Husseys and DC got wasted. Personal glory over team success? What are we, India?

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | March 6, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Wish you a quick recovery Mr. Clarke....Sad sight if you don't field this Thursday...SL wish you to recover quickly and if possible play for the Final decider..We want the best Aussie team on the park and try and beat it...Get well soon...

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 6, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Clarke is turning out be such an honest Captain. Admitting that he took a wrong decision is rare. Kudos to him. I hope he has a long and injury free career. I love this Australian Squad under Michael Clarke. All the best Mr. Respect with your hamstrings.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | March 6, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Sorry, but this is a poor Australian team with a serious dearth of quality talent, and all the hype in the world won't change that.

  • POSTED BY shix on | March 6, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    lack of quality spin bowling cost Aussies, they failed to produce that after Shane warne. I don't know why CA taking this as a major concern. before the 2013 ashes they definitely need at-least one quality spinner. also while touring to subcontinent having flat wickets, like today's pitch. its a must. then only Australia dominate the world cricket like what they had did in the past.

  • POSTED BY hasanahmad on | March 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Should have kept Ponting till the end of the series. As of today, he is fitter than Watson OR Clarke.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | March 6, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    MJ did not have to play in this game at all. On second thoughts, how he must be regretting this decision. Nonetheless he did score a century which should make up for it. And did he not. To score at that pace to even out the slower batting. You cannot take chances with your fitness as you need to be 100% fit to play at this level. This has been an excellent Tri-Nation series. Credit to the three teams for having given us an enjoyable tournament. Sri Lankans did manage their bowling well. A huge surprise that their fielding that has been spot on in matching the Aussies, has let them down. Now for the real final... Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on | March 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    I think He is scared of defeat and want to hide from blames of poor captaincy, so its all drama.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    If only dhoni was this humble. If india lost the game dhoni would blame the pitch or his team but he would never admit nor say that opposition outplayed them. clark is a class act, don't know still why some aussies don't give the credit/respect he deserves.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Aussies are missing Ponting and dropping him during a tournament was ill-advised. He could've been dropped from the ODI squad touring Caribbean or before the start of CB series earlier.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | March 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    SL bowlers, Kulasekhara and Malinga, need to be commented for their excellent bowling in final overs. No boundaries were conceded in the last 3 overs. This is in addition to restricting Australian run rate whole through the innings. How does Australia allow half-fit players to play the match? This is not the Australia I knew of. Also I don't understand the logic of rushing a youngster like Pattinson for the finals without having any chance to bowl earlier in the tournament. It is putting too much pressure on the youngster. There is some serious problem in Australian think-tank.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    SRI LANKA WIN THE THIRD GAME OF THE SERIES THAT THE SURE

  • POSTED BY chad_reid on | March 6, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    now here's a guy who loves playing for his country with hamstring problems in both legs goes and scores a brilliant 100 that's why his a captain and a AB medal winner truly a champion player Well done Mr Clarke i salute you

  • POSTED BY bddhika_harindat on | March 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Feel sorry for his century auctioning left leg in a bid to win the series. SL were at it's best when they batted to the all corners of the ground, well deserved century by Dilshan and the top order, impressive batting!!!.

    By the way, where are those Indian fans who were waiting to see SL were packing up and taking the flight to Colombo after 2nd final???? Please don't be jealousy...this is true srilankan spirit...!!!

    Hope Srilankan team can keep the momentum for the 3rd Grand Final and make it a glorious win for SL.

    Cheers!!!

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | March 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    good news for srilanka,i hope this probable situation will be possible!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY wjkalana on | March 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Well clarke you are so modest, to say you have to be very best to beat India and SL. Well for to beat SL yes you have to be the best but to beat India I think half australian team is enough to do that. You beat India with bonus points what more you can do to beat Home champion India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    If Michael Clerk finds himself unfit on Thursday, it will be a big loss to AUS, because he is a much better Captain.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Can Aussies get a captain and wise who are not injured all the time???

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 6, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    I think Clark had to take the chance today. Its a final and an opportunity to win the series - you dont want to miss out on that but now the problem only got bigger if he misses the decider on Thursday. Aus are messing around with their openers which is what is causing all the dramas all summer agasinst SL. They need to give Warner the license to go - there is little point in Warner making a traditional hundred and getting a 270 score - that would be sufficient if the bowling conditions favored Aus like at the MCG. On a flat Adeliads track 300 is minimum and it has to be set up in the first 15 overs specially if you Malinga bowling in the second power play and at the death.

  • POSTED BY curry72 on | March 6, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Sri lankens look up to the aussies because aussies play cricket with so much passion.This has rubbed off on us.Keep it guys we love it.

  • POSTED BY SL_Cric on | March 6, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Clarke is a great cricketer/captain..we wish quick recovery as Sri Lankens Fans..

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Bring back Pointing At least he can score fast at Adelaide Oval LOL

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Another poor bowling display from ozies

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  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Another poor bowling display from ozies

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Bring back Pointing At least he can score fast at Adelaide Oval LOL

  • POSTED BY SL_Cric on | March 6, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Clarke is a great cricketer/captain..we wish quick recovery as Sri Lankens Fans..

  • POSTED BY curry72 on | March 6, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Sri lankens look up to the aussies because aussies play cricket with so much passion.This has rubbed off on us.Keep it guys we love it.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 6, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    I think Clark had to take the chance today. Its a final and an opportunity to win the series - you dont want to miss out on that but now the problem only got bigger if he misses the decider on Thursday. Aus are messing around with their openers which is what is causing all the dramas all summer agasinst SL. They need to give Warner the license to go - there is little point in Warner making a traditional hundred and getting a 270 score - that would be sufficient if the bowling conditions favored Aus like at the MCG. On a flat Adeliads track 300 is minimum and it has to be set up in the first 15 overs specially if you Malinga bowling in the second power play and at the death.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Can Aussies get a captain and wise who are not injured all the time???

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    If Michael Clerk finds himself unfit on Thursday, it will be a big loss to AUS, because he is a much better Captain.

  • POSTED BY wjkalana on | March 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Well clarke you are so modest, to say you have to be very best to beat India and SL. Well for to beat SL yes you have to be the best but to beat India I think half australian team is enough to do that. You beat India with bonus points what more you can do to beat Home champion India.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | March 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    good news for srilanka,i hope this probable situation will be possible!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY bddhika_harindat on | March 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Feel sorry for his century auctioning left leg in a bid to win the series. SL were at it's best when they batted to the all corners of the ground, well deserved century by Dilshan and the top order, impressive batting!!!.

    By the way, where are those Indian fans who were waiting to see SL were packing up and taking the flight to Colombo after 2nd final???? Please don't be jealousy...this is true srilankan spirit...!!!

    Hope Srilankan team can keep the momentum for the 3rd Grand Final and make it a glorious win for SL.

    Cheers!!!