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Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane

Ready for full-strength Australia - Jayawardene

Andrew Fernando

January 17, 2013

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has said his side is undaunted by the return of Australia's captain and several of their other key players for the third ODI in Brisbane, and is confident Sri Lanka can maintain the momentum earned with their eight-wicket victory in Adelaide on Sunday.

Michael Clarke sat out the first two games as he recovered from a hamstring strain, while David Warner was also rested for the first two ODIs. Fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson were also left out for the second ODI in Adelaide, and will likely return for Friday's match at the Gabba.

Sri Lanka suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of what was held by some to be an Australia 'B' team in Melbourne, before they rebounded to level the series comfortably. But Jayawardene said it would be his side's good form in Australia in recent years that has Sri Lanka believing they can achieve a series win. The teams have played each other in 12 ODIs in Australia since 2010, and Sri Lanka have won on seven of those occasions.

"It's good to have Davy [Warner] and Michael back, but we'll prepare the same way," Jayawardene said. "When we played them last year, we had a good outing against them. We just need to change our game plan a little bit and execute those plans to those guys."

Jayawardene said a turnaround from the bowlers had been key to his side's impressive second performance, where they dismissed Australia for 170 on a seam-friendly pitch. Sri Lanka have three allrounders in their preferred XI in addition to three frontline bowlers, and also have the offspin of Tillakaratne Dilshan at their disposal, giving Jayawardene seven reliable bowling options in all.

"In Melbourne, we were not up to standard. Especially with the ball - we bowled too many four balls. In Adelaide we had a bit more help from the surface and we bowled good areas and created opportunities. If we can keep up that pressure with the spinners we have and the allrounders, we have a well-balanced side. Even though we are missing players through injury, and are fiddling around a little with our line-up, we're pretty comfortable."

Sri Lanka are unsure about the fitness of Dinesh Chandimal, who sustained a hamstring strain in the course of making a half-century in the first ODI. Chandimal missed the Adelaide match, with reserve keeper Kushal Janith Perera stepping in, and had not yet returned to full fitness on the eve of the Brisbane match.

"We haven't decided on an XI because we want to give Dinesh another 24 hours to see how he pulls up. He did bat yesterday and had a few run-throughs, and he pulled up pretty well. We just wanted to give him a little more time. Kushal kept wickets pretty well and batted pretty well, but we'll make the final call when we see the pitch, and we can decide if we need to change our combination with the bowling attack."

Jayawardene has also been a vocal critic of the new ODI rule that only allows four fielders outside the 30-yard circle at any time in the match, and his opinion on the issue had not changed since his side played the first match under the new regulations in October last year.

"I'm not a big fan of the new rule. I thought the last product we had was pretty decent. The two new balls gives the quicks a bit more venom - which is great, but the downside with the field restrictions is that the spinners are taken away from the game. It's challenging, but I think it's restricting the bowlers more and the batsmen are having a free hand."

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by Sinhaya on (January 18, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Yes Mahela you won today, BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH! You must win 4-1 ideally.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 18, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Sl will loose from this position.

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 18, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

@Danushka Thotamune: The answer to all your questions is very simple, and based on undisputed facts. WI and AUS remains the best teams as always. AUS has best win to loss ratio followed by WI, ENG, SA, and PAK. Now IND is at the bottom of pile with worst win to loss ratio, and most white-washed cricket team in the entire of history of cricket. The only Asian team which white washed AUS is PAK, and that is some 30 years ago. Any Asian team never won a Test series against AUS in AUS. Having said that SL is a very promising team, the decline in their cricket is because of they have played too much cricket with a mediocre team like IND between 2003 to mid of 2011. SL needs to play more cricket with WI, PAK, and BD to be competitive again. SL made a mistake by cancelling the test matches against SA.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 18, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

I have to question the merits of resting so many players. It is like they didn't take Sri Lanka, or this series, seriously. Playing Cutting had some merit but I really am bemused that Kane Richardson got a go, especially given that an alternative, Alistair McDermott, was available, with a far superior record to anyone else in Australian state cricket. Moises Henriques is a pretty big risk too, though, as I said previously, he did do well in the Champions Trophy and fingers crossed he is a big game player.

Posted by disco_bob on (January 18, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

@Rise-of-Sinhaya, "... already proved we are better in tests than you by losing only 3-0" This is one of my all time favourite comments.

Posted by landl47 on (January 17, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

It's Jayawardene's job to be optimistic before a game- what captain goes into a game saying that his team is going to lose? However, the reality is that Sri Lanka's success in the last ODI had more to do with the conditions than anything else. The damp weather meant that SL's medium pacers were able to move the ball in the air and off the pitch and Aus didn't have the experience or the quality of batting to cope with it.

The Gabba is going to be dry and the wicket will be true. That plays to Australia's strength and not Sri Lanka's. It would be a great achievement by SL to win in these conditions. Aus has to be favoured going into the game.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 17, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

@Sid_markit, Mate do you have nothing better to do than quarrel with SL fans? You know what helps, mutual admiration helps! I think SL has always produced excellent batsman and they are continuing the tradition with Thirimanne, Mathews, Chandimal and Karunaratne. It's nice to see. But their bowling is as always not good enough to be a strong test team.

Posted by Perera32 on (January 17, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

@Danushka Thotamune: Couldn't agree with you more mate. The quality of cricketers produced by Sri lanka is absolutely outstanding and if someone doesn't think thats true, then they must be foolish. During the space of 30 years Sri lankan cricket has produced the best Bowler, broken many many records and created a completley different style of cricket by agressive batting. I don't want to start a population argument but it's stunning how a small island comes up with such brilliant cricketers every year, just when you think Sri lanka lack mystery cricketers come through like Murali, Malinga, Mendis and now Dananjaya. During the last couple of Years, our players haven't had the comforts like the Indians and Australians have had through highly paid cricket boards. But playing the brand of cricket and showing passion for the game last year in the CB series and WT20 without being paid for 2 years is unbelievable. So I respect our team whatever happens in the future.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

@ Sid_mark, vrn59 i, pandez - you are talking about results.let me paint you a clear picture. 1) when india got the test status ? 2) when Srilanka got the test status ? 3) How many TEST Matches India played with Eng,Aus,Sou ? 4) How many TEST Matches Srilanka played with Eng,Aus,Sou ? 5) What is the wining % of india ? 6) What is the wining % of Srilanka ? 7) Which country(Sri or ind) won they are 1st test much in least no of Matches ?

find the answer to these questions.India has to Compare with Australia,England,South Africa Coz they started playing cricket before india.dont compare with Srilanka.then srilanka has to compare with Zimbabwe & Bangladesh.coz they started to play cricket after srilanka.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@Sinhaya, mate do you really think Mahela and Sanga are selfish players ?? You really don't have to worry about them im petty sure that they will not play until aged 38. Don't think they are like Tendulkar and Jayasuriya. They are gentlemen's of the game.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

@ Sid_markit ... how many years india take to get those so called result after having test status..80, or 90 years???? LOLZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... did you take 60+ years to win a test match in australia??? LOL lol lol

have respect to the nation who had only 30+ years of test cricket history,yet become a cricketing powerhouse in the game and most improved team in the entire cricketing history with living legends in the game today...

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 17, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Brother what are you saying? we need that tri series as it will give us one more chance to thrash india

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 17, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

@CricketMaan, I know you are an Indian and based on all comments I have seen, you are a very nice guy indeed. All I have to say about our cricket is that as long as there is political meddling, future will be bleak. BCCI is blessed that there is no political interference and the way it is managed is really excellent. But I am furious with the BCCI for opposing DRS. No point really bringing India here because this has got nothing to do with India.

@vrn59, yes we cant excel in Australia honestly when our cricket board is one which gives least value to test cricket. Our senior players never opposed culling test matches for this year too. Mahela and Sanga are selfish as they dont want our youngsters getting test experience!! Honestly we as a nation wont have any future cricket or a future in cricket if not for Indian money! I know how much is an India Sri Lanka series boring for you all. I wish if your BCCI refused the ODI tri series this July as it is nothing but boring.

Posted by eahmed6676 on (January 17, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

come on mahela.... we can win the game... mahela should open the batting with Dilshan. drop upul tharanga and give the chance to kushal perera. All the best Lionzzzz.... cheerz....

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 17, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

@CricketMaan, I know you all have a good future in batting as always with Kohli, Rahane, Tiwary, Pujara etc. We too have a good batting lineup with Chandimal, Thirimanne and Karunaratne. But without good bowlers, test match wins will be tough indeed.

Posted by Sid_markit on (January 17, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

@Rise-of-Sinhaya : India has won 2 tests in the last decade in Aus along with a Tri-series (how many tests have SL won in Aus?), we have won 2 test series in WI in the last decade.. how many has SL won? India has won 3 Tests in the last decade or so in SL, how many tests have SL won in India? India has beaten SL in SL in 3 ODI series in the last 5 many has SL won?

Posted by PadMarley on (January 17, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Andrew mate!! you are a worrier with your pen !! :-D ... I like the title. Wasn't there someone wrote an article with Australia A team or something? what a B grade writer that was !! LOL !!!

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Please drop Tharanga for FFS, he's become a walking wicket in seaming conditions.

Posted by onebump on (January 17, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Cant believe how many folks are falling for 'Rise of Sinhaya's bait (3-0/4-0)! Good one... sarcasm and humour are lost of many...

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 17, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

@rise-of-sinhaya - Yes you are better way too better than us in losing. In our good old days (ofcourse its bad days for us now) we won a CB series beating Lanka and Aus in 2008. Thatz history, the Indian team today is lackig quality, but we have what your team never had, 2 world cups, No.1 in test (albiet for jsut 1+ year) and even a WT20 WC and even some away wins like World series, Natwest trophy etc. what have you guys got apart from an Asia cup and WC cup? plenty of losses and against India its even more evident. I have loads for respect for SL team, albiet a small country you have rich cricketing talent, but dont just belitte others when your own house is untidy. Lets see you in Windies (unfortunately anotehr Ind-SL..boring)

Posted by pandez on (January 17, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Rise-of-Sinhaya ..can u tell us how many test you have won or drew in australia, south africa, west indies and stats is there for everyone to are only tigers at home and that too wont be forever s indians have beaten you hands down in your own wake p kid

Posted by vrn59 on (January 17, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

@Rise-of-Sinhaya: I am an Indian fan and I fully aware that my team is currently in shambles. However, please don't add insult to injury by saying that Sri Lanka are better because that is ridiculous. You lost 3-0 because you are too unimportant a cricketing nation to be given four Tests in the Australian summer. You would probably have lost 4-0 had there been a fourth Test. Your bowling is even worse than ours, and your batting, barring Sangakkara, failed in Australia, just like ours. As for comparing our ODI teams, when was the last time Sri Lanka beat India in an ODI series? Also, have you forgotten the WC final in 2011? Yes, you can be proud of the fact that you are competing well in Australian conditions, but please don't trash India while doing so. We have become the world's favorite punching bag, just because we're richer than most and have a bigger and more passionate fan following. I'd suggest you worry about your own team and its management first. I hope this gets published.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 17, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Let us not forget, if the team is without Sanga and Chandimal, and all the fast bowlers down due to injury (just like in the last match), then this SL team will still be the SL B team.

Posted by dudex14 on (January 17, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

rise of sinhaya...lolllll you guys played three and lost three if you had one more u match u wud have lost that as well.....

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (January 17, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Open challenge to indian team, can you come to australia now and first of all tie 1-1 in the first two matches? answer is no, shows we are better, already proved we are better in tests than you by losing only 3-0 whereas you lost 4-0

Posted by Solace1 on (January 17, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

That's the spirit, go out there and enjoy these remaining 3 games, get some good practice by playing out your shots, it will help us in the t20 series, ideal preparations to go one step further and win the world t20 in 2014, fingers crossed!!

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