Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Pallekele August 7, 2011

Lessons aplenty for the visitors

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Match facts
August 8, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Start time 19:00 (13:30 GMT, 23:30 EST)

Big Picture
There is no substitute for match conditioning. This much was clear after the first Twenty20 between Sri Lanka and Australia in Kandy, as the hosts showed the benefits of a testing tour of England, as opposed to the training camps in Brisbane and net sessions in Colombo that served as the visitors' preparation for the tour opener. The Sri Lankans also showed far better knowledge of the conditions, bowling plenty of spin on a surface that offered turn, while Cameron White preferred to use his pace bowlers in the latter stages and saw them belted out of sight by his opposite number Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Australia's coach Tim Nielsen described it as a "frustrating" start to the tour, but there will be more gnashing of teeth in store for the tourists if they do not tighten their fundamentals and show a little more understanding of the conditions that confront them. Shaun Marsh and David Hussey in particular looked out of sorts against the accurate spin of Dilruwan Perera, while Mitchell Johnson's first spell of the tour was disheartening in its inconsistency. More encouraging was the bowling and batting of Steve O'Keefe, and the slugging power of David Warner.

Australia need to show the capacity to learn quickly from the reverses of the first match, while Sri Lankan will seek to extend a psychological advantage.

Form guide
Sri Lanka WWWWL
Australia LWLLL

In the spotlight
Tillakaratne Dilshan was the undisputed star of the first match, and the Australians will need to find better ways of coping with his combative attitude and inventive strokeplay. Dilshan was not placed under too much pressure as a captain in the field either, as his bowlers kept the Australians in check. Cameron White said he had resorted to adjusting his field to counter the 'Dil-scoop' and thus created other gaps for the Sri Lankan captain, a rare admission.

Mitchell Johnson was attacked mercilessly towards the end of the innings, and was unable to find consistent line or length, let alone any swing. His work with the new bowling coach Craig McDermott is key to Australia's success in future matches on this tour, and he will want to improve his performance after a shoddy start.

Team news
Sri Lanka seem unlikely to make many changes to a team that performed so soundly and evenly in game one. For the Australians, Aaron Finch's pugnacity may be useful after some of the batsmen struggled for traction in the opener, and James Pattinson could be in line for a T20 debut.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Mahela Jayawardene, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Jeevan Mendis, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dilruwan Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Dhammika Prasad, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Suranga Lakmal.

Australia (probable): 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 David Hussey, 5 Cameron White (capt), 6 Steven Smith, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Steve O'Keefe, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Brett Lee, 11 James Pattinson.

Pitch and conditions
The surface for the first match confused the Australians somewhat by offering some bounce but also plenty of spin, a combination the Sri Lankans were far quicker to adjust to. Match two will be played on a similarly equal-opportunity surface.

Stats and trivia

* Tillakaratne Dilshan's century was the fifth in T20 internationals
* Dinesh Chandimal was the fifth batsman to be out hit wicket in T20I matches
* Sri Lanka had not previously won a T20I at home, losing their first four such fixtures
* Dilruwan Perera achieved the rare feat of taking wickets in each of his first three overs in international cricket

Quotes
"I had the confidence to play it. It worked and I think after I played the Dil-scoop they changed the field and I felt [it was] more easy to score more runs in other areas."

Tillakaratne Dilshan succeeded in dictating terms to Australia's bowlers in game one

"If anyone scores a hundred off 57 [55] balls it will be hard work to win the game from there. But look, there were some disappointing aspects of the game from our end as well."

Cameron White knows the Australians need to sharpen up after looking rusty in the opener

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    I personally think that T20s should only be for the Olympics, with Test playing nations only allowed to send amateurs, (every other nation (180 odd) can send their best players), & the Champions League replace the T20 WC. All countries with ODI status can send a side to the League, with the stronger domestic comps having more than one team represented. BTW - this is an opinion I had BEFORE Oz started losing T20s! LOL!

  • hyclass on August 8, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @taniap.Have you even been to australia? Football is a winter sport. Cricket is a summer sport.Theyre not connected. Australia along with england inaugurated test cricket 134 years ago and have a rich national connection to its traditions. In a complete repudiation of the CA position on the popularity of traditional cricket in australia, recent studies show that at club and playing level, its never been more popular. @Trioboy and @wazza85 are exactly right. Other than paytv, free to air coverage and ABC radio support have evaporated. What product can be sold successfully,when there is little or no main stream advertising. This approach, along with four reckless and inexplicable years by this administration,have seen CA make losses in consecutive years and notionally introduce BBL to counter it. A cynical person might suggest that it was always the intention to drive traditional crickets fortunes down to promote the 20/20 vested interests. Whatever 20/20 is, its not cricket.

  • 5wombats on August 8, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Hey @redneck - @landl47, guys. Dead right. It's time IPL/T20 was smashed back into the wilderness where it came from.

  • bumsonseats on August 8, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    i cannot understand the aussie captain is supposed to be a spinner why does he not bowl, in fact he does not bowl in any form of cricket even victoria,not sure about his club side in oz.and johnson hes an absolute shocker in any form cannot understand why hes selected 1 good game in 10.dpk

  • nclabz on August 8, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Are the boundaries of the 1st T20 match are too close. Can some one tell me about the boundary long of that match............

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    aus will come back strongly.

  • Samdanh on August 8, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Traditional Aus apathy to using Spinners virtually cost the match. Both Stevens went at around or under 6.50 per over while fast men went @ 9+ per over. David Hussey was not used at all and both Stevens were used few overs shorter than the quota they could have bowled. As long as Aus Captains, Managerement, and selectors keep treating spinners like this Aus cricket will keep struggling As an Aus fan, I would like to see Aus changing this approach

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Ascendancy for England started with their triumph in T20,so it is mighty important for Aussies to win today though sadly they come up against a jubilant Sri Lankan team.Cameron should try to get the best out of the spinners.Why did Dilshan leave Rangana Herath so late giving some runs to Aussies. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • taniap on August 8, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    wazza85 and Trioboy, despite them doing well internationally in the past, cricket was never Australia's favourite game. It was always Rugby and Footy. So I am not surprised they don't show cricket on Aussie TV.

  • Shashin1020 on August 8, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @ali Unfortunately it seems the selectors continually have avoided hodge. probably the unluckiest cricketer ever considering his talent. his international days a most likely over now

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    I personally think that T20s should only be for the Olympics, with Test playing nations only allowed to send amateurs, (every other nation (180 odd) can send their best players), & the Champions League replace the T20 WC. All countries with ODI status can send a side to the League, with the stronger domestic comps having more than one team represented. BTW - this is an opinion I had BEFORE Oz started losing T20s! LOL!

  • hyclass on August 8, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @taniap.Have you even been to australia? Football is a winter sport. Cricket is a summer sport.Theyre not connected. Australia along with england inaugurated test cricket 134 years ago and have a rich national connection to its traditions. In a complete repudiation of the CA position on the popularity of traditional cricket in australia, recent studies show that at club and playing level, its never been more popular. @Trioboy and @wazza85 are exactly right. Other than paytv, free to air coverage and ABC radio support have evaporated. What product can be sold successfully,when there is little or no main stream advertising. This approach, along with four reckless and inexplicable years by this administration,have seen CA make losses in consecutive years and notionally introduce BBL to counter it. A cynical person might suggest that it was always the intention to drive traditional crickets fortunes down to promote the 20/20 vested interests. Whatever 20/20 is, its not cricket.

  • 5wombats on August 8, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Hey @redneck - @landl47, guys. Dead right. It's time IPL/T20 was smashed back into the wilderness where it came from.

  • bumsonseats on August 8, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    i cannot understand the aussie captain is supposed to be a spinner why does he not bowl, in fact he does not bowl in any form of cricket even victoria,not sure about his club side in oz.and johnson hes an absolute shocker in any form cannot understand why hes selected 1 good game in 10.dpk

  • nclabz on August 8, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Are the boundaries of the 1st T20 match are too close. Can some one tell me about the boundary long of that match............

  • on August 8, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    aus will come back strongly.

  • Samdanh on August 8, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Traditional Aus apathy to using Spinners virtually cost the match. Both Stevens went at around or under 6.50 per over while fast men went @ 9+ per over. David Hussey was not used at all and both Stevens were used few overs shorter than the quota they could have bowled. As long as Aus Captains, Managerement, and selectors keep treating spinners like this Aus cricket will keep struggling As an Aus fan, I would like to see Aus changing this approach

  • Herath-UK on August 8, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Ascendancy for England started with their triumph in T20,so it is mighty important for Aussies to win today though sadly they come up against a jubilant Sri Lankan team.Cameron should try to get the best out of the spinners.Why did Dilshan leave Rangana Herath so late giving some runs to Aussies. Ranil Herath-Kent

  • taniap on August 8, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    wazza85 and Trioboy, despite them doing well internationally in the past, cricket was never Australia's favourite game. It was always Rugby and Footy. So I am not surprised they don't show cricket on Aussie TV.

  • Shashin1020 on August 8, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @ali Unfortunately it seems the selectors continually have avoided hodge. probably the unluckiest cricketer ever considering his talent. his international days a most likely over now

  • on August 8, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    time time ki baat hai ...................................

  • on August 8, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Aussies have been poor with their team seletions

  • on August 8, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Bring Hodge to replace David Hussey, Bring Nannes or Ryan Harris to replace lee and Johnson. For goodness sake get a full time spinner

  • on August 8, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    landl47 ..... i agree with you 100% ...... This T20 rubbish is NOT cricket and is/will be the ruination of many talented youngsters.

  • correctcall on August 8, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    The lesson for Australia is to compare Neilson with Flower and ask the question as to whether the right man is in the chair. Todays Times of London ( 0 August) makes interesting reading. Don Argus take note !

  • on August 8, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Disappointing to see both India & Australia are playing poorly! Can Sehwag come back with a dash like Dilshan? well i don't think so?

  • on August 8, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    do not want to see Cameron white once again,please!!!now Sehwag returns,it will be the ultimate test for England.Bangladesh did underestimated Zimbabwe,this is bad.

  • wazza85 on August 8, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    I agree with Trioboy, Australian channels never show cricket even though when the aussies play the only reason for this is because they are not doing that well..but i think this is really unfair on behalf of other people who want to watch the game. and they are bad lossers. not every ones got Foxtel. and i think the owners of TV channels should paly a fair game and telecast the series.

  • katandthat3 on August 8, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    @Meety - I'd go Christian instead of Hastings. Hoping O'Keefe can stick around for the Tests. As mentioned earlier I'll be surprised if O'Keefe, Smith and Hussey don't get bowled their full quota. Chasing 200 was always going to be a tough task so we'll need to be smarter with the ball and I'm sure, Watto, Marsh & Hussey will go better this time. Hopefully Warner doesn't BBQ anyone else like he did Haddin the other night. In all honesty I'm not that fussed about the T20, these are more like the warm up games we haven't had. I'll be disappointed if we still fare like this in the ODI series. Still a heap of cricket to be played before the Tests and they are the most important of all. It's going to be a hard tour but looking forward to watching it all.

  • taniap on August 8, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    I was at the game on Saturday and saw a SL team that was brimming with confidence and gelling together after the whole-sale changes post WC. Rumesh was involved and was everywhere and I think that is a great sight as a coach. I think the team likes him well and hope he will stay on as the coach.

    Dilshan was at his best and although Aussies never really threatened to reach the SL score, the final flurry of batting especially by the tail enders gave lots to think about for SL team. Had the total being at leats 10 runs less, it could have been a totally different story.

    Kulasekera was disappointing and SL must hold on to their catches to win the next one.

    ** T

  • on August 8, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    dissapointing from d aussies.. Needa bring back dougy,harris n nannes..

  • chandau on August 8, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Hats off to RR for giving Jeevan M his due at 5 as he is no slam bang man at 7/8. Had he been playing in the top in England (instead of TK) maybe we could have done better. This XI is quite well balanced with Dilruwan a capable bat at 7 and K'sekara nad Prasad capable of a few long drives. Once Ange starts bowling there will be 4 meium pace options and 4 spin options. Also we have Tharanga, Suraj, Mendis, Malinga on the bench so the SQUAD is good. Lets hope they will play the ODIs also with the same guys (when is Tharanga eligible to play?). Another thought; when will they dicide to give Chandimal the gloves from Sanga? We already have the best keeper for tests - need to groom this guy for the future with REAL competitive experience (not just club matches). Home conditions r the best chance to build his confidance and with the team having an edge over the OZ. cheers

  • WaldermaltCricketer on August 8, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Dhammika Prasad is not effective. Shaminda Eranga shoul be given a chance. Prasad was poor in 1st game. Aussies will not take this game easily. They will try hard. SL must be more careful.. playing with Prasad makes easy for Aussies to get back their strength.So.. SL should look for a change. All the very best to Sri Lanka..

  • Patchmaster on August 8, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Wow - for an ENG fan it's fascinating watching the AUS team performing so averagely - it's actually like watching ENg about three years ago - love this beautiful game and how it morphs and twists every few years as the power shifts between teams.

  • deadite11 on August 8, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Wats happened to Aus selection? no David, no dougy, no clarke.. Aussies becomes so powerless...

  • ygkd on August 8, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Have to agree with AndyZaltmannsHair. Australia was fixated with pace - wayward pace, quicker pace and even slower pace... meanwhile Sri Lanka sensibly used spin to the utmost effect, just as expected. Oh well, at least O'Keefe got a bit of a bowl. Finally.

  • landl47 on August 8, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    I think the mistake the Aussies are making (and so are some of the fans) is thinking this game is cricket. It isn't; it's basically baseball with a bigger bat. Forget technique, do as Dilshan did, stand there and trust your hand/eye coordination to belt the ball over the legside boundaries. When you are bowling, bowl either bouncers at the chest or yorkers at the toes. Good length stuff just goes over the ropes. I hate this form of the game, it has no refinement, strategy or class, just big hacks at balls bowled not to take wickets but to avoid being hit. If this is the type of game you want, then why not play real baseball? There's far more technique involved having to use the smaller bat and the pitchers, using a bent elbow, move the ball around like Murali, which isn't a coincidence. Get this game over and move on to some real cricket.

  • wandrew on August 8, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    I am happoy Sri Lanka won the first T20. I hope Aussies will bounce back and make the second match a close one. It is not just the fast bowlers and bad captaincy. Their fielding is not up to the mark. I am also concerned about Sri Lankan fielding. They cannot afford to drop easy catches and win matches. Any team on their day can win T20. Aussies need to play spin correctly if they are hoping to win at least a few ODCs. The way I saw it, they just swing the bat aimlessly and get beaten by the turning ball.

  • Meety on August 8, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever - good side (For SL purposes)- I'd swap Christian for S Marsh.

  • kalins on August 8, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Coaching with own sri lankan coach given a better ground to talk about. High time to rethink about the fact to keep a good coach within and romesh did it in the first macth by giving better guidance. Keept it up, we need this to keep going..

  • jfgvjksnkka on August 8, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Sorry Guys but it wont matter how many pace bowlers you throw at them we will underperform until the mentality of pace pace and more pace stops. Have a look at the economy of the bowlers and tell me why our most economical bowlers - okeefe and smith (spin) bowled only 5 of their alloted 8 overs.

  • hyclass on August 8, 2011, 1:19 GMT

    Well done Dilshan and Sri Lanka and particlarly well done to Rumesh on encouraging batsmen to back themselves and play their own game.What a lesson that is for the australian coaching and selection staff,mired in theories and trying to twist players to fit those theories.Hughes in particular before the 09 ashes warm up had his game so twisted by the coaches, that despite making 8 centuries and 1709 runs in only 13 games at almost 78, and looking a world beater against a lethal test attack boasting 1100 wickets,he was dropped and claimed to have been,'found out' by the mediocre Harmison.Guys like O'Keefe,Copeland and David Hussey are other examples of misusing or wasting resources.One wonders what the coaches are paid for. 10 of the 11 players in this game play 20/20 on the sub continent. Only Johnson does not.Though it was the first game in SL and anyone can win on their day,one couldnt help but be struck by how poorly informed,prepared and captained they were.How long will this go on?

  • Ozcricketwriter on August 8, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    No Lee as he doesn't contain well enough in T20s, and no Pattinson, as he isn't international quality. Focus on spin, not pace. Smith, O'Keefe, David Hussey and White all need to bowl. Backup from Johnson and Hastings and even Watson if required. This is the XI I think they should play: Warner, Watson, Finch, Marsh, White, D Hussey, Haddin, Smith, O'Keefe, Johnson, Hastings . Lots of batting but that's okay. And the batsmen have to be told to smash it.

  • Trioboy on August 8, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Why don't Australian channels show Cricket on TV anymore? They didn't even do the full coverage of the 2011 World Cup. Bangladeshi tour had no coverage and now Sri Lankan tour is not shown on normal telly. How do they expect fans to be interested and youths to take up the sport when none of the national games are shown on TV? Not everyone got Foxtel. However, all the soccer games including English and European leagues are shown in free to air without any fail. I can't remember the last time Aussies won the Soccer world cup or at least got to the semi-finals. Looks like some one is trying to convert Aussies in to soccer. I'm disappointed.

  • on August 8, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    i agree, keep johnson. but he is more of a test bowler i think, and he isnt the leader of an attack he is an impact bowler. he is too wayward. where is dougie for the T20s? and get rid of hastings he is pure james hopes (check hopes' stats nd you'll see what i mean), a player who gets put in the side then everyone forgets about him no matter how bad his performances are because he is neither a frontline bowler nor batter. spare parts player. rubbish. and look at o'keefe and smiths bowling.. test selectors TAKE NOTE PLEASE

  • Wozza-CY on August 8, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    I read in the match report that an offspinner had some success bowling flat. There was one of those in Gold (D.Hussey) but he didn't get a bowl? Apart from the obvious mistakes of not bowling other spinners their full quota, why wasn't this tried? D.Hussey is possible Oz most experienced T20 player. Didn't they learn anything from the WC where they persisted with pace? Other than that, no warm up matches, preparing in bouncy Brisbane for slow turning SL doens't make a whole lot of sense. Fairplay to SL, they not only outplayed but outhought Oz once again. It just goes to show that it will take some amount of time to turn this ship around for Oz.

  • redneck on August 7, 2011, 23:56 GMT

    just 3 more day until the real tour starts!!!

  • Aspraso on August 7, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    How many more series will Aussies have to lose before they dump Johnson the once-upon-a-time bowler?

  • on August 7, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    be a good idea next time we tour to an Asian country with spinning wickets, be a good idea when practicing in Australia that they mimic the pitch conditions, be good for preparations, also next time trust in our spinners and bowl more cutters, and with the dill scoop, just let him play it, dont change the feild for the shot, its a high risk shot good chance he will get out to it more often then not.

  • ygkd on August 7, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    Watching Andrew MacDonald captain a county T20 team to victory made me wonder, given he's obviously fit now, what he's done to not be in Sri Lanka instead?

  • woodhaven on August 7, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    without bollinger, nannes, harris--aussie attack is even weaker than india, no hope

  • xenon555 on August 7, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Where are Nannes, Bollinger, and Harris? Pair 2 of them with Lee and Johnson and the SL top order will crumble. Then drop smith for O'Keefe. Watson, Warner, and Marsh form a formidable top order and without Malinga the SL opening bowling combination is much much weaker. Hussey and White have to step up or at least bring Mike Hussey to take his brother's spot. Sheesh, instead of wasting time they should try to bring back the T20 team that was so good in the Carribean except bring Marsh for Clarke, and Bollinger for Tait.

  • Dhakshika on August 7, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    well done sri lankans.most positive thing is dammika Prasad bowled with few exceptional deliveries. so he should be play for the whole series.

  • David47 on August 7, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    @Sunny - sorry mate, but I haven't got an answer. Like all Aussie fans, I wonder what this guy has got on the selectors. His bowling has never had the consistency of quality required for the international level. And never will have - the flaws in his action are there for all to see, and he's never done anything about them. And never will do. And it's not as if there aren't any quality alternatives. NSW seem to have a production line of them at the momernt (before I'm accused of bias, I'm a Queenslander). He needs to go, and take Hastings with him.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 7, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Australia's bowling problem is their complete reliance on pace. You have pace and more pace and pacier pace and when pace doesn't work you bring on more pace and get your paciest bowler to bowl some pace. And if that fails look for a change of pace. It's all pace.

  • Mishalmakshood on August 7, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    As far as i can see, mitchell johnson has been underperforming for over an year right now! what ever happened to siddle? why is australia sticking to ponting and co when they keep underperforming? im looking t england right now and it seems competetiveness has made them even better. Sri Lanka is benefitting from the grooming of new players like chandimal, jeevan and dilruwan. it was aravinda's idea to hold them back and make them tour with the U-19 to australia etc. it seems to have done wonders! but im hoping for sri lanka to sweep this series clean, nothing like beating australia in australia and now in sri lanka all in the same year!

  • stormy16 on August 7, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    White has one last chance for a future and that is tomorrow! Johnson needs to be kept- he has something special that Aus desperately needs to harvest and in SL with a bit of swing he could come good. When in Rome do as the Romans - the way to go for the Aussies is spin and play spin properly - not wild swings.

  • Kalan9211 on August 7, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    why cameron white gave bowling to pacers instad of spinners in first T20? 2 or 3 bad overs by pacers costed the match. cameron is also not scoring runs, its good he is dropped from ODI.

  • randika_ayya on August 7, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    Aussies are not the folding up kind and will surely bounce back in the series. A great tussle is on the cards to delight fans home and away!! I'm well pleased to see the track at Kandy, green tinge with decent pace and bounce plus spin! Quite a sporting wicket with runs on offer to those that buckle down and enough juice to keep the bowlers interested! I say keep dhammika Prasad as he hits the deck and bowls a heavy ball, may want to look at Lakmal as opposed to what Mendis the tall offie can bring to the table

  • mensan on August 7, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Just like IPL reduced indian team to a bunch of mediocres, big bash will do the same to australia.

  • phoenixsteve on August 7, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    As a nuetral fan I watched the game with some interest. Once Sri Lanka had posted 198 it was always going to be hard for the Aussies to compete. 198 is a fantastic T20 score, but it didn't seem to me like the Aussies ever believed they could get there? From the start of their innings the Aussie running between the wickets was conservative and many 'twos' were turned into singles. This against a SriLlanka team that is not the greatest fielding unit in cricket! It was most un-Australian and I reckon they let 12 or so runs go and it could've been more had they been putting SL under more pressure. I expect the nest game to be closer and maybe even a reversal - after all this is Australia! It should be a good game - good luck to both sides.....

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    any aussie plzz tell me why aussies selectors dont drop mitchel johnson?????? He is world worst pacer

  • on August 7, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Dilshan keeps justifying the faith of those that had in him all along. Sri Lanka's fielding though is a cause for concern, especially the catching of Matthews and that of Dilshan too which has gone down a notch. Here it didn't matter but could cost them dearly in the longer forms which are more important.

  • Okakaboka on August 7, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Boy, this is getting infuriating....selection blunders all over the place. Please...Johnston (Mr Dogs Breakfast or Old Spraygun) is a waste of space....Marsh? Why isn't Finch playing?? Is he injured? Look....We bloggers were right about O'Keefe...About time the selectors educated themselves and read some of these blogs!!!!! Hastings....Too many slow balls. Is he a Slow..slow bowler who bowls the odd quicker ball or a fast medium who thinks he has more chance of making the test team as a spinner???? ...so he bowls...r..e..a..l.....s..l..o..w..!!! And does what Krejza and Johnston are good at...satellite disruption!!!! White has one more chance!

  • SnowSnake on August 7, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    I will write off Australia for another 3 years. The problem with Australia is resistance to change just like India. Just start ruthlessly throwing players out of playing 11 until they start performing. Johnson, Ponting, Hussey should all be thrown out. This series will go to SL in all games. Bouncy pitch bowlers look very tame in flat tracks. Without effective spinner in Aus., SL will reign supreme in this series.

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on August 7, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    Hey Cameron don't worry you can bounce back.Wanna see a fighting t20 match. I know ausies are fighters and they will prove it for sure.

  • Aussasinator on August 7, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Are Aussies fans feeling Ok about the Aussie behaviour?

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    After Long Time i has able to saw better match yesterday ..So sad to see great no1 team lost to lions so badly .nevertheless our boys done really good job yesterday specially captain cool innings ,that was better innings i never ever saw from the sl player ..that could challenged to jaysuriya bat as well .. we everybody know aus..when they lost one match they used to come with next match strongly ..hopefully they not this time .. because now there not a good teams as they were ..Sl young boys have some strange power,it could make different of the game so badly to other teams ,no body can't realize what would be .wishing u guys to good luck..

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    any aussie plzz tell me why aussies selectors dont drop mitchel johnson??????

  • asithaSL on August 7, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    SL rocks....! weldone boys... but, still no one can fill what Malinga capable of... Hey guyz, anyone can tell me a site, where I can get ICC T20 rankings (proper updating site)

  • Dambulla on August 7, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    SL fielding to be improved bit and another spinner either Ajantha or Randiv in place of Dhammika Prasad would be suitable.

  • on August 7, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    australia are gonna need warner in da ODI's if they are gonna hav a good crack at winning a few games..(lankan fan wanting to see a bit of competitiveness)

  • VivGilchrist on August 7, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    What did anybody expect? No cricket for 3 months, and no warm up games in SL conditions. SL should win, once this Mickey Mouse stuff is over the BIG question is .... Drum roll please....... Can OKeefe stay on for the Test series? Surely there's a chance Beer will get refused into SL on the basis that customs don't believe he is really an Aussie test cricketer and OKeefe will have to take his spot? Anybody?

  • on August 7, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Srilanka Will Rock the series ...and future games with Young Lions

  • hyclass on August 7, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I dont care whether australia won or lost.The better team on the day will always win and the best of good fortune to them.I am however, mystifed that australia chose to ignore the least secret,secret in the cricketing universe-that spin wins games on raging turners on the sub continent.The batsmen,despite heavily publicised feel good training camps and access to infinite information on the opposition,the conditions and recent form and more coaches and support staff than players, were completely unprepared.The captain chose to use the least reliable quick who demonstrated no control and a complete inability to adapt and to not use 3 spin overs.At a time when the eminently likeable White's fortunes are at a low ebb and his judgement ruined by lost confidence and national demotion,we find this eye player in charge of a national side.Despite all ive read on the IPL,its clear that there issues of standards.This team was replete with IPL representatives who failed again against quality.

  • VEXXZ on August 7, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    The days of Australia just running through the opposition are OVER . Other Countries have improved and are playing much better than before . The ONLY team that continue to struggle is the once MIGHTY West Indies . As cricket remain at such a high standard and with the Return of the W.I up the ladder , the world will enjoy the best style of play ....EVER.

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Prasdhoni - Hmm good point... then dont U think that the selectors have would have known abt this factor?? or did they just take a risk?? perhaps tomorrows match would reveal this theory...

  • on August 7, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Well played SL... Dilshan covered up a relatively weak middle/lower order by taking the attack to Aussie. Jeewan and Sanga did their job brilliantly. However, if a couple quick wickets fall Sri Lanka's long tail will be exposed. With Mathews at 6, Dilruwan at 7, SL will struggle to chase a big target. In this format it might be better to play some1 like Perera instead of Prasad. Just gives SL the additional fire power.

  • tdobbo on August 7, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    In my opinion from what I saw of the match, Australia lacks leadership. Someone needs to pull into line Watson and Johnson for their offensive behaviour and atrocious body language. I'm not sure what they did during the off season, I would have thought this would be lesson number 1 for these two. Haddin as well.

  • popnlock on August 7, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    good luck aussies.. you can come back........

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Get Ajantha Mendis In for Dammika Prasad.....Team is Balanced then as this wicket is turning

  • jonesy2 on August 7, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    ok where are ryan harris, doug bollinger and shaun tait?

  • hris on August 7, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    please stop embarrassing us aussie fans by such horrid performances. i feel sad :(

  • Trickz on August 7, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    aussie will be right with the 1 dayers,a lil nervouse about the tests tho

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    start that save the kangaroos project as soon as possible :)

  • Aspraso on August 7, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Cameron White is not the knight in white armor for tilting at the windmills ; by persisting with him the Australian selectors are clutching at the straws.

  • Meety on August 7, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Well, Cameron - here's a tip, bowl your most economical bowlers for the FULL quota!

  • Prasdhoni on August 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    The main reason for Mitchell Johnson`s poor game is that he doesnt play in any T20 leagues.out of the 30 twenty20 games that he has played so far,27 has been international matches..so he has just played 3 domestic T20 games....He needs to play in more T20 games to improve his T20 game.

  • Herath-UK on August 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    I'm sure Aussies will come fighting hard;the loss is due to Dilshan's sublime innings,so Aussies wouldn't mind as this sort of inning cannot be repeated regularly.However Cameron cannot be excused for not getting his two spinners to complete their quotas;If you are a good captain,you need to have the ability to think on the feet.The Sri Lankan team now looks more complete ;rather than depends on the famous three,the fans can look upto Chandimal,Jeewan and Angelo to score big.Where will Tharanga fit in? Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Patchmaster on August 7, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    wow - AUS were OWNED by SL ! This series has all the makings of a scorcher ! Love it.

  • Gathika on August 7, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    There you go SL.....You are the best team in the world

  • Ameega on August 7, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    One of the plus points of the first T20 result is, it will reduce jealousy comments here from heartbroken fans who now have their supporting team losing three consecutive matches (i,e Eng-Ind, Eng-Ind, SL-Aus). Anyway, it would be interesting to watch if Watto does a Dil in this match.

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  • Ameega on August 7, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    One of the plus points of the first T20 result is, it will reduce jealousy comments here from heartbroken fans who now have their supporting team losing three consecutive matches (i,e Eng-Ind, Eng-Ind, SL-Aus). Anyway, it would be interesting to watch if Watto does a Dil in this match.

  • Gathika on August 7, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    There you go SL.....You are the best team in the world

  • Patchmaster on August 7, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    wow - AUS were OWNED by SL ! This series has all the makings of a scorcher ! Love it.

  • Herath-UK on August 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    I'm sure Aussies will come fighting hard;the loss is due to Dilshan's sublime innings,so Aussies wouldn't mind as this sort of inning cannot be repeated regularly.However Cameron cannot be excused for not getting his two spinners to complete their quotas;If you are a good captain,you need to have the ability to think on the feet.The Sri Lankan team now looks more complete ;rather than depends on the famous three,the fans can look upto Chandimal,Jeewan and Angelo to score big.Where will Tharanga fit in? Ranil Herath -Kent

  • Prasdhoni on August 7, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    The main reason for Mitchell Johnson`s poor game is that he doesnt play in any T20 leagues.out of the 30 twenty20 games that he has played so far,27 has been international matches..so he has just played 3 domestic T20 games....He needs to play in more T20 games to improve his T20 game.

  • Meety on August 7, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Well, Cameron - here's a tip, bowl your most economical bowlers for the FULL quota!

  • Aspraso on August 7, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Cameron White is not the knight in white armor for tilting at the windmills ; by persisting with him the Australian selectors are clutching at the straws.

  • on August 7, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    start that save the kangaroos project as soon as possible :)

  • Trickz on August 7, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    aussie will be right with the 1 dayers,a lil nervouse about the tests tho

  • hris on August 7, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    please stop embarrassing us aussie fans by such horrid performances. i feel sad :(