Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Pallekele August 9, 2011

Spin to make life difficult, says White

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Australia's limited-overs and Test cricketers will be under no illusions about the difficulty of the task facing them in Sri Lanka after the Twenty20 team was swept 2-0 via the spin of Ajantha Mendis, Cameron White has said.

Twice in as many matches Australia were flummoxed by slow bowling, but the second occasion was far more dramatic as Mendis claimed 6 for 16 to foil the chase after Shane Watson had seemingly set the tourists on the path to a comfortable victory.

White, Australia's Twenty20 captain, will now fly home after not being included in the ODI or Test squads, and he said his team-mates would have to find better ways of starting their innings.

"It was pretty obvious that once there was a couple of new batters, it was quite hard work," White said. "It's going to be no different during the one-day series. It'll be hard and tough work for the batsmen against the spinners.

"Everyone knows that, it's no secret and it's just going to be about who can come out on top at the end of the series."

The Australia ODI squad will benefit from the arrival of the captain Michael Clarke and experienced batsmen Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey, who can help to avert the sort of panic that was glimpsed as four wickets went down for four runs in 16 balls on Monday evening.

"A couple of senior players coming back into the side, Michael and Ricky, have seen a lot of Mendis so they'll have, straight from the start, a bit more experience there and I think the more you get to face guys like that, who you haven't seen as much, it becomes easier," White said.

"He's a different bowler but, as I said, the more you get to see of guys like that, the easier they become to face. Definitely, as Mendis showed tonight, he's a very good bowler. Clearly, six wickets in a Twenty20 game for under 20 runs is an unbelievable effort."

Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan was happy to note that an approach laden with spin bowlers and patience had worked so well to start the tour.

"We knew [if we took] one or two wickets and we could put pressure on them," he said. "We were hanging in [there] and waiting for a breakthrough."

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  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Someone has said that we weren't in a final. Sometimes you lose and sometimes you win.You can't win always..For a example lets take India as that someone did.India weren't in the 2007 WC final n 2009 t20 WC final.Look at them now.They are getting beaten in every game ever since they set foot to England.But they won the 2011 WC.You lose some and you gain some.I hope that someone understand this.

  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @Balumekka::Completely agree with you.Let's see what kind of pitches will they make when Aus tours India.I think they will prepare fast bouncy tracks ...........lol

  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Ankush Rawat::Bowling 30 odd overs in a day is not an easy task.But look at Murali's average.It is better than Shane Warne.....he is the best spinner world has produced.Don't be jealous guys.He is the best......

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @ waitandbleed - Oz would of preferred to play against Malinga!

  • David47 on August 9, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    India this; India that. Even a bit of Pak thrown in. I thought this series was between SL and Aus?

  • Ravana_Brother on August 9, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    @ Ankush Rawat and the "no name" friend :) -- The fact Murali had to bowl that much in a match is an indication of the odds he had as a bowler. Unlike Warne and Kumble who had quality pace bowlers to help take wickets and get teams out ( eg:- mcgrath, gillespie, bret lee / kapil dev, srinath, zaheer, etc ), murali had very limited support from other bowlers perhaps except vaas and malings on some brief periods. Due to that Murali often came on to bowl to well set batsmen and getting well set test batsmen out is not easy for any bowler. For Kumble and Warne, more often than not, they started bowling to a batting side whose top batsman were taken out by pacies above mentioned. Also, if you played cricket, you will know how much difficult it is for a bowler to endure bowling 30 overs a day - it is easier said than done. I do agree SL has a weak record outside sub continent, but they are given far less opportunites than India to play in aus, nz, saf, eng. you can check for yourself

  • waitandbleed on August 9, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    What the hell Australia lost again?? Lasith Malinga didnt even play in either games. He is the best T20 bowler in the world atm. I wonder how the wickets wud have fallen if he played.

  • Balumekka on August 9, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    @ Ankush Rawat: Yes mate. I agree with you. Sri Lanka must learn from India. I mean look at how Indians preparing high way like flt pitches, that's not because they lack world class bowlers, but to give equal chances to batsman in both sides. How democratic they are...! Therefore I'm so unhappy about the way they have been treated in England by giving them fast bouncy pitches. Although the quality Indian batting line up well tolerate any kind of fast bowling attack, they just pretending that they cannot bat well against English fast bowlers and thereby want to show the world the importance of preparing democratic flat pitches in cricket!!!!!

  • on August 9, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    @Ankush Rawat : what's with you and SriLanka mate? It seems like you had enough of watching the Indians loosing so badly in England. Well the thing is, SL played much better than the Indians did in England, Out of three matches we lost only one. Won the T20, could have won the ODI series too, it was decided on the last bowl of the match. And our youngsters like Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis & Mathews played wonderfully well. At least the future of Sri Lankan cricket looks very bright. But look at the Indian side, Thank god they had Dravid, if not their England tour would've been Even worse, & now they have called him back for the ODI's. It seems that you have a lot to worry about your Indian Side.

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    @Sanga_N_Mahiya : dude you did win the last SL vs aus series down under but that was a ODI series..have you ever even drawn a test series there? No..have you ever won even a test match in south africa.? No..have you won a test series in India ? No.. the stats speak for themselves dont they..and just to remind you of something, the last time india,sri lanka and australia played in a tri series together, guess who won..India..and it was in Australia..its sad sri lanka did not even make it to the final..Never mind

    @tdobbo : you are absolutely right there mate.Murali is a legend.he is the bradman of bowling..i would never doubt that..but you know even with bradman it was said that he always played against england so his greatness his somehow faded since he never faced quality spinners or spin tracks..and that is what even I am saying..murali would bowl 1/3 of overs in a day then obviously anyone would take 4 wickets per match..But he is a legend..a true legend

  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Someone has said that we weren't in a final. Sometimes you lose and sometimes you win.You can't win always..For a example lets take India as that someone did.India weren't in the 2007 WC final n 2009 t20 WC final.Look at them now.They are getting beaten in every game ever since they set foot to England.But they won the 2011 WC.You lose some and you gain some.I hope that someone understand this.

  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    @Balumekka::Completely agree with you.Let's see what kind of pitches will they make when Aus tours India.I think they will prepare fast bouncy tracks ...........lol

  • Black_Rider on August 10, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Ankush Rawat::Bowling 30 odd overs in a day is not an easy task.But look at Murali's average.It is better than Shane Warne.....he is the best spinner world has produced.Don't be jealous guys.He is the best......

  • Meety on August 9, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    @ waitandbleed - Oz would of preferred to play against Malinga!

  • David47 on August 9, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    India this; India that. Even a bit of Pak thrown in. I thought this series was between SL and Aus?

  • Ravana_Brother on August 9, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    @ Ankush Rawat and the "no name" friend :) -- The fact Murali had to bowl that much in a match is an indication of the odds he had as a bowler. Unlike Warne and Kumble who had quality pace bowlers to help take wickets and get teams out ( eg:- mcgrath, gillespie, bret lee / kapil dev, srinath, zaheer, etc ), murali had very limited support from other bowlers perhaps except vaas and malings on some brief periods. Due to that Murali often came on to bowl to well set batsmen and getting well set test batsmen out is not easy for any bowler. For Kumble and Warne, more often than not, they started bowling to a batting side whose top batsman were taken out by pacies above mentioned. Also, if you played cricket, you will know how much difficult it is for a bowler to endure bowling 30 overs a day - it is easier said than done. I do agree SL has a weak record outside sub continent, but they are given far less opportunites than India to play in aus, nz, saf, eng. you can check for yourself

  • waitandbleed on August 9, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    What the hell Australia lost again?? Lasith Malinga didnt even play in either games. He is the best T20 bowler in the world atm. I wonder how the wickets wud have fallen if he played.

  • Balumekka on August 9, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    @ Ankush Rawat: Yes mate. I agree with you. Sri Lanka must learn from India. I mean look at how Indians preparing high way like flt pitches, that's not because they lack world class bowlers, but to give equal chances to batsman in both sides. How democratic they are...! Therefore I'm so unhappy about the way they have been treated in England by giving them fast bouncy pitches. Although the quality Indian batting line up well tolerate any kind of fast bowling attack, they just pretending that they cannot bat well against English fast bowlers and thereby want to show the world the importance of preparing democratic flat pitches in cricket!!!!!

  • on August 9, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    @Ankush Rawat : what's with you and SriLanka mate? It seems like you had enough of watching the Indians loosing so badly in England. Well the thing is, SL played much better than the Indians did in England, Out of three matches we lost only one. Won the T20, could have won the ODI series too, it was decided on the last bowl of the match. And our youngsters like Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis & Mathews played wonderfully well. At least the future of Sri Lankan cricket looks very bright. But look at the Indian side, Thank god they had Dravid, if not their England tour would've been Even worse, & now they have called him back for the ODI's. It seems that you have a lot to worry about your Indian Side.

  • on August 9, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    @Sanga_N_Mahiya : dude you did win the last SL vs aus series down under but that was a ODI series..have you ever even drawn a test series there? No..have you ever won even a test match in south africa.? No..have you won a test series in India ? No.. the stats speak for themselves dont they..and just to remind you of something, the last time india,sri lanka and australia played in a tri series together, guess who won..India..and it was in Australia..its sad sri lanka did not even make it to the final..Never mind

    @tdobbo : you are absolutely right there mate.Murali is a legend.he is the bradman of bowling..i would never doubt that..but you know even with bradman it was said that he always played against england so his greatness his somehow faded since he never faced quality spinners or spin tracks..and that is what even I am saying..murali would bowl 1/3 of overs in a day then obviously anyone would take 4 wickets per match..But he is a legend..a true legend

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    @Sanga_N_Mahiya :Dude you are getting me wrong here.Comparing murali with harbhajan is like comparing tiger with a mouse.murali is a far far better bowler,not only in this generation but maybe in the history of cricket..But listen, if you bowl for 30 odd overs in one day of the alloted 90 overs and that too on a pitch which starts to take turn from the first hour itself,it makes the job a little easier..i am not saying murali is bad..i am just saying that the pitches in sri lanka are more conducive..besides, i just love the way jayawerdene plays..and am flattered with the elegance of sanga..

  • on August 9, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    @anushka rawat: Indians are just sore losers rnt they?, they make their tracks so heavily dependent on batting only!..bowling on any indian track has got to be a nightmare!...coz every ball get literally wacked!....no wonder batsmen like shewag, gambir hav good averages coz most matches they play are on their home wickets!. No wonder when they play in Eng, Aus, SA or even in SL they struggle!...looks whats happening now??..The no1 test side lost 2 consec matches!!!!...Ppl like anushka rawat dont realize is that the host country has the right to take advantage of the conditions! any country would make their tracks more suitable to match the home team's strengths!.frm ur comments its vry clear that u dont knw a thing ab cricket, and trust me, dark days are just around the corner for indian cricket by the way things r goin!

  • Ravana_Brother on August 9, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Ankush Rawat - Each team has ups and down and SL is currently on a rebuilding phase. But your comment about SL's inability in England is rather surprising, because SL in their first tour after 3 legends retired ( vaas, murali, malinga ), with thier first choice front line bowlers injured ( nuwan pradeep, dilhara ) and playing in colder early summer weather with rain which makes batting difficult for sub continent players, managed to lose 1-0 in the test series - that too was due to bad batting in one session. But the so called "world champion" India with all their big guns playing in lkate summer with warmer weather are losing 2-0 ! And about SL record in aus, SAf and Eng - those countries do not give enough opportunites to tour their countruies atleast once every 2 years, so how can you expect to have an even comparison ? India gets to tour those countries more thus to know conditions and perform better ! And we all agree India played Murali well, so did Pakistan ! :)

  • on August 9, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    @ankush: what do u want? To give them bouncy wickets? We prepare pitches the way we want. That is called HOME ADVANTAGE. people who don't agree could go fly a kite!

  • zico123 on August 9, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    if Srilankan spinners do well in upcoming ODis and Test matches, then Srilanka should beat Aussies

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 9, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Aus can't play high quality spin. Pakistan would muller them if they played against each other on sub-continent tracks.

  • first_slip on August 9, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    @Ankush Rawat, Indians are sore loosers, look at whats going on in England...Talking about sri lanka in England, well sri lanaka only lost one tes there, and so call No1 team is on the verge of whitewash, and about turning track...Indian pitches are the Fastes in the world, they never turn...and Indian Batsmen are flat tracks bullies.. . who cant score a run..look at there captain..cant bat , cant keep...you make me laugh...

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Why are people so stupid about the kind of tracks offered by nations. If a team is not able to play on all surfaces, then they cannot be considered the best. Obviously, SL is going to prepare slow tracks, like Aussies and England prepare fast tracks. Why would a host prepare a track to help the visitors?. Last time Aussies visited SL with the best side they had, they won the series, they were real champions. India cannot play in English fast tracks, but they are considered the best team, how does that work?.

  • on August 9, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    @ Ankush Sri Lankans Did Way better than indians in england... and indians have more matches to loose too.. thats wat happn when u used to bat on concrete hard pitches in india. when u go somewhere else.... cant even face a bouncer and start to run every where on the pitch.

  • hifayas on August 9, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @ Ankush Rawat : Hehehe, nice joke Mr. Ankush, being an Indian, an Asian u r pointing out that the Srilankans are dependent on spin, and that it's a shame!!! :) real joke, if u take it as it's to be ashamed. beacause it's a tradiotional proud thing of not only Srilanka, but also to whole Asians. and we all know, what the Indians r doing in England at the Moment... as u say "well everybody knows what happened !!!" hehhe not only for the Asins when they go to Australia or Englad it happens, but for the Aussies and English also it happens, when they come down to india or Srilanka. Come on man, make ur mind up and try to be proud of ur positive

  • sl_udaya on August 9, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Mr. Ankush you need to understand that it is no shame to depend on spin. Those indians are so jelous because sri lankan spinners are better than indian guys. You better remember murali took 16 wickets against england in one match while harbajan is unable to take one. The way sri lanka played, is outstanding.You also need to remember sri lanka only lost one test in england when india has lost two and going to loose another one

  • NALINWIJ on August 9, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    This match was a classic that swung both ways through sheer brilliance. Excellent fielding, all time classic catch, 2 brilliant innings followed by the greatest T20 bowling effort. What does it mean for the series of ODI and Test matches? I feel the batting is evenly matched, Fielding would be excellent, Australia will be tough and competitive with an edge in pace but pitches will favor spin. Sri Lanka will have a smorgasboard of quality spinners to replace Murali while Australia will be on a wing and a prayer hoping to replace Warne.I believe SL will win ODI and whether they can get 20 wickets without the go to man Murali remains to be seen.

  • ajayrcs on August 9, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Australia Lost T20 Who Cares? No one was watching it. Great News for cricket People giving more attention to India and England Test series and many people even watched Bangladesh and Zimbabwe test series too. T20 is so small so boring.

  • SamRoy on August 9, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    @Ankush Rawat : There is a fair chance that India can get walloped 4-0 (or even 3-0) in England. So, rather than looking at Sri Lanka's weaknesses it will be better to look at our own weaknesses (which are a plenty -- ageing middle order probably past their prime, useless overhyped batsmen (like Raina, Yuvraj, Vijay) , inconsistent pace bowlers and a spinner who has forgotten how to bowl threatningly (rather bowls like a club bowler or needs a broken area on the pitch like against SA in final test in SA to be effective). To top it all a defensive captain not comfortable in either batting or keeping against the moving ball on a pitch which is not flat). Sri Lanka at least drew 2 matches and came back and could have drawn the series had it not been for 1 terrible session in first test. And home pitches are meant to favour home team. There is no need for being gracious hosts. Next time England, Austalia and SA arrive on these shores have at least 1 match for each of them in Kanpur...

  • Psychopathetikka on August 9, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    @Ankush Rawat - Hmm.. Let us analyze what happened in England recently. Lost 1 test drew 2. Won the T20 match. Won 2 ODI's and lost 3. Not a bad outing, is it?. Sure we lost the Test series, but we lost only ONE test. And about the pitches being spin friendly, we'll I didn't hear you complaining when England or Australia prepare fast bouncy track to suit their bowling attacks. Or are those complaints reserved for when a 'certain' team is touring there? Now who's the loser?

  • tdobbo on August 9, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    Ankush, I find your comments a bit ridiculous, no one will ever surpass Murali's record for a long, long time. He is a great bowler and his record speaks for itself, especially when you factor in the adversities he faced throughout his career. He is an esteemed and respected cricketer and person so I think you should consider this when commenting.

  • Black_Rider on August 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    @Ankush Rawat ::Take a look at Murali's average...It's far better than Harbhajan....Murali took 800 wickets..What an achievement.....I called him a Legend. Please don't watch cricket.People like you don't know how to appreciate.....

  • on August 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Well...Win is a win ! No one can take that credit away from you. Look at how India comes out when they get hammered one after the other. Comparetively Sri lankans are much better. In England we were beaten 1-0 with a much weaker side but we never gave that as an excuse. Go Lions...U Rock ! Humble method is the Best way to keep all the mouths shut !

  • Black_Rider on August 9, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    @Ankush Rawat ::Another jealous guy.....We did win in Australia last time we toured buddy..And by the way this do we get turning pitches when we go to Australia,England etc...They say we need to adapt to the conditions.So we make no complaints about the pitch..We just do our best..

  • on August 9, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Sri Lankans are just sore losers.I mean the cricket.They make their tracks so heavily dependent on spin bowling..Its a shame.The ball starts to turn from the 5th over itself..and that too in a T20..And when they go to England..well everybody knows what happened !!!And what Muralitharan do they talk about..No question he is a good bowler but hell he bowled 35 overs in a day out of 90..And any decent bowler would take atleast 4 wickets if he bowls for 35 overs in a day...What are his stats in Australia,South Africa.Even India!!

  • on August 9, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Well u always need good batsman to combat good bowlers, lets see how the aussies go. Marsh and dave hussey were absolutely horrific in the 2 t20i's so they need to make a huge step up.

  • ygkd on August 9, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    I don't know about making life difficult, but SL spin seemed to make batting nigh-on impossible for Shaun Marsh. I don't know that he'll be playing Robinson Crusoe there. The tour has only just begun. There's sessions of spin to come.

  • Philip_Gnana on August 9, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    The Sri Lankans will be taking the Aussies lightly whatever the press may try to dramatise. The Aussies are The Aussies. They may be weaker now compared to a few years ago, but their mentality has not changed. Pontic is a match winner and a long innings player and has all the experience to deal with. Home advantage is real and this is where SL will be having that advantage. SL need to get the Aussies out twice to win the test matches. It will be no easy task. Time will tell. The One dayers should be very interesting. As the OZ do have decent pace bowlers who can make a huge difference. On a given day the spinners can be taken to the cleaners. Advantage again to SL because of their depth in the spin bowling department. Cameron White has not left any positive thoughts for his team has he? Very unAussie like. Philip Gnana, surrey

  • WPDDESILVA on August 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    50 overs and Tests going to be a different ball game! Do not under estimate the aussies.

  • tdobbo on August 9, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    I agree Aspraso, the aussies are a rabble

  • on August 9, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I really really appreciate the gentle qualities of Cameron White.He was very humble to accept that Dilly(1st match),Mahela,Mendiz(2nd match)did a great job for Sri Lanka.This is rarely we have seen in Australians.Specially when Ponting was Captaining.but this is true Sportsmanship.Cameron White not available for ODI's though,Wish him good luck!!!

  • anver777 on August 9, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Mendis was unplayable last night...... may his world record feat boost his confidence in ODI's to come... a good beginning for SL !!!!!!!

  • jonesy2 on August 9, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    this makes me so angry. what a pathetic attitude. cricket is completely psychological and if you go in with a mind set like this, dont even bother. watson destroyed sri lankas spinners, why? because he attacked them and disrespected them, its about how you approach it. and by the way youre a professional cricketers you should be able to dominate any bowler if they are not better than you and because australia's batsmen are better than every single sri lankan spinner by a mile then they should be be a concern.

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    As we expected the 2-0 was the result of the T20 series. No doubt that except Ricky ponting, there are much experience spin friendly batters in Aussie side.

    Even one dayers will be same. no worries we will win the series as well. Weldone Srilanka. Weldone DILSHAN..AS captain you showed the matuarity in last two matches....GOOD LUCK FOR AUSSIES AS WELL for the rest of the series........Sanga and Mayya...have to do much more better...as we have the most experience duo in one day/and test.....and to be frank.they are probably the best..duo to make our country...proud.in recent years...after..Arjuna& Aravinda.....acutally last night Mahela showed......us ...a ARAVINDA' show piece.... after long time....

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Aussie might bounce back in ODI's Sri Lanka should be ready for that

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Playing against spinning track as important as plying on a bouncy wicket. You have to play well in both pitches.

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Our bowling coaches should educate Ajantha for getting more variations / varieties into his bowling. Indians have already studied him. So are the senior Australians. He is a great asset what we have and the coaches have to guide him properly to get more results off him.

  • Aspraso on August 9, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    "Spin to make life difficult" says White. Strange to admit so while departing-- is that meant to put the fear of the devil on the incoming ODI team and then later the Test team? Aussies have really lost it.

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  • Aspraso on August 9, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    "Spin to make life difficult" says White. Strange to admit so while departing-- is that meant to put the fear of the devil on the incoming ODI team and then later the Test team? Aussies have really lost it.

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Our bowling coaches should educate Ajantha for getting more variations / varieties into his bowling. Indians have already studied him. So are the senior Australians. He is a great asset what we have and the coaches have to guide him properly to get more results off him.

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Playing against spinning track as important as plying on a bouncy wicket. You have to play well in both pitches.

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Aussie might bounce back in ODI's Sri Lanka should be ready for that

  • on August 9, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    As we expected the 2-0 was the result of the T20 series. No doubt that except Ricky ponting, there are much experience spin friendly batters in Aussie side.

    Even one dayers will be same. no worries we will win the series as well. Weldone Srilanka. Weldone DILSHAN..AS captain you showed the matuarity in last two matches....GOOD LUCK FOR AUSSIES AS WELL for the rest of the series........Sanga and Mayya...have to do much more better...as we have the most experience duo in one day/and test.....and to be frank.they are probably the best..duo to make our country...proud.in recent years...after..Arjuna& Aravinda.....acutally last night Mahela showed......us ...a ARAVINDA' show piece.... after long time....

  • jonesy2 on August 9, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    this makes me so angry. what a pathetic attitude. cricket is completely psychological and if you go in with a mind set like this, dont even bother. watson destroyed sri lankas spinners, why? because he attacked them and disrespected them, its about how you approach it. and by the way youre a professional cricketers you should be able to dominate any bowler if they are not better than you and because australia's batsmen are better than every single sri lankan spinner by a mile then they should be be a concern.

  • anver777 on August 9, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Mendis was unplayable last night...... may his world record feat boost his confidence in ODI's to come... a good beginning for SL !!!!!!!

  • on August 9, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I really really appreciate the gentle qualities of Cameron White.He was very humble to accept that Dilly(1st match),Mahela,Mendiz(2nd match)did a great job for Sri Lanka.This is rarely we have seen in Australians.Specially when Ponting was Captaining.but this is true Sportsmanship.Cameron White not available for ODI's though,Wish him good luck!!!

  • tdobbo on August 9, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    I agree Aspraso, the aussies are a rabble

  • WPDDESILVA on August 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    50 overs and Tests going to be a different ball game! Do not under estimate the aussies.