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

Spin to make life difficult, says White

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Bhagya 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.

  • Bhagya 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

  • Bhagya 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......

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

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

  • David 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?

  • Daya 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

  • Lalindra 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.

  • Anjana 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!!!!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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