Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd ODI, Hambantota August 13, 2011

Hussey expects Sri Lanka fightback

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Michael Hussey, the Australia batsman, expects Sri Lanka to bounce back strongly from their opening ODI loss to the visitors. Sri Lanka had won the two Twenty20 games but were at the wrong end of a seven-wicket defeat at Pallekele on August 10.

''It was very important to get off to a good start, particularly after losing both Twenty20s,'' Hussey told AAP. ''I think the Sri Lankan confidence was sky high, so it was important for us to start the series well. We've got to make sure that we are right on our game again because I'm sure the Sri Lankans will be coming back at us very hard.''

The second game will be played at Hambantota on Sunday and Sri Lanka could be boosted by the return of fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who missed the first ODI and both T20s with a back injury.

''He's [Malinga] an outstanding bowler,'' Hussey said. ''I think the reasons why he's so good is that he can take wickets up front with the new ball. His action does take a little bit of getting used to, so that makes him dangerous as well. He's got a very good slower ball, very good bouncer, and he also bowls very well with the old ball. One-day cricket is pretty much made for him and he'd be a vital part of their team.

''Complementing him with their very good spinners gives them a very well-rounded team and we're expecting them to really bounce back hard, so we've got to be ready for that and [get] right on top.''

Hussey missed the T20s and was unbeaten on two when Michael Clarke hit the winning runs in the first game, so he is raring to get into the action. ''I'm champing at the bit really. It was a bit tough to watch the Twenty20s. I would have loved to have been involved in that. [But] it was good to come over while those games were on just to get a bit of an idea of what their bowlers were doing and how the wickets were going to play. Things like that.''

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  • Bryn on August 14, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    all australia need to be thinking about is getting everyone into good batting form and good fielding form for the test series

  • Asitha on August 14, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    yeah... We all expecting a really good game.. Come on SL... Come on Aussis... Love 2 c MAlinga in action Vs Aussis

  • Dummy4 on August 14, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Sensible batting and smart fielding are a must if Sri Lanka are to make it competitive. If the bowlers keep it tight they need the backing of fielders being on their toes. Aussies' strategy against the spinners could be sharp singles and rotating the strike. If the fielders could show a few direct hits the batsmen would think twice going for singles and converting singles into twos.

  • Christopher on August 14, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Very amusing to read how SL players are struggling to adapt at home,from 20/20 to ODI cricket.I wonder at the sanity,or integrity of those who propose the benefits of 20/20,to test cricket.To put it in perspective,imagine proposing that playing test cricket was the surest way to succeed in 20/20.There is simply no connection between the two,either philisophically or practically.At least ODI players have the opportunity to build an innings and bowl a long spell,which has relevence to the attributes required by a test player.One of the more amusing rationales has been that players who arent good enough to be chosen at state level,will gain greater exposure.I wonder how that helps anyone.Im also bemused by the need for so-called talent spotters.The entire success of cricket has been founded upon the making of runs and taking of wickets predicating selection.The talent announced itself.I am of the view that the system wasnt broken.In fact it was at a pinnacle of success.Why was it changed?

  • Gayan on August 14, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    After the inclusion of Lasith Malinga into the squad I think that Sri Lanka will be hard to beat. The pace attack and team look more complete now.Please send Chandimal ahead of Mahela in batting line up.

  • Johnathon on August 13, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    Australia is showing that they are capable of fighting and still have some star performers. Watson, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Johnson, and Lee were all part of the Australian Era and are still here and will give a huge fight in Sri Lanka. ODI's will be interesting, but I think Sri Lankan seniors learnt their lesson from the last match (their faces showed utter disgust) and they will also give a huge fight. Only thing worrying for me is SRi Lanka's bowling attack which seems lacking. Mendis needs to be axed and make room for Herath/somebody who Sri Lanka can look to the long run. Or, Sri Lanka can take in Randiv and put in a 3 seamer attack with Dilshan/Jeevan as the 5th bowler.

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