Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day August 31, 2011

'Driest first-day pitch I've played on' - Hussey

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Michael Hussey, the Australia batsman, believes the tourists' 273 places them in a stronger position than would appear in the first Test against Sri Lanka on what he declared the "driest" first-day pitch he had encountered.

Without Hussey's steely 95, Australia would have been in a far poorer state, and as it is, are in a difficult position on a turning pitch when their spin resources consist of the debutant Nathan Lyon and the part-time fare of the captain Michael Clarke.

As he sought a positive spin on a day that resembled numerous others during last summer's Ashes series in terms of results if not conditions and opposition, Hussey said the success of Sri Lanka's seamers gave the visitors hope of a strong second day.

"It is certainly the driest first day pitch I've played on in Test match cricket," Hussey said. "Their quicks got wickets as well. They obviously got four of the wickets, got a bit of reverse swing, so we've got to use that to our advantage tomorrow hopefully. It certainly took a lot of turn on the first day but I thought in general, the guys played the spin pretty well.

"It was quite a difficult pitch to start on really. It was really slow so it was hard to find your timing initially. I guess my message was just to try and play as straight as possible and just try to hang in there for as long as you can because it does get easier the longer you go.

"Having said that, it's sort of an apprehensive feeling as well because there might be one ball that explodes and takes the glove or takes your edge and you're gone anyway. I think the message [to the other batsmen] is to try to play their game, be positive and just try to take time to get used to the pace of the pitch because it was a little difficult to time the ball early."

While he complimented the bowling of Rangana Herath and Suraj Randiv, Hussey admitted he was surprised that Ajantha Mendis had not been chosen to test the Australians with his unusual variations.

"I wasn't sure at all what the make-up of their team would be. Maybe a little surprised that Mendis didn't play," Hussey said. "But having said that I thought their two spinners bowled really well. [They] obviously had a fair bit in their favour.

"I think that's one of the strengths of our batting order really. All of them play spin in their own way so that makes it hard for their spinners as well. I know all the guys have good experience and they will stick to their plan against their spinners no matter what the conditions."

Hussey was the last man out, lbw as he sought to farm the strike, and might have been able to reach his century if not for a misguided decision not to refer the lbw verdict against Ryan Harris. Both Hussey and Harris felt the umpire's initial call was right, but replays showed that while Harris had not offered a shot, the ball would have missed off stump.

"Yeah I think we mucked up there. We should have used the referral, we both probably thought it was out," Hussey said. "I asked Ryan and said 'what did you think' and he said he felt pretty much out, from my angle - which wasn't the best angle - it looked out but in hindsight we definitely made a mistake there. We should have referred it, especially with only a couple of wickets to go. We made a blue."

Much will rest on Lyon's ability to hold his own against Sri Lanka's batsmen on day two, and Hussey also said Clarke would have a part to play in setting the right fields for his inexperienced offspinner.

"It's just important for him to take away all the euphoria of his first Test," Hussey said. "That's going to be hard to do, with the excitement of it all, and just really focus on his job of bowling well. In the first-class match in Colombo, 'Pup' set some really good fields for him and I think that's going to be important tomorrow. A lot of in-out fields.

"The way they play, they will look to maybe try and dominate him and try to put some pressure on him. If we can have some protection in certain areas and keep our catchers around the bat then I think he's got a great chance. There's a lot in his favour but he's going to have to be patient, he's going to have to be disciplined and he's going to have to bowl a lot of overs. Big job for him tomorrow."

Herath, who was the pick of Sri Lanka's spinners, said Hussey had batted with great care for the scenario in front of him on a pitch he reckoned was not too far from the norm in Galle. Herath dismissed Shane Watson, Clarke and Ricky Ponting, but could not find a way past Hussey.

"I think he batted according to the situation, against myself and Suraj [Randiv]," Herath said. "The other three guys batted well too, but that time I have bowled well. That is a difference, the whole innings Michael Hussey batted really well."

As for Sri Lanka's goals on day two, Herath suggested a tally of 300 for 5 would be satisfactory as the hosts seek to bat Australia out of the match.

"I think, if we can bat through the first session without giving them a wicket, that's the best we can do against Australia," he said. "Definitely [we are happy], but if we can end up tomorrow at 300 for 5 [we will be in a good position] and I'm sure the guys can do that."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mad_Hamish on September 1, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    The issue isn't turning pitches, you expect that in India & Sri Lanka and you can't complain about it at all. The issue was that on day 1 the ball was producing clouds of dust and there was variable bounce. However it happened this particular pitch is a poor one. If you play in Perth you'll get a bouncy pitch but the 96-97 pitch was atrocious because of the size and amount of cracking. Ambrose got run out when his bat literally got stuck in a crack and in the Aus 2nd innings Blewett got bowled by a grubber from Ambrose. A bouncy pitch at Perth is fair enough, that one was hugely sub-standard, similarly a pitch that turns is fair enough but this particular one was poor.

  • hyclass on September 1, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    SL managed 105 in 50 overs-the duration of a ODI.Game over in 3 days on an unplayable wicket.Who wins out of that? Not Test cricket.

  • popped on September 1, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    to All SL fans my humble areal to you'll Please try not to comment or act like the fans of a certain "you know who country" who are playing a series in Europe , you guys have been so gracious up to now don't fall to that low standard , and the same to ozzie fans as well come on some comments from you here r beyond comprehension !! P.s : agreed I think this is a sub-standard pitch , but please try not to complain about "turning" pitches we r after all involved in a TEST series

  • popped on September 1, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Where are all those pitch whingers now?? I always thought aussis made an excellent score !!! Love to see those same oz complainers comment now, my bet on this match is for the ozzies , the SL innings I dont know how to describe it!!but you have to give it to the bowlers surely after all hussey did make 90+

  • dsig3 on September 1, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Australia produce a wide range of pitches. People assume we produce fast bowling tracks which is rubbish. This has been brought about by having very good fast bowlers the last 15 years. England did not have any problems here last time. Most of our wickets help fast bowling the first day or two and then spin after that. We dont produce greentops unless the weather is involved. SL/Ind invariable produce dry featherbeds or dustbowls. And thats about it. You have two varieties which are both ordinary and only succeed in stunting any fast bowling development and making you look ridiculous overseas.

  • on September 1, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    How was he whingeing? Just stating what was going on.

  • RyanSmith on September 1, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    There seems to be a lot of talk about doctoring pitches for home conditions. Australia producing quick tracks at home, SL, Ind producing dustbowls etc. You can expect some level of producing pitches that favours the home team. I believe the best pitches offer something for everyone. They are a true 'test' of each of the players abilities. Batsmen have to apply themselves, but so do bowlers. If I have an issue with some of the pitches produced it is that they are so flat that a draw bore is inevitable because there is no hope of taking 20 wickets. Or when you get a case of win the toss, win the match. I would say that this pitch heavily favours the side that wins the toss and bats first. The pitch is so dry that batting last will be almost impossible. This pitch doesn't really offer an even chance to both teams IMO. Not because the home side is heavily favoured, but because I think the team that wins the toss is too heavily favoured!

  • Marcio on September 1, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    The SLs have gone too far this time, and it will backfire. This pitch is not up to international standards, and I do not see why statingthis obvious point somehow unacceptable on an international cricket web site. By the forth day the ball willl be all over the place. It's already worse than most day 5 pitches. If SL don't have a team capable of winning under normal test conditions, they shouldn't be playing test cricket. AUS have put a good score on the board after making the right decision to bat. They will need to score 350 to stay in the game, and I can't see that happening.

  • Bollo on September 1, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    What a lot of people don`t seem to realise is that comments such as Hussey`s, very fair, assessment of the pitch are invariably made in press conferences, in response to questions such as `how did you find the pitch?`

    Sub-continental journalists often seem particularly keen to imply that comments such as these are off-the -cuff whinges, or quote them out of context (Ponting`s comment during the World Cup).

    Hussey was simply making a reasoned response to a question re.pitch conditions.

    Too dry for a first day pitch? Definitely in my humble opinion.

  • SAFBOY1 on September 1, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    well we all know OZ are not very good when it comes to playing spin but that doesnt means you will never have to play on a spining track, when you are playing at professional level you have to be ready for any sort of conditions like when any team goes to AUS they have to play on the bouncy pitches which they are not used to. Hope to see a nice contest oz pace attack isnt bad eitha ........

  • Mad_Hamish on September 1, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    The issue isn't turning pitches, you expect that in India & Sri Lanka and you can't complain about it at all. The issue was that on day 1 the ball was producing clouds of dust and there was variable bounce. However it happened this particular pitch is a poor one. If you play in Perth you'll get a bouncy pitch but the 96-97 pitch was atrocious because of the size and amount of cracking. Ambrose got run out when his bat literally got stuck in a crack and in the Aus 2nd innings Blewett got bowled by a grubber from Ambrose. A bouncy pitch at Perth is fair enough, that one was hugely sub-standard, similarly a pitch that turns is fair enough but this particular one was poor.

  • hyclass on September 1, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    SL managed 105 in 50 overs-the duration of a ODI.Game over in 3 days on an unplayable wicket.Who wins out of that? Not Test cricket.

  • popped on September 1, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    to All SL fans my humble areal to you'll Please try not to comment or act like the fans of a certain "you know who country" who are playing a series in Europe , you guys have been so gracious up to now don't fall to that low standard , and the same to ozzie fans as well come on some comments from you here r beyond comprehension !! P.s : agreed I think this is a sub-standard pitch , but please try not to complain about "turning" pitches we r after all involved in a TEST series

  • popped on September 1, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Where are all those pitch whingers now?? I always thought aussis made an excellent score !!! Love to see those same oz complainers comment now, my bet on this match is for the ozzies , the SL innings I dont know how to describe it!!but you have to give it to the bowlers surely after all hussey did make 90+

  • dsig3 on September 1, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    Australia produce a wide range of pitches. People assume we produce fast bowling tracks which is rubbish. This has been brought about by having very good fast bowlers the last 15 years. England did not have any problems here last time. Most of our wickets help fast bowling the first day or two and then spin after that. We dont produce greentops unless the weather is involved. SL/Ind invariable produce dry featherbeds or dustbowls. And thats about it. You have two varieties which are both ordinary and only succeed in stunting any fast bowling development and making you look ridiculous overseas.

  • on September 1, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    How was he whingeing? Just stating what was going on.

  • RyanSmith on September 1, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    There seems to be a lot of talk about doctoring pitches for home conditions. Australia producing quick tracks at home, SL, Ind producing dustbowls etc. You can expect some level of producing pitches that favours the home team. I believe the best pitches offer something for everyone. They are a true 'test' of each of the players abilities. Batsmen have to apply themselves, but so do bowlers. If I have an issue with some of the pitches produced it is that they are so flat that a draw bore is inevitable because there is no hope of taking 20 wickets. Or when you get a case of win the toss, win the match. I would say that this pitch heavily favours the side that wins the toss and bats first. The pitch is so dry that batting last will be almost impossible. This pitch doesn't really offer an even chance to both teams IMO. Not because the home side is heavily favoured, but because I think the team that wins the toss is too heavily favoured!

  • Marcio on September 1, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    The SLs have gone too far this time, and it will backfire. This pitch is not up to international standards, and I do not see why statingthis obvious point somehow unacceptable on an international cricket web site. By the forth day the ball willl be all over the place. It's already worse than most day 5 pitches. If SL don't have a team capable of winning under normal test conditions, they shouldn't be playing test cricket. AUS have put a good score on the board after making the right decision to bat. They will need to score 350 to stay in the game, and I can't see that happening.

  • Bollo on September 1, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    What a lot of people don`t seem to realise is that comments such as Hussey`s, very fair, assessment of the pitch are invariably made in press conferences, in response to questions such as `how did you find the pitch?`

    Sub-continental journalists often seem particularly keen to imply that comments such as these are off-the -cuff whinges, or quote them out of context (Ponting`s comment during the World Cup).

    Hussey was simply making a reasoned response to a question re.pitch conditions.

    Too dry for a first day pitch? Definitely in my humble opinion.

  • SAFBOY1 on September 1, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    well we all know OZ are not very good when it comes to playing spin but that doesnt means you will never have to play on a spining track, when you are playing at professional level you have to be ready for any sort of conditions like when any team goes to AUS they have to play on the bouncy pitches which they are not used to. Hope to see a nice contest oz pace attack isnt bad eitha ........

  • Dashgar on September 1, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Australia produce some of the best pitches in the world. Yes the WACA is bouncing and the Gabba is green. But Adelaide is perfect for batting, MCG is slower and deteriorates on the last 2 days. SCG is abrasive and takes turn. 5 very different pitches that fully test batsmen and bowlers. Seems theres only 2 types of pitch in the subcontinent. The dusty turner and the road. This pitch is at least offering something to the pace bowlers so I am happy with it.

  • sawifan on September 1, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    I agree that people should not be criticizing Hussey, he was simply making an observation, not saying anything negative about the pitch. I also believe that all the complaint about home teams making pitches to suit themselves is mainly a complaint of spectators (those who comment here). I doubt the players complain because they know what to expect in different countries... different conditions!!! My only problem is when teams get an early lead in a series then produce featherbeds on which to bat out draws. I think that is very unsporting and shows a lack of fight! Anyway, as on Aussie, i think this looks like a result pitch, and to me, that's a good pitch!

  • RandyOZ on September 1, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    I have nothing against the home side preparing a pitch which suits them, but I tell you what this one has gone a bit too far. Copeland is a skinny guy, we could well lose him down a crack on the 5th day, there is nothing holding this track together!

  • Mervo on September 1, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Don't they have water in Sr Lanka? I thought that cricket was played on a turf wicket, not dry dust?

  • hyclass on September 1, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Ive only seen 1 questionable pitch in Australia 2 decades- the Perth pitch,the last Ashes v England.Im confident that most Australians were surprised that it happened.The ICC should have investigated it but didnt.I wouldnt be upset to see neutral curators internationally.At all other venues,the pitches in Australia have played as they have done for the the last century.Brisbane swings,Sydney seams and turns,Melbourne has early bounce and flattens out, Adelaide is flat and only helps quality spin,late in the game,Hobart seams,swings and spins.Perth has had decreasing pace and bounce over the last 15 years.They are a product of the soil and conditions in their region,not curators.No such excuse can be used for this wicket.Far too dry for a 1st day wicket,grass severely cut back just before the game.Rain washing out the WI series.Weather already interfering in this one.No excuse will suffice SL.It didnt happen in India or Bangladesh WC,or Zimbabwe-all spinning wickets.I hope it backfires.

  • RandyOZ on September 1, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    Seems like all the Sri Lankans are trynig to blame Hussey here, when he didn't even complain about the pitch. Do I sense you trynig to cover for the fact that you, youselves are embarassed by the pitch?

  • freo75 on September 1, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Wow - an Australian batsman whinging after one day because the pitch wasnt exactly to his liking, who would have thought it?

  • sam_laker on September 1, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Mr. Hussey, when did Australia last give SL a Test match in SCG, the most spin friendly wicket in the country? Ever heard about home advantage??

  • on September 1, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Seriously if you are going to doctor them, make them so it falls apart on the 3rd day so we can at least have a chance of 4-5 days. When it starts crumbling 1st session on the first day it's just not cricket... Soon you will see sub continent teams going in with 4 front line spinners and opening with them on goat tracks.

  • Mad_Hamish on September 1, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    When you're getting huge puffs of dust on the first day of a test match it's a bad pitch.

  • Marcio on September 1, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Very diplomatic of Huss. Of course what he & everyone else is thinking is how a test playing nation can dish up a pitch like this for an international game? It's all a matter of degree, and there's a line that has to be drawn somewhere. Bowlers use a bit of sunsscree on their arms and fces to shine the ball, and that is OK. But if a bowler slathers his hair and shirt in vasoline that would be crossing the line in absurd fashion. The preparation of this pitch has crossed the same line in my opinion. The amount of dust that was being swept up off the pitch after the AUS innings by groundstaff was simply unbelievable, even for a fifth day wicket. Do the SL groundstaff have such a poor estimation of their team that they have to resort to this to get a win? Even on the so called-spin-friendly Sydney pitch, which opponents accused groundstaff of doctoring for Warne, it didn't spin or crack till day four. This is what I mean by going to far, till the spirit of the game has been violated

  • me54321 on September 1, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    Don't really think a pitch turning so much from day one is a good pitch, but it will make the match a lot more interesting than the usual Sri Lankan pitches. I assume Clarke has recovered from his bad back and will be bowling on this as well. I'm sure Aus will be needing more than one spinner. I really don't think the Sri Lankan batsmen will fair much better, most of the Aus batsmen aren't bad players of spin at all.

  • kanagsrat on August 31, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    why are you guys criticising hussey?? hes simply stating what the pitch was doing, not once did he state he was complaining, plus he was the only guy to get the hang of conditions, so lay off him.

  • Number_5 on August 31, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Hussey has not criticized the pitch, merely pointed out its the driest first day pitch he has played on. To suggest he is complaining would be unfair. To accuse Aussies of once again complaining about pitches is also unfair. Australia doesn't "prepare" fast and bouncy pitches, that's the way they are due to our climate. Each Australia pitch has its own characteristics (less so now thanks to drop in pitches). To be fair, it looks very similar to the pitch used last time Australia played at this venue, in 04. Subcontinent pitches are either dust bowls or feather beds, and I cant recall the last time we had a feather bed "prepared" for us over there, that seems to be left for SL V Ind games. I think the honors on day 1 go to SL, their quick's bowled beautifully once the ball started reversing and the spinners bowled an immaculate line and length. Australia's bowlers ability to do the same could determine if Aus is batting again soon or chasing leather for 2 days. The ground looks a pictur

  • on August 31, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    Dear lankans saying the aussies prepare fast and bouncy pitches at home, that's only partially correct! Perth has lost it's much famed fire over the last couple of years while Adelaide and Sydney are considered good batting tracks/aiding spinners usually. The MCG is quite variable maybe because of the drop-in pitch but seriously, only Brisbane can be classified as fast bowler's haven maybe. So we do have a nice variety of pitches in Aus and fast bowlers have to toil here unlike in England where you get favourable conditions. Just accept that the only pitches you get in SL are either featherbeds or rank turners! I'm not surprised or disappointed by this and I don't blame anyone. Turning tracks are a good test for a batsman's skill and needs a lot of effort - in fact I'm happy it's not a featherbed at least!

  • OliverWebber on August 31, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    @Rusty Ryan and on the level - the headline is misleading. If you read Hussey's remarks, he wasn't complaining about the pitch - he was just commenting that it was unusually dry in his experience, he wasn't saying it was sub-standard or unfair in any way. And he did "get on with it" - he scored 95!

  • PissuPusa on August 31, 2011, 22:36 GMT

    @Ravinder Singh - shouldn't you be more worry about your 3rd rank team (soon to be 5th) that can't go beyond 300, the one that got whitewashed 4-0 couple of weeks ago? @kevinpp24 - just admit you are an aussie mate, we'll forgive you for trying to be a lion.

  • on_the_level on August 31, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Well, surprise, surprise Mr Hussey! Almost as big a surprise as Australia preparing fast and bouncy pitches to favour their bowlers! Get on with it!!

  • dsig3 on August 31, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    At least it was not a featherbed like so often happens in SL. If SL win this game I hope they will continue to make result pitches but something tells me Aus need to win this or the next games will all be draws. It happens too often in SL. Good first days cricket, looking forward to the next.

  • InswingingToeCrusher on August 31, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Kevinpp24 - You are so afraid of turners. When your country prepares fast pitches and takes the spinners out of the equation.... what happens then? Have some courage and prepare dry turners in your country so that your batsmen develop the technique. All Kudos to Lanka for preparing a dry pitch. More should happen in India as well.

  • on August 31, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    I think SL were got out under 250

  • on August 31, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    @kevinpp24 , you are an aussie for sure , by the way haven't you saw any test match playing in WI ?????

  • randikaayya on August 31, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @kevinpp24: You must be an Aussie appearing as a Lankan, a sheep in Lions clothing! How do you say that you were ashamed of the pitch prepared? Aussie scored 273 and the pacers took 4 while spinners took 6. Is that the worst first day of test cricket that you ever saw mate??

  • jonesy2 on August 31, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    australia shouldnt leave many wickets for lyon to take. copeland harris and johnson should try and get many early ones.

  • WPDDESILVA on August 31, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    300 / 5 !!? That's rubbish. If he reckons we give 5 wickets to get 300 then It's 350 all out isn't it? 300/3 and hopr both Mahela and Sanga gets tons :-)

  • Dashgar on August 31, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    300/5 is very ambitious. I think Hussey is right, there is a lot in this pitch for both spinners and fast bowlers. I expect to see very little in it when Sri Lanka are all out.

  • rustyryan on August 31, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Ha ha welcome to Sub-continent , Hussey. Bet you SL would score more than twice of what aussies scored. Just hate it when these guys talk about pitch, as if they were technically equipped to play slow tracks and spin. Its not the pitch , but your batting and smart bowling.

  • thamishka on August 31, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    It wont be easy to go through the middle order of sri lanka. Lyon will be tested a lot tomorrw.

  • kevinpp24 on August 31, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I'm Sri Lanka cricket fan but I'm ashamed of the pitch they provided. I know everybody will say Aus, Eng, SA prepare favorite pitches but after seeing some reverse swing i calmed down a bit. Seriously you cant take fast bowling completely out of the game. This is one main reason we are failing when facing fast bowling abroad. I know Aus, Eng, SA dont play spin well but we need to look at our team and do whats best for us to perform well everywhere, just forget about the others. On other note I'm slightly atleast to see a result oriented match rather than same old flat batting tracks.

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  • kevinpp24 on August 31, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    I'm Sri Lanka cricket fan but I'm ashamed of the pitch they provided. I know everybody will say Aus, Eng, SA prepare favorite pitches but after seeing some reverse swing i calmed down a bit. Seriously you cant take fast bowling completely out of the game. This is one main reason we are failing when facing fast bowling abroad. I know Aus, Eng, SA dont play spin well but we need to look at our team and do whats best for us to perform well everywhere, just forget about the others. On other note I'm slightly atleast to see a result oriented match rather than same old flat batting tracks.

  • thamishka on August 31, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    It wont be easy to go through the middle order of sri lanka. Lyon will be tested a lot tomorrw.

  • rustyryan on August 31, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Ha ha welcome to Sub-continent , Hussey. Bet you SL would score more than twice of what aussies scored. Just hate it when these guys talk about pitch, as if they were technically equipped to play slow tracks and spin. Its not the pitch , but your batting and smart bowling.

  • Dashgar on August 31, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    300/5 is very ambitious. I think Hussey is right, there is a lot in this pitch for both spinners and fast bowlers. I expect to see very little in it when Sri Lanka are all out.

  • WPDDESILVA on August 31, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    300 / 5 !!? That's rubbish. If he reckons we give 5 wickets to get 300 then It's 350 all out isn't it? 300/3 and hopr both Mahela and Sanga gets tons :-)

  • jonesy2 on August 31, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    australia shouldnt leave many wickets for lyon to take. copeland harris and johnson should try and get many early ones.

  • randikaayya on August 31, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @kevinpp24: You must be an Aussie appearing as a Lankan, a sheep in Lions clothing! How do you say that you were ashamed of the pitch prepared? Aussie scored 273 and the pacers took 4 while spinners took 6. Is that the worst first day of test cricket that you ever saw mate??

  • on August 31, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    @kevinpp24 , you are an aussie for sure , by the way haven't you saw any test match playing in WI ?????

  • on August 31, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    I think SL were got out under 250

  • InswingingToeCrusher on August 31, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Kevinpp24 - You are so afraid of turners. When your country prepares fast pitches and takes the spinners out of the equation.... what happens then? Have some courage and prepare dry turners in your country so that your batsmen develop the technique. All Kudos to Lanka for preparing a dry pitch. More should happen in India as well.