Sri Lanka v England, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day March 29, 2012

Jayawardene cherishes victory over England

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Mahela Jayawardene's manner was as unassuming as ever, but he knew the importance of Sri Lanka's Test victory against England in Galle. "This was a big win," he said. "It's been a tough period for us."

Twenty months earlier, on the same ground, the ancient walls of the Dutch Fort were lit up by fireworks as Muttiah Muralitharan ended his Test career in momentous fashion, the first man to 800 Test wickets, achieved in Bollywood style: India's last pair at the crease, Sri Lanka's president on hand to bestow congratulations, and finally a catch at slip by Jayawardene himself to ensure a perfect finale.

At last, after this victory, their first on home soil since Murali's perfect send off, Jayawardene dared to imagine a bright future for Sri Lanka without the bowler who sustained them for a decade. "Any Test win is important, but to do it against the best side in the world is a moment to cherish," he said. "It's been tough for us to get things right but the boys worked really hard to improve as a team and today we showed a lot of character."

Jayawardene is a reluctant Sri Lanka captain, a respected performer who had contentedly handed the leadership over to his close friend, Kumar Sangakkara, only for Sangakkara to resign after Sri Lanka lost the World Cup final a year ago. The uncertain reign of Tillakaratne Dilshan was aggravated by Sri Lanka cricket's financial meltdown because of overspending on their World Cup. Not only was there no Murali, there was no money. After receiving requests from high places to come to the country's aid, Jayawardene realised that his leadership days were far from spent.

Sri Lankan cricket needed something in which people could show faith and that something was Jayawardene. Such faith was needed when England were 233 for 4, 108 short of victory. The new ball was six overs old and Sri Lanka's desperate need for their first home victory since the retirement of Murali was by no means certain to be answered. This time nobody had planned any fireworks.

"The England line-up is top class so we had to just wait patiently," Jayawardene said." After 60 overs the ball got really soft, there wasn't much for the bowlers with the slowness of the wicket so we had to wait for the second new ball. We tried to not give too many runs away so we had a comfort zone. We knew we'd be able to create more opportunities and that's what happened. There were a couple of really good catches to turn things around for us and then the bowlers took over."

Jayawardene's praise of Rangana Herath, his stock left-arm spinner, after he took six wickets in the first innings had been interpreted by some as a depiction of Herath as "the new Murali". Anybody who knows Jayawardene would recognise that was not his intention. The aim has been to give Herath a stable environment in which he can forget comparisons with Muralitharan and concentrate on reawakening his own more modest potential. Match figures of 12 for 171 suggested that mission has been accomplished and made him only the fifth Sri Lanka bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test: they have achieved it 27 times, but 22 of those were down to Murali.

"Herath has been around a long time and is a class act," Jayawardene said. "He's the most experienced bowler I have right now and he's taken responsibility not just here but away from home when he bowled us to victory in Durban. He's showing a lot of class and showed a lot of patience. We knew had to be patient and Rangana kept it going. It was a long spell for him but he kept on going and took crucial wickets for us. I'm very happy with the performance.

"We know England are very good opposition so we will cherish this one. It was a good challenge for us to go against the No. 1 team. We knew we had to work really hard to get a result from them so I'm quite happy with that. It gives us an idea of where we are right now and where we need to improve. Now need to maintain consistency.

"We can still improve overall. As a batting group we need to be more consistent and as bowlers all four guys need to chip in to get 20 wickets. We will never be the team where everything works. We have some youngsters in the side and they need to have time to develop. There is a lot of hard work to do over the next 6-12 months. We did not have a complete game, but very close to that."

Edited by David Hopps

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  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | March 30, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS: Mahela was NEVER forced to quit the captaincy. True there were couple of series defeats towards the end of his reign, but he informed he'd step down after the PAK tour. SLC at the time asked him to reconsider, something a forced captain would not be asked. His reasons were a combination of few things. MJ is very shrewd on an off the field, can spot the change & read the game as well as realize certain media were after his head. He is also no fool to give in to political interference. Had he stayed longer he would have been kicked out like Marvan, the guy he replaced. So he took the opportunity to also let Kumar take over for the next WC. He was sure just as some of us were, that SL would realize his value after he gave up the captaincy, which they ultimately did. But don't be surprised if he gives it up just as easily after the 1 year he took it for, because unlike some he is not looking to stay on beyond his expiry date, which I believe may come within the next 2-3 years.

  • POSTED BY MaxG9 on | March 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Congratulations to all the players involved in this game. It was a really absorbing, see- sawing four days of cricket. Mahela's captaincy & batting, Trott's century & Herath's 12 wickets were quite exceptional. Outstanding advertisement for test cricket. SLC, please get your act together re-ticket prices!

    Stormy16, whilst I agree Dilshan did nothing with the bat, he took one exceptional catch & recovered well to take another catch on the second attempt. He is an outstanding fielder, whether it is catching, shying at the stumps or ground fielding. In fact it was the 3 really good catches (including Thirimanne's) that turned the tide for SL when England seemed fairly comfortably set for victory, with just 107 to get with 6 wickets in hand.

    Just a question for the selectors. Why don't you'll try Tharanga for the opening slot in test cricket too?

  • POSTED BY goldeneye075 on | March 30, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS ; defeat in 4 seasons might have counted for Mahelas step down from captaincy , but that's not the MAIN reason. The main reason is he had differences with the selection panel, and also the political handling of selection, which gave a wide media hype on how bad Mahela with his own performance. Mahela had enough with media coming after him, and realized it's not worth fighting a losing cause, with stupid people. Still now the same people are blaming him, and saying the wins in AUS is not that a greater achievement.. so I when ever he fails again, which cannot be avoided, he may well be dragged out by the "same" old gang.

  • POSTED BY HTD-dinu on | March 30, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @ Shan16966 - no beef with you , But you should go take up coaching indain team.

    and pls tell shewag to move his Feets in to possition .. Humm may be everytime he plays a shot :P

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | March 30, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    This is one of the more sensible comments I've seen by a victorious captain, shame he had to re-take the captaincy almost by force, but he's shown he's a man, and the right man for this job. Hondai, Mahela.

  • POSTED BY lankan_style on | March 30, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    ITJOBSUCKS : Mahela retired from his captaincy because he wanted to hand it over to his good friend Sangakara. Well here is a fact. Do I need to remind you why Manoj Prabakar was forced to retire? He couldn't handle the brutality from Sanath Jayasooriya! I really hope cricinfo post this because in any article some indian fan will post about INDIA when the article is not even about it INDIA!

  • POSTED BY HamsterSteve on | March 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well done SL, and well done Mahela - the most respected and gentlemanly figure in the game.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 30, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Poor England...they were just lucky to be no:1!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 30, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @Jared Hansen on (March 30 2012, 04:50 AM GMT) That's your opinion. Had Australia gone on to have a fantastic test record since that series I could go with you on that , but the fact that between the decent results vs SA and India they lost a home test/drawing the series against NZ. I'm not trying to pretend that we beat a great Aus side with Warne,Mcgrath etc - My response was purely to point out the facts that we have played Australia and SA to a commenter who decided to put loads of anti stuff about Eng only playing bad sides in our back yard

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | March 30, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Great win SL! WOW, LOOKS LIKE ENGLAND'S REIGN AT NUMBER 1 WILL BE SHORTER THAN INDIA'S!!! ;) As a matter of fact India's reign at number 1 is only second to Aust in RECENT times. SA was number 1 for only one series and lost the reverse series to Aust. Looks like England will last only two series. India was number 1 for 2 years! Not to take focus away from a great SL win though - SL is the team of the future!

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | March 30, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS: Mahela was NEVER forced to quit the captaincy. True there were couple of series defeats towards the end of his reign, but he informed he'd step down after the PAK tour. SLC at the time asked him to reconsider, something a forced captain would not be asked. His reasons were a combination of few things. MJ is very shrewd on an off the field, can spot the change & read the game as well as realize certain media were after his head. He is also no fool to give in to political interference. Had he stayed longer he would have been kicked out like Marvan, the guy he replaced. So he took the opportunity to also let Kumar take over for the next WC. He was sure just as some of us were, that SL would realize his value after he gave up the captaincy, which they ultimately did. But don't be surprised if he gives it up just as easily after the 1 year he took it for, because unlike some he is not looking to stay on beyond his expiry date, which I believe may come within the next 2-3 years.

  • POSTED BY MaxG9 on | March 30, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Congratulations to all the players involved in this game. It was a really absorbing, see- sawing four days of cricket. Mahela's captaincy & batting, Trott's century & Herath's 12 wickets were quite exceptional. Outstanding advertisement for test cricket. SLC, please get your act together re-ticket prices!

    Stormy16, whilst I agree Dilshan did nothing with the bat, he took one exceptional catch & recovered well to take another catch on the second attempt. He is an outstanding fielder, whether it is catching, shying at the stumps or ground fielding. In fact it was the 3 really good catches (including Thirimanne's) that turned the tide for SL when England seemed fairly comfortably set for victory, with just 107 to get with 6 wickets in hand.

    Just a question for the selectors. Why don't you'll try Tharanga for the opening slot in test cricket too?

  • POSTED BY goldeneye075 on | March 30, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @ITJOBSUCKS ; defeat in 4 seasons might have counted for Mahelas step down from captaincy , but that's not the MAIN reason. The main reason is he had differences with the selection panel, and also the political handling of selection, which gave a wide media hype on how bad Mahela with his own performance. Mahela had enough with media coming after him, and realized it's not worth fighting a losing cause, with stupid people. Still now the same people are blaming him, and saying the wins in AUS is not that a greater achievement.. so I when ever he fails again, which cannot be avoided, he may well be dragged out by the "same" old gang.

  • POSTED BY HTD-dinu on | March 30, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @ Shan16966 - no beef with you , But you should go take up coaching indain team.

    and pls tell shewag to move his Feets in to possition .. Humm may be everytime he plays a shot :P

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | March 30, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    This is one of the more sensible comments I've seen by a victorious captain, shame he had to re-take the captaincy almost by force, but he's shown he's a man, and the right man for this job. Hondai, Mahela.

  • POSTED BY lankan_style on | March 30, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    ITJOBSUCKS : Mahela retired from his captaincy because he wanted to hand it over to his good friend Sangakara. Well here is a fact. Do I need to remind you why Manoj Prabakar was forced to retire? He couldn't handle the brutality from Sanath Jayasooriya! I really hope cricinfo post this because in any article some indian fan will post about INDIA when the article is not even about it INDIA!

  • POSTED BY HamsterSteve on | March 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well done SL, and well done Mahela - the most respected and gentlemanly figure in the game.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 30, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Poor England...they were just lucky to be no:1!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 30, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @Jared Hansen on (March 30 2012, 04:50 AM GMT) That's your opinion. Had Australia gone on to have a fantastic test record since that series I could go with you on that , but the fact that between the decent results vs SA and India they lost a home test/drawing the series against NZ. I'm not trying to pretend that we beat a great Aus side with Warne,Mcgrath etc - My response was purely to point out the facts that we have played Australia and SA to a commenter who decided to put loads of anti stuff about Eng only playing bad sides in our back yard

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | March 30, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Great win SL! WOW, LOOKS LIKE ENGLAND'S REIGN AT NUMBER 1 WILL BE SHORTER THAN INDIA'S!!! ;) As a matter of fact India's reign at number 1 is only second to Aust in RECENT times. SA was number 1 for only one series and lost the reverse series to Aust. Looks like England will last only two series. India was number 1 for 2 years! Not to take focus away from a great SL win though - SL is the team of the future!

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 30, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    The significance of this win cannot be over stated. SL gets in the ring basically with one arm tied behind its back while opponents such as Eng come in with metal plates embedded in their gloves - such is the difference in the two teams opportunity to succeed. SL really needed a win after Murali - yes there was SA but a SL style win at home in a web of spin was badly needed. The other significant factor was the willingness to fight. In the 4 previous series SL had opportunities to make something of the game but gave it away meekly but not this time - and lets hope for more of the same going forward. Its hard to find dissappoinments after a win but Sanga and Dilshan did nothing and as two of the senior pro's you expect more. Whats more both played poor shots Dilshan you expect that but not from Sanga, who played a cow shot in the last test at Newlands. Chandimal's shot selection was shocking after showing so much calmness in the onde dayers. He can be a game changer with patience.

  • POSTED BY ITJOBSUCKS on | March 30, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Mahela was forced to step down from the captaincy after taking a heavy beating against India(lost 4 consecutive series(2-3,1-4 & couple of tournaments) in their den which has never happened in the history of Srilankan cricket)!!

  • POSTED BY Shan16966 on | March 30, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    A win is a win no matter where. It is a fact that both teams prefer their home conditions. England had the all round team to defeat Sri Lanka yesterday but they just didn't click. If Trott's hundred came in the first innings it would have been definitely different. Mahela's 180 was the foundation no doubt. His captaincy by pushing the field back was questionable but answered by 'the old ball not doing so much on a slow wicket'. Worried about Sangakkara though. His bat is still coming down from second slip and therefore creating the edge. Hope someone can work with him to get it straightened out soon.

  • POSTED BY ITJOBSUCKS on | March 30, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Mahela was forced to step down from the captaincy after taking a heavy beating against India(lost 4 consecutive series(2-3,1-4 & couple of tournaments) in their den which has never happened in the history of Srilankan cricket)!!

  • POSTED BY ITJOBSUCKS on | March 30, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Mahela was forced to step down from the captaincy after taking a heavy beating against India(lost 4 consecutive series(2-3,1-4 & couple of tournaments) in their den which has never happened in the history of Srilankan cricket)!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    @JG2704 English fans really need to grasp the fact that they beat the worst Australian team fielded in three decades, not the cream of the shield or any outfit an Australian fan could be proud of. Even then, they managed to be completely humiliated in the Perth test with a crushing loss of 250+. As a number one side England need to be at least drawing games in the subcontinent, and so far that's looked out of their league. That said, I'm enjoying how even the playing field is globally atm - the unexpected resurgence of the Windies has been a delight to see, and the clash between England and SA is one to look forward to.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    It's Mahela's great innings of 180 plus captaincy. Of course Rangana, Prasanna and all perfectly contributed. I'm very happy & Proud. Now I look forward to the secont Test, having sweet memories about Clive LLoyd's WI Team played with our eleven with Great D.S. taking five-for and Anura Tennakoon scoring a century. I enjoyed watching as a Spectator. I await something like this in Colombo Oval this time too. Best of luck to Lions.

  • POSTED BY Mr.Khb on | March 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Welldone by Sri Lankans. They faught hard for this. When they were on back foot,Captain himself gave the team a momentum to build up.Bowlers did well not only with the ball,but with the bat too!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 30, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    I just feel very bad to think why Mahela left captaincy first of all.. He was the same guy when he was captaining before too but rather unexpectedly and with no good option available, he or he was made to resign from captaincy.. Good he is back and he had produced better cricket.. They did dominate Australia in CB series and this test match.. But still, he need to take care of the pressure created by too much of cricket..

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    This is what Mahela could bring to the team. Until the last the fight is on and this is really is a master win. Congrats to Mahela and his team mates.

  • POSTED BY HTD-dinu on | March 30, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    its just guranteed stuff from both kumar & mahela ... :) . love both of them .

    and they are not my only favourite players so dont be bias about things . Respect for what they have achieved :)

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 30, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    @Mervin Rose - my thoughts exactly, as I suspect the pitch will play a little easier, I reckon Sanga is as close to a certainty of getting a century.

  • POSTED BY HTD-dinu on | March 30, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    @Mervin Ross - Don't misss to watch the next match which is on 3rd aprill :) . Watch Kumar stats say 50 in every innings . 2 innigs no Fiftys yet . Watch the next may b a Double :)

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Hi to all cricket fans out there, I'm from Jamaica in the W.I. I am a fan of SL and what really got me excited was that SL won without any great batting from the world's best Kumar Sangakara, I wonder what the next match will be like with Kumar displaying his talents. I cant wait.

  • POSTED BY S305 on | March 30, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    Very nicely written article: Thanks!

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | March 29, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    @Chris Silva yes they played in early May in Cardiff, Wales. Certainly cold, wet and damp. At the time I made a suggestion that the match should have been played in Spain. Since these days the desert venues of Dubai Cricket Ground and Abu Dhabi Cricket Ground in the middle east are cricket venues that are now part of the annual English cricket season starting in April. Maybe Chris Silva they should have hosted it in Dubai Cricket Ground away from as you say cold, wet and dampness of cardiff. I must say I was surprised Sri Lanka didn't press the May opener to be held in Spain or UAE. Maybe Sri Lanka would have done better as they struggled a bit in the swing and seam and cold of the UK in May. I know Sri Lanka prefers playing in the warmer sunnier Middle East than in the UK in May.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 29, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    @Hameed Malik on (March 29 2012, 21:45 PM GMT) Full respect there. Why can't all cricket fans follow the sport without an agenda.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | March 29, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    @Chris Silva on (March 29 2012, 21:33 PM GMT) 4 consecutive defeats - only one of which was over 100 runs. We have been really poor in the SC/UAE granted , but Australia isn't our own back yard and it isn't cold in the cricket season either. By the same token it could be said that the swelteringly hot conditions (to an English person) in SL make it uncomfortable / undesirable for our people too. It works both ways

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    I am from Pakistan. England is full of star studded players. My favorites are Swann, Peterson Sangakara and Malinga. Sirilanka's surprise win came from English being too careful with spinners, a big mistake they should play them like Afridi the vicious bad boy hitter of the world who changed cricket with his 37 ball centaury against Sirilanka. Any way many congratulations to Sirilanka and Jaywardene. It appear Murali's ghost is back to haunt the world. 12 Wickets in a match is amazing and phenomenal achievement, hats off to Herath you are the man. England must keep the same team but be super aggressive whenever they see a spinner their eyes should lit up and create a great firework just like T20 or Twenty20. People like cricket competition not just who won against who? that does not matter. It is a show business so it is important to have great thrilling competition like Asia final between BD and Pakistan. India and Pakistan games are well known around the world.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Okaybuddy feels Mahela does not seem happy. Mahela looks like that all the time. He is a cool captain, a good strategist and good planner. Have no fear he is one of the best captains in the world. Come on SL show the cricketing supporters how good you are and keep up the winning streak. England became the no1 by playing opposition in their back garden when it is cold, wet, damp and most undesirable for the visitors to stand let alone play. Four consecutive thrashings makes you wonder if the ICC rankings are credible.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | March 29, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Both sides batting except for Mahela J and Jonathan T were poor. Which should be deeply concerning if your Sri Lankan fan. They got away with this time because of the tail wag and Rangana Herath who everyone continues to underestimate at their peril as South Africa and Now England has found out. If I was a Sri Lankan fan I wouldn't gloat on how great Sri Lanka was in beating Eng. It was a see sawing affair for most of the match. Difference being SL's tail wagged while Eng didn't. Still it was great this Sri Lanka side minus murali. Pulled off a win out of the hat. Given that Sri Lanka has been struggling in the last 12 months and unforgiveably lost to a very weak though improving Australian team last year in SL. Which was the lowest point in Sri Lankan cricket in the last 20 years in my view. The future looking bleak for Sri Lankan cricket with Lasith Malinga leaving the test side. However Sri Lankan cricket's bounced back here I hope they build on this for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Mahela, always a class act.

  • POSTED BY CricPissu on | March 29, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    He is one of the Skipper's who can do a CEO like talk as a corporate giant.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Fantastic four days of top class test cricket. Thanks Mahela and Co,Jamal/Doha.

  • POSTED BY deep123 on | March 29, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Is England still no.1? England lost 4 successive tests. ICC doesn't have proper method for rankings. South Africa should be the no.1 on current form.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    What a captain. Like Wasim Akram said once, Mahela is one of the best captains in the world. He changed a side who lost to Australia at home to and got 47 all out against South Africa into a side who went to the CB Finals and beat England. Truly the captain Sri Lanka need right now.

  • POSTED BY thinktank1 on | March 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    He doesn't seem happy. May be too much cricket and captaincy role wearing him down.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    England should lose 0-2. Yet another whitewash!

  • POSTED BY AadeeSL on | March 29, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    You should have never left your reigns Mahela

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  • POSTED BY AadeeSL on | March 29, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    You should have never left your reigns Mahela

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    England should lose 0-2. Yet another whitewash!

  • POSTED BY thinktank1 on | March 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    He doesn't seem happy. May be too much cricket and captaincy role wearing him down.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    What a captain. Like Wasim Akram said once, Mahela is one of the best captains in the world. He changed a side who lost to Australia at home to and got 47 all out against South Africa into a side who went to the CB Finals and beat England. Truly the captain Sri Lanka need right now.

  • POSTED BY deep123 on | March 29, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Is England still no.1? England lost 4 successive tests. ICC doesn't have proper method for rankings. South Africa should be the no.1 on current form.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Fantastic four days of top class test cricket. Thanks Mahela and Co,Jamal/Doha.

  • POSTED BY CricPissu on | March 29, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    He is one of the Skipper's who can do a CEO like talk as a corporate giant.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Mahela, always a class act.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | March 29, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Both sides batting except for Mahela J and Jonathan T were poor. Which should be deeply concerning if your Sri Lankan fan. They got away with this time because of the tail wag and Rangana Herath who everyone continues to underestimate at their peril as South Africa and Now England has found out. If I was a Sri Lankan fan I wouldn't gloat on how great Sri Lanka was in beating Eng. It was a see sawing affair for most of the match. Difference being SL's tail wagged while Eng didn't. Still it was great this Sri Lanka side minus murali. Pulled off a win out of the hat. Given that Sri Lanka has been struggling in the last 12 months and unforgiveably lost to a very weak though improving Australian team last year in SL. Which was the lowest point in Sri Lankan cricket in the last 20 years in my view. The future looking bleak for Sri Lankan cricket with Lasith Malinga leaving the test side. However Sri Lankan cricket's bounced back here I hope they build on this for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 29, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Okaybuddy feels Mahela does not seem happy. Mahela looks like that all the time. He is a cool captain, a good strategist and good planner. Have no fear he is one of the best captains in the world. Come on SL show the cricketing supporters how good you are and keep up the winning streak. England became the no1 by playing opposition in their back garden when it is cold, wet, damp and most undesirable for the visitors to stand let alone play. Four consecutive thrashings makes you wonder if the ICC rankings are credible.