Australia vs Sri Lanka: Hosts finish summer time with Test collection victory, however have work to do to win again staff's devoted

The ‘sandpaper gate’ has had fairly a heavy toll on Australian cricket. Apart from the suspension of the staff’s two finest batsmen – Steve Smith and David Warner – the cricket loving public appears to have distanced themselves from the sport after the duo, together with opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, have been caught pink handed. It was evident by the truth that not one of the days of cricket all through the summer time aside from the backend in Canberra have been bought out. Canberra, which hosted the second Test in opposition to Sri Lanka is a smaller floor with a capability of 13,500 in comparison with different cricket facilities within the nation.

There was additional disappointment because the Australians had misplaced a first-ever residence collection to India. The 2-Zero collection win over the Sri Lankans got here as an enormous reduction. It was a complete win as not one of the Tests went the complete distance and victory margins of an innings and 40 runs and 366 runs inform you the story. But successful alone just isn’t Australia’s precedence in the mean time.

“We spoke at the start of the summer about our main priority being winning back the respect of the Australian public and our cricket fans and sitting here now we’ve gone a long way towards doing that,” Australian skipper Tim Paine mentioned on the submit match media briefing.

Australia defeated Sri Lanka within the second Test to finish a 2-Zero win in two-Test collection. AP

“We’ve probably still got a little bit of work to do but I think we’re on the right track. It’s in difficult times you see the characters you’ve got in your group and it’s confirmed to us we’ve got some good characters, some strong characters and some people we can build a really strong Australian cricket future on,” Paine added.

Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal admitted that his staff wasn’t subjected to the relentless sledging that they’re used to when travelling Australia beforehand.

“Sledging has been less this time around,” he mentioned.

Not that the Aussies have made a complete ‘u turn’. There was a little bit of banter with Nathan Lyon reminding the Sri Lankan skipper that he was in peril of shedding his job. Could be true too!

Paine was at it as effectively. Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, who was rushed to hospital after being hit on t he neck by a vicious Pat Cummins bouncer turned as much as resume his innings the following day. The Australian skipper made it loud and clear asking for ‘same field guys’. Before telling, ‘Look out for it. 155.’

The quantity was the reminder of the tempo the Aussies have been producing. Mitchell Starc at one level clocked 157kmph and handed the 150kmph recurrently. Cummins and Jhye Richardson not often didn’t click on 140kmph no less than.

All in all it was a poor present by the Sri Lankans. Their poor effort on the Gabba possibly pardonable for Australia have been unbeaten right here for 31 years. But they’d solely themselves responsible for the disappointing efficiency in Canberra.

The Sri Lankans weren’t being honest by Brad Van Dame, the curator at Manuka Oval, who had produced a belter. It was actually price rather more than the 215 and 149 that the vacationers produced.

They had began off brilliantly with the openers including 82 runs and have been wanting good to place up a commanding complete. Then got here that nasty Cummins bouncer to Karunaratne and that psyched up remainder of the batsmen. The felling of their premier batsmen created doubts among the many remainder of the staff pushing them to a defensive mindset. Australia had created a gap and didn’t look again bombarding the opposition with brief stuff.

Least mentioned about their fielding the higher. This was a second string Sri Lankan assault after 4 bowlers have been compelled to return residence within the area of two weeks because of accidents. Despite the inexperience, they created alternatives and had Australia at 28 for 3. Then they misplaced the best way. There have been three lots of within the Australian first innings – Joe Burns, Travis Head and Kurtis Patterson. All three have been dropped.

Fielding has been a trigger for concern for a while now. The Sri Lankans had introduced in Steve Rixon to handle the difficulty in December final yr. In Canberra it was evident that they’ve rather more work to do on this regard. As Clive Lloyd as soon as mentioned, ‘catches win matches’.

The 366-run loss was their second heaviest by way of runs. The worst got here in Christchurch within the Boxing Day Test final yr. Within six weeks, Sri Lanka had suffered two of their heaviest defeats. Tougher instances are forward in South Africa with the staff catching a direct flight from Sydney to Johannesburg.

In Australia, the Sri Lankans needed to solely put up with Starc, Cummins and Patterson. When they journey to South Africa a quartet of quick bowlers are awaiting them – Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Phialnder and Duanne Olivier. By the top of all of it, a number of folks would have misplaced their jobs.

All just isn’t effectively Down Under on the subject of cricket. Australia might have received a collection however Sri Lanka are a weak opposition. This is a giant yr for Australian cricket. There’s the World Cup after which after all the Ashes. There’s little hope that the Aussies will win any of the 2. True, by then Smith and Warner can be again within the system. But remainder of the batting can’t be termed world class. Australia have misplaced their manner a bit.

Their quick bowling stays prime class although. The batting nevertheless is fragile. There’s no dearth of expertise. Burns and Head are effectively completed gamers however lack expertise which can be key whenever you go to England.


Published Date: February 05, 2019

| Updated Date: February 05, 2019


Updated Date: Feb 05, 2019 10:55:43 IST