If Sri Lanka expects the Australians to cave in during the One Day series as easily they did in the Test – I am sure it's a totally misguided belief. The Aussies – if one knows them correctly will want to hit back hard; as they are smarting after a very humiliating defeat. To be whitewashed by the seventh ranked Test team in the world is a bitter pill for them to swallow and it will take them some time to recover from the shock.
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SSC, where the Headquarters of Cricket is located, has the opportunity for a perfect fairy tale ending to the Sri Lanka-Australia Test series. This important location could lend itself to a historic whitewash, or in this case, a brown-wash, of the World's No.1 Test Team.
How can one assess the performance of the Aussies on the current tour? No doubt it's very early days with so much of cricket left. However, watching the manner they have played so far, it's clear that the world doesn't have champion teams anymore. All they can throw up is good teams that know to win and win quite easily on their conditions.
The first Test was on a knife-edge going into the fifth and final day. In theory the game had the potential to go either way. There was a possibility of a draw, too, due to the weather.
Sri Lanka should be commended for the way they fought back. They will be really pleased in toppling the top Test Nation of the world, as from day one the hosts had the greater advantage.
The battle lines have been drawn and both Sri Lanka and Australia are almost ready to do battle as the series starts on 26 July at Pallekele. To start with, both teams have their line-ups sorted out, and who will make the final eleven as far as the hosts are concerned is an interesting decision. Let's not forget that Pallekele is in the dry zone and with the prevailing weather one can't expect anything other than a dry surface.
In my previous columns I touched on the need to develop captaincy skills and also what I thought was the bane. Whilst there is no doubt a clear dearth exists in this regard, it's fervently hoped that the people who matter will take note of our points. Sadly, sometimes it's commonly known that decision-makers hold on to the notion of them knowing everything and they couldn't put a finger wrong theory, which can be a massive detriment! Let's hope we will see progress at least in the school cricket front!
I thought of a continuation of the last week's topic and that is about the development of a school cricketer in Sri Lanka. The development I have meant here is in the area of thinking and captaincy. In response to my column last week I did have a few interesting calls and one particular call from a highly respected former Sri Lanka Cricket Official and ex Sri Lanka Air Force and Cambrian cricketer, interested me very much, as he did suggest a very novel method to develop thinking.
The Sri Lanka tour of England is almost at its end, and sadly, the visitors have nothing to show at the time of writing other than a few glimpses which were visible. Reading through the reports and the social media, it's clear that we hear plenty of rumblings in the background and also the blame game has commenced. For the Test debacle quite a few players were personally targeted, and now the pendulum seems to have stopped with skipper Mathews.
If the average Sri Lankan fan was buoyant by the performance of the Sri Lankan's in the three limited over games played up to Friday, i.e in Ireland and at Nottingham, sadly the fourth and the second in the five match series against England should go down as a truly forgettable effort! To be thumped by ten wickets surely doesn't reflect the difference between the two sides, though I must admit that the win was convincing and comprehensive for England.
CT Sports: Sri Lanka has started off their campaign for the One day series and the T20's on a good footing with their convincing win over Ireland. Though encountering the English could be an entirely different proposition, winning is always a good thing. At the time this column is read the series against the Irish would have been decided with the Lankans crossing the channel to be back in England for the curtain raiser on 21 June.
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