Sri Lanka

Kane Richardson Replaces Mitchell Starc For Second ODI

Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka on Sunday after complaining of soreness in his calf following yesterday's win at the MCG. Starc took one for 25 from six overs in that match as Australia won by 107 runs to go one-nil up in the five-match series.
12 January 2013

Phil Hughes Hits Debut Ton To Set Up Easy Australia Win

It had been expected that a change in format, coupled with the resting of several key players by the hosts, would have brought about a change in fortune for Sri Lanka on their, thus far, winless tour of Australia. However, one of Australia's three debutants, Phil Hughes, became the first of his countrymen to hit a century on debut and guided them to a total that was enough to seal another comprehensive win.
11 January 2013

Fairytale Ending For Hussey As Australia Complete Clean Sweep

It was the sort of ending that most sportstars dream of, but are often cruelly denied. At the crease when the winning runs in the third and final Test between Australia and Sri Lanka were hit in Sydney, Michael Hussey received a standing ovation. He was unbeaten on 27 when Mitchell Johnson sealed the five-wicket win that handed Australia a 3-0 clean sweep allowing the crowd to rise as one and bid one of their most faithful servants farewell.
6 January 2013

Bailey To Lead Experimental Australia ODI Squad

Australia have opted to rest senior players for the first two One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka, handing the captaincy to George Bailey. Ben Cutting, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch are poised to make their ODI debuts but with the likes of Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey and Shane Watson absent for varying reasons, Brad Haddin and David Hussey add some experience to the squad.
5 January 2013

Bird Plays Down Comparisons With Glenn McGrath

Jackson Bird returned figures of four for 41 as Australia bowled Sri Lanka out for 294 on the opening day of the third and final Test in Sydney. Bird, who made his debut in the second Test, which Australia won by an innings in Melbourne, has made enough ot an impression for some to compare him with Glenn McGrath.
3 January 2013

Australia's Focus Purely On Making It 3-0 - Clarke

Australia captain Michael Clarke insists he and his team are fully focussed on trying to complete a 3-0 Test series victory over Sri Lanka ahead of the final Test, which gets underway in Sydney tomorrow (3rd January). The match will be Michael Hussey's final outing as an international career and the selectors will be thinking about the limited overs matches against Sri Lanka and the upcoming Test tour of India.
2 January 2013

Sri Lanka Recall Ajantha Mendis For ODIs, T20Is

Sri Lanka have named their squads for the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series in Australia, recalling a fit-again Ajantha Mendis. The 16-man squad includes four spinners with Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya and Jeewan Mendis joining Mendis while uncapped wicket-keeper Kushal Perera is given a call-up.
2 January 2013

Thirimanne And Lakmal Drafted Into Sri Lanka Squad

Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Thirimanne will join Sri Lanka's Test squad ahead of the third and final Test against Australia, which starts on 3rd January. Lakmal will replace fellow fast-bowler Chanaka Welegedara, who picked up a hamstring tear during Sri Lanka's comprehensive defeat in the second Test, while Thirimanne, who was originally named as a standby player for the tour of Australia, will replace Kumar Sangakkara.
29 December 2012

Australia and Sri Lanka Name Squads For Women's World Cup

Australia Women and Sri Lanka Women have named their 15-player squads for the forthcoming ICC Women's World Cup, which begins in Mumbai on 31st January. Australia start their campaign against Pakistan and have added pace bowlers Holly Ferling, Julie Hunter and Megan Schutt as well as batter Elyse Villani to the squad which won the Rose Bowl series against New Zealand before Christmas.
28 December 2012

Australia Take Series Following Sri Lanka Collapse

The news that Kumar Sangakkara has been ruled out of the remainder of Sri Lanka's tour of Australia rounded off a thoroughly miserable Boxing Day Test for the tourists - one which had begun with Prasanna Jayawardene's finger injury on day one; continued with Chanaka Welegedara's hamstring tear yesterday; and reached its zenith today when they were bowled out for just 103 in their second innings midway through the second session to hand Australia a comprehensive win.
28 December 2012

Australia Call Up Bird And Recall Khawaja For Second Test

Australia have called up uncapped fast bowler Jackson Bird and recalled Usman Khawaja to cover for injuries ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Melbourne. Ben Hilfenhaus has been ruled out with a side strain and although captain Michael Clarke is in the squad, a hamstring strain picked up in the opening Test in Hobart, means his participation at the M.C.G is in doubt.
18 December 2012

ICC Rejects Hobart Ball-Tampering Allegations

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has moved quickly to quash media reports of ball tampering during the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Hobart. ICC Elite Panel match referee Chris Broad issued a statement confirmed that no charges would be laid against any of the players.
18 December 2012

Siddle And Starc Bowl Australia To Victory In Hobart

Australia completed a 137-run win over Sri Lanka on the final day of the first Test in Hobart to go 1-0 up in their three-match series but only after Sri Lanka took the game into the final hour. Set 393 to win, the tourists were bowled out for 255 and their wait for a Test win on Australian soil goes on as Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle took nine of the 10 wickets to fall with the last six coming in the final session.
18 December 2012

Hughes Aiming To 'Cement' Number Three Position

On the back of his accomplished half-century on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart, Australia's Phil Hughes has set his sights on becoming Australia's first choice number three batsman. David Warner and Michael Clarke also scored half-centuries but Hughes top scored with 86 out of his side's total of 299 for four having been recalled to take over Ricky Ponting's spot in the squad.
14 December 2012

Tough Decision To Leave Johnson Out - Clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke says the decision to leave Mitchell Johnson out of the team to take on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Hobart was a tough one. With Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus back in the side, Johnson misses out as he was preferred to fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc despite enjoying an impressive comeback against South Africa in Perth.
13 December 2012

Jayawardene To Step Down As Sri Lanka Captain

Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed his intention to stand down as Sri Lanka captain following his country's tour of Australia, which begins with the opening Test in Hobart tonight (14th December). Jayawardene is currently in his second spell as captain after he replaced Tillakaratne Dilshan and vice-captain Angelo Mathews is the early favourite to replace him in all three formats.
13 December 2012

Sri Lanka Name Preliminary World Cup Squad

Sri Lanka have named their preliminary squad for the Women's World Cup, which gets underway in India on 31st January. No captain has yet been named as Sri Lanka bid to improve on their previous showing when they finished eighth in 2009 having previously fnished seventh in 2005 and sixth in 2000.
11 December 2012

Sri Lanka Draw Tour Game With Chairman's XI

Sri Lanka opted for batting practice on the final day in Canberra as their tour game against Cricket Australia's Chairman's XI was drawn. Prasanna Jayawardene (71) and Dinesh Chandimal (57) scored half-centuries, adding to a century from Tillakaratne Dilshan and 55 from Kumar Sangakkara on day two.
8 December 2012

India End Sri Lanka's World Cup Unbeaten Run

India ended Sri Lanka's unbeaten start to the Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup with an emphatic while elsewhere there were wins for Australia, England and West Indies. India handed Sri Lanka a 168-run defeat as Prakash Reddy smashed 149 off just 54 balls while the victories for Australia and West Indies were over Nepal and Bangladesh respectively before England beat South Africa.
6 December 2012

Hughes Lined Up To Replace Ponting Against Sri Lanka

Phillip Hughes has been handed a recall to Australia's Test squad ahead of the three-match series against Sri Lanka as Ricky Ponting's replacement. Ponting retired from international cricket following the third and final Test against South Africa in Perth and Hughes has beaten off competition from Usman Khawaja, Rob Quiney and Alex Doolan to fill the vacancy.
6 December 2012


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