Sri Lanka

Reprimand For Warner After Admitting Dissent

David Warner, Australia's opening batsman, has been handed an official reprimand after pleading guilty to dissent during the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Sydney. After Warner was given out leg before wicket to Thisara Perera for 60 in the 29th over of Australia's innings, Warner delayed his departure from the crease while shaking his head.
21 January 2013

Six Changes To Australia's Twenty20 Squad

Australia will field a much-changed side during the Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka after naming a squad containing several in-form players who used the KFC Big Bash to further their international credentials. Ben Cutting, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner, Ben Laughlin, Shaun Marsh and Adam Voges have all been called up to the squad for the two matches on 26th and 28th January in Sydney and Melbourne.
21 January 2013

Sri Lanka Query SCG Abandonment

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has said that he will write to the match referee Javagal Srinath for an explanation as to why today's fourth One-Day International at the SCG was abandoned after a relatively short rain delay. The light rain lasted for only around an hour, with Jayawardene arguing that there was then ample time for the ground to dry and play to resume.
20 January 2013

Rain Denies Sri Lanka After Bowlers Restrict Australia

Rain perhaps saved Australia from a series defeat at the SCG, with it arriving with Sri Lanka on 14 for none in their pursuit of Australia's modest 222 for nine. The hosts must now win the final match in Hobart if they are to earn a share of the spoils. The Australia innings had followed a similar pattern to that of their humiliation at Brisbane, with Nuwan Kulasekara again doing the bulk of the damage and Mitchell Starc adding an air of respectability to the total with a sprightly knock from number nine. The only difference on this occasion was scale.
20 January 2013

Clarke Praises Sri Lanka, Criticises Own Batsmen

Australia captain Michael Clarke has paid tribute to Sri Lanka's bowlers after his side was dismissed for 74 in the third One-Day International in Brisbane. Nevertheless, he has offered no defence for his batsmen after no top-order player could even reach double figures as Australia lurched to a four-wicket defeat that puts them 2-1 down in the five-match series.
18 January 2013

Jackson Bird Added To ODI Squad As Cover

Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that fast bowler Jackson Bird has joined up with Australia's squad ahead of the fourth One-Day International against Sri Lanka. Ben Cutting had been included as cover for the third game in Brisbane, which Sri Lanka won by four wickets after bowling Australia out for 74, but was subsequently released to play in the Big Bash final.
18 January 2013

Kulasekara Condemns Australia To Record Defeat

Things continue to get worse for Australia, who followed up a limp display in Melbourne and a week fending off criticism, by being dismissed for 74 on their way to a four-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International in Brisbane. Sri Lanka had never beaten Australia in an ODI at the Gabba prior to the match and might never win as comprehensively again as they reached their target with 30 overs to go.
18 January 2013

Clarke Defends Australia's Rotation Policy

Australia captain Michael Clarke has launched a staunch defence of the rotation policy that has come in for some criticism during the opening two matches of the One-Day International series against Sri Lanka. Labelled a 'B-team' by some, a team missing a host of key players won convincinginly in Melbourne but was then soundly beaten in Adelaide.
17 January 2013

Wade Accepts 'Constructive' Criticism And Aims Higher

Australia wicket-keeper Matthew Wade has responded positively to criticism of him by Ian Healy, which was widely published in media channels. Ahead of the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Friday (18th January), Wade says he has spoken with Healy and spent time working on his game with the former Queensland player, who represented Australia in 119 Tests and 168 ODIs.
16 January 2013

Ben Cutting Added To Australia Squad As Cover

Fast bowler Ben Cutting has been added to Australia's One-Day International squad as cover ahead of the third and fourth matches against Sri Lanka in Brisbane and Sydney. Cutting made his debut in the second match in Adelaide following injuries to Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson but he is on hand to step in again should either fail to prove their fitness for Friday's match.
16 January 2013

Maxwell Hopes Australia Can 'Bounce Back Quickly'

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has offered a brutally honest assessment of his side's performance in the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Adelaide. Maxwell made eight runs and was given little opportunity to make an impact with the ball during an eight-wicket defeat that came on the back of a thumping 107-run win in Melbourne.
15 January 2013

Clarke, Warner, Wade, Starc Return To ODI Squad

Captain Michael Clarke, opening batsman David Warner, wicket-keeper Matthew Wade and fast bowler Mitchell Starc are poised to return to Australia's One-Day International side. All four were named in the squad for the third and fourth games against Sri Lanka after the squad picked for the start of the series won in Melbourne but was heavily beaten in Adelaide.
14 January 2013

Super Thirimanne Century Levels Series For Sri Lanka

Lahiru Thirimanne stroked a superb maiden One-Day International century to guide Sri Lanka to a convincing eight-wicket win over Australia in the second One-Day International in Adelaide. After rain delayed the start of the match, Sri Lanka won the toss, elected to bowl and dismissed Australia for just 170. Thirimanne was then unbeaten on 102 as they chased down the target with exactly 10 overs to spare to level the five-match series at 1-1.
13 January 2013

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


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