Having been thrashed in the Tests 3-0, Sri Lanka would be a disheartened outfit no doubt. They came to Australia viewing this as their best chance to upset the Aussies, who aren’t as strong as they were a few years ago, an aspect which the South Africans exploited en route to asserting their number one status.
The Indian squad for the first three ODIs against England was announced on Sunday, minutes after India’s surprising win at the Kotla. Sadly, there were no surprises in the team selection. Virender Sehwag was expectedly dropped and Cheteshwar Pujara was drafted in, a deserved choice.
The only way the Sri Lankans could have competed with the Aussies in the Tests Down Under would have been if their experienced batsmen warmed up to the task and stood tall against the Australian bowlers.
En route to his fifth century of the calendar year, in the ongoing Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Aussie skipper Michael Clarke created history, setting a new record for the most number of Test runs scored by an Australian in a calendar year.
Sri Lanka are headed towards a second straight defeat in the hands of Australia after the hosts took the match away from them on the second day of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. The hosts have piled up a huge first innings lead of 284 runs with still two wickets in hand.
Considering the natural talent that the Sri Lankans possess it is somewhat surprising to note that they are yet to win a Test in Australia. Following Lanka’s batting collapse on the first day of the Boxing Day Test at the captivating Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), we tried to figure out the reason.
Sri Lanka were bundled out for a poor total of 156 in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Mahela Jayawardene’s decision to bat first at the MCG backfired as the Sri Lankans got decimated in just the 43.4 overs.