Pune Warriors who lost their Captain Michael Clarke due to a back injury even before the IPL 6 has kicked off have named Angelo Mathews as their new Skipper. This move from Pune Warriors was expected as Angelo Mathews is also the new Captain of the Sri Lankan team in all formats of the game.
The much-expected announcement of Angelo Mathews has finally come. With the Sri Lankan all-rounder taking over the reins of the Test and the ODI outfit, it marks a change in guard at the top, and a definite look towards the future for Lankan cricket.
That the third ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka at Brisbane was dominated by bowlers would be an understatement. Sixteen wickets fell on the day, the entire match lasted less than 50 overs and the total match aggregate did not even cross 150.
Be it playing a stroke or making a crucial decision, timing is equally important in all aspects of cricket. In that sense, outgoing skipper Mahela Jayawardene has made his decision to step down just in the nick of time.
Peter Siddle claimed 5 for 54 as Australia took a big first innings lead of 114 runs in the First Test at Hobarth. The Aussies finished Day 3 at 27/0 having bowled out Sri Lanka for 336 in 109.3 overs.
When M S Dhoni tried to scamper for a single to mid-off but was found short by a direct hit from his opposite number Alastair Cook, he became the 15th batsman in Test cricket, and only the second Indian after ML Jaisimha in 1960, to be run out at the score of 99.
New Zealand finally achieved a rare Test win on Sri Lankan soil, something that has eluded them since 1998. The Kiwis had to work hard for more than two sessions to take the remaining six wickets of the Lankans for a 167-run victory which forced the 2-match Test Series end in a 1-1 draw.