The only thing Sri Lanka did right today was win the toss. Currently giving the 90s Eng side a run for their money on orchestrating the “Perfect Collapse”.
Losing half the side before lunch on Day 1 is generally not the accepted way to start a test match. Paranavitana’s last 6 innings against Australia reads 0,11,10,29,0,0. Thirimanne replacing him can’t be too far away.
Dilshan is a man torn between trying to do the right thing, trying to be himself and trying to balance everything. His confidence looks like it’s has been gang raped by a bunch of Mauris.
Jayawadene fell to his age old off stump deficiencies.
Sangakkara got in and out. Again. Looks a shadow of his former greatness. I don’t know if it’s 2020 cricket or if he is thinking about points for an essay on decline of modern pitches but for someone who is considered to be exceptional test batsmen he shows alarmingly inept concentration skills these days.
PJ needs to kidnapped. Put in a dark room, strapped to a chair with his eyelids pinned open and shown every run that Alistair Cook deadbatted himself to in the English summer.
The only ounce of testosterone shown today was by Mathews. Following what we think his career defining innings, he played another back to the walls innings. If SL are to get the best out of him he really needs to be batting at 6 and not 7. People don’t usually enjoy coming in at 70-5 with no one else to bat with.
With no Herath, no Mendis, Sri Lankas bowling looked limp. Everyone kept running in and putting it there rather than actually try anything. A long 2 or even 3 days might be on the cards for them. Sri Lankas only hope now is to pick up a wicket early tomorrow and put the pressure on Marsh and the following new batsmen. But they shouldnt expect Australia fold as easily as them
Good toss to lose. Kept bowling in the corridor and waited for SL to hang themselves. Harris looks like he is ready to lead the attack as long as he is injury free. Copeland looks so innocuous but is capable of bowling to one spot all day with a bit of nibble. Johnson steady as usual.
Clarke didn’t really need to do anything special today. Just wrung the normal changes and that was too good for Sri Lanka. I am not sure if Hussey coming into the attack was inspired or by luck – but it sure did make Clarke look good.
Watson then made the full size of his massive bat felt. Hughes looks like he meant business from the first ball he creamed through the covers. If they get in again tomorrow there is plenty of merry to be made.
Play of the Day
Mathews – first fighting, then clubbing his way to a 50. He needs to be sent up the order. No questions asked.
Randiv hanging around after he’d hit it straight to Lyon. I know DRS has it’s flaws but that was just embarrassing.