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Angelo Mathews’ Comments in Review

June 26, 2014

Courtesy of Espncricinfo

  • On bowling Eranga in the final over: “I tried my best to rotate the bowlers, and when Anderson was on strike, I actually thought he faced Rangana Herath pretty well. He faced about six or seven overs of spin. We couldn’t get him out. I thought one last burst – one over left – and I gave it to Eranga, thinking he could bowl some fast, short ones at his body. That’s the way we got him out in the first innings as well. Fortunately for us Eranga bowled that brilliant ball to dismiss Anderson.”
  • On Prasad’s inclusion: “In England we needed someone who could bowl 85mph, because when the wickets get flat the seamers can’t do much, except for the guys who have a bit of extra pace. That’s why we played Prasad in this Test match and he responded brilliantly.”


ANGELO M batting -Getty Angelo Mathews 160 run century in the second innings was not only a performance for all time, but also was one of the turning points in a pulsating topsy-turvy match – Pic by Getty Images Read the rest of this entry ?


Pistol-Packing Paul Reiffel

June 17, 2014

Mahinda Wijesinghe, whose favours this  title for his article “The Umpire who said ‘HURRAH! We won’,”

PAULREIFFEL 11Those famous (or infamous?) words have been attributed to a prejudiced village umpire as he incorrectly ruled the last man out to give his favoured side a win! This memory was rekindled when Australian umpire (who was incidentally a member of the losing member of the 1996 World Cup team under Mark Taylor) ruled out last man Nuwan Pradeep lbw when there was an obvious snick, that was even spotted by the commentators. However, DRS saved Sri Lanka unlike the unfortunate village team of yore. Read the rest of this entry ?


Cricket in 19th century Ceylon

June 12, 2014

with thanks to Hugh Karunanayake



Alastair Cook’s descent into absurdity

June 10, 2014

Alastair-Cook 11Quotes of the Week

ANDY BULL:There’s a line and that line was crossed here” – so said Alastair Cook after Sachithra Senanayake dismissed Jos Buttler while he was
backing up. He was quite right, of course. There is a line. It’s called the popping crease. And Buttler certainly crossed it, which is why he was out. As for the spirit of cricket, long-time readers will know my own feelings well enough by now. Suffice to say that by warning Buttler – twice – about the risks he was taking, the Sri
Lankans had already extended him a courtesy entirely unrequired by the Laws. If Mankading is really considered so objectionable by so many,
then it should be proscribed.

ASANGA W:What an absurd cry baby the usually sound Alastair Cook has been about this complete non-issue. Totally agree with Andy Bull …” Read the rest of this entry ?


The BUTTLER did it !! Josh Buttler must cop it

June 4, 2014



Mathews defends Buttler decision

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Cook disputes Buttler dismissal


Sri Lankan cricketers and SLC stand firm and remain focused

June 4, 2014

Andrew Fernando in ESPNcricinfo where the title readsEmboldened Sri Lanka keep their cool”

As the Edgbaston crowd’s displeasure eddied around the ground late in England’s innings, Sri Lanka were still, at the centre of the whirlpool. Spectators had been incensed by Sachithra Senanayake‘s run out of Jos Buttler – a Mankad which, upon the umpire’s inquiry, Angelo Mathews did not hesitate to uphold. The England innings was already creaking at 199 for 7, but as the boos rang around the ground, Sri Lanka did not delay delivering the final blows. With 220 to chase, this would be their game to lose.

It was a brief passage of play, but one which illustrated an unwavering focus that has become a theme of this Sri Lanka team’s cricket, particularly in 2014. They had had one horror day at Sharjah in January, but quickly shed the trauma of that defeat to trounce Bangladesh across all formats. An unbeaten Asia Cup campaign came as the annual contracts tussle with the board began to bubble up. That saga erupted before the World T20, which was won with contracts unsigned, and administrators engaged in disputes with senior players. Mahela Jayawardene, the man who was most visibly shaken by the heated exchanges with SLC, was the team’s lead scorer in that campaign.

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Senanayake’s mankading of Buttler clarified and defended by British reporters

June 4, 2014

George Dobell: Senanayake catches Buttler dozing” ….[/

Gough gives Butler out Umpire Gough gives Buttler out

There was little doubt what the Birmingham crowd thought to the run-out of Jos Buttler. Boos rang out around Edgbaston every time Sachithra Senanayake touched the ball following his decision to end Buttler’s innings. Already utilising an action that some in England – a conservative country in cricketing terms – believe to be dubious, Senanayake will now forever be cast in the role of villain after running out the home side’s golden boy in a rare instance of ‘Mankading’ in the international game.

Buttler, the non-striking batsman, had backed up too far. He was out of his crease. Senanayake, the bowler, had warned him in the previous over. He warned him, clearly and in sight of the umpires, that if Buttler continued to back up out of his crease, he would remove the bails and complete the run out. Read the rest of this entry ?


Essaying Cricket: Sri Lanka and Beyond

May 22, 2014

Michael Roberts

warne hugs Arjuna

  • Articles on World Cricket, Sri Lankan Cricket politics, sledging and chucking
  • Comments on partisan TV coverage and cricket team reactions to bomb blasts
  • 35 Articles by Guest Authors including Harsha Bhogle, Peter Roebuck, Mike Coward, Mike Marqusee & Sambit Bal and a range of Lankan authors, names familiar as well as surprising
  • A breathtaking collection of 157 photographs

Publisher: Vijitha Yapa Publications, Colombo, 2006

Softcover: ISBN 955-1266-25-0   AUD $65 / pd 25

       Hardcover: ISBN 955-1266-26-9       AUD $90 / pd 35 

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Unique Adelaide Oval Scenes: Ashes 2005

December 7, 2013


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Cricket as warfare

November 27, 2013

Don Hodges, courtesy of SPORT, 25 November 2013, where the title is  “Ashes 2013-2014: Sooner or later, arms and ribs will be broken”

 The news that Jonathan Trott is returning to England as a result of a “long-stand stress-related” condition puts England’s defeat in the First Test at Brisbane into perspective. Cricket is not, as Alastair Cook said at yesterday’s post-match press conference, “a war”. It’s a game. A highly professional, intensely contested, increasingly well remunerated game. But a game nonetheless.

Trott_2703718b-460x288It was very clear to everyone watching Trott’s nine-ball innings on Saturday that something was not right with the England number three. Normally so unflappable at the crease, he was unable to cope with the succession of short pitched deliveries fired down at him by Mitchell Johnson. We all thought it was an issue of technique. Now we know better. Comparisons will inevitably be drawn with Marcus Trescothick, the former England opener who was forced to return prematurely from their tour of India in 2006, with his own stress-related issues. But mental illness is by definition a personal condition, and no one but Trott himself is in a position to fully understand his reasons for leaving the tour. The best any outside observer can do is wish him well and leave him in peace. Read the rest of this entry ?


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