Archive for July, 2016

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Australia’s ODI squad for Sri Lanka

July 31, 2016
Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa
In: Moises Henriques, Shaun Marsh

Moises Henriques Henriques —http://www.topnews.in/sports/people/moises-henriques

Out: Scott Boland, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell

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A Kiwi’s Note on the Events at Pallekele, Kandy

July 31, 2016

From Mike Morley to his Tennis Partner and Opponent Michael Roberts, 31 July 2016

I’m assuming your grin is as broad as mine after the events** of the last five days….. And how reassuring to see that the Aussies’ behaviour when they are being beaten hasn’t improved one iota!  I’m pretty sure I didn’t see a single one of them go up and congratulate Mendis either after his 100, or when he left the field after being dismissed —- compare that with the Pakistanis’ behaviour in the recent test in England, where every single one of them made a point of catching up with Root after he was dismissed and congratulating him.

WTF is wrong with them? Do they all take a course in abusive behaviour and Sulking 101 before they take the field? Their entire attitude was summed up by Smith’s charging Herath in the first innings and, surprise, surprise, being beaten all ends up. And what about Herath’s handling of the endless short-pitched nonsense being bowled at him?  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sa’adi Thawfeeq’s Account of the Win at Pallekele

July 31, 2016

Sa’adi Thawfeeq,  in Sunday Observer, 31 July 2016 with the title “Sri Lanka beat the Test champs after 17 years”

What a remarkable turnaround by Sri Lanka. Dismissed for 117 in the first innings they found a way to come back and beat the number one Test nation in the world Australia by 107 runs in the first Test to go one-up in the three-match series at Pallekele International Stadium yesterday. The win was only Sri Lanka’s second win against Australia in 27 Tests and it inflicted on Steve Smith his first loss as Australia’s Test captain in 12 Tests. Sri Lanka last won under the captaincy of Sanath Jayasuriya when they beat Steve Waugh’s Australians by six wickets in 1999 and it was also in Kandy at Asgiriya.

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Another Vaas? … of a Different Sort. Lakshan Sandakan

July 30, 2016

Paththamperuma Arachchige Don Lakshan Rangika Sandakan

Sri Lanka's Lakshan Sandakan (C) is congratulated by his teammates after dismissing Australia's Joe Burns during the fourth day of their opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 29, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan (C) is congratulated by his teammates after dismissing Australia’s Joe Burns during the fourth day of their opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 29, 2016. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images

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Lanka’s Cricketing Heroes at Pallekele

July 30, 2016

KUSAL MENDIS Kusal Mendis   Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Grinding yet Pulsating Victory for Sri Lanka at Pallekele

July 30, 2016

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Sri Lanka’s old commune with the new”

All through the Test there has been near-silence. Only sometime after lunch, does the sound of papare spring from the stands. It is unclear where the band is seated at first. With the home team on the hunt, is the stadium summoning music from its muscle memory? Is the papare‘s sudden eruption part of a five-day ambush for Australia? Whatever the case, it feels like the final wickets cannot fall unless the sound of a trumpet fills the air, but also, that they will fall, because it does.

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Out of the Ashes of War: North-East Under 22 Team pushes ahead

July 30, 2016

Daily Mirror, 2014 where the title is “Taking their chances, North East U23 team make strides”

Overcoming the most difficult realities during and after the 30-year civil war, a group of young cricketers have made great strides in showing the hidden talent waiting to be discovered in the North and East of the country. Playing in the domestic Under 23 tournament, the North East Combined team have taken just two years to make significant progress and prove that given a chance they could do as well as anyone. Having made the finals of the Division III this year, with a combination of players from Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kanthale, Vavuniya, Killinochchi and Jaffna, they have not only beaten their opponents, but moved up a notch into the Division II tournament. NE under 22 team

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