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Venomous History haunts the England-Lanka Cricketing Encounters

May 19, 2016

Peter Hayter, courtesy of The Cricket Paper, 16 May 2016, where the title is “There’s plenty of spice in this fiery contest

Stand by for the resumption of the second-longest running feud in world cricket. When England take on Sri Lanka in the first Test of the summer at Headingley on Thursday, they will do so led by the former coaching partnership of their opponents, Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace.

Recently, they enlisted the help of one of the island nation’s greatest batsmen, Mahela Jayawardene, as a World T20 coaching consultant. Another, Kumar Sangakkara, has always been a popular and respected figure here and he is currently spreading the benefit of his vast experience over the Surrey dressing room and, for nearly two decades, as much as Muttiah Muralitharan terrorised England batsmen with the ball, so he also beguiled them with his vast smile.

aa Sena Senanayake mankads Buttler after warnings

Yet, as events on their last visit here in 2014 remind us, often when these two teams stand toe to toe, tension seems to be bubbling just under the surface and an eruption is often just a word, look or action away. Some suggest that one of the underlying causes of all the aggro here two summers ago was Sri Lanka’s irritation at losing Farbrace to England just days before the start of the tour two summers ago. Read the rest of this entry ?


Warwick Franks dwells in 1999 on Woodward’s Windies and Sri Lankan Crosscurrents by Roberts & James

February 28, 2016

Warwick Franks, in a dual book review in Spotting Traditions • vol. 15 no. 2 • May 1999 = of Ian Woodward: Aussies versus Windies: A History of Australia-West Indies Cricket. Walla Walla Press, Petersham, 1998. Appendices, illus., scorecards, stats. pp. vii + 260. $29.95…. & Michael Roberts and Alfred James: Crosscurrents: Sri Lanka and Australia at Cricket.Walla Walla Press, Petersham, 1998. Illus., scorecards. pp. $50 hardback, $19.95 paperback…. with footnotes and illustrations inserted here by Cricketique.

Woodward cover Crosscurrents

These two books represent a welcome widening in the perspectives on Australian cricket writing. While the enthusiastic crowd response to the 1998-99 Ashes series underlined the special position of these matches in the ethos of Australian cricket, it is also obvious that there are many ways in which English cricket is increasingly marginal in the development of the world game. Yet such has been the concentration of Australian cricket writing on the Anglo-Australian game that Mike Coward’s Cricket Beyond the Bazaar(1990) has been one of the only books to go beyond the Lord’s-MCG axis. Read the rest of this entry ?


No-Balling Murali: Emerson seeks the Limelight Again

January 23, 2016

Simon King caters to Emerson and media-sensationalism by letting Emerson and gossip reign, in a piece in The Weekend Australian entitled “Emerson reflects on Muralidaran and no-ball controversy”. The coloured emphases in this version are editorial highlights.


Seventeen years ago to the day, standing at square leg during the 1999 one-day series between Sri Lanka and England at the Adelaide Oval, umpire Ross Emerson no-balled Muttiah Muralidaran for chucking. There had been an ominous air of expectation as Murali took the ball in the 18th over — Emerson had called him before during the 1995-96 tour. Channel’s Nine’s Tony Greig set the mood: “Right, well this is the moment everyone’s been a little bit nervous about, we’ve got Muralidaran about to be introduced into the attack. These two umpires when they were together both no-balled him for throwing, umpire Emerson, he started it last time.” Read the rest of this entry ?


Roshan Mahanama calls Time on the Match-Referee Tasks

September 17, 2015

Courtesy of The Island, 15 September 2015, where the title reads “Roshan Mahanama to step down”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday announced that Roshan Mahanama will step down from the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees at the end of the year. Mahanama joined the elite panel in 2004 and has refereed in 58 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35 T20Is to date, including refereeing in three ICC Cricket World Cups and the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. He has made the decision to step down six months ahead of the expiry of his contract so that he can spend more time with his family and also focus on the development of his business activities in Sri Lanka.

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Fun Runs! Protest Runs! Winning Runs!

August 24, 2015


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Learning about Murali with Murali

July 9, 2015

Sujith Silva, reproduced from the QUADRANGLE where the title of this article reads “Up Close & Personal with Murali”

Affectionately called as ‘Murali,’ he is by far the greatest Sportsperson Sri Lanka ever produced in the modern era. Truly a Legend, an icon and an Ambassador. Not only to his alma mater St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota but also to his country, Sri Lanka and for the game of Cricket. A World beater across all formats of the game, holder of many World Records and he has won many hearts around the world with his trade mark smile and for his fighting skills. He was recently hired as a Spin Bowling Consultant by the Australian Cricket Board. Almost 20 years ago, Murali was publicly humiliated at the MCG and widely despised by the Australian cricketing public. It was in Australia he faced his worst challenges both on and off the field. His Cricketing career almost came to an abrupt end before it even blossomed. Who would have thought it likely that Australian Cricket would ever pay Murali the ultimate compliment, almost an apology of sorts, by inviting him to be their spin guru? He was much feared and respected on the field and he was accused by his critics, challenged by those who didn’t like his success, heckled by those who feared him and tested and cleared by the governing body. Irrespective of all that, he came out as a Champion. TAMIL CRICKET FAN HUGS SRI LANKAN BOWLER MURALITHARAN DURING A CRICKET MATCH IN JAFFNA Murali mobbed by fans in Jaffna town

z_p07-Muralitharan how many times did this make a batsman frown … long time passing!

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“A quick bowler with attitude,” that’s Dhammika Prasad

June 29, 2015

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 29 June 2015

Dhammika Prasad is a fast bowler who won his way through to Test level playing most of his cricket at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground. For that alone, he deserves a little respect. If the pitch at the SSC is ever dug up, multiple remains of quick bowlers are sure to be discovered. The other first-class decks on the island are not much better. At 32 years, a hit-the-deck seamer like Prasad should be a fossil. Instead, he is Sri Lanka’s top wicket-taker in the series so far.

Sri Lankan cricketer Dhammika Prasad makes an unsuccessful appeal for the wicket of Pakistan cricketer Asad Shafiq during the fourth day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on June 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA        (Photo credit should read Ishara S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan cricketer Dhammika Prasad makes an unsuccessful appeal for the wicket of Pakistan cricketer Asad Shafiq during the fourth day of the opening Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on June 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The thing with Prasad is that he just keeps coming back – on a micro and macro scale. The P Sara pitch had slowed considerably by day four, with the wicketkeeper more often taking balls at knee height than above the waist, as had been the case on the first morning. Yet, it was neither of the spinners, the swing bowler, or the tearaway who regained Sri Lanka’s advantage in the match. Pitching it outside off, moving it a little off the seam, Prasad just kept on coming. Read the rest of this entry ?


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