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Jayawardene hits out at officials

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has revealed his side will write formally to the ICC match referee, Javagal Srinath, to seek consistency in weather regulations.

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SRI Lanka will complain to the match referee after Sunday night's farcical finish to the fourth one-dayer in Sydney that denied Mahela Jayawardene's team a golden opportunity to wrap up a rare series victory against Australia.

The Sri Lankans were left bemused at a world-class venue such as the SCG not being able to handle 90 minutes of steady drizzle that forced match officials to abandon play due to the state of the outfield.

''It's disappointing because at the SCG I would assume that a ground of this magnitude you should be able to get a game in. Maybe they should do what we do back home - cover the entire ground,'' Jayawardene said.

Umpire Marais Erasmus walks towards the pavilion after suspending play due to the rain.

Umpire Marais Erasmus walks towards the pavilion after suspending play due to the rain. Photo: Getty Images

''I think we can probably write to the match referee [Javagal Srinath] because obviously the interpretation we got three months ago in the New Zealand series was different. It was deemed that we'd only stop play if it was dangerous.''

Curator Tom Parker said the water did not sink far enough into the ground due to the rain being too light, while the lack of wind delayed the drying process.

Of most concern to the umpires was the effect on the ball and the need for it to be replaced after every over.

David Warner cuts at the ball early in the Australian innings. Click for more photos

Australia v Sri Lanka, SCG - Game 4

Pictures from the fourth ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka from the Sydney Cricket Ground. All images by Brendan Esposito. Follow us at http:twitter.com/photoSMH. Photo: Brendan Esposito

''We played New Zealand three months ago and the interpretation that we got in that series was quite different to what we got today. We've played in Pallekele [in Sri Lanka] with a lot of rain and during the ICC World Cup as well,'' Jayawardene said.

''I think you need to find a bit more consistency, and that's something that we'll probably write and put it across to them.''

Australian captain Michael Clarke said his team wanted to get back on the field despite the delay enhancing Sri Lanka's chances of winning. ''I think this ground is known for its drainage. I've played a number of games here where it's held a lot more water than that and we've managed to get back on and play games of cricket,'' he said.

''Sri Lanka definitely would have loved to have gotten back on there. As the game got shorter, with 10 wickets in hand, it was probably going to suit them a lot more. But we certainly wanted to play as well to give ourselves a chance at winning the series.''

The controversial decision was good fortune for Australia as the Sri Lankans were set to benefit from any revision of the target through the Duckworth-Lewis system after the rain delay.

A win by Sri Lanka would have given its an unassailable 3-1 lead heading into the final match of the series in Hobart on Wednesday. Instead, Clarke's side now has the chance to square the series 2-2.

The bizarre conclusion to the game is more bad publicity for the 50-over format and will not have been well received by host broadcaster Channel Nine, which for the second time in three nights had hopes of a bumper night of ratings dashed.

The crowd of 22,521, many of whom revelled in the rain delay by building a beer snake the width of the Trumper Stand, jeered raucously as they left the venue after being told of the umpires' verdict.

The anti-climax capped a forgettable day for match officials, with umpiring howlers costing David Warner and Moises Henriques their wickets.

Each batsman was given out lbw by umpires Marais Erasmus and Paul Reiffel, respectively, despite having clearly hit the ball onto their pads.

They could not turn to the third umpire for a reprieve as captain Clarke had already wasted Australia's only video referral in an ambitious attempt to overturn an earlier lbw decision.

Replays showed the ball zeroing in on the top of Clarke's middle stump.

''I think if you or your partner feels like there is a fair bit of doubt in the decision, then have a crack at referring it,'' Clarke said.

''I got it wrong today. If I don't refer mine, then Davey can use it, and gets given not out, and Moises can use it and gets given not out as well.''

 

Australia
D WARNER lbw b T Perera 60
P HUGHES c Chandimal b Kulasekara 1
M CLARKE lbw b Kulasekara 20
D HUSSEY c Thirimanne b Malinga 1
G BAILEY c T Perera b Herath 22
M WADE c Kulasekara b T Perera 31
M HENRIQUES lbw b Herath 3
M JOHNSON lbw b Malinga 10
M STARC not out 52
C McKAY b Kulasekara 2
X DOHERTY not out 10
Sundries (1b, 7lb, 2w) 10
Total (9 wkts - 50 overs) 222
Fall of wickets: 4 (Hughes), 50 (Clarke), 53 (Hussey), 93 (Bailey), 125 (Warner), 130 (Henriques), 145 (Johnson), 166 (Wade), 182 (McKay)
Bowling: A Mathews 10-1-50-0, N Kulasekara 10-2-30-3 (1w), L Malinga 10-2-33-2 (1w), T Perera 10-0-64-2, R Herath 10-0-37-2>

Sri Lanka
M JAYAWARDENE not out 4
T DILSHAN not out 9
Sundries (1w) 1
Total (no loss - 3.2 overs) 14
Bowling: C McKay 2-0-13-0 (1w), M Starc 1.2-0-1-0
Result: Match abandoned

92 comments

  • Cricket is going the way of the NRL.
    Referees / Umpires are unaware of the rules.
    Those running the game are unsure of the direction they want to go.
    Players are confused as to where they stand.
    The rules change from game to game.
    As for the "rotation policy" all I can say is Nathan Braken has a lot to answer for.

    Commenter
    A once wonderful game gone bung.
    Location
    Sydney.
    Date and time
    January 21, 2013, 8:04AM
    • almost as dreary as AFL

      Commenter
      cape republic
      Location
      jagajaga
      Date and time
      January 21, 2013, 8:33AM
    • Just watched the video then read the article. Same thing. Great journalism! Not.

      Commenter
      Kel
      Date and time
      January 21, 2013, 9:53AM
    • "Almost as dreary as AFL"?
      Clearly you've never been to a game.
      I've watched AFL, League, Union, Soccer, Cricket and other sports live at the top level and the least dreary of them all is always AFL.
      Just a silly comment really.

      Commenter
      Big Noddy
      Location
      Glebe
      Date and time
      January 21, 2013, 10:14AM
    • Agreed. As boring and over hyped as the AFL. Like the AFL they keep pushing so much cricket down our throats that no one really cares anymore...... as someone that has been involved in the game for a long time I have lost complete interest through the overload of games, ridiculous cross promotions and like the AFL, a self belief that it is the centre of the sporting world. The test series this summer was appalling... Sri Lanka at the G on Boxing Day? LOL. The BBL series..and the orchestrated 'excitement' in the crowd...LOL ... the handing out of Baggy Greens to guys with 6 first class games...and now the farce at the SCG... give it a rest. As for the AFL.....this little local sport is even worse in its attempts to justofy its place in the sporting world.

      Commenter
      Billy
      Location
      Level 2 Accredited CA Coach
      Date and time
      January 21, 2013, 11:38AM
  • Two things - What about the poor mugs who paid in Brisbane and Sydney. Do they get any consideration for the money they pay in good faith but don't get a full match? Second, it was the Sri Lankan batsmen who chose to go off last night - so shouldn't complain that they couldn't get back out to resume the g

    Commenter
    Mig
    Location
    Gordon
    Date and time
    January 21, 2013, 8:13AM
    • The Lankans were happy to accept a delay because the shortened game would have helped them. No-one expected the match to be abandoned after an hour of misting rain that would hardly wet a cigarette paper. How could they call off a game just because the ball was getting wet and they had to keep changing it? It's a disgrace. 'Curator Tom Parker said the water did not sink far enough into the ground due to the rain being too light'. I've never heard such pissweak excuse. Time the Colonel retired, sounds like. The SCG is spending a fortune on new grandstands - fix the ground, or the stands will never be full. Last time I went to a test match they went off for bad light, even though all the floodlights were on and it was early afternoon. You certainly won't see me at the cricket again until they change the rules to ensure play goes on unless it's torrential downpour.

      Commenter
      roto
      Date and time
      January 21, 2013, 8:37AM
    • you buy a ticket there is always a chance rain will washout play. That said whoever was behind that decision to abandon play needs to be brought before the authorities to give a please explain. clearly they have never played cricket in the bush

      Commenter
      Gaz
      Location
      Yarrawonga
      Date and time
      January 21, 2013, 11:12AM
  • How can you get it so wrong.......not once but twice? Hits bat then to pad......not out.

    Commenter
    Bazza
    Date and time
    January 21, 2013, 8:18AM
    • Absolutely 100% correct...and the over zealous and over the top constant appealing by the Lankans doesn't help these decisions either....

      Commenter
      Geoff
      Location
      Doncaster
      Date and time
      January 21, 2013, 10:11AM

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