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Live cricket commentary: Australia v Sri Lanka - 2ndTwenty20, MCG

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  • good to see the lankans fire up at the end there. honestly, if the shoe was on the other foot the aussies would do the same thing.

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    jc
    Date and time
    January 28, 2013, 11:28PM
    • After 15 overs, Sri Lanka had 101 and Australia had 119, yet Sri Lanka won. The Duckworth Lewis method is unfair. Wickets are irrelevant, if you get the total you win, whether you are none down or nine down.

      Commenter
      MT
      Date and time
      January 28, 2013, 11:27PM
      • You've got your concept wrong. One could argue that if SL had known that this was a 15 over game, they would have played differently (probably scored higher).

        Commenter
        jackbne
        Date and time
        January 28, 2013, 11:31PM
    • and meanwhile here in the NT watching Imparja we are still looking forward to a full 10 overs - the covers have just come off and play will restart any moment!!!

      Commenter
      Dmnt
      Location
      NT
      Date and time
      January 28, 2013, 11:26PM
      • ch9/win you suck! Win tv up here have 'live' on the screen watermark but its on a bloody one hour delay. total rubbish. why not use the other channels during news like seven did with the tennis?

        Commenter
        micky
        Location
        Townsville
        Date and time
        January 28, 2013, 11:13PM
        • superb batting George Bailey, punch out those singles!

          Commenter
          Frank O'Flanagan
          Date and time
          January 28, 2013, 11:01PM
          • On a tangent, bear with me, a couple of great letters in today's smh about the ineptitude of the ch7 tennis commentators. The second letter drew comparisons with the ch9 cricket commentators and I agree, somewhat, with his suggestion:

            CH9 on mute, ABC on radio.

            Yeah, that works. However, I have a 3-way solution and I will be replying Mukul Desai's letter:

            Obviously watch it on ch9, get your astute commentary from smh.com.au (yes, here!) but keep an ear out for ch9 so we can ruthlessly take the p*** out of what comes out of Heals & Slat's mouth.

            More to come, because I have a solution.

            Commenter
            Monty
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            January 28, 2013, 10:59PM
            • Solution:

              Ch9 seem to have got Hussey very quickly. I didn't know that ch9 could be so quick to notice what the watching cricket public want. That's a joke by the way (RIP K.Packer)

              Anyway, ch7 sign up Ponting, Hussey (subject to ch9 contract), Shane Warne, Brett Lee (bit controversial, I admit) ,maybe Langer and, with a view to The Ashes, Andrew Strauss.

              I'd keep Mark Nicholas because he's a great MC but the rest of the ch9 team should be retired.

              If I was in charge of Cricket Australia - no contest.

              Commenter
              Monty
              Location
              Sydney
              Date and time
              January 28, 2013, 11:08PM
          • I hope Starc comes in next, given he is the 2nd best bat in this Aust side. (thanks Samuel for the scientific poll). SL need some form of challenge.

            Commenter
            JJ
            Date and time
            January 28, 2013, 10:56PM
            • There is only one way to answer the question "Why is Marsh playing?" Because his dad says so!

              Commenter
              Albervin
              Date and time
              January 28, 2013, 10:56PM
              • I'd say they did ask the KFC regional marketing manager. It looks like he's contributed a majority of votes to the poll

                Commenter
                Jase
                Location
                CLiffo
                Date and time
                January 28, 2013, 10:42PM
                • Red Rooster boss voted for the Madden brothers?

                  Commenter
                  Stephen Samuelson
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:46PM
                • Stephen, for the love of all that is mighty, it's just as well that Rohan is still on holiday. He'd have gone mental with that decision!

                  Rohan loves the American KFC blow-ins.

                  Commenter
                  Monty
                  Location
                  Sydney
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:53PM
              • You've got it all wrong. This isn't "Australia" it the NSW Invitational XI.

                Commenter
                Glenstar
                Date and time
                January 28, 2013, 10:34PM
                • Err, yeah but no. Only 2 decent players in the side (Warner and Starc) are NSW. I wouln't have Finch, Maxwell, Marsh et al, in an Aust side at all. And I'm from Victoria.

                  Commenter
                  M
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:40PM
              • Are the Umpires biased I ask. ODI in Sydney called off for a light shower - Australia was at a disadvantage.
                Here in Melbourne if any overs are lost it’s the Lankans who benefit. Play on say the umpires.

                Commenter
                Mohin
                Date and time
                January 28, 2013, 10:31PM
                • Marsh still batting. Say no more

                  Commenter
                  Mohin
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:56PM
                • ODI Australia disadvantage - called off
                  20/20 Australia disadvantage - play on
                  Where's the bias???

                  Commenter
                  Say What?
                  Location
                  Crazyville
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:59PM
                • Sri Lankans - masters of the legalized cheat, and umpires who are either gullible fools or have their own private agendas. They made a big deal until the idiot umpires halted play, and the Australians lost five overs as a result. Hard to believe that it wasn't a deliberate ploy, given that the Aussies had no chance of winning after that point. Sri Lanka might use legal tactics, but there's nothing moral about them and everything contemptible.

                  Commenter
                  blu
                  Location
                  Geelong
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 11:10PM
                • What does legalised cheat mean?

                  Commenter
                  Stephen Samuelson
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 11:12PM
                • Think you have the cranky pants on with the belt tight and one eye closed Blu. They just happen to be better that Australia at limited over cricket at the moment. Good luck to them. They've played well and won fair and square.

                  Commenter
                  JJ
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 11:15PM
                • Wow, Stephen - that's a discussion to start with 5 minutes to go eh?

                  Carry it on to the next time that you're MC :-)

                  Commenter
                  Monty
                  Location
                  Sydney
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 11:16PM
              • Was at the training session before the Sydney game. Have to say that by far the three best hitters in the team are Warner, Finch and Wade. All of them were extremely impressive. I think that Finch might still be a touch nervous, but that will pass with more games. For the bowlers, Starc was the only one that bowled with any pace. Cutting was great to watch but not anywhere as much pace. Laughlin didn't do anything much as we have seen in the two games. Faulkner appeared to hurt himself in the training session so didn't do much bowling. Doherty can't bat to save his life - got bowled by the net bowlers they had there 4 times (have to say he wasn't happy). There really aren't that many impressive players in the team.

                Commenter
                Jorbren
                Date and time
                January 28, 2013, 10:23PM
                • Finch might be a legend in the nets, but he apparently cant hack it when people watch. Alll Tarzan in the nets and Jane in the middle.

                  Commenter
                  Old school
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:30PM
                • Think your assessment of batting and bowling in the nets is about right although I am a wrap for Bailey as a batsman and captain. And if the team is doing their job in T20 no 11s shouldn't have to go anywhere near the batting crease. If they have to walk to the centre, their latte will still be hot as the game will ber over pretty soon.

                  Commenter
                  Centreman
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:43PM
                • I agree with Jorbren. Finch is class. Give him a decent run and he'll come good.

                  Oh, I forgot - that's not compatible with Australia's "rotation" policy"

                  Policy? or idiocy?

                  Commenter
                  Monty
                  Location
                  Sydney
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:50PM
                • 'Decent run' you say monty. He can have a decent run when he scores a few decent runs. Until then, send him back to whatever little park he usually plays in Vic.

                  Commenter
                  Pete
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 11:04PM
              • I am dissapointed that channel 9 cannot cannot keep up to its viewing commtments. In brisbane I am watching a delayed telecast of the T 20 match match between Austraia and Sri Lanka. I dont want the reason , because of datlight saving. Why??

                Commenter
                Nel Theodore
                Location
                Brisbane
                Date and time
                January 28, 2013, 10:03PM
                • On the plus side they will edit out the rain break, or do you think they will keep that in, too?

                  Commenter
                  Stephen Samuelson
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:08PM
                • @Nel Thought it was just Imparja! @Stephen - hard to know since we usually get Antiques Roadshow when Brisbane OR Adelaide or (take your pick) goes to News and then lose another half hour for a delayed showing of Brisbane (Sydney on weekend) News at 6pm our time.

                  Commenter
                  Dmnt
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:33PM
                • Could be because you're under 9 feet of water.

                  Plays havoc with communications and I guess Energex are more concerned with restoring power to 280,000 QLD homes than your ability to watch the cricket.

                  Thank yourself lucky you've even got the internet.

                  Priorities, priorities.....

                  Big love out to Bundaberg - looks like hell up there.

                  Commenter
                  Monty
                  Location
                  Sydney
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:35PM
              • I'm just glad that we've got Stephen Samuelson on smh.com.au tonight! Rock on!

                The Aussies have this - as long as they keep their heads.

                Don't blame Warner and Finch if the Aussies lose - they can't carry the whole team every match.

                I still reckon the Aussies don't take this form of the game seriously. They were the last 'recognised' cricket team to take it seriously and they still have much to learn.

                Commenter
                Monty
                Location
                Sydney
                Date and time
                January 28, 2013, 10:00PM
                • Sorry Monty, Finch? When the heck did he ever 'carry' anything for Aust??. Most ive seen him get is 7. He is quite clearly tripe.

                  Commenter
                  JJ
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:06PM
                • @JJ - Finch is keeping his best for the POMS.

                  Commenter
                  Mohin
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:09PM
                • :). Hes keeping it from all of us so well that i dont think the poms will see it either. His true talent appears to actually be 'hiding his talent' No one will ever see it.... He's that good at it!

                  Commenter
                  JJ
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:15PM
                • Guys, I can see your point but Finch is class. Maybe not against the SL but he'll come good.

                  I saw him play grade cricket a couple of years ago and he was awesome. His domestic record speaks volumes too.

                  Them selectors ain't stupid.

                  (alright - scrub that last comment)

                  Commenter
                  Monty
                  Location
                  Sydney
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 10:31PM
              • My, my that finch is good isn't he? According to Bill Lawry perhaps.

                Commenter
                Mike
                Location
                Here
                Date and time
                January 28, 2013, 9:56PM
                • Anyone explained to Shaun Marsh that this is a 20/20 game? He helped blow the previous game for us and is well on track again.

                  Ah 20/20, where a guy who stays in at less than a run a ball is worse for the team than a guy who get 10 runs off 7 balls and gets out.

                  Commenter
                  Arky
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 9:47PM
                  • All SL need to do for Marsh is place 10 fielders in the gully. He'll still play most balls there.

                    Commenter
                    M
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 10:01PM
                  • I think you would be better occupying the crease at a run a ball(marsh) than wickets falling around you as you suggest. 10 off 7. I would be filthy as a captain if my players did that

                    Commenter
                    Matt
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 10:10PM
                  • Loving the snarky commentary, by the way. Top marks. You're watching this game (and rain break) so we don't have to.

                    Commenter
                    Arky
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 10:14PM
                • So the "Twenty20 is not real cricket" excuse is coming out again from you Aussie fans. There wouldn't have been any of these comments if Australia were competitive in this form of the game but when the team faces a second consecutive thrashing the cliche just comes and comes.

                  I won't be surprised if you Aussies start using the excuse "Test cricket is not real cricket" when you lose on your India tour.

                  Commenter
                  Sandeep
                  Location
                  Mumbai
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 9:45PM
                  • Tell us again how the great India went last time against Australia in tests, Sandeep. All those great players ..... What was it again ? 0 - 4? Was that real cricket?

                    Commenter
                    JJ
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 9:54PM
                  • ghumānā

                    Commenter
                    Gordon
                    Location
                    Sydney
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 9:56PM
                  • Just imagine the comments if the Aussies were losing. Just checked the stats Aus ahead by one run and one wicket.

                    Commenter
                    Mohin
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 10:01PM
                  • sandeep, don't take my comments the wrong way , I've been to Sri Lanka and love the passion the people have for the game, and actually want the SL's to win and show the australians how to "enjoy" the game.

                    Commenter
                    rocket
                    Location
                    bulimba
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 10:21PM
                  • OMG - I AGREE with Sandeep!!

                    World first.

                    Probably last.

                    Commenter
                    Monty
                    Location
                    Sydney
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 10:28PM
                  • @ Rocket - Is Colombo the most boring capital in the world ?? The rest was beautiful.

                    Commenter
                    Mohin
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 10:34PM
                  • How about this, then, Sandeep. Sri Lanka have mastered the art of legalized cheating. If that wasn't the case, they would have not whined for a break that stripped Australia of five overs and effectively destroyed any hope of a proper run chase.
                    Their tactics might be legal, but certainly are not in the spirit of the game.

                    Commenter
                    blu
                    Location
                    Geelong
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 11:15PM
                • Warner’s advice to his team mates was “Play Ajantha Mendis as if he is a Leggie”. Finch does the opposite and gets out.

                  Commenter
                  Mohin
                  Date and time
                  January 28, 2013, 9:41PM
                  • So Australia B is playing Sri Lanka. Does Australia have an A team or even an A grade team? This team has maybe 2 players who deserve to be there.

                    Commenter
                    I am bemused
                    Date and time
                    January 28, 2013, 9:40PM
                    • My dog is a better bat than s.marsh. In what universe is he in the top 6 batsmen in Australia? CA have stopped picking a "representative" side of the best players. It is just a club of park cricketer numpties. Plus davey warner. As soon as he is out 'australia' are finished.

                      Commenter
                      Jim
                      Date and time
                      January 28, 2013, 9:36PM
                      • True dat. Finch & maxwelll equally poor performers.

                        Commenter
                        M
                        Date and time
                        January 28, 2013, 9:47PM
                    • here we go, another round of meaningless cricket with the hyperventilating commentary....

                      Commenter
                      alexd
                      Date and time
                      January 28, 2013, 9:32PM
                      • Warner out, time for some of the passengers to stand up such as bailey and maxwell who have been terrible with the bat so far in the ODIs and T20

                        Commenter
                        Phil_Clarke
                        Date and time
                        January 28, 2013, 9:31PM
                        • I agree with Elijah there are so many versions of the game , involvement of beer companies, no one will attend games . Who can afford to go. It'll be like horse racing just watch it on tv, no one goes to the races.

                          Commenter
                          Rocket
                          Location
                          Bulimba
                          Date and time
                          January 28, 2013, 9:11PM
                          • So why Laughlin in this team? Does he have photos of selectors. He certainly can't bowl.

                            Commenter
                            Wat has happened to Australian cricket?
                            Date and time
                            January 28, 2013, 9:08PM
                            • 20/20 Circus cricket is for bogans and those with short attention spans. This and the never ending, meaningless one day games are killing cricket.

                              Commenter
                              Elijah Baley
                              Location
                              Melbourne
                              Date and time
                              January 28, 2013, 8:46PM
                              • Agreed. I can't be bothered watching 20/20 at all... checking the scores more out of habit than anything. The novelty factor has worn off. All these guys representing Australia that no-one's heard of, and won't hear of again until the next 20/20. No-one ever remembers the results of these, either. Madness to keep putting emphasis on them.

                                Commenter
                                Arky
                                Date and time
                                January 28, 2013, 9:00PM
                              • Couldn't have said it better myself. Those nobody madden brothers are bogan idols now.

                                Commenter
                                Maximus
                                Location
                                Sydney
                                Date and time
                                January 28, 2013, 9:03PM
                              • Gen Y ?

                                Commenter
                                Mohin
                                Date and time
                                January 28, 2013, 9:03PM
                              • sadly, cricket would already be dead without the revenue raised from the shorter forms of the game. I too dislike 20/20, but the 50 over format has plenty of merits, even according to old timers like Richie Benaud who says one of his greatest disappointments is that he never got to play it.
                                Test cricket alone would not survive on its own in this day and age.

                                Commenter
                                C
                                Date and time
                                January 28, 2013, 9:16PM
                              • OMG OMG OMG!! ROFLMAO!!

                                Deal with it, you numpties. 20/20 is financing cricket!

                                And you can enjoying watching Arsenal vs Man Utd and still have fun playing 5-a side.

                                Don't compare it - enjoy it.

                                Or watch My Kitchen Rules. You have the choice in your hand.

                                Commenter
                                Monty
                                Location
                                Sydney
                                Date and time
                                January 28, 2013, 9:54PM
                            • There's a Lankan supporter in the crowd with a banner that states “Thanks KFC, CH9” Eject him for bad taste. Is the man deaf.

                              Commenter
                              Mohin
                              Date and time
                              January 28, 2013, 8:27PM
                              • Sorry that should read poor taste, I’m a Vegetarian

                                Commenter
                                Mohin
                                Date and time
                                January 28, 2013, 8:44PM
                            • With their last 3 batsmen having a combined batting rating that equates to the great Glenn McGrath, I wonder if the Lankans will last 20 overs ??

                              Commenter
                              Mohin
                              Date and time
                              January 28, 2013, 8:13PM
                              • Ch9 should lose their rights.....

                                Commenter
                                Rossco
                                Location
                                Brisbane
                                Date and time
                                January 28, 2013, 7:52PM
                                • Didnt we see all those flood pictures and comments all day. So why the current affairs with the same content Why the extended news . Today is a public holiday.All the TV channels are the same.Do they rally care.

                                  Commenter
                                  Nel Theodore
                                  Location
                                  Brisbane
                                  Date and time
                                  January 28, 2013, 10:09PM
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