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Live cricket commentary: Australia v Sri Lanka - 4th ODI, SCG

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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

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  • Hey Michael!! How are you?

    So, Aussies win the toss and elect to bat?

    How did that work out in Brisbane?

    Should be an interesting game.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 2:16PM
    • Monty, it's a big call from Clarke but it's a show of his confidence in his side. It says a lot about the way Michael Clarke has handled himself as captain. Not afraid to make the big decisions. We'll see how it pans out over the next 50 overs ... if they survive that long.

      Commenter
      Michael Chammas
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 2:22PM
    • I hear that MC. He is proving to be a "ballsey" Captain. I like it.

      Still, I'm reserving judgement on his decision making until he's done India and England away.

      Great ball from Kula Shaker. Bye bye Phil. Perhaps for a long time.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 2:32PM
    • Mathews bowling, Clarke batting, we know who will win this contest.

      Cannot believe the SMH pre match SWOT analysis. SL Strength their pace bowling.

      You might as well conclude this analysis and say that the Australian Test Team strength is their spin bowling.

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 2:39PM
    • Mohin - or they could have said that Australian 'strength' is the tail-ender batting ability.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 2:48PM
    • Mohin maybe what it should have said is SL strength is Australia's batting because you are right they don't have a huge pace attack

      Commenter
      Mike
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 2:52PM
  • I will just hazard a guess..top score for Australia will come from one of the inform batsmen...like Starc

    Commenter
    Mike
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 2:32PM
    • Judging by the way they've handled the Sri Lankan bowlers, do you think the Australian batsmen will struggle with the swinging Duke ball in England at this year's Ashes?

      Yes - comprehensively.

      Maybe I was the first person to vote but it said 100% Yes! Haha!!

      But let's see what they do in India first. Does anyone know what ball they use? Duke or Kookie or something else?

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 2:41PM
      • Aus all out for less than 150, any takers?

        Commenter
        Taff
        Date and time
        January 20, 2013, 2:45PM
        • Still no takers? :-)

          Commenter
          Taff
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 3:23PM
        • How much are you paying me?

          Commenter
          Mohin
          Location
          Lahore
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 3:36PM
        • Taff,

          My prediction is they will get around 220??

          Commenter
          Buffalo Bill
          Location
          Sydneys Northshore
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 4:00PM
      • Looks like something's lost in the translation....how do you spell Thiramanne (according to the 9 scorecard) or Thiramanna (as on his shirt)? Can't both be right!!

        Commenter
        Laurie Mills
        Location
        fnq
        Date and time
        January 20, 2013, 2:50PM
        • Just ask Murali, anything goes.

          Commenter
          Mohin
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 2:54PM
        • Not this again! In a previous match, I think it was Rohan that said, "The feed comes from India and spellings are interchangeable"

          RC - you watching/reading? I know you're on holiday but I bet you're watching the cricket.

          Commenter
          Monty
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 2:59PM
      • The Poms were banned from having 1 Trumpet player at the SCG! Why are the Sri Lankans allowed to have a full, out of tune, Orchestra?

        Commenter
        Dundee
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        January 20, 2013, 3:04PM
        • As they don't blow their trumpet.

          Commenter
          Mohin
          Location
          Lahore
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 3:11PM
        • Probably because they don't ;
          a.) get a skinful and
          b.) pick fights with everyone who walks past

          Commenter
          selector 2
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 3:16PM
        • Selector 2 - that's incredibly unfair! The Barmy Army, and all English cricket fans, never cause trouble.

          If you had said that about our football fans then I could, regrettably, agree but not the English cricket fans.

          You knew I'd bite, didn't you?

          Commenter
          Monty
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 3:23PM
      • The Aussie selector was consistent in choosing the 1st Twentyfourth team. Meanwhile in Colombo the panel of selectors that amount to around a thousand had a simple meal of a sambol and roti washed down with some Glenury Royal 40 year old. They conducted their pre match checks, fitness and horoscope. Then selected a bunch of all rounders who can’t bat nor bowl. Selecting the Politburo is known to be an easier task.

        The fax received by Mahela this morning on team selection is suspected to have originated in the rain forests of Tasmania. At least Jonathan Moylan has some understanding.

        Commenter
        Mohin
        Location
        Lahore
        Date and time
        January 20, 2013, 3:10PM
        • Can someone explian to me why D Hussey is being touted as mr.cricket’s replacement when he clearly can’t handle the moving ball, out for a low score again today and averaging 17 in shield this year. Boy it would be good to have Khawaja and Burns in the side right now, two of the better players of swing bowling in the country

          Commenter
          Macca
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 3:29PM
          • Lock your doors Macca. MC is in the chair. Sensitive subject... Won't be surprised if your login get's deleted very shortly.

            Commenter
            Mohin
            Location
            Lahore
            Date and time
            January 20, 2013, 3:38PM
        • Our batting lineup isn't the issue, The problem was Sri Lanka bowled inswingers...and we can't bowl them and more importantly we can't bat against inswingers.....and guess what the poms bowl? There is one guy who handles them well and that is Khawaja hence the push to get him in. Give him a few games and you will see what a fantattic prospect he is for not only tests but also for the shorter format.

          Commenter
          Phil_Clarke
          Date and time
          January 20, 2013, 3:31PM
          • Bit surprised to see George Bailey wearing an Aussie one day uniform. According to Channel 9 sports supremo Brad McNamara, he is paid by Channel 9. So he should be wearing a Channel 9 shirt as he is playing for Channel 9 and not for Australia. That comment by McNamara just showed why another channel needs to start showing cricket. The era of Channel 9 thinking and acting like it owns Australian cricket belongs in the era of their exercise in self promotion and the whitewashing of history which we saw on Howzat. A series made by Channel 9 about Channel 9 and didn't the suckers lap it up? There's 9 born every minute.

            Commenter
            w ch
            Date and time
            January 20, 2013, 3:39PM
            • Look on the bright side guys, two batsmen on double figures, and we're not even at the tail end yet!

              Whatever next?

              Commenter
              Taff
              Date and time
              January 20, 2013, 3:41PM
              • Who on earth is the Aussie batting coach? Ridiculous that so many batsmen (including Clarke) turn blind when running. Not to mention batting techniques.....

                Commenter
                Liv
                Location
                Melbourne
                Date and time
                January 20, 2013, 3:52PM
                • This Aussie side spends more time in front of the mirror than they do learning the game and training. They are in a nutshell spoiled Gen Y's more focused on trendy hairstyles and tattoos than what they re grossly overpaid to do.

                  Commenter
                  Elijah Baley
                  Location
                  Melbourne
                  Date and time
                  January 20, 2013, 11:36PM
              • surely Ed Cowan, with all of that amazing leadership and "the stuff the public doesn't see", should be in the ODI team ASAP? surely the SMH can push his case just a bit more?

                Commenter
                Peter Warrington
                Location
                marrickville
                Date and time
                January 20, 2013, 4:16PM
                • surely Ed Cowan, with all of that amazing leadership and "the stuff the public doesn't see", should be in the ODI team ASAP? surely the SMH can push his case just a bit more?

                  Commenter
                  Peter Warrington
                  Location
                  marrickville
                  Date and time
                  January 20, 2013, 4:28PM
                  • mmm good point but not worth posting twice. there's already way too much Cowan. he's up the creek, by the way...

                    Commenter
                    Peter Warrington
                    Location
                    marrickville
                    Date and time
                    January 20, 2013, 8:28PM
                • so does Warner get done for dissent? or because he is considered one of the lads, carrying on is ok

                  Commenter
                  pr
                  Date and time
                  January 20, 2013, 4:43PM
                  • The howler of a decision that got Warner out proves how incompetent some of the ICC umpires are.
                    D grade error from a muppet who gets sucked in by players screaming for appeals.
                    That umpire should be sent back to grade cricket.

                    Commenter
                    Match Referee
                    Location
                    Richmond
                    Date and time
                    January 20, 2013, 4:44PM
                    • Despite being an Aussie, you can hardly call for these umpires to be kicked to grade cricket. In the SCG, with such a large crowd cheering on during that delivery, you really cannot expect the umpires to discern the sounds of ball-on-bat and ball-on-pad. I guess its just really unlucky for the Aussies to be sent off in that fashion - and for that I reckon a change to the DRS system should be made.

                      Possibly, as one of the commentators suggested (I think Mark Taylor), the third umpire could have the option to step in and intervene in ANY and EVERY case where he/she believes the on-field umpires have erred. With a bit of luck, the third umpire won't review every single ball.

                      Just an idea.

                      Commenter
                      John
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 8:03PM
                  • The two friggin' umpires in today's ODI should be sacked and thrown down the deepest mine shaft that can be found. They are incompetent.

                    And I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Sri Lankan bowlers were now deliberately appealing, knowing perfectly well a batsman is not out, because Australia had run out of reviews, and hoping the umpire would give his decision their way. In other words, the current system encourages cheating.

                    Every "out" decision should be subject to review by the third umpire. But, given the pace at which CA works, I don't expect anything to change during the remainder of this century.

                    Commenter
                    EdH
                    Location
                    Victoria
                    Date and time
                    January 20, 2013, 5:02PM
                    • Looks Sri Lanka has the rub of the green. Things evening out after the test series??

                      Commenter
                      Mohin
                      Location
                      Lahore
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 5:13PM
                    • So much going on in that comment, I'm speechless!

                      1st paragraph: Is that you, Alan Jones?
                      2nd paragraph: I don't believe it! You mean currently teams will appeal even if they don't think they've got a batsman out? And against Australia too, how dare they?
                      3rd paragraph: I know CA are considered useless by many, but I think even their hands would be tied on the decision to review every umpire decision.

                      Commenter
                      Phil
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 5:18PM
                    • Maybe the Australian batsmen need to learn not to stand in front of the wickets. they've been doing it for years and now the other teams have caught on the fact that the Australians are "cheating". you nit

                      Commenter
                      Michael I
                      Location
                      Melbourne
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 5:19PM
                    • stop winging mate. Australia just sucks at cricket and don't deserve to be at the top. Australia have had fortunate calls their way in history...

                      Commenter
                      DoronK
                      Location
                      Sydney
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 5:45PM
                  • Starc batting, Aussies commence to fire on all cylinders. Just wait till he bowls. Place your bets now as you won't get any better odds.

                    Commenter
                    Mohin
                    Location
                    Lahore
                    Date and time
                    January 20, 2013, 5:17PM
                    • Are you any relation to "John" the bookie?

                      Commenter
                      Growler
                      Location
                      The Couch
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 6:24PM
                    • His 3rd cousin from the 2nd marriage

                      Commenter
                      Mohin
                      Location
                      Lahore
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 8:21PM
                  • I don't know what's more irritating - the woeful umpiring, or the Sri Lankans' habit of screaming like banshees every time they think an Aussie should be out.

                    Commenter
                    blu
                    Location
                    Geelong
                    Date and time
                    January 20, 2013, 5:30PM
                    • Maybe Howzat in English sounds the same in Sub Continental villages.

                      Commenter
                      Mohin
                      Location
                      Lahore
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 5:54PM
                    • If that's what banshees sound like, I reckon they must sound beautiful :D.

                      Commenter
                      Sanjey
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 8:10PM
                  • Question: Across all forms of international cricket, when was the last time Australia lost two series at home (at least 3 or more matches each)? First South Africa in the Tests and now Sri Lanka inevitably in the ODI's. As I said, the rotation system has made the Aussie One Day team worse than even the World Series depleted team. Worst ever.

                    I take back Clarke being the only good player. His selfishness has cost Australia three wickets. I remember you biased Aussies reacting strongly but the DRS system doesn't work when it is in the hands of players especially when you have a selfish captain like Clarke. Make it like the run-out replays going to third umpire. But you Aussies never agree with my unbiased suggestions to help your team.

                    Commenter
                    Sandeep
                    Location
                    Mumbai
                    Date and time
                    January 20, 2013, 5:55PM
                      • Wayhey!! Here he is! The ultimate protagonist! G'day Sandeep, I hope you're well.

                        Two things:

                        1) "Inevitable"? - this game ain't over yet.

                        2) Indians are not allowed to comment on DRS because the ICB won't use it.

                        Commenter
                        Monty
                        Location
                        Sydney
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 6:04PM
                      • @sandeep

                        Whatever !

                        Commenter
                        selector 2
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 6:51PM
                    • So, let's make Starc the 'all-rounder' at no.7.

                      2nd only to Warner!

                      Anyway, should be an interesting run chase. 200 will be hard for SL.

                      Commenter
                      Monty
                      Location
                      Sydney
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 5:55PM
                      • Hey, Phil Hughes, David Hussey, Henriques - check out "Batting Performance 101" by Mitchell Starc.

                        I bet he gets a five-for as well.

                        Brilliant innings and a well deserved 50.

                        As a Pom - he, Warner, Clarke and Johnson are the only Aussies we're worried about.

                        Commenter
                        Monty
                        Location
                        Sydney
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 6:08PM
                      • Agree, Starc is probably the best young player in Australia, sorry 2nd best. E. Perry being no:1

                        Commenter
                        Mohin
                        Location
                        Lahore
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 6:09PM
                    • ah yes... of course, any decision going against Australia is either a conspiracy or incompetence. The only thing worse than the Ch 9 commentators are the 1-eyed fans

                      Commenter
                      mick
                      Date and time
                      January 20, 2013, 6:04PM
                      • Ch9 news - taxi incident. Apparently, it's not "BON-dye" but "bon-DYE"

                        You'd think an Australian news reporter could pronounce "Bondi" properly"

                        Then again, it is Ch9.

                        Perhaps Slats is next in line for the ch9 news role. He's also.......well, my mum said, "if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all."

                        Commenter
                        Monty
                        Location
                        Sydney
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 6:15PM
                        • "Don't talk if you can't improve on silence." A quote from a very famous man. Does this apply to the Ch9 team.

                          Commenter
                          Mohin
                          Location
                          Lahore
                          Date and time
                          January 20, 2013, 6:26PM
                        • The only way to watch Cricket on CH9 is with the sound muted!

                          Commenter
                          Dundee
                          Location
                          Sydney
                          Date and time
                          January 20, 2013, 7:15PM
                        • Mohin, sadly not.

                          Mark Taylor and Slats are the anti-thesis to your wise words.

                          And Sandeep.

                          Get these bloody covers off! It's not raining!!

                          Commenter
                          Monty
                          Location
                          Sydney
                          Date and time
                          January 20, 2013, 7:15PM
                      • Congrats to the Sri Lankans. This game has got everything so far if the weather allows. Kulasekara and Malinga bowled superbly. Another inconsistent batting performance by the Aussies. Hughes squared up and out. Some bad habits creeping back into his game. Warner and Henriques unlucky but that's cricket. Starc what a star. Thanks to our tailenders...we are still in it. Let's hope the weather allows this match to be the proper contest it deserves.

                        Commenter
                        damienc
                        Location
                        Sydney
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 7:34PM
                        • 'Some bad habits creeping back into his game. '

                          They never left.

                          Commenter
                          kepler-22b
                          Date and time
                          January 20, 2013, 7:48PM
                      • OK, technically it is raining but it's more like a mist. It's not even 'drizzle'. I should know the difference (being English).

                        There is no way that a County Cricket game would be delayed due to this weather. Poor show by the Sri Lankans - get back out there!

                        Commenter
                        Monty
                        Location
                        Sydney
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 7:35PM
                        • i think we should move beyond going off for bad weather. it affects both sides. it would spice up many a game, and wicket (Ernie Toshack!) if it's good enough for the footy codes and water polo, it needs to be good enough for cricket in this (ahem) crowded marketplace

                          Commenter
                          Peter Warrington
                          Location
                          marrickville
                          Date and time
                          January 20, 2013, 8:32PM
                      • What is the rationale of throwing the ball back to the keeper etc on the bounce i can sort of understand it in the dry (but not really) more puzzling that its done in the wet, it seems to go against what i was taught, that is, throw the back to the keeper etcon the full, if not then throw it to someone in relay type fashion, the ball was to be looked after not trashed before its time????

                        Why ??

                        Commenter
                        Buffalo Bill
                        Location
                        Sydneys Northshore
                        Date and time
                        January 20, 2013, 7:49PM
                        • Channel 9 commentary is bloody terrible and very bias. There is no other country playing according to them.
                          The best thing to do is mute 9 and listen to ABC commentary..very good and often funny....but unfortunately Channel 9 is approx. 10 secs behind and NOT live at all.

                          Commenter
                          kami
                          Location
                          sydney
                          Date and time
                          January 20, 2013, 7:49PM
                          • unfortunately the delay is due to the way digital tv works - nothing to do with 9. This is why Triply J stopped simulcasting rage as it was iompossible to get the timing matched exactly like it user to be possible with analogue tv

                            Commenter
                            macca
                            Date and time
                            January 20, 2013, 8:21PM
                          • Get digital radio and listen to cricket commentary in sync with TV.

                            Commenter
                            rudy
                            Date and time
                            January 20, 2013, 8:37PM
                        • Oh please, please, please. I really don't want to watch tennis.

                          Oooh - poker on ESPN2

                          Commenter
                          Monty
                          Location
                          Sydney
                          Date and time
                          January 20, 2013, 7:50PM
                          • Hughes the worst batsman ever to play for Aust. It's already been stated he was shielded from 1st class bowlers ,apart from being an insult to Sri Lanka it was an acknowledgement that he wasn't good enough, rotate him on a long slow rotation ,it called forever.

                            Commenter
                            DHT
                            Date and time
                            January 20, 2013, 7:53PM
                            • Eastwood, Francis, Woodcock, W Edwards, Cosier, A Turner, Hookes, Robinson, Dyson, Ogilvie, Darling, Moss, Whatmore, Wiener, T Chappell, Kent, Wellham, Kerr. 1970-85. off top of head. youngsters can refute you re 86-now.

                              Commenter
                              Peter Warrington
                              Location
                              marrickville
                              Date and time
                              January 20, 2013, 8:26PM
                            • So his 100 a couple of matches ago - the only one scored by an Australian in this series - shouldn't count?

                              Commenter
                              rudy
                              Date and time
                              January 20, 2013, 8:39PM
                          • Why is Hughes a protected player. His rehabilitation has not worked. rotate him out of the team

                            Commenter
                            padraich
                            Location
                            adelaide
                            Date and time
                            January 20, 2013, 8:32PM
                            • Has everyone gone home to bed? I'm sitting in a radio studio wanting to know what's happening between songs!

                              Commenter
                              johncintrak
                              Location
                              Melbourne
                              Date and time
                              January 20, 2013, 8:42PM
                              • Out field can't be that bad. They have played many times after a heavier drizzle. Remember all the duckworth chases in the past? Perhaps the umpires were pressured by Australian team management to call the game off because they knew they were going to lose?

                                Commenter
                                P
                                Date and time
                                January 20, 2013, 9:10PM
                                • All respect for Sri Lanka and the umpires.....gone.

                                  The fans should get their money back.

                                  What a disgrace.

                                  Commenter
                                  Monty
                                  Location
                                  Sydney
                                  Date and time
                                  January 20, 2013, 9:13PM
                                  • None of the Australian batting lineup has cemented their spot in the team except a little bit for Warner and Clarke. This is not because others cricketers are knocking at the door but because players like Henriques, Hughes and little Hussey are so out of their depth playing at the top level.

                                    Australia has strange selectors who always choose players with surnames beginning with "H" and then failing miserably (Haddin is another that springs to mind). Only Hayden was successful because of his bullying tactics. But you Aussies will disagree with my frankness and prefer Channel 9 Michael Slater's "neutral" insight.

                                    Commenter
                                    Sandeep
                                    Location
                                    Mumbai
                                    Date and time
                                    January 20, 2013, 9:18PM
                                    • Ah Channel 9 commentry... Its like going back in time. Someone obviously forgot to tell Tubby, Lawrie, Slats and the boys we now live in a multicultural society. "Sri Lankan fans" may actually be Australian..I know its a shock. And would it be asking to much to have some background knowledge of the opposition. I often wonder if Heals actually knows who the opositon are, let alone prenouncing there names.. ABC is the best way to follow the cricket..DO NOT watch 9 unless you like patronising immature ramblings of ex playes stuck in the 1980's...

                                      Commenter
                                      TimD73
                                      Location
                                      Ascot Vale Vic
                                      Date and time
                                      January 20, 2013, 9:25PM
                                      • I would like to know what the stats are for rain affecting matches in SYDNEY over the years v Melbourne. It seems like every summer at least 1 match is ruined by Sydney weather yet somehow Melbourne always gets the bad rap?
                                        Maybe that would be a good Channel 9 Vodafone viewer's poll for Messers Taylor, Slater, Benaud, Brett Lee, etc to ponder instead of their usual over-the-top sickening adoration of anything to do with the SCG.

                                        Commenter
                                        Moe
                                        Location
                                        Keysborough
                                        Date and time
                                        January 20, 2013, 10:36PM
                                        • Michael Clarke, you speaked with a forked tongue bro.... you wanted to play? There would have been outrage if your team was deprived of a win overseas. You should have been outraged that the game was abandoned not look like the cat that got the cream. Shame on your country men for the wimpyness in cancelling the game for a minor drizzle. Go to 'advanced' countries like Sri Lanka and see how grounds are covereded and play resumed after 4 times the rain than what we saw in Sydney. Shame, Australia, shame.

                                          Commenter
                                          Rowanj
                                          Location
                                          Melbourne
                                          Date and time
                                          January 20, 2013, 11:24PM
                                          • Agree re the bias of the CH9 commentators - when an Aussie is given out when a replay shows he isn't it's like the end of the world and replayed a 100 times, but when the shoes on the other foot - a very different story. NB It's a disgrace this game was called off, "dangerous outfield" what absolute BS.

                                            Commenter
                                            Elijah Baley
                                            Location
                                            Melbourne
                                            Date and time
                                            January 20, 2013, 11:32PM

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