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

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

Australia v Sri Lanka, SCG - Game 4

David Warner cuts at the ball early in the Australian innings. Photo: Brendan Esposito

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Sri Lanka lead the series 2-1. Australia will have the chance to level the series in Hobart on Wednesday. Join us then for all the action from the final match of the series.

BAD NEWS AT THE SCG! The match has been abandoned. It hasn't rained for 45 minutes but the umpires have decided to call the game off. Australia benefit from that decision. Sri Lanka would've chased down a small target in a reduced-over match with 10 wickets in hand. It's a real shame. They should've got on the field.

The big cover is off. Still a small cover on the pitch. Umpires will come back out and check conditions in about 10 minutes. Possible 8.30pm start.

THE RAIN HAS STOPPED. No official word on a time of play, but the covers should be off shortly.

THE COVERS ARE STILL ON AT THE SCG. IT'S ONLY A LIGHT DRIZZLE. HOPEFULLY PLAY ISN'T TOO FAR AWAY.

Sri Lankan batsmen have opted to leave the field. It's raining at the SCG and the players have left the field. Covers are on. Doesn't look like it will be a long break ... let's hope.

Dilshan hits Sri Lanka's first boundary of the innings. He's driven McKay through cover on the up. Good shot from Dilshan. Sri Lanka 0-14 off 3 overs.

Mitchell Starc receives a huge round of applause from his home fans as he comes into the attack. I think this will be his night. Starts off with a LBW shout. Light rain hovering over the SCG.

We're back on at the SCG. Jayawardene and Dilshan opening the batting for the visitors. Clint McKay thrown the new ball for the Aussies. Sri Lanka require 223 for victory.

Australia finish their innings with 16 runs off the last over to set Sri Lanka 223 for victory. What a superb knock from Starc. He finishes with an unbeatean 52 off 37 balls, while Doherty played his part with 10 off 14 balls. Partnership 42 off 25 balls as Australia complete their 50 overs with 9-222. Join us shortly for the start of the Sri Lankan run-chase.

What a performance from Mitchell Starc. He's notched up a half century off 36 balls with back-to-back boundaries.

Australia 9-206 after 49 overs. Starc 41 off 33 balls, Doherty 5 off 12. Malinga finishes his spell with the figures of 2-33 off 10 overs.

Starc moves to 40 as Australia register 200.

Xavier Doherty picks up a boundary with a flat-batted pull shot. The crowd likes that one. Australia edging closer to 200. They are now 9-197 off 47.5 overs.

Mitchell Starc is in sublime touch. Another boundary to the big left-hander. Up to he and Doherty yet again to save Australia. 9-187 after 46.3 overs.

Kulasekara back into the attack and picks up the wicket of Clint McKay. He's been clean bowled trying to hit one over the in-field. McKay's gone for 2 off 11. Australia 9-182 with four overs to go.

Another lofted shot to the mid-on boundary from Starc. He's really impressing with the bat. He moves to 25 as Australia are 8-179 after 44 overs.

THAT'S A HUGE WICKET! Matt Wade cuts it straight to third man. Kulasekara takes a comfortable catch off the bowling of Perera. Australia in trouble again at 8-166. Wade is dismissed for 31 off 53 balls.

Australia trying to consolidate for a late onslaught. Matty Wade the key here. He's hitting the ball nicely and is developing a love affair with the SCG after his century in the Test earlier this month. Australia 7-164 off 42 overs. Starc 12 off 16, Wade 30 off 51.

Some aggressive batting from Mitch Starc. He's smacked Malinga back over his head for four. He's in good touch.

It's time for Matt Wade to throw some caution to the wind. Australia need 200+ to be competitive. The in-form Mitch Starc comes to the middle.

JOHNSON GONE! Malinga traps Johnson in front with an in-swinger that would've crashed into leg stump. That looks the right call this time around from the umpire. Australia now 7-145.

What's a good score from this position? If Australia can get to 200, they've done well considering they are now 6-142 off 36 overs.

Mitchell Johnson survives a third umpire review for a run-out. Direct hit and he would've been gone, but a slide of the bat gets him home.

I was quite harsh on Henriques. Replays show he got an inside edge. Another call going against Australia.

HENRIQUES GONE! That's the end of him for this summer. Herath has trapped the New South Welshman in front for 3 off 11 balls. His technique isn't up to it just yet. Australia in real trouble now at 6-130 as Mitchell Johnson enters the middle.

The wicket of Warner brings Moises Henriques to the crease. Huge innings for him. Another failure could end his summer in Australian colours.

That is a terrible decision by umpire Erasmus. Warner got a huge inside edge on that one, but Michael Clarke's unsuccesful referral from the start of the innings means he has to go. I'm no lip reader but after pointing to his bat, I saw words to the tune of "F*** me". He's very upset.

WARNER GONE! That shouldn't have been LBW. Warner is blowing up! He's been dismissed by Perera for 60 off 73 balls.

It's an edge but Australia will take everything they can get. Not sure if Chandimal could've grasped that, even with a dive. Warner slashed at a wide one that would've been difficult, even for first slip, to hold on to. Warner moves to 60 off 72 balls.

Warner cops one on the finger after a ball popped off the wicket from Perera. He gives it a shake and seems to be okay. It's going to take more than that to force Warner from the field. Mind you, it's the second time he's been hit today. He copped a nasty blow earlier ... Thankfully he was wearing a box.

Almost a run out. Matthew Wade just gets home and beats the throw of Jayawardene. That's the last thing Australia needed ... another run out. Australia 4-105 off 26 overs. Wade 6 off 18, Warner 51 off 62.

With Warner's half century, Australia notch up the 100. They are 4-100 off 24 overs with Warner and Wade out in the middle.

David Warner Brings up his 50 off 57 balls. He's only faced 57 of the 142 balls Australia have faced this innings. A lot of responsibility on his soulders now. He needs to get a bit more strike and ensure he turns this score into triple figures.

GONE! As soon as you give them some praise, Australia crumble. George Bailey gone for 22 off 39 balls. He's advanced down the wicket in a bid to loft Herath to long-on but didn't get enough on it, caught at mid-on. Australia 4-93.

Sri Lanka won't be happy with this little period of play. Warner and Bailey have combined for a 40-run stand. Bailey starting to get into a groove after a nervous start. Australia 3-93 off 21.2 overs.

It's time for a bit of spin. Rangana Herath into the attack for Sri Lanka. Australia 3-80 off 19 overs.

OVER THE TOP AND FOUR. Warner lofts Perera over mid-on and one bounce into the fence. Good shot from the Aussie opener. Australia 3-71 off 17.2 overs. Warner moves to 36 (45).

Bailey picks up his first boundary of the match. He drives Perera down the ground to the mid-off boundary. Australia 3-65 off 16 overs. Warner 30 (40), Bailey 9 (19).

Poll: Who is the first batsman you would drop from the Australian ODI side?

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Phil Hughes

20%

David Hussey

15%

George Bailey

16%

Moises Henriques

30%

David Warner

2%

Michael Clarke

10%

None

7%

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George Bailey has got no idea at the moment. Malinga is all over him. He's played and missed at his first four balls and all he can do is smile? Your team is coming off being bowled out for 74 and are now 3-53. What's funny?

HUSSEY'S GONE! Great bowling from Malinga. David Hussey has looked very scratchy in his brief innings. The feet weren't moving and he was playing away from his body. He's picked up an edge that was juggled by first slip but eventually taken to leave Australia reeling yet again at 3-53. Hussey dismissed for one off nine balls.

Time to ignite a bit of discussion. If you were naming your team of the summer to date, who would be in your side. Here's my Summer XI: David Warner, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Mahela Jayawardene, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Faf Du Plessis, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

I've gone with no spinner in this side. I'll use Warner, Clarke and Faf du Plessis as my tweakers and back Morkel, Steyn, Siddle and Kallis to pick up the bulk of the wickets. Strong batting line-up down to Wade at No.8.

Am I losing my mind? What would your Summer XI be?

Enter David Hussey. Australia 2-50 off 10 overs. Warner 28 off 32 balls. Clarke was dismissed for a run-a-ball 20.

CLARKE'S GONE. It's pitched in line with the stumps and clips the bails over middle stump. The Australian captain has been dismissed by another peach of a delivery from Kulasekara.

Clarke referring. He's been struck on the pads and looks to be out. We're going upstairs for a better look.

Smart play! David Warner leans back and guides a short ball from Lasith Malinga over the slips to the third man boundary. He's looking the goods today. Couple of play and misses but overall he looks in a positive frame of mind. Australia 1-46 off 9 overs.

Another boundary for Warner. Down on one knee and punches it to the cover boundary. Great shot from David Warner. He moves to 20 as Australia begin to build a solid platform. Australia 1-39 off 7.3 overs.

That's a terrible review. It's pitched outside leg and was going over the top of the stumps. Warner Survives. Australia 1-32 off 6 overs. Warner 15 off 18 balls, Clarke 15 off 10 balls.

Sri Lankans taking a punt on a LBW shout against David Warner.

SHOT! David Warner slashes at a wide one and thumps it to the point boundary. He's starting to free his arms. Good signs for Australia. 1-27 off 4.5 overs.

Poll: Judging by the way they've handled the Sri Lankan bowlers, do you think the Australian batsmen will struggle with the swinging Dukes ball in England at this year's Ashes?

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91%

No

6%

Unsure

3%

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That's two in a row. Another beautiful cover drive from the Australian captain moves the home side to 1-15 off 3 overs. They are a fifth of the way to the 74 runs they notched up in Brisbane on Friday.

Clarke plays the shot of the day. It's only been 2.1 overs, but I don't think we'll see a better shot throughout this game. It was a majestic cover drive from Clarke, who used a hint of away swing to split the cover fielders and bring up Australia's first boundary.

GONE! I've put the mocker on Phil Hughes. He's got a little edge off a ripper of a ball from Kulasekara. Wow that's a brilliant piece of bowling. It's pitched on leg and gone across the left-hander, who tickled it through to the keeper. Hasn't Kulasekara left his mark on this series over the past two games. What a start from the Sri Lankans. Australia 1-4.

Australia survive the first over. They are 0-4. Phil Hughes batted pretty well at the SCG during the Test earlier this month. He'll be confident of replicating that form against the white ball. The man who ripped through the Aussie top order, Nuwan Kulasekara, is into the attack for Sri Lanka.

David Warner and Phil Hughes out in the middle. Angelo Matthews to open the bowling for Sri Lanka. Game on!

Good afternoon all. Australia have won the toss again and will bat first despite their humiliating loss two days ago. Clarke has named an unchanged team from the GABBA. Big show of faith from Clarke in the men that couldn't get the job done on Friday. Tipping David Warner to fire in front of his home fans. Before we start, I want to hear who you think will be Australia's top runscorer at the SCG today?

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  • 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.

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

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    Rowanj
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 11:24PM
  • 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.

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    Moe
    Location
    Keysborough
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 10:36PM
  • 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...

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    TimD73
    Location
    Ascot Vale Vic
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 9:25PM
  • 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.

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    Sandeep
    Location
    Mumbai
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 9:18PM
  • All respect for Sri Lanka and the umpires.....gone.

    The fans should get their money back.

    What a disgrace.

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    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 9:13PM
  • 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?

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    P
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    January 20, 2013, 9:10PM
  • Has everyone gone home to bed? I'm sitting in a radio studio wanting to know what's happening between songs!

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    johncintrak
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 8:42PM
  • Why is Hughes a protected player. His rehabilitation has not worked. rotate him out of the team

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    padraich
    Location
    adelaide
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 8:32PM
  • 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.

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    DHT
    Location
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    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.

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      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?

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      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 8:39PM
  • Oh please, please, please. I really don't want to watch tennis.

    Oooh - poker on ESPN2

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    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 7:50PM
  • 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.

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    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

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

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      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 8:37PM
  • 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 ??

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    Buffalo Bill
    Location
    Sydneys Northshore
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 7:49PM
  • 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!

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    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

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      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 8:32PM
  • 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.

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

      They never left.

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      kepler-22b
      Location
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 7:48PM
  • 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."

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    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.

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

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      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!!

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      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 7:15PM
  • 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

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    mick
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    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 6:04PM
  • 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.

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    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.

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      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

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      Mohin
      Location
      Lahore
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 6:09PM
  • 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.

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    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.

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

      Whatever !

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      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 6:51PM
  • 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.

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

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      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.

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      Sanjey
      Location
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 8:10PM
  • 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.

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

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

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      Mohin
      Location
      Lahore
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 8:21PM
  • 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.

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    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??

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      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.

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      Phil
      Location
      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

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      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...

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      DoronK
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 5:45PM
  • 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.

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    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.

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      John
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      January 20, 2013, 8:03PM
  • so does Warner get done for dissent? or because he is considered one of the lads, carrying on is ok

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    pr
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    January 20, 2013, 4:43PM
  • 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?

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    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...

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      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 8:28PM
  • 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?

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    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 4:16PM
  • 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
  • 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
    Location
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 3:41PM
  • 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
    Location
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 3:39PM
  • 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
    Location
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 3:31PM
  • 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
    Location
    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
  • 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
  • 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
      Location
      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
  • 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
      Location
      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
  • Aus all out for less than 150, any takers?

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

      Commenter
      Taff
      Location
      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
  • 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
  • I will just hazard a guess..top score for Australia will come from one of the inform batsmen...like Starc

    Commenter
    Mike
    Location
    Date and time
    January 20, 2013, 2:32PM
  • 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
      Location
      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
      Location
      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
      Location
      Date and time
      January 20, 2013, 2:52PM

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