This is another fake news story on Sri Lanka Mirror! Photo is not even of Charlie Austin! It is some random white guy who was a volunteer at Murali Cup! Only 4 players are managed by Austin.
@ Anonymous (not verified) on February 10, 2017 - 12:33. #2
Before Counting the number of innings given to him, count the innings he was pushed to bat in the tail, totally restricting his big scoring chances & look at the whole picture.
Do u think any batter could score big runs batting at such lower end positions or keep his consistency/batting rhythm with such occasionally given random chances?
From that scattered 28 inngs over THREE and A Half YEARS Only 11 random inngs he had been given in top order as Opener. He was last allowed as opener in 2014 November 2nd (From 2013 July to 2014 November UT had played just 11 scattered inngs as Opener). After that all the occasional random chances (17 odis) given to him were at the tail as No 7, 8,9,
Most of the time he was stranded with the tailenders sending to bat with bowler Mathews is completely responsible for this. He never wanted Upul to come up. Upul even had to bat as No 9 thanks to Mathews! What a shame?
This is how he was treated. So pl be wise to look at the whole picture before commenting. This what we are sadly lacking in most analytical view points.
Hey FORD don't make Bull***t foolish comments. talk about your weakness and rectify ur old not up to standard coaching fashion. go and learn BANGLADESHI coach how to coach Asian teams. how munch cricket BANGLADESHI players play the beat UR South African, India, England in a row playing continuous cricketing schedule. Pl. don't insult Our Reputation. if U can't coach pl. pl. PLEASeeeee leave it to a correct man and go Home. UR coaching skills R out dated.
It is important for management to back players who they trust and believe they have the talent. Chandimal came to this tour fresh from injury and under cooked.He played quite a few rash strokes for which he has to go back to the drawing board. But, this is one of our most successful batsmen in the last 2 years, quite consistent, played brilliant test innings against India and OZ, and scored 6 / nearly 7 (7th innings out for 49) consecutive 50's on the trot with 4 of them in the colder part of the English season. Support him and make him come out stronger. Perhaps he needs to play a couple of English seasons.
I agree with @R Peterson.. I believe mathews is at his best in the lower middle order.. if there's a top order collapse, he's the saviour.. if there's a strong foundation laid by top order, he can be the destructive finisher.. Asela gunaratne seems to have the right temperament to bat at 4.. He bats responsibly but can rotate strike quickly and has various boundary options(unlike chandimal).. Plus he's an excellent bower in slow tracks.. Invaluable..
1. N Dickwella
2. U Tharanga
3. K Mendis
4. A Gunaratne
5. A Mathews (c)
6. D Chandimal (wk)
7. M Sriwardene
8. N Kulasekara
9. L Malinga
10. S Lakmal
11. J Vandersay/ S Sandakan
13. C Kapugedera
14. S Pathirana
15. L Gamage/ B Fernando
He certainly does have the hallmarks of a star and I thought he was unlucky to be dropped from the test team after making a classy 72 on debut.
Opening the innings in SA is as tough at it gets and this guy did wonderfully well. He has an array of strokes but if there is one criticism is that he loses his shape trying to play some wild shots. He has all the shots required to just be a stroke maker and I sincerely hope he has to goods to make a long term role of the opening spot.
Glad to see Munaweera finally get a shot and also nice to see Siriwardena and Shanka back in the squad. Surprised not to see Kusal Perera who I would have picked ahead of Tharanga and made Malinga the captain.
Folks I am here to say I was a never a Tharanga fan and I have had my say on why but his innings in SA was something else. It never a case of Tharanga couldn't bat but was his game suited to the current game. In the 4th one dayer he showed beyond any doubt that he is more than capable of being the aggressor (which incidentally he never was). We desperately need some stability with aggression at the top of the order (yes hard to find) and Tharaga showed he can so lets give him a chance and see what happens. Don't expect him to do this every game but lets give him a fair chance - he has stood by and watched others come and go and has taken his opportunity and produced an innings of a lifetime that is worthy of a extended run.