Merlin's blog

No place for Thisara Perera in Sri Lanka's ODI XI?

What's going on? Am I missing something? Why is Thisara not getting more opportunities and getting a chance to play in every ODI match for Sri Lanka?

Why could we not defend such a high score?

We can't blame one player or one moment in the match for not being able to defend 189. There are many reasons we failed to win against England today at the T20 World Cup. So what are they?

Ask Murali a question

Fox Sports in Australia are inviting fans to send in questions for Muttiah Muralitharan.

A risk not worth taking

Sanath Jayasuriya, 43, still plays cricket. For a hefty a fee (some say it is between $10,000 to $15, 000), Sanath will turn up and play a match or two for you. No problemo.

The subcontinent needs more Pallekeles

Although 13 wickets fell on day one in the third Test against Pakistan, it was indeed refreshing to see a 'greenish' track on offer in Sri Lanka where we have become accustomed to dull batting tracks over the years.

Wait a minute, isn't that Murali?

World record-holder Muttiah Muralitharan was bowling at Bushy Park in Teddington earlier this month.

Married Jayasuriya on a date in India?

An Indian website posted these photos of Sanath Jayasuriya with a female who they say is a Sri Lankan actress called Chandi Pereira.

Swinging it both ways

Isn't finally good to see Nuwan Kulasekara swinging the ball both ways? It's hard to imagine why it took him so long to figure it out.

(Video) Geoff Boycott on Muttiah Muralitharan

Geoff Boycott thinks Muttiah Muralitharan invented the Doosra and the biomechanical testing that he underwent in Australia proved he chucked.

Randiv gets tips from Swann

On his blog The Cricket Sadist hour on ESPNCricinfo, Jarrod Kimber talks about day five of the second Test between England and Sri Lanka at the P. Sara Oval. He mentions eavesdropping on an interesting meeting between Graeme Swann and Suraj Randiv.

Playing horizontal bat shots will be key in South Africa

Batsmen in the Sri Lankan side who aren't strong hookers, pullers and cutters will struggle on this tour of South Africa, where the wickets are expected to offer more pace and bounce than the Sri Lankans are accustomed to.

Jayasuriya 'hurt' by Sangakkara?

Sanath Jayasuriya spoke with the Deccan Herald recently and the old fellow is still pretty bitter at being left out of the World Cup 2011 squad. Not only is he bitter, but he really lets his feelings be known about a certain current player in the team, who he feels was instrumental in ending his career in such a unglamorous fashion.

Sri Lanka's Tenacious D lights up Pallekele

Australia were in Sri Lanka recently for the Cricket World Cup, but they last toured the island seven years ago. Therefore, their return to the island has been long awaited by locals, who absolutely adore the tough contest and confrontations that come with playing Australia.

Corrupt and inefficient cricket administrators

"Players are expected to follow a code of conduct. But is there one such for those who govern the game? Self-regulation is no longer a solution to corruption in cricket," writes cricket historian and writer Gideon Haigh on Cricinfo.

Haigh raises a valid point. Those we entrust with important tasks such as overlooking the renovation and construction of World Cup venues and the administration of Sri Lanka Cricket don't seem to have to answer to anyone. In essence, they get away with anything.

How the mighty Australians have fallen

The criticism that the Australian cricket team faces these days is unusual.