Short-Leg's blog

Our coach likes the AC

When was the last time you saw our bowling coach on the sidelines talking to our bowlers? Australia's bowling coach Craig McDermott, who was good bowler in his time, was spotted on camera talking to his bowlers at third man and fine leg during the 5th One-Dayer against Australia today.

Vice captain dropped and Mathews ignored again

The current group of selectors have to be the daftest lot we've ever had (Ashantha de Mel's panel was pretty awful too). After the Kandamby experiment ended in disaster (Kandamby made just 36 in the four ODIs he played in England), Duleep Mendis' selection panel were forced to drop him but have they forgotten to name his replacement?

Test cricket takes a back seat in Sri Lanka

The news that Lasith Malinga would be rested for the entire Test series against the West Indies has taken me by surprise. Malinga may not play any part in this upcoming Test series against the Windies because the selectors, senior players and the administration won't risk playing him.

If vice captain Mahela Jayawardene is to be believed, Malinga is being protected for the World Cup.

Playing Test cricket is not as important as the ODI World Cup next year, I guess?

Kumar and Yehali swim home

Kumar Sangakkara has mentioned on his blog about the unfortunate incident that led to the abandonment of his vehicle in Colombo yesterday.

Low turn out for ODIs Cricket Australia's fault

While One Day International Cricket thrives around the world, Cricket Australia has pinned the low turn out for the recently concluded Commonwealth Bank Series on the lack of interest in the 50 over format.

In reality, heads should roll within Cricket Australia for doing such a poor job of marketing the series and also doing a poor job of creating a culture of interest that revolves around seeing good cricket teams visiting their shores.

Time to kick the Aussies while there down

I hope Sangakkara, his men, and the team management are paying close attention to Australia's 2010 tour to India. Ricky Ponting's men have lost the Test series 2-0 and look pretty demoralised. With Sri Lanka touring there later this month, the Lankans have every chance of recording their first successful tour there.

Historically, Sri Lanka have struggled in Australia. But if they take a leaf out of India's book and play aggressively, there is a good chance that the Lankans can kick the Aussies while there down.

Sobers picks Muralitharan over Warne

The greatest all-rounder in cricket history Garry Sobers has made it known what he really thinks about Australian leg spinner Shane Warne.

In a book released yesterday Sobers said he had "reservations about Shane" implying that Warne was overrated.

Muralitharan dropped for tri-series

Very little has been written about Muttiah Muralitharan's omission from the upcoming triangular series starting later this week in Sri Lanka.

Muralitharan retired from Test cricket in July, but made it known that he would like to continue playing ODIs and T20s till the ICC World Cup next year. He even featured in Sri Lanka's last ODI series, the Asia Cup 2010.

Yuvraj 'Waterboy' Singh loses his cool

After Yuvraj Singh lost his place in the Indian Test side to Suresh Raina, the middle order batsman had been asked to carry drinks for the team. There is nothing unusual about this. The 12th man always carries refreshments and gear to those in the middle.

So, during a break in play on the first day of the ongoing third Test, while Yuvraj was happily skipping away to the middle with drinks, a section of the crowd started chanting "Waterboy". Singh lost his cool and gave the crowd the middle finger.

What was the real reason behind Muralitharan's Test retirement?

In my last post I mentioned that local TV stations were reporting that Muttiah Muralitharan would be dropped for the Asia Cup final against India on 24 June 2010.

Generally the media in Sri Lanka aren't always that far off when it comes to selection matters. Somehow the news always leaks out about changes or squad selections yet to be announced by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The release of breaking news story is also heavily monopolised. The news outlets who are on the good side of SLC always get the breaking news ahead of others and ahead of media releases on the SLC website.

Murali dropped for Asia Cup final?

TV channels here in Sri Lanka report that Muttiah Muralitharan could possibly find himself dropped for the Asia Cup 2010 final.

Are you really that surprised?

Take a look back at every scorecard. Be it Test matches, ODIs, T20, heck even warm-up matches. The Aussies have consistently kicked our butts time and time again for YEARS. Today was not going to be any different.

Zimbabwe hold the key to our World Cup, shame on you Sangakkara!

Did you know that Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan and Australia in their warm up matches? That's insane, right? Not really. They are a formidable T20 side.