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This is a new low!

Before we get to the postmortem its important to say well played to Bangladesh who after a shocker in Galle, came back strongly. They out batted us while we gifted wickets which made them too good in the end. This was always on the cards and some of us have been calling it for a while - this is an improved Bangladesh who could not be beaten as in the past unless we played good cricket. I reckon we will struggle to hold them in the limited overs which they are actually stronger.

So what happened to us? Well its what has been happening for a long long long time.....the inability to build a test innings AND self destructing when the time comes to take control of a test. We were 6 and 7 down before reaching 200 in both innings on a placid home wicket! Thanks to some lover order runs, we managed to get to 300 but this wasn't a 300 wicket as we just found out. Despite conceding a good lead, we fought really well to draw level on the 4th morning and went in to lunch effectively at say 10/1. The time had arrived to take control of the test and we lost 5 for 20 odd in the first hour after lunch to woeful shot selection and effectively the test was lost. We have been doing this for a long time - poor shot selection but its been against stronger opponents and we found enough reason to argue that all was well. Even the series we won 3-0 against Aus, we were 117 all out after lunch on day one of that series and 26/5 in the fist hour of the 3rd test.

There are isolated individual brilliances we use to justify that all is well but the reality is we have a problem with building a cricket innings, particularly in tests. The other horror is the catching and Bangladesh also dropped catches but it cost us more. These are our traditional strengths - batting and fielding and we are a long way off the mark.

I could not believe what I was watching on the 4th afternoon. Chandi played a woeful shot to get out to a ball which he should have left. Gunaratne offered no shot to a straight ball and De Silva poked at one outside the off - it was like we were hell bent on losing the advantage.

Lets take a moment to acknowledge Bangladesh who have come a long way in recent times, ironically under Hathu - the man we let go over a petty political matter. I think its a good example to highlight where the two teams are. Bangladesh grabbed Hathu and gave him a few experienced players but more importantly, a string of talented youngsters. It also not a coincident that the BPL is such a success at the same time. At the same time SLC have.....well I guess we don't need to dissect that!

We don't expect Bangladesh never ever to beat us. Of course not, all teams have up and downs over a period of time however, this is a new low for SL and I expect SLC to keep telling us how all is good....

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