(Photos) Australian PM hosts Sri Lanka cricket team at her residence

By Staff Writers | February 2, 2012

Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard hosted the touring Sri Lanka cricket team at her residence today, ahead of the team's practise match against the Prime Ministers XI which takes place on February 3 at the Manuka Oval.

Sri Lanka are in Australia for the Commonwealth Bank Tri Series, which features India and the hosts. The series gets under-way on February 5 with Australia taking on India at Melbourne.

Photos courtesy of Johann Jayasinha/SNNI.

Mahela Jayawardena
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is greeted by Australian PM Julia Gillard at her official residence.

Graham Ford
Sri Lanka's South African coach Graham Ford is greeted by the PM and her partner Tim Mathieson.

Angelo Mathews
Vice captain Angelo Mathews is greeted by the PM.

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene and skipper of the Australian PM's XI Brad Haddin pose with PM Gillard.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga poses with the Australian PM.

Sri Lankan captain
Mahela Jayawardene addresses the gathering.

Sri Lanka cricket team
Members of the Sri Lankan squad pose for a photograph with the PM.

Sri Lankan cricketers relax
Sri Lankan cricketers enjoy cocktails at the PM's residence.

Sri Lanka cricket team
The team pose with the PM for a group photograph.

© Johann Jayasinha/SNNI


Confused's picture

No surprises I guess to see that de Mel grabbed the first opportunity to be the selector for this tour!

Anonymous's picture

in the first pic it looks as if mahela is staring at julia's cleavage :S

Wisden's picture

Where's Dilshan? I don't see Dilshan in any of the pictures.

Anonymous's picture

maybe jayasuriya has told him not to go :)

[Where's Dilshan? I don't see Dilshan in any of the pictures.]

Anonymous's picture

there's no Dilshan...now i feel still they are not playing as a one team...it's disgusting to see things like dis,,,might be dilshan taken the photogragh...:P

cricket fan since 1975's picture

see the last photo 14 players and 10 officials....missing only dilscoop...may be he is sick...please mention why dilshan is not there..can anyone answer?

Sunil's picture

Well done Lady Prime Minister. Only a Lady knows how to manage the most important resource "Time".

She allocated Time to Meet and Greet the Runners-up of the World Cup holders, Sri Lanka.


Anonymous's picture

That's realy nice Julia! May be its time to have a more constructive relationship with Sri Lanka in general.

Wisden's picture

The current batting line SL have don't require Dilshan. Mahela will open the batting and will see how things go at-least for the first 3 matches. If a Tharanga, Mahela opening stand comes good there won't be room for Dilshan at the top order.

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Only Dilshan is missing?? Sports Minister sacked Marsh because Marsh was concerned for his son and was not showing enough team spirit or some rubbish reason like that. Dilshan is avoiding team outings maybe now Aluthgamage will fire Dilshan too?

Over to you Sports Minister!

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