The Sri Lanka v Australia Preview

And now, it’s time for the cricket trophy named after a drug cheat and a chucker, the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy between Australia and Sri Lanka.

Here, I’ll be talking about all of the relevant stuff to this trophy, as well as the less relevant stuff. It includes Pokémon Go. I can tell you’re excited already.

WHAT THE HECK IS SRI LANKA?

Sri Lanka is a small island to the south of India, but has a population of about 20 million, what Australia’s population is if you last checked in 2004. Once part of the great British Empire, it is covered in rainforests, exports a lot of tea, and recently ended a 30-year civil war. Does not have Pokémon Go.

WHAT THE HECK IS AUSTRALIA?

Australia is a really large island, that snooty Greenlanders have labelled a continent so they can be the best in the world at something. Almost entirely covered in kangaroos and giant flightless birds that have beaten Australia in a war. Once part of the great British Empire, it has gone on to be better than its colonial overlords at almost everything. Was the first in the world to get Pokémon Go.

TOUR AT A GLANCE

  • Jul 18-Jul 20: Australia 474 d Sri Lankan XI 229 & 83
  • Jul 26-Jul 30: 1st Test, Pallekele
  • Aug 4-Aug 8: 2nd Test, Galle
  • Aug 13-Aug 17: 3rd Test, Colombo (SSC)
  • Aug 21: 1st ODI, Colombo (RPS)
  • Aug 24: 2nd ODI, Colombo (RPS)
  • Aug 28: 3rd ODI, Dambulla
  • Aug 31: 4th ODI, Dambulla
  • Sep 4: 5th ODI, Pallekele
  • Sep 6: 1st T20I, Pallekele
  • Sep 9: 2nd ODI, Colombo (RPS)

ABC CRICKET BOOK SCORESHEET

If you’re upset that the ABC doesn’t make cricket books for the away Tests, here’s a scoresheet for you to fill in: Cricket Scoresheet. Aren’t I awesome?

A REALLY USELESS STATISTIC

Here’s some prime number statistics from my alternative blog, Prime Number Cricket.

LAST TIME THEY PLAYED

The last combat between these two teams was a three-test series in Australia in 2012-13. Australia comfortably beat the visitors in the First Test in Hobart, Peter Siddle taking nine wickets in the match. At the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, Australia won by an innings before lunch on Day 3. Michael Clarke ended his record calendar year with a century, Kumar Sangakarra scored his 10,000th run, and Jackson Bird debuted. The third Test in Sydney was emotional after the death of Tony Grieg, but Australia completed the sweep, winning by five wickets in Mike Hussey’s last match, with Bird as Man of the Match.

(Also, in the first ODI in Melbourne, Phil Hughes scored a century on debut as Australia won by 107 runs. We miss you, Phil.)

THE SQUADS

Australia

  • Steve Smith (c)
  • David Warner (vc)
  • Jackson Bird
  • Joe Burns
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile
  • Josh Hazlewood
  • Moisés1 Henriques
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Nathan Lyon
  • Mitchell Marsh
  • Shaun Marsh
  • Peter Nevill
  • Stephen O’Keefe
  • Mitchell Starc
  • Adam Voges

Sri Lanka

  • Angelo Mathews (c)
  • Dinesh Chandimal (vc)
  • Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Kaushal Silva
  • Kusal Perera
  • Kusal Mendis
  • Dhananjaya Silva
  • Roshane Silva
  • Nuwan Pradeep
  • Vishwa Fernando
  • Asitha Fernando
  • Rangana Herath
  • Dilruwan Perera
  • Lakshan Sandakan
  • Suranga Lakmal

UNOFFICIAL CRICKET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The next three matches are going to be for the Unofficial Cricket Test Match Championship.

This championship started with Australia after they won the first ever Test match, and remained with them until they lost another test (which happened sixteen days later). From then on it meandered through the Test world.

Australia regained it on November 9, 2015 after beating New Zealand in Brisbane. If they lose any of the Tests, Sri Lanka will regain the title they lost in November 2012 to New Zealand.

For more, see here.

MORE USEFUL STATISTICS

All-time records

  • Head to head: Australia 17-1 Sri Lanka (8 draws)
  • In Sri Lanka: Australia 6-1 Sri Lanka (6 draws)

Batting

  • Most runs (Australia)
  1. MEK Hussey (994)
  2. RT Ponting (975)
  3. MJ Clarke (746)
  • Most runs (Sri Lanka)
  1. DPMD Jayawardene (969)
  2. KC Sangakarra (878)
  3. PA de Silva (803)
  • Highest score (Australia)
  1. 219, MJ Slater, Perth, 1995
  2. 170, SR Waugh, Adelaide, 1996
  3. 166, JL Langer, Colombo (SSC), 2004
  • Highest score (Sri Lanka)
  1. 192, KC Sangakarra, Hobart, 2007
  2. 167, PA de Silva, Brisbane, 1989
  3. 147, TM Dilshan, Hobart, 2012

Bowling

  • Most wickets (Australia)
  1. SK Warne (59)
  2. GD McGrath (37)
  3. CJ McDermott (27)
  • Most wickets (Sri Lanka)
  1. M Muralitharan (54)
  2. HMRKB Herath (38)
  3. WPUJC Vaas (38)
  • Best bowling (Australia)
  1. 7-39, MS Kasprowicz, Darwin, 2004
  2. 5-34, NM Lyon, Galle, 2011
  3. 5-37, GD McGrath, Darwin, 2004
  • Best bowling (Sri Lanka)
  1. 7-157, HMRKB Herath, Colombo (SSC), 2011
  2. 6-59, M Muralitharan, Galle, 2004
  3. 6-66, RJ Ratnayake, Hobart, 1989

Partnerships for each wicket

Australia

  1. 255, ML Hayden & JL Langer, Cairns, 2004
  2. 170, KC Wessels & GN Yallop, Kandy, 1983
  3. 200, AC Gilchrist & DR Martyn, Kandy, 2004
  4. 258, MEK Hussey & SE Marsh, Pallekele, 2011
  5. 176, MJ Clarke & MEK Hussey, Colombo (SSC), 2011
  6. 260*, DM Jones & SR Waugh, Hobart, 1989
  7. 129, IA Healy & GRJ Matthews, Moratuwa, 1992
  8. 107, JN Gillespie & RT Ponting, Kandy, 1999
  9. 47, AC Gilchrist & MS Kasprowicz, Darwin, 2004
  10. 49, IA Healy & MR Whitney, Colombo (SSC), 1992

Sri Lanka

  1. 134, MS Atapattu & ST Jayasuriya, Colombo (SSC), 2004
  2. 143, MS Atapattu & KC Sangakarra, Hobart, 2007
  3. 124, MS Atapattu & DPMD Jayawardene, Cairns, 2004
  4. 230, AP Gurusinha & A Ranatunga, Colombo (SSC), 1993
  5. 161, TM Dilshan & AD Mathews, Hobart, 2012
  6. 142, DPMD Jayawardene & AD Mathews, Galle, 2011
  7. 144, PA de Silva & JR Ratnayeke, Brisbane, 1989
  8. 47, KS Lokuarachchi & WPUJC Vaas, Kandy, 2004
  9. 74, SL Malinga & KC Sangakarra, Hobart, 2007
  10. 79, M Muralitharan & WPUJC Vaas, Kandy, 2004

WHITE LINE WIRELESS

Due to budget cuts at the ABC, they’re not broadcasting this series. Never fear! You can get live, free commentary at White Line Wireless, where I am the backroom stats guy who’s not on air or even in the studio, but still a contributor.

PREDICTION: Australia 2:0.


1Yes, Moisés has an é in it, he was born in Portugal. I’m going to be specific with my diacritics.

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