Sri Lanka are headed towards a second straight defeat in the hands of Australia after the hosts took the match away from them on the second day of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. The hosts have piled up a huge first innings lead of 284 runs with still two wickets in hand.
Australia has omitted fast bowlers Peter Siddle and Ben Hifenhaus for the Series Decider Test Match at Perth. Both the bowlers had heavy workload in the absence of the injured Pattinson during the drawn second Test at Adelaide and hence rested.
The board’s decision to summon all-rounder Shane Watson back to Australia midway through the Champions League T20 so that he can prepare for the real deal, the Tests against South Africa, deserves kudos, and is worthy of imitation.
Unlike what was expected, the World T20 in Sri Lanka did not spring up any surprise packages, i.e. talented but inexperienced players making their mark. On the contrary, it were the old hands who delivered for their respective sides, which reiterated that experience is invaluable irrespective of the game’s format.
Australia may have qualified for the semi-finals of the World T20. However, their unconvincing performance against Pakistan reiterated that they are not invincible, at least not when facing quality spin.
Australia have moved closer towards a Semi Final berth after crushing South Africa comfortably with a 8-wicket win with 14 balls to spare. South Africa are now in a hopeless situation in the tournament having lost two Super Eights games in a row.