Sri Lankans out to have kangaroos on the hop
The Sri Lankan cricketers who were given a rousing send off at the
Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters on Tuesday arrived in Adelaide where they
began their tour of Australia with a warm up game.
After their opener in Adelaide, they will take on a Queensland side
at the Allan Border Field, which ground is named in honour of the former
Australian captain who once led Australia to grab the World Cup in India
beating arch rivals England in the finals.
The Lankans under Mahela Jayawardena who has proved an able leader,
are confident that they could register their first Test victory against
the home team in their own backyard in one of the Two Test matches, with
the first Test beginning at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 8.
The Sri Lankans who are domiciled in Australia are eagerly looking
forward to the visit of the Sri Lankan cricketers. They reckon that
without some of their leading performers, such as Shane Warne, Glen
McGrath, Damien Martyb and Justin Langer, the Aussies could be rolled
But the Lankans say that even without this foursome, the kangaroos
would not fall easy prey. They have the back up players who could put
their hands up and perform and stall the Lankan push.
The Lankans here ask the cricketers not to be excited and be too
overconfident, but play their usual game not being overawed by the
occasion, and if they perform that way, then there is no reason why
victory should not come their way.
The Lankans are also looking forward to that record breaking moment
when spinning sensation Muttiah Muralitheran will capture that prized
and momentous wicket and go past Shane Warne”s highest wicket taking
record, which would be a moment of rejoicing for all Sri Lankans where
ever they may be.
For the Lankan fans here, a first Test victory and a Muralitheran
record would be a time for celebration and they promise that the
celebrations would be endless.
Lankan supporters domiciled in the closer states are gearing up to
come to Brisbane, flags, papara, papara bands and the rest of the
paraphernalia and inspire the cricketers.
As for the Aussies, who are world champions in both versions of the
game-Test and one-dayers-they have pride to protect and would not be
easy meat for the Lankans and also make it tough for Muralitheran to
grab that elusive wicket.
Playing on their own turf and knowing the conditions and how the
wickets would play, they would be determined not to allow the Lankans to
have an easy go.
The other day Warne promised that the Aussie batsmen, would do their
utmost to prevent Muralitheran from going past his record.It is on
record that the Aussie batsmen play Muralitheran better than most other
batsmen in world cricket do.
For Muralitheran it would be a moment to savour if he could break
that bowling record in Australia.That is because it was in Australia
that he nearly had to say finish to his career when two Aussie umpires
Darrel Hair and Ross Emerson ‘called’ him.
The record would definitely be Muralitheran’s at sometime or the
other in his career that he promises to go up to 2011.
But in recent time the great man has no much bowling to do after
suffering that biscep injury playing for Lancashire in the county
circuit in England.
But from reports, the off spinner has been doing his thing at
practice without any discomfort, and it is hoped that he will deliver at
peak, because he is the one bowler, the Aussies fear and respect.
At the moment it is a bit cold in Brisbane, because it is the end of
the winter and the beginning of the summer and it is hoped that the
Lankans would have the sun on their backs when Test match time at the
Gabba comes around.