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The gulf between home and away performances could not be illustrated more clearly than in Australia’s current Test match in Canberra against Sri Lanka.

Summary

  • LoadingThe gulf between home and away performances could not be illustrated more clearly than in Australia’s current Test match in Canberra against Sri Lanka.
  • Two years ago, when teams substantially composed of these same players contested the Warne-Muralidaran Trophy, Sri Lanka won 3-0.
  • Against an Australian team which can only suffer from delusions of adequacy, forget about grandeur, Sri Lanka’s batting in three completed innings has been sporadically competitive.
  • Credit:AAPThe constant battery of Sri Lankan bodies and helmets by short-pitched Australian bowling at Manuka brought back memories of the bad old days of Sri Lanka’s arrival in international cricket in the 1970s.
  • One for everybody: Marnus Labuschagne appeals for lbw to dismiss Niroshan by Test cricket standards this was one of the softer centuries in memory, it must also be remembered that the Sri Lankan bowling was good enough to remove Joe Burns, Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne cheaply, the Australians taking the opportunity of a second innings only to reassert the thinness of their Ashes credentials.


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