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Pat Cummins skips Zimbabwe, New Zealand ODI series

Test skipper Pat Cummins has been rested for Australia’s one-day series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand in August and September, Cricket Australia said on Monday. Fast bowler Cummins will be “managed through a period of rehabilitation and physical preparation for the upcoming summer” and miss the six matches in North Queensland, CA said in a statement. SQUAD: Coming for you, FNQ! This Aussie men's team will soon embark on twin ODI series against the @ZimCricketv & the @BLACKCAPS in Townsville and Cairns! pic.twitter.com/RQXW7C5cpF — Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 18, 2022 Batsman Travis Head will also skip the series as his partner is expecting their first child, but spinner Adam Zampa, all-rounder Ashton Agar and paceman Sean Abbott all return to the squad. Abbott, who fra...
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Learning from playing in Sri Lanka, Pakistan will help us in India, says Pat Cummins | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australian Test captain Pat Cummins says his team has learnt "a heap" during the tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka and getting a taste of sub-continent conditions should help his relatively inexperienced players in next year's marquee series in India. After notching a comprehensive 10-wicket win in the series opener, Australia lost by an innings and 39 runs in the second Test as Sri Lanka drew the series 1-1 on Monday and Cummins feels the defeat was a "reality check." Before Sri Lanka, Australia had toured Pakistan, beating the hosts 2-0 in the three-match Test series in March. "I think half our batting lineup and half our bowling lineup hasn't played a lot over here in the subcontinent. So the experience on these two vastly different wickets, I think we got a lot of lessons out ...
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Australia lose top Test championship spot after defeat against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Australia lost their top World Test Championship position to South Africa Tuesday after they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the second match of their series. The island nation completed a stunning innings and 39-run victory over captain Pat Cummins' Australia in Galle on Monday to end the two-match series level at 1-1. The result shook up the championship table with Sri Lanka climbing to third as the race to make the final hots up. "South Africa take over as the new leader on the latest standings with a win-loss percentage of 71.43 percent, while Australia drop to second with 70 percent after their first Test loss in the current period," the International Cricket Council said. "Sri Lanka are now firmly in the mix for the World Test Championship final next year, with their win ...
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Sri Lanka Test loss offers lessons for India tour: Pat Cummins | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Australia skipper Pat Cummins on Monday said the experience of playing Tests on two vastly different pitches in Sri Lanka would be vital to their preparations for touring India next year. The tourists went down to Sri Lanka by an innings and 39 runs on day four of the second Test in Galle after being bundled out for 151 in just over a session. The performance comes 10 days after Australia hammered the hosts inside three days of the opener on a viciously turning track at the same venue. Australia's 1-1 result in the island nation comes after their 1-0 Test triumph in Pakistan in March, and India is next on their sub-continental journey, with four five-day games scheduled in February-March 2023. "Absolutely, last week and this week," Cummins said on taking lessons from Sri Lanka to...
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Australia’s Pat Cummins rues missed opportunities | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Australia captain Pat Cummins was left to rue missed opportunities after Sri Lanka beat his side by an innings and 39 runs in the second Test to level the series at 1-1 on Monday. Having prevailed by 10 wickets inside three days in the series opener, Australia looked primed for a second successive series victory in Asia following their triumph in Pakistan earlier this year. Electing to bat, the tourists were in great shape at 329-5 in the first innings but they lost their last five wickets quickly to be all out for 364 with Steve Smith stranded on 145. Alex Carey missed a couple of stumping chances and Australia paid heavily for wasting three reviews as Sri Lanka amassed 554 in their reply. The visitors were stung when Dinesh Chandimal, then on 30, edged behind but Australia ha...
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Sri Lanka level series after Chandimal, Jayasuriya heroics

Dinesh Chandimal smashed a maiden double hundred and Prabath Jayasuriya claimed 12 wickets in a dream debut to script Sri Lanka’s series-levelling victory by an innings and 39 runs in the second test against Australia on Monday. Sri Lanka, beaten inside three days in the series opener, amassed 554 all out after five of their six batsmen smashed 50-plus scores to fetch a handy lead of 190. Chandimal provided the bedrock with a career-best 206 not out, smashing 16 fours and five sixes in the first double hundred by a Sri Lanka batter against Australia. Left-arm spinner Jayasuriya, who claimed 6-118 in the first innings, returned to bundle out Australia for 151 with figures of 6-59. The tourists had began well with opener David Warner (24) and Usman Khawaja (29) batting positively. Ramesh ...
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2nd Test: McDonald backs Australia’s review calls despite errors | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Australia coach Andrew McDonald on Sunday said he was "pleased" with the team's process of taking umpire reviews despite exhausting them ahead of a key call in the second Sri Lanka Test. Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal stood unbeaten on 118 to steer the hosts to a crucial first innings lead on day three, but only after surviving a reprieve on 30 in Galle. Mitchell Starc had Chandimal caught behind only for the umpire to deny the call, but ultra-edge showed a spike when the ball passed the bat. Australia were left frustrated as they had burned their three DRS calls, and Chandimal went on to tire out the bowlers. "There was enough evidence to suggest they were close," McDonald said on the reviews taken. "Like anything the umpires are sometimes unsure and we're somet...
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2nd Test: Kusal Mendis leads Sri Lanka’s fight after Karunaratne falls | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis collaborated in a 152-run partnership to fuel Sri Lanka's spirited reply to Australia's first-innings 364 on day two of the second Test in Galle on Saturday. Karunaratne fell for 86 in the final session but Mendis was batting on 84 at stumps with Sri Lanka on 184-2, still 180 behind. Angelo Mathews, who was withdrawn after the first innings in the opening Test for Testing positive for COVID-19, was batting on six at the other end. The hosts stumbled early in their reply when Pathum Nissanka (six) poked at a Mitchell Starc delivery and Cameron Green took a stunning catch at gully. Mitchell Swepson could not maintain the catching standard though when Karunaratne, then on 34, drove the ball straight back to the leg-spinner. The Sri Lanka captain...
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Sri Lanka spin reinforcements for Australia showdown | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: Dimuth Karunaratne's Sri Lanka are looking to level the Test series with spin reinforcements for the second match starting Friday against an upbeat Australia. The tourists batted and bowled with control on a turning Galle track in a crushing opening win, forcing the hosts to turn to their one-day heroes who helped beat Australia 3-2. Spinners Maheesh Theekshana, Dinuth Wellalage and Prabath Jayasuriya have been added to the Sri Lankan squad along with all-rounder Lakshita Manasinghe who bowls off-spin. "I was very surprised with the selections for the first Test, because I thought there were a couple of names that should have been there after the one-day series performances," former captain Aravinda de Silva told AFP. Theekshana, a mystery spinner, claimed four wickets and ke...
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Cricket is a welcome distraction for Sri Lankans in crisis

The sport of cricket has become a welcome distraction for Sri Lankans looking for a break from the effects of the economic crisis in the country — long lines to buy fuel and cooking gas and school and work disrupted because there is little access to public transport. The cricket-crazed South Asian island nation is facing its worst economic crisis in recent memory, enduring acute shortages of food, fuel and medicine. The government has shut schools and universities and has limited fuel supplies. “Yes there is a problem in the country, people have become poor and helpless with all kinds of problems. We have been living a monotonous life and sometimes spent five, six seven days in fuel lines,” said Ujith Nilantha, who watched the first test between Sri Lanka and Australia with his 10-year-...
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Australia’s Cameron Green says ‘clear gameplan’ ahead of second Test | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Australia's Cameron Green said on Tuesday that batting bravely on a turning Galle pitch will remain key as the tourists look to clinch the series in the second Sri Lanka Test. Green, a batting all-rounder, stood out with his fifth Test half-century in the team's crushing win last week to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Australia's first innings total of 321 saw man-of-the-match Green make 77, with Usman Khawaja and wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey also taking the attack to the opposition bowlers. "Over here I think, it's a pretty clear plan or message that's been sent from a few coaches and a few of the players saying you get into your gameplan straight away," Green told reporters. "You can't take 20 balls to get yourself in and then score. And you got to be bra...
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Sri Lanka call on uncapped duo, Mathews cleared to play | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Uncapped spinners Maheesh Theekshana and Dinuth Wellalage were on Tuesday drafted into Sri Lanka's Covid-hit squad for the second Test against Australia. Left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama tested positive for coronavirus after former captain Angelo Mathews had to pull out on the third day of the opening Test with Covid. Mathews has recovered from the virus and was cleared to play the second Test starting Friday in Galle, Sri Lanka Cricket said Tuesday. "Medical clearance has been given for the player to engage in the game. Accordingly, Mathews will rejoin the team, starting today," a statement read. The hosts trail 1-0 in the two-match series after going down to Australia by 10 wickets inside three days last week in Galle. Theekshana and 19-year-old Wellalage are s...
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India on radar for Australia’s Mitchell Swepson | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Spinner Mitchell Swepson said on Monday that Australia's goal is success in India next year, with the team's recent successes in Sri Lanka and Pakistan "great preparation". Swepson, a leg-spinner, combined with Nathan Lyon to play a key part in the tourists' thrashing of Sri Lanka in the opening Test last week to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. The victory for the Pat Cummins-led side inside three days at a turning Galle pitch comes after their 1-0 Test triumph in Pakistan in March. "For me obviously I have got one eye on India. That's definitely a goal of mine and the goal of this group is to get a series win over there would be amazing," Swepson told reporters. "But there is a lot of Test cricket before then, on the conditions where the quicks might probably be p...
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Head, Lyon give Australia 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Spinners, Travis Head and Nathan Lyon took four wickets each to give Australia a 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first session on the third day of the first cricket Test on Friday. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 212 in its first innings. Australia was still batting in its first innings when play resumed on the third day on 313-8 and fast bowler Asitha Fernando bowled Pat Cummins (26) with a yorker. Fernando later sent an in-swinger to bowl Mitchell Swepson (1) to end Australia’s first innings at 321, conceding a 109-run first-innings lead. Sri Lanka made only 113 runs in its second innings leaving Australia five runs to win and David Warner finished the match in four balls. “Our spinners failed to put pressure on the opposition,” Sri Lanka coach Chris Sil...
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1st Test: Australia 98-3 at stumps after Lyon mauls Sri Lanka on Day 1 | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 212 but endured a top order wobble of their own before reaching 98-3 in reply after a frenetic, spin-dominated day one of the opening Test in Galle on Wednesday. Usman Khawaja rode his luck to an unbeaten 47, while Travis Head was on six at the close with Australia still 114 behind in what promises to be a low-scoring conTest. The tourists could have been in a better position but for two avoidable dismissals in the final session. On a pitch where spinners dictated terms from the opening session, David Warner realised the futility of trying to hang around and scored at a run-a-ball rate. He made 25 before falling lbw to Ramesh Mendis. Marnus Labuschagne fell for 13 after a rash reverse-sweep shot found the only fielder on the vast off-side a...
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1st Test: Australia brace for trial by spin against Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Australia can expect a trial by spin when Pat Cummins and his men lock horns with Sri Lanka in a two-Test series in Galle beginning on Wednesday. The picturesque stadium, fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean and adjacent to a 16th century Dutch-built fort, is where Sri Lankan spin stalwarts Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath routinely beguiled the touring batsmen. Led by man-of-the-series Herath in 2016, Sri Lanka's spinners claimed 54 of the 58 wickets on their way to a 3-0 rout of Steve Smith's team when Australia last visited. Australia's triumph in Pakistan earlier this year suggests they know what it takes to succeed in Asia, but their vulnerability against left-arm spin means the world's top-ranked Test team cannot take anything for granted. Their batters ave...
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Sri Lanka vs Australia: Glenn Maxwell’s Test hopes on the rise despite deteriorating ‘baggy green’

The “baggy green” cap awarded to Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell on his Test debut has completely fallen apart after an extended spell in his closet, the all-rounder said ahead of a potential test return in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. The 33-year-old, who played the last of his seven Tests against Bangladesh five years ago, was added to Australia’s Test squad as injury cover for middle order batsman Travis Head. The baggy green is presented to Australian players when they make their Test debut and they receive just one for their entire career. “I took it out last year and had a look at it and it was deteriorating and I thought ‘that’s not a good sign’,” Maxwell told reporters. “My wife took it out yesterday and it had completely fallen apart. She said ‘I don’t think I can ...
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5th ODI: Carey, bowlers give Australia consolation win over Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey's unbeaten 45 and inspired bowling helped Australia to a four-wicket consolation win over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international on Friday. Australia bowled out the hosts for 160, a tricky total on a bowling-friendly Colombo pitch the tourists overhauled with 10.3 overs to spare. Fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and spinner Matthew Kuhnemann took two wickets each. Chamika Karunaratne hit a valiant 75 for Sri Lanka, who won the five-match series 3-2 after they had taken an unbeatable lead in the fourth match. Australia were in trouble at 4-50 when the left-handed Carey and Marnus Labuschagne, who made 31, put on a key stand of 51 to set up the chase. Teenage left-arm spinner Dunith Wellalage took three wickets including David Warner,...
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Sri Lankan ‘dustbowls’ great practice for Tests: David Warner | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Australia opener David Warner said pitches offering "extreme" spin in Sri Lanka's ODI series victory have helped the tourists prepare for the upcoming Tests. The hosts took an unbeatable 3-1 lead with a narrow win in the fourth one-day international on Tuesday as Warner's 99 went in vain at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. "We're always expecting turning wickets and it's fantastic preparation for us... It's great practice leading into the Test series," Warner said after his team's four-run loss. "We actually love that they're playing on the wickets back-to-back, that's what we want, we can't get that practice in the nets, the nets are green. "For us it's great practice out in the middle with these dustbowls. It's going to be exciting for the Test matches in Galle because we...
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Australia injury woes deepen as Marcus Stoinis ruled out | Cricket News – Times of India

PALLEKELE (Sri Lanka): Australia's injury woes in Sri Lanka deepened on Wednesday with all-rounder Marcus Stoinis ruled out of the rest of the ODI series and spinner Ashton Agar also joining the wounded list. Fast bowler Kane Richardson has already flown home with a hamstring problem and Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott and Mitchell Marsh are also out of action and Cameron Green not fit enough to bowl. Stoinis strained his side smashing 44 off 31 in Tuesday's two-wicket win in Pallekele and Cricket Australia said Wednesday that the 32-year-old will play no further part in the five-match series. Agar also got hurt as he took two wickets but "will remain with the squad to continue to rehabilitate and ongoing assessment," a statement said. Batsman and part-time spinner Travis Head and left-arm ...