A Kiwi’s Note on the Events at Pallekele, Kandy

From Mike Morley to his Tennis Partner and Opponent Michael Roberts, 31 July 2016

I’m assuming your grin is as broad as mine after the events** of the last five days….. And how reassuring to see that the Aussies’ behaviour when they are being beaten hasn’t improved one iota!  I’m pretty sure I didn’t see a single one of them go up and congratulate Mendis either after his 100, or when he left the field after being dismissed —- compare that with the Pakistanis’ behaviour in the recent test in England, where every single one of them made a point of catching up with Root after he was dismissed and congratulating him.

WTF is wrong with them? Do they all take a course in abusive behaviour and Sulking 101 before they take the field? Their entire attitude was summed up by Smith’s charging Herath in the first innings and, surprise, surprise, being beaten all ends up. And what about Herath’s handling of the endless short-pitched nonsense being bowled at him? 

Let’s now hope that their ability to learn sweet FA from anything continues into the next Test….. or perhaps Smith could watch Matthews speaking and  try and work out  how to be gracious and articulate…??

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath plays a shot on day four of the first test cricket match against Australia in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath plays a shot on day four of the first test cricket match against Australia in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 29, 2016 — AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

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