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Before the Brisbane Test Match: Clementine

Rex Clementine in Brisbane for Island,

The national cricket team has gone through some tough times in the last ten weeks and despite all the hard times, they head into the opening Test against Australia here at the Gabba knowing too well that they could make history here. Sri Lanka have never won a Test match in Australia and with the opposition in shambles, following the ball tampering fiasco, this is seen as the perfect opportunity to record the elusive win.

Captains Dinesh Chandimal (R) and Tim Paine pose with the Warne-Murali Test trophy at The Gabba in Brisbane on January 23, 2019, ahead of the first day-night Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka on January 24. ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

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ICC Team Rankings … Early 2019

From ESPNcricinfo

ICC rankings for Tests, ODIs, Twenty20 & Women’s ODI and T20

ICC Test Championship

07 January 2019
Team Matches Points Rating
India 43 5007 116
England 49 5310 108
New Zealand 30 3213 107
South Africa 35 3712 106
Australia 41 4143 101
Pakistan 28 2579 92
Sri Lanka 45 4103 91
West Indies 35 2463 70
Bangladesh 25 1727 69
Zimbabwe 11 138 13


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Zimbabwe in Comprehensive Test Victory over Bangladesh

Mohamed Isam, in ESPNcricinfo, November 2018

Zimbabwe 282 (Williams 88, Moor 63*, Taijul 6-108) and 181 (H Masakadza 48, Taijul 5-62) beat Bangladesh 143 (Ariful 41*, Chatara 3-19, Raza 3-35) and 169 (Mavuta 4-21, Raza 3-41) by 151 runs

  Brandon Mavuta celebrates a wicket with his teammates Getty Images

The moment arrived at 1.46pm on the fourth afternoon in Sylhet. Ariful Haque swung hard at Wellington Masakadza, but suffered a fate that most Bangladesh batsmen have off late, his top-edge being caught by a jubilant Regis Chakabva. Zimbabwe fought odds that were stacked against them, but won most sessions in the game with patient batting and bowling. They held their catches too, and dismantled Bangladesh for a 151-run win. Continue reading

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Their First Test Encounter: When Irish Eyes are Gleaming

Jarrod Kimber, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 11 May 2018, where the title is

Michael Halliday, the former Ireland captain, has a broken pub roof tile on his mantelpiece. It is signed by Imran Khan. Because it was Imran who hit him out of Pagham Cricket ground when playing for Sussex against Ireland in 1977. Imran Khan made a hundred that day.


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When Afghanistan and Ireland gained Test Status in Cricket in Mid-2017. Hurrah!

BBC, June 2017 where the title reads “Ireland & Afghanistan awarded Test status by International Cricket Council”

Ireland and Afghanistan have been granted Test status by the International Cricket Council. It increases the number of countries competing at the top level of international cricket to 12. They are the first admissions since Bangladesh gained Test status in 2000.

The two countries, who already have one-day and Twenty20 international status, have enjoyed notable successes against Test-playing nations in global competitions in recent years. Ireland, who are 12th in the ICC one-day rankings, beat England in the 2011 World Cup, four years after a shock victory over Pakistan in the same competition. Afghanistan, currently 10th in the rankings, drew an ODI series with T20 world champions West Indies this month.

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Aravinda’s Thoughts on the Present World Order in Cricket

Item in Daily Mirror, 10 August  2017

Cricket mentor Aravinda de Silva has said the Indian cricket team derives its strength from the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Hindustan Times reported today.    “The IPL has helped them (Indian players) in playing against the best players in the world. They are able to bring in all the international players because of the monetary capability of the Indian cricket board. They all bring in the best knowledge into one country because all the best coaches are there in one competition. Continue reading

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The Galle Test Match: Assorted Reflections

ONE > Rex Clementine: “Kohli praises Dimuth and PradeeP”, July 30, 2017,

Indian captain Virat Kohli praised the efforts of opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne and fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep after his team completed a comprehensive 304-run win in the first Test between the countries in Galle on Saturday. Karunaratne was dismissed after a well-compiled 97 runs while Pradeep took career-best figures of six for 132.

 Indians as happy chappies-ESPNcricinfo

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Bangladesh can beat Sri Lanka –Take Care

Rex Clementine in the Island, 4 March 2017,where the title is 

Should Sri Lanka fear Bangladesh really? On paper the hosts are a far better side. In their top seven, Bangladesh have just two players who average over 40 in Test cricket – Shakib Al Hasan (40) and Mominul Haque (49) and in bowling, they lack the variety or the experience of Sri Lankans. Yet, many fear that this two match series – that gets underway on Tuesday in Galle – as the one where the tourists could turn the tables. There are valid reasons for such concerns. herath

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Channel Nine Cricket down the Slide

Chris Barrett, in  Sydney Morning Herald, 11 November 2016, where the title runs Cricket’s television ratings plunge as Australia struggle against South Africa”

The Australian team is underperforming and fans are switching off at an alarming level, with the prime-time television audience for the first Test against South Africa evaporating by one-quarter from the corresponding clash in Perth last year against New Zealand. In a concerning development for Cricket Australia as it prepares to begin formal negotiations with networks over the rights to broadcast cricket from 2018 to 2023, OzTAM ratings show viewer numbers have dropped off a cliff since last summer.According to the figures, Channel Nine’s five-city metro audience fell an average of 23 per cent in the third session of the first Test across the five days in Perth – which is played in all-important prime time on the east coast – from 975,000 in the corresponding Test at the WACA Ground last year to 749,000.

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Life after Mahela and Sanga: Tough Times Ahead in England for Sri Lankan Squad

Rex Clementine,  in the Sunday Island, 8 May 2016, where the title reads When Sri Lanka had a bone to pick with England”

Sri Lanka’s two-month long tour of United Kingdom gets underway today as the national cricket team will take the 30 minute bus drive from London to North West in Chelmsford where they will play a three day warm-up game against Essex. Following the disappointments of Asia Cup and the World T-20, where the defending champions of both events crashed out early, there have been several initiatives made to put the performance of the national team back on track.


After the disastrous recent campaigns in Bangladesh and India, a high demand has been placed on players’ fitness. Sri Lanka’s cricketers have been made to work so hard that the day before their departure to London, skipper Angelo Mathews and deputy Dinesh Chandimal had to visit the gym for fitness work. Continue reading

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