This tour of Sri Lanka has been an eye opener for the Australians. After years of struggle in the subcontinent, one expected a young and vibrant Australian outfit to do well on the shores of Sri Lanka, against a side that had just been annihilated in England. However, the three tests were a complete horror show for the visitors as their batting was reduced to a laughing stock.
Nevertheless, the Kangaroos struck back in the ODI’s as after a comprehensive victory in the fourth ODI at Dambulla, they have taken an assailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Despite the series win, stand-in skipper David Warner wasn’t a pleased man. The swashbuckling opener mentioned that the slow and low Sri Lankan pitches were not an appropriate advertisement for limited overs cricket.
“It’s hard to gain momentum when the wickets prepared are like this,” Warner said. “I speak from an Australian cricketer’s point of view – we’re about growing the game. When it comes to one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket you like to see more of a contest where you’re scoring over 300 runs and you’re chasing down totals. Sitting back last night and watching England score 400, then coming out here, busting our backsides for both teams scramble to 200 – it’s probably not ideal for people coming out here to watch that kind of cricket,” the southpaw said.
Warner mentioned that he preferred wickets like Nottingham, where recently England scaled down the highest total in an ODI innings. “It’s a little bit disappointing from our point of view because it’s not the way we like to play. We like to play an aggressive brand of cricket. We like to entertain the crowd. So far, it’s been very difficult to try and do that. From the Sri Lankan spectators’ point of view – for them, I’d like to see fours and sixes and big hits. At the moment it’s probably not that way.”
“When you see games like the England match last night – that’s what I love about cricket. I love that kind of atmosphere, and that’s why as a youngster I went to watch the game. But if you come here and you play five games like that, on wickets like they have here at the moment, it is going to be very, very tough to draw a big crowd all the time,” Warner concluded.