When the Australian cricket team landed here on Sri Lankan soil, they were received well by the ICC as captain Steve Smith was presented the ICC mace and the cash prize by ICC for Australian team by the virtue of fact that they were in the top position in the ICC ranking on the cutoff date i.e. April 2016. It was a big boost for the Australian team to go into the series and they were expecting a series win here over Sri Lanka. But the results were exactly opposite.
As the days passed, Australian team got fully exposed to their weakness in Asian conditions and they have already lost the series with one match still to go in the series.
Whether say it their habit of losing in Asia or a twist of the fate, as that Sri Lanka team which last won a Test match against them 17 years ago went on to defeat them in two consecutive encounters rising their toll of a win against this team from 1 to 3.
Australian team would be quite disappointed by the fact that they will lose their number 1 position to either India or England after completion of their series. Speaking on the matter the Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh said “It would be very disappointing if we lost that, We were really hoping to try and stretch the gap. We’ve got an opportunity to win the next Test and that’s only what we can do. It means a lot. It’s what we strive for; we play to be No. 1 in the world. It’s going to hurt everyone.”
“We certainly knew Sri Lanka in their own conditions is going to be a tough assignment,” he said.
“It has been very disappointing. It is a bit of a shock but we are making no excuses. We have been outplayed by a better team in their own conditions. There’s an element of disappointment but we are doing as much as we can to bounce back in the last Test match.”
“They’ve been positive from ball one and that helped them throw our spinners off their line and lengths. That’s what we tried to do in the second innings of the last Test and hopefully, we can do that in the third Test as well,” he said.