Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Player Ratings, Australia versus Sri Lanka, 1st Test , Hobart

An Australian win was the only result considered in the lead up to this First Test, but with the fight shown by the Sri Lankans coupled with the reaction from Australia in face of the feisty resistance this series might not be the walk over that every one is expecting.

You can actually see the tourists making a real match of the second Test on the confidence and belief garnered from this match. Built by them nearly escaping a Test match with a miraculous draw despite having to survive over a day on a pitch that was misbehaving in a major way.

If Michael Clarke, who has scored 1489 of Australia's 4280 runs in 2012 is out of the 2nd Test considering he has contributed 34.78% of the Teams runs this year the tourists have a huge chance of an upset.

All relevant present and future points as the series goes forward........


The Aussies won the 1st Test dictating us to examine the reasons why


The Team won on the back of some outstanding efforts from individuals rather than a complete Team effort. Sealing the win was the outstanding Michael Clarke declaration that ultimately allowed the win with the extra time he inserted into the game. Especially when the game went right down to the wire with Sri Lanka finally succumbing with only 11 overs left to survive.

An injury to Ben Hilfenhaus that robbed the team of his services for most of the match made the win very respectable indeed

Player Ratings

Ed Cowan

I must admit I love Ed Cowan, and think he has everything in his technique and temperament to be Australia's long term answer in the openers role with him also being the perfect defensive foil for his partner Dave Warner's attacking style.

But for some reason he just shows a bit by playing a decent innings, but then looks very inadequate. I think he lacks belief for he has everything to be a decent Test batsman

Rating: 5/10 

One good innings and one bad- so dead even

Dave Warner 

Looked deadly dangerous in this match as though he was going to emulate the defining innings he played in Hobart last year against the Kiwis. Only to frustrate by getting out when he was well set which is always a big cross against what an opener should be in regards to scoring big when they are set.

Rating: 7/10 

A good match by Warner, but could have been so much better

Phil Hughes

After getting 86 in the 1st innings the Aussie peanut gallery was ordaining Hughes's rehabilitation from his previous technical ills without mentioning the substandard nature of the Sri Lankan attack. Come the 2nd innings when the Sri Lankan attack improved that technical glitch outside off was again there for all to see.

Rating: 7/10

His 86 in the 1st innings was a fine knock and is the basis of his rating, but I still fear Hughes is fundamentally flawed

Shane Watson 

Watson is a true anomaly with him being vastly over rated as a Test batsman, but then sincerely under rated as a very accomplished Test bowler. Struggling again in this match with the demands of Test batting compared to his cutting edge bowling

Rating: 6/10

Average with the bat, but outstanding with the ball

Michael Clarke

After him ONLY getting 76 in the 1st innings I was calling for Clarke's head

Where is the mandatory double ton Pup?

His declaration was inspired and then how he batted in the 2nd innings while all others struggled told the tale of how far he is above the rest.

Rating: 8/10

Friday is supposed to be the end of the World, and it might come 3 days later for the Aussies if Michael Clarke misses the Boxing Day Test

Michael Hussey 

Sneakily good as always with him again being a key part of this win

Rating: 9/10 

The bowlers took the credit for the win but Hussey was a key in it

Matthew Wade

A decent match with the bat for the young keeper with him sharing in a match defining partnership with Michael Hussey in the 1st innings. His work behind the stumps is still questionable but has improved from his rather abject display with the gloves in the South African series.

Rating: 6/10 

Decent effort, especially with the bat

Peter Siddle 

Siddle spent the off season improving his fitness and it has shown with his results this season. He has gone from being a big hearted, useful change bowler to being a vindicated strike weapon.

Rating: 10/10

Seeing it was Bill Lawry's last Test in commentary, I cannot resist using his classic line for Siddle.......

'He is a Victorian........'

Mitchell Starc

Ricky Ponting's calls on Starc precocious talents as a destructive strike bowler and how he should be in every Test was there for all to see in this game. With his spell in the 2nd innings as Sri Lanka looked like they would achieve a remarkable draw underlining this.

Rating: 8/10

Starc is like the evolved form of Mitchell Johnson with him being lethal with his swing

Ben Hilfenhaus

Got injured after getting a wicket in 12.2 overs in the 1st innings missing the rest of the match

Rating- N/A

No rating because of the injury

Nathan Lyon 

Pretty much a non event in this match with his bowling being rendered impotent and then his mindset which reeked of having little belief was there for all to see making him a non event in the match

Rating: 0/10

Lyons spin career is resembling the SS Titanic

Looking Forward 

The Aussies won the match but at a potential huge cost with the injury to Michael Clarke that puts him in doubt for the 2nd Test. If he is out of that game, the void he will leave to an already fragile batting line up will be hard to fill. As for Ben Hilfenhaus's, his place in the Team has been taken by Jackson Bird with the rest of the 2nd Test Squad

Sri Lanka 

It was a very decent display by the Sri Lankan's, even to the point of them exceeding expectations with the fight they showed with the bat to try get a draw when most expected them to fold like a deck of cards. They will garner confidence from this game with them having a chance to get back into the series if they can find a pitch more supportive of spin so as to make their substandard bowling at least competitive

Player Ratings

Tillakaratne Dilshan

Played a fabulous innings in the first innings with a free flowing 147 that saw all the Aussie bowlers be put to the sword. Then looked set for another big one in the 2nd innings only to get out to a great ball from Shane Watson

Rating: 7/10 

Dispelled any questions over his pedigree in Aussie conditions and looks set for a fine series

Dimuth Karunaratne

Earnt his spot after some fine form on A Tours, and looked like he belonged in both innings here only to get out when you were starting to believe in him.

Rating 5/10

A decent first Test, but would want a score in Melbourne to truly support his place in the team with Dinesh Chandimal in the wings

Kumar Sangakkara 

The Master Sri Lankan batsman got two great balls in this Test with him looking like he would lead the team to a miraculous draw in his 2nd innings only to have the intemperate nature of the pitch cut him short

Rating 6/10

Mmmmm, I think we might see a Sanga classic in the MCG Boxing Day Test

Mahela Jayawardene

A great batsman, but always seems to struggle when he comes to Australia with this 1st Test being no different. He has the class to lift in the series, but the question is will he?

Rating: 3/10

Average display by a true Master

Thilan Samaraweera

Got out to a Nathan Lyon long hop on the last ball of the 2nd day, which I am sure he is sincerely embarrassed by. In the second innings he redeemed himself by a really gritty, heartfelt display of accomplished back to the wall batting showing himself to not only be a warrior, but also a patriot. With him almost in tears walking off on getting out


His 2nd innings effort was inspirational

Angelo Mathews

A real talent and heir apparent as Captain but his dismissal in the 2nd innings when the Team was striving for a draw was very disappointing indeed swatting at a ball that he could have left so easily

Rating: 4/10 

That 2nd innings dismissal was pivotal in the Teams eventual loss

Prasanna Jayawardena

Very assured behind the stumps and very handy with the bat. Arguably one of the most under rated players in Test Cricket

Rating: 8/10

A fine match by the feisty little gloveman

Nuwan Kulasekera

A fine player in the shorter forms of the game but he is simply not Test class and only in the team because of how weak SL bowling stocks are at present

Rating: 0/10 

Not a test bowlers bootlace

Rangana Herath

The wily left arm tweeker got better as the match went on culminating in him taking 96/5 in the Aussie 2nd innings. I think he might have a decisive say somewhere in this series

Rating: 6/10

Herath looked very good and will only get better

Chanaka Welegedera

This left armer has a bit of go about him with him having decent pace and a budding mastery over swing. Especially in regards to reverse swing which he revels in. His 6 wickets for the match showed that he belongs in this company

Rating: 6/10

A point for all his wickets

Shaminda Erranga

This young quick showed that he has a chance to make it with his showing both decent pace mixed with adequate skill. You can see him getting rewarded more fully for his efforts as the series goes on

Rating: 6/10

Decent from a youngster

Looking Forward 

The Team was very decent in this respectable loss, but the weakness of the bowling still stood out like dogs balls. I think Kulasekera will get the chop for the MCG Test with maybe Sri Lanka looking to go with a spin tandem by bringing in Suraj Randiv. 

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