Australia Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 4 Highlights – February 4, 2019
Tim Paine receives the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy from former Australia batsman Michael Hussey. Something to smile about for the home side.
Tim Paine: “It’s nice to get some reward. I’ve said all summer this group has been working really hard. I think we’re starting to build towards something so it’s great to get some reward for the work we’ve been putting in. It doesn’t matter what the wicket is like or who you playing against. We were 3 for 30 in both innings and Travis Head in particular in those situations and Burnsy showed a lot of maturity and dug us out of trouble and put us in a commanding position. I thought the bowlers bowled beautifully together as a team. They built up the pressure and allowed Starcy to really attack. The wicket didn’t offer a lot but they kept smacking away and bowled beautifully. For our group to get some belief out of this will be excellent moving forward.”
Dinesh Chandimal: “We were outplayed as a team in all departments. Credit goes to Australia. They have played some outstanding cricket throughout the series. They deserve to win. It was really tough. Especially in the last six months, we couldn’t get the right combination to finalize our best XI. That’s one area we are concerned. That’s part of the game. If you get the chance to play for your country you have to take it with both hands. We are a young team and always learning how to play, especially in these tough conditions. We will bounce back in South Africa.”
Mitchell Starc is Player of the Matchfor his 10 wickets.
Starc: “I just tried to come here this week and forget about everything and bowl as fast as I could. We knew if we stuck to our plans, we had some momentum from Brisbane. Patty has been great and so too Jhye and the batters were sensational. It’s the perfect way to round out the summer.”
Pat Cummins is Player of the Seriesfor his 14 wickets at an average of 7.
Cummins: “It was a pretty tough series against India but we got a good break and came into this series fresh and I’m pretty happy with how they came out.”
Australia win by 366 runs.They win with over four sessions to spare. Australia wins the series 2-0. It is their first series win since the Ashes in 2017-18. They have since lost to South Africa and Pakistan away and India at home. Starc was the star with the ball. He gets his 11th five-wicket haul in Tests and his 2nd 10-wicket haul. Cummins finishes with three wickets in the innings and 14 for the series.
Australia Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 4 Highlights
Some Interesting Facts:
- AUS Test Ranking:5th Position
- SL Test Ranking:7th Position
- Head to Head in Test:30
- AUS Won:18
- SL Won:4
Sri Lanka Squad:
Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (c), Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Roshen Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan