Murali-free Sri Lanka lose to Australia

Australia beat Sri Lanka, but Murali wasn't playing, so it doesn't count.

Ricky Ponting says there's no point hiding Muralitharan for a later match because the Aussies play him as well as anyone.

That's only partly true. The fact is that the Australians haven't seen as much of Murali as some other sides because he didn't go on Sri Lanka's last tour Down Under because the Aussie crowds are too annoying.

Besides, if even Mahela Jayawardene gets out to Murali having faced him in the nets and watched him from the slips for eight years, it kind of implies that maybe you can't know everything there is to know by watching a bit of telly and having once got 50 against him.

Wouldn't it be intriguing if Australia lost the World Cup due to unfamiliarity with the great man because of their own supporters. And by 'intriguing', we do of course mean 'ace'.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

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Anonymous EvilMinion said...

You're half right your majesty. Murali did go on Sri Lanka's last tour of Australia (VB series 2005/06) but has said he won't go back because Aussie crowds are too annoying. I am of course assuming that participating in a one-day series does count as a 'tour'.

5:54 am  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

You're right. It was the Test tour in 2004 that he skived.

We blocked the VB Series of last year from memory because it was so boring.

8:22 am  

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