Australia’s Embarrassing Performance

Sri Lanka smashes Australia in Sydney and the Brad Haddin saga finally comes to a close

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia was embarrassed by Sri Lanka on Friday night’s one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Led by former captain Ricky Ponting, in Michael Clarke’s absence, the Aussies turned in a laughable 151 runs, a total that was matched easily by the visitors.

Sri Lanka lost just two wickets and had a further eight wickets in hand meaning that their efficiency awards them an extra bonus point that will keep them in contention for a finals bid.

Tillakaratne Dilshan had a solid 45 while Mahela Jayawardene contributed a 61 not out.

Without David Hussey’s 58 from 64 balls, the Australian innings would have been a complete joke, but even his efforts were somewhat lucky as he was dropped on five runs. Hussey's innings gave Australia and faint glimmer of hope but they were soon crushed by the Sri Lankan attack.

In a disgraceful batting performance David Warner, Matthew Wade, Peter Forrest and Michael Hussey all failed to make more than 16 runs.

The poor Australian effort came shortly after it was announced by Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland that wicket keeper Brad Haddin had in fact been dropped and not rested after the Test series victory over India.

Other players who may soon find themselves on the outside looking in include the likes of Ricky Ponting and David Warner.

Ponting was, at times, nothing short of brilliant during the recent Test series against India, producing hauls that included a 221 and a 134, but his form has slid significantly in the one-day international Tri-Series and has scored a combined 11 runs in the four matches thus far, a disgusting effort.

Warner has also turned in some unspectacular performances, scoring 6, 34, 18 and 13 through four games.