Sri Lanka’s aspirations to gain some solace from a lost series against Australia hit an expected low as they struggled against a rampant World Cup champion sans it’s best pace attack to reveal why they have plenty to do before the upcoming World Cup in this part of the world.
Funny but most experts would have predicted a closer game knowing that Australia wasn’t at full strength as they focused on resting some stars for the upcoming Pakistan tour.
But the depth of Australian cricket was in full evidence as the second rungers emphasised to the visitors that they are still not upto the standard to challenge the best in the world.
Australia’s second string attack raised awareness that in Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa they have a lethal combination that can trouble the best batsmen in spin friendly conditions.
Funnily it was a sub continental team struggling against spin in bouncier Australian conditions, and Sri Lanka who are in need of an astute coach, has got to focus on a remedy to what has been a strength among their former heroes.
Four down and a irrelevant dead rubber to go, the Lion’s return home with lessons learnt and a game plan as to their best exponents in Australian conditions when they return for the World Cup.
Australia have dominated at home in this series but have received a stern warning that a low par and relatively inexperienced Sri Lanka troubled them in the first two games before gaining ascendency.
Sri Lanka for their part can reflect on a series that could have been more competitive if some of their stars were not struck down by Covid-19.
They have proved that in the foreseeable future they will be a team to be reckoned with. Some of the young guns on tour such as Pathum Nissanka, skipper Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasarsnga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara have proved to be world class and the nucleus of a world beating side.
The key for them right now is to rope in a coach that can extract the best from these talented lads to mould them into a winning combination.
The months ahead will reveal their true potential.
Right now they have proved against all predictions that they are no easy beats immaterial of the looming clean sweep by the Australians.