‘Dreadful’ Sri Lanka would not ‘have beaten a club side’ – Mark Waugh

Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh ridiculed Sri Lanka after the visitors were soundly thrashed in the second T20I in Brisbane on Wednesday

Mark Waugh

The ease in which Australia knocked over Sri Lanka in the first and second T20Is of the three-match series has left some Australians disappointed with the one-sided and boring series.

Sri Lanka were defeated by 134 runs in Adelaide in the first game and suffered a nine-wicket thrashing in Brisbane, and the lack of fight from the islanders comes as a shock after their successful series in Pakistan, where they whitewashed the number-one ranked T20I side 3-0.

“Listen, Sri Lanka were absolutely dreadful, they wouldn’t have beaten a club side,” former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh, who is currently a TV commentator, said of Sri Lanka’s dismal showing Down Under.

Echoing similar sentiments, Sri Lanka’s interim head coach Rumesh Ratnayake said his team’s performance was “unacceptable”.

“I’m gutted, really, the boys are gutted — unacceptable,” Ratnayake told reporters. “The way we batted, it looked like we would be all out in the 12th over or so.”

Watch highlights: 2nd T20I, Sri Lanka vs Australia, Brisbane, 2019

Ratnayake pointed to the brief period between the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan and the start of their series in Australia as insufficient time to prepare for Australian conditions, but affirmed he was not “taking anything away from Australia.”

The third and final T20I takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 1.

© Island Cricket


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  1. i dont like to hear the truth. i am sri lankan so i will leave stupid comments attacking mark waugh because anything negative said about the best island in the world makes me act like a child. i am sri lanka.

  2. Yes they were dreadful and not sure why some of you folks are having ago at Waugh. I am not sure what else you call the SL performance down under? When you are poor you just need to call is poor!! What’s more SL have been dreadful for a long long time which is why we need to play WC qualifiers against Ireland, PNG and Oman in order to qualify for the WC. That my friends is the definition of being dreadful. Even Afghanistan got a auto qualification!

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