Sri Lanka bounced off the opening round defeat within three days, defeating Australia in one inning and 39 runs in the second test and leveling Series 1-1 on Monday.
AFP Sport highlights five issues on the Australian tour.
-Protests are directed at the party-
The sound of the ball bat and the home team, who won the famous victory in the second test, returned a smile to the face of Sri Lanka, who was absorbed in cricket in the political turmoil of the country.
During the two days at Goal Stadium, the sound of protesters demanding the resignation of President Gotabia Rajapaksa turned into drums and applause on Monday, with Dinesh Shandy Mar in the second century leading the team’s winning lap.
Australian skipper Pat Cummins said: And we felt completely fine.
“But when it changed from protest to party, you could hear.”
-The story of two pitches-
Buttsman’s pitch, which witnessed a goal from the opener’s vicious Turner, took advantage of a flatter pitch in the second test, with Australia’s Steve Smith hitting an undefeated 145 and Sri Lanka’s Shandy Maru finishing at 206. ..
Sri Lanka lost its first match in just two days after being bundled with 212 and 113.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne admitted the home tactic of “backfired” the spinning wicket after the second victory.
Later, Pitch Doctor offered a very different track at the same venue that Sri Lanka used to ensure victory, and was called the “good surface” by rival captains.
-Spin talents appear one after another-
Sri Lanka has not yet found another spin bowling like Muttiah Muralithalan or Langana Hellas, but the series has proved that their spin reserves are deepening.
The team was hit by a Covid epidemic the night before the second test, forcing the debut of off-break bowler Mahesh Theekshana and the relatively unknown left-handed spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya.
The 30-year-old Jayasuriya turned out to be late bloomers after playing a 12-wicket match with Candi Mar, saying “Prabat is the key” from the start of the match.
-Lyon is back in style-
Australia’s Nathan Lion was unmatched by Hellas on his last tour of 2016. Hellas used 28 wickets to give tourists a 3-0 test whitewash.
However, 34-year-old Lyon returned as an experienced off-spinner, leading the team’s charge and winning an overwhelming opening win in a 9-wicket matchhole.
In the second match, Lyon spent 64 overs on two wickets, and Captain Cummins said, “I barely bowled a bad ball.”
However, with his 11 dismissals in the series, Lyon was ranked 10th on the test bowling list after finishing the series with 438 wickets.
Sri Lankans were surprised at the opening test when Australians such as Cameron Green and Alex Carrie used sweep shots on their first tour to the island nation to have a positive effect on spinners.
Green scored the top score at 77 and Carrie made 45 with a powerful display of batting in extreme subcontinent conditions that won praise from the host.
Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood said, “I saw Australians using sweeps well” after their first defeat.
The host learned that lessons were taken in the second game, but sweep shots were used sparingly for things like batting wigets.