It’s Mahela Jayawardene at the SSC. Again.

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I stay out here because the changing rooms smell funnyIf Sanath Jayasuriya’s catchphrase would be ‘ha-haaaa‘, then Mahela Jayawardene’s ought to be just silence. He’s not speaking because he’s concentrating.

Jayawardene averages near enough a hundred at Galle, but it’s at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground that he REALLY likes batting. No-one’s ever scored more Test runs at a single ground than Jayawardene at the SSC.

The last four times he’s gone to the crease in a Test match there, he’s scored a hundred. The first of those innings was 374 and the most recent, yesterday, was his ninth SSC Test hundred.

It must be really satisfying for the Sri Lankans when they’re playing at home to have a tactic that they can rely on so completely. Bat the opposition to tears, hope to fluke a wicket with the new ball and then let Murali bowl for three days solid.

As plans go, it’s not got much subtlety, but granite hasn’t got much subtlety and granite’s one of the great success stories. Look at it sitting there – the smug, igneous bastard.


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  1. Stone analogy continued – Soapstone England line up v the Saffer bowlers: “it is so soft that when blasted fractures are set up that cause the whole to crumble”.

  2. Maybe granite has taken all the headlines (Lord knows, the igneous ones always do), but it is dangerously ‘lacking internal structures‘, and would be nothing without hard-working sedimentary types.

    Also, I see Mendis has now taken as many Test wickets as Marcus Trescothick.

  3. Seam bowlers are just sooo passe.

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Seriously though, it remains to be seen whether the Mystery of Metamorphic Mendis gets eroded in the passage of time.

  4. And we didn’t notice that you missed the f off ‘off’.

    We’re not saying ‘Eff off’ there, you understand.

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