If 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.