The BBC called it ‘an easy win’ for Australia, but since when has beating Sri Lanka by an innings been easy?
It’s not easy getting Michael Vandort out, certainly. Michael Vandort – or Michael Graydon Vandort as we might start calling him from now on (because that’s his name) – isn’t a particularly well-known Test cricketer, but when we saw him against England a couple of years ago, we were impressed. He’s a good old-fashioned blunter of the new ball with no interest in getting out and not a great deal of interest in scoring runs either. More of that please. We like to see bowlers earn their wickets.
Australia won by a mile though. All the new boys did well. New boy Phil Jaques scored a ton; new boy Mitchell Johnson took four wickets for not very much; and new boy Stuart MacGill took his 200th Test wicket.
However, the highlight of the match was undoubtedly Marvan Atapattu calling the Sri Lankan selectors “muppets headed by a joker”. What’s Marvan’s first language, because this seems a very colloquial turn of phrase to us?