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Not a great lead in, in India, for us Aussies. A little pounding of SL wouldn't go astray. That's only a T20 and 3 ODIs though.
For longer matches there's only Sheffield Shield matches left for those that get to play in them.
I think we're going to arrive next month with a strong squad, but then I thought that prior to the 2006-7 series and look what happened.
The batting looks fairly evenly matched, I think, although we could do with KP having a few decent knocks. Strauss, Morgan and Trott will be the other key men for us.
On the bowling front, losing Anderson will be a body blow. A lot of English hopes will rest on Finn, who has enormous potential but isn't the finished article. As has been the case for a while with England, we're going to be relying heavily on Graeme Swann.
I also think there's a danger that, after his poor showing in the 2009 series in England, we'll underestimate Mitchell Johnson, which we do at our peril.
Australia's lead in didn't go too well. Sri Lanka managed to win their first ever series in Australia; getting completely out of jail in the first ODI, and setting a world record 9th wicket partnership in the second ODI. We won the dead-rubber third ODI. Australian test players (and hopefuls) are back in their state squads for two first-class matches (Sheffield Shield) as their final warm-ups.
I personally am in the final stages of my cunning plan to infect several hundred cartons (crates) of Stella with laryngitis bugs and deliver them warm to the Barmy Army.
Plan B involves a radio controlled aeroplane with an aerosol dispersal system. We may have to put up with their vuvuzela-like mooing for the first couple of days of the first test, but after that it should be peaceful.
As for the Ashes, we'll just have to wait & see, either way I just hope its not one sided!
Has anyone ever seen a "double hat trick"?
First class cricket of course.