Trou­bled Sri Lanka ar­rive in Aus­tralia

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Can­berra: Star­ing at a string of losses, weighed down by his­tory and miss­ing key per­son­nel, Sri Lanka ar­rive in Aus­tralia giv­ing their best im­pres­sion of lambs to the slaugh­ter.

On Sat­ur­day, the Lions crossed the Tas­man, re­flect­ing on a dis­as­trous tour of New Zealand, of­fer­ing few glim­mers of hope they’d push Aus­tralia in a two-Test se­ries.

The tour ended on an ap­pro­pri­ate note, ca­pit­u­lat­ing in a run chase to lose the one­off Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional by 35 runs on Fri­day night at Eden Park. Ex­as­per­ated T20 skip­per La­sith Malinga says his team are still learn­ing to win games when they get into good po­si­tions, an is­sue that had plagued them in all for­mats in New Zealand. Ham­strung by a brit­tle bat­ting line-up and a blunt seam at­tack, they were swept 3-0 by the Black Caps in the one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries and went down 1-0 in the two-Test se­ries be­fore Christ­mas. -Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald

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