India recorded its fourth straight victory against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Thus India has won its last 9 ODIs (five against England and now, the first four ODI’s against Sri Lanka).
Meanwhile, Australia’s recent “free fall” has continued as the recently dethroned ODI champion team lost narrowly to New Zealand. Australia has now lost 5 of its last 6 ODIs.
Ricky Ponting had a horror 2008. Yet, early signs are that, in comparison to 2009, perhaps 2008 was a good year for him! Already, he has lost the Test series and an ODI to a rampant and attractive South Africa. He has now lost an ODI at Perth. Since that infamous game at the SCG in early-2008, Australia has lost 2 Tests (to India and South Africa) and 2 ODIs (to South Africa and New Zealand). In that period, Australia has beaten Sri Lanka at Perth in an ODI. These are poor returns indeed! After the recent loss to New Zealand, Ponting has had to defend his wicket-keeper was was accused by Vettori of being less than above board!
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