Sri Lanka v Australia – 2nd Test, Galle: A full time batting assistant coach?

So the Australian cricket team is looking for a “full time batting assistant coach.” David Wilson’s satire has a tourist in Galle meeting an existing member of the Australian coaching staff…

Sri Lanka v Australia – Day 1: What about cut

Bernard Whimpress hears some ludicrous commentary and responds. Reverse swing? Are you kidding?

Galle Photo essay

As Australia closes in on victory in Kandy, we revisit some images from their win in Galle. Pictures by Phil O’Rourke Captions by Marvin Vaas  

Train to Kandy

by Bob Utber Forget about the cricket, the train trip from Colombo Fort to Kandy was worth its weight in chocolates. The British (as the locals call them) built the railway in the 1860’s as their route to the tea plantations that they were establishing.  The engineering skills of the Brits can still be seen. [Read more]

Day 3 at Galle; mixed metaphors at the G.

DAY THREE AT GALLE   I often wonder what journalists do when there is no play.  They sit and chat about yesterday’s play and so it was this morning. Strangely there is no music that Marvin Gay wrote about yesterday but the atmosphere is one of happiness which to me epitomises life in Galle.  After [Read more]

Australian batsmen battle on a dusty first day wicket

by Marvin Vaas We arrive to a fully covered Galle International Stadium. It hosed down overnight. And there’s still some serious moisture in the air. A number of our touring party break out in a muck lather. If we were racehorses parading in the Flemington mounting yard on Derby Day, you’d promptly rule a line [Read more]

An Australian in Galle on Test eve

There is much conjecture among cricket purists here in Galle regarding the makeup of the Australian side, and the predicted behaviour of the pitch. Experience and reliability are important components in the selection conundrum, particularly with regards to the formation of the bowling attack. It’s comforting to know that the recently-published and damning (in many [Read more]