World catching Aussies, says Sri Lanka captain

Published: Monday, February 11, 2008, 11:19 [IST]
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CANBERRA: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said here Monday that India's upset tri-series win over Australia showed the world's best team was becoming increasingly vulnerable.

Just days after thrashing Sri Lanka by 128 runs in Sydney, Australia crashed back to earth with a five-wicket loss to India in their one-day match in Melbourne on Sunday.

"They're not dominating world cricket at the moment ... they're playing some good cricket, but on and off," Jayawardene said ahead of Tuesday's match with India here.

"They're being pushed to the limit which is a good thing. I think the rest of the world is catching up with them, especially in one-day cricket."

The defeat was only Australia's second home loss in 18 one-day internationals against India and follows their hard-fought 2-1 Test series win.

Opener Virender Sehwag had earlier claimed Australia were "scared" of India taking their crown.

Jayawardene said while Australia remained the team to beat, they were finding it hard to maintain their best form after the retirements of Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer and Damien Martyn.

He said Sri Lanka, who have been in indifferent one-day form since reaching last year's World Cup final, had been boosted by their impressive tour win here against the Prime Minister's XI.

"If we win tomorrow everyone has one win each," Jayawardene said.

"So we just need to make sure we give it our best shot tomorrow and make this tournament much more interesting than what it is."

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