Mahela hits out at officials after ODI wash-out

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Published: Monday, January 21, 2013, 12:46 [IST]
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Jayawardene hits out at officials

Sydney, Jan 21: Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene upset with the fourth ODI against being washed out is planning to complain to the match referee as it denied the visitors a chance to wrap the series 3-1 at Sydney on Sunday.

After humiliating the hosts at Brisbane, Sri Lankan seamers exposed Australia's batting line-up as they posted a mere 222/9 in 50 overs. After winning the toss, hosts were reduced to 5/125 while Warner(60) and Starc (52*) ensured that Australia reached 222/9.

Chasing a moderate 223, Sri Lanka had posted 14/0 off 3.2 overs while the match was called off due to a wet outfield as a drizzle stopped Lanka from winning the fourth ODI and the series.

Unhappy with the officials' decision to abandon the match, Jayawardene said "It's disappointing because at the SCG I would assume that a ground of this magnitude you should be able to get a game in. Maybe they should do what we do back home - cover the entire ground."

Further he also added that the team has plans to complaining to the match referee since the match was washed out.

"I think we can probably write to the match referee [Javagal Srinath] because obviously the interpretation we got three months ago in the New Zealand series was different. It was deemed that we'd only stop play if it was dangerous.''

Jayawardene lashed out at the officials as Sri Lanka has played a couple of rain-affected matches and had never got such a decision from the officials.

"We played New Zealand three months ago and the interpretation that we got in that series was quite different to what we got today. We've played in Pallekele [in Sri Lanka] with a lot of rain and during the ICC World Cup as well," Jayawardene said.

"I think you need to find a bit more consistency, and that's something that we'll probably write and put it across to them.''


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