Island Cricket

Friday, November 2, 2007

Queensland v Sri Lankans, Brisbane, 1st day

Sri Lanka's batsmen missed a crucial opportunity to adjust to the Queensland conditions ahead of next week's Test and were knocked down on the first day of the tour game by Ashley Noffke. The tourists received an early taste of what the Gabba would be like next week and their top order failed to cope with the tricky bounce and early movement from an attack led by Noffke's 5 for 36 and supported by Mitchell Johnson, Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz. However, there was encouragement with the performance of the bowlers as they reduced Queensland to 4 for 60 when bad light stopped play 5.4 overs early. Lasith Malinga was a difficult prospect under dark clouds and he captured Jimmy Maher and Chris Simpson while Farveez Maharoof removed Ryan Broad and Andrew Symonds. Symonds' Test warm-up ended on 22, an innings which included three consecutive boundaries off Malinga and finished with an edge to Prasanna Jayawardene.

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