• First Test - Sri Lanka vs Australia
    at Galle in Aug 2011 - Australia won
    by 125 runs

     

    Australia capped TA Copeland and NM Lyon for this test. They became the
    420th and 421st cricketer to represent Australia in
    Tests. They became the seventh and eighth Australian cricketers to make test
    debut against Sri Lanka.

     

    RT Ponting was making his
    13th test appearance against Sri Lanka. He holds the Australian
    record for most appearances against Sri Lanka
    jointly with SK Warne who also has played 13 tests against Sri Lanka.

     

    RT Ponting
    also shares the series record for most appearances in Sri Lanka-Australia test
    series with his 13 appearances. SK Warne of Australia
    and ST Jayasuriya of Sri
    Lanka have also played 13 tests in Sri
    Lanka-Australia test series

     

    At the end
    of Australia's first
    innings, RT Ponting's run aggregate against Sri Lanka stood at 895. He is the
    second batsman to total 800 plus runs in Sri Lanka-Australia test series. PA de
    Silva of Sri Lanka has totalled 803 runs

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  • - India capped AM Rahane and R Dravid for this game. They became the 38th and 39th cricketers to represent Indian in T20Is. They also became the third and fourth Indian cricketers to make their T20I debut vs England.

     

    - R Dravid hit three sixes during his knock of 31 in this game. He became the 16th batsman to score three or more sixes in his debut innings. He became the second Indian batsman to score three sixes in his debut innings after M Vijay. M Vijay has scored three sixes in his debut knock of 48 against Afghanistan at Gros Islet on 01.05.10.

     

    - AM Rahane scored 61 in this game to become the first Indian batsman to score a fifty on T20I debut. The previous best was M Vijay's 48 against Afghanistan at Gros Islet on 01.05.10.

     

    - AM Rahane with his 61 on debut became the eleventh batsman to score a fifty on debut in the history of T20 Internationals.

     

    - RG Sharma and KP Pietersen were dismissed stumped in this game providing the 118th and 119th occasion of a batsman dismissed

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  • India's domestic cricket is full
    of misplaced priorities and redundant ideas. The England defeat offers a chance to analyse its failings.

     

     

     

    Much has been spoken about India's terrible
    trounce in England - right from the lack of preparedness, poor planning to
    crammed schedule, everything has been meticulously discussed. But few have looked
    beyond the obvious and deliberated upon the fundamentals.

     

    MAK Pataudi, with his astute eye for
    cricket, hit the nail on its head by pointing out the importance of a robust
    first-class structure to strengthen Indian cricket. That India's poor show
    could be the result of a deteriorating domestic structure is an idea worth a
    thought. So, what is it that is marring the foundation of Indian cricket?
    Here's a look at the snags that need some urgent attention:

     

    Irani
    Trophy (October 1-5) -
    The most prestigious match
    of the season between the defending Ranji Champions and a team made up of the cream
    of Indian cricket marks the beginning of the new

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