Sri Lanka was starved of first-class
cricket because of the political disturbances and unrest at home. The Sri
Lankan Board, originally awarded a three-Test series until the Australian
Board reduced it to a single Test to be held at the new Test venue of Hobart,
complained that they could not develop without playing Test matches - and
reminded Australia it had supported their elevation to Test cricket in 1981. Australia's Board, despite the likely
financial loss, relented and arranged a second Test at Brisbane.
This was Sri Lanka's fourth tour of Australia and the longest to date
with 27 matches in a hastily-rearranged schedule to which the Sri Lankans
Ian Pieris, President of Sri
Lanka's Board for Control, resigned his post when the Minister of Sports,
Nanda Matthew, would not agree to Messrs Fuard and Fernando's appointments as
officials for the tour. The Minister had wanted three names submitted for
each post but the Board would not comply.
Former captain Madugalle was
dropped from the Sri Lankan squad, so Arjuna Ranatunga became captain for the
Nehru Cup and retained the job for the Australian tour.
Aravinda de Silva, acting
captain in the match against Tasmania,
was involved in a scuffle with the Tasmanian bowler Rod Tucker, for which he
late apologised. The last minutes of the second Test match at Hobart were also spoiled
by an unpleasant argument between Healy and Ratnayeke. After the match
Ranatunga lodged an official protest about Australian sledging, saying racist
comments had been made to his young batsmen, but he would not substantiate
his allegations so nothing could be done about it.
Spin bowlers: Ranjith Madurasinghe, Asoka de Silva
Champaka Ramanayake, Graeme Labrooy, Kapila Wijegunawardene, Ravi Ratnayeke,
E A R de Silva
P A de Silva
A P Gurusinha
S T Jayasuriya
G F Labrooy
A W R Madurasinghe
R S Mahanama
C P H Ramanayake
J Ravi Ratnayeke
Rumesh J Ratnayeke
M A R Samarasekara
H P Tillekeratne
A G D Wickremasinghe
K I W Wijegunawardene
age ofteam at time of first Test
December 1989) :
Representation of clubs :
Ku: Kurunegala Youth (1)
NCC: Nondescripts (6)
SSC: Sinhalese Sports Club (3)
TU: Tamil Union
Key to type :
LHB left-hand bat,
LBG leg break and googly bowler,
OB off break,
SLAslow left-arm bowler,
RFM right arm fast medium bowler
Test Appearances made before the tour
A Ranatunga 24, Ravi Ratnayeke 20, PA de Silva 15, Rumesh
Ratnayeke 14, Gurusinha 7, Asoka de Silva 5, Mahanama 4, Kuruppu 3, Labrooy
3, Ramanayeke 2, Madurasinghe 1, Samarasekera 1, Jayasuriya 0, Kalpage 0, D
Ranatunga 0, Tillekeratne 0, Wickremasinghe 0, Wijegunawardene 0.
The Board's Executive
Committee appointed Abu Fuard and Ranjith Fernando as the management team in
September 1989. When their names were not approved by the Sports Ministry
they informed the Cricket Board they were no longer available.The Committee met again on 29 October
and agreed on the choice of Seneratne and Polonowita.
Nisal Seneratne was the
Sri Lankan Board secretary in two spells of three years each. He was team
manager in England
when Test status was gained in 1981 and again in the 1987 World Cup.
Anura Tennekoon (chairman),Ranjith Fernando,Michael Tissera and Mumtaz Yusuf.
was announced as captain on 2 November.
Tour Party Announced : 6 November 1989.
Not selected :Duleep
Stand-bys:Ashley de Silva (CCC),Brendon Kuruppu (BRC),Ruwan Kalpage (NCC),Nilantha Ratnayeke (SSC).
between selection and departure from Sri Lanka
to 13 November)
Sri Lankan participation
in the Nehru Cup ended on 27 October and they returned to Sri Lanka on 1 November.
The touring party flew
from Colombo via Singapore
on the morning of Monday 13 November and arrived in Canberra on Tuesday 14 November.
spent in Australia
November - depart Host)
On-tour selection panel
R S Kalpage
Ruwan S Kalpageand Nilantha Ratnayeke, a fast-medium bowler on a
scholarship from the Sri Lankan Cricket Foundation to play grade cricket in Melbourne, joined the team to play against the Australian Academy
Brendon Kuruppu (BRC), 27, was brought in
for the later stages of the one-day series.
New South Wales
Victoria Country XI
Australia (1st ODI)
Australia (2nd ODI)
Pakistan (3rd ODI)
Australia (4th ODI)
S Australia Country XI
Australian Country XI
New South Wales
NSW Country XI
Queensland Country XI
W Australia Country XI
Pakistan (5th ODI)
Pakistan (6th ODI)
Pakistan (7th ODI)
Australia (8th ODI)
† not first-class
Time spent in Australia before First Test:
(14 November - 8 December)
Test appearances on tour
2 -Aravinda de Silva,
Asoka de Silva, Gurusinha, Labrooy, Mahanama, Ramanayake, Arjuna Ranatunga, Dhammika Ranatunga, Ravi
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