It was a split tour with the one-day series against Australia and India played after New Year.The Sri Lankans lost both Tests against Australia.Before the tour it was asked why they were not offered to play three Test matches and one of them in Melbourne where a large contingent of Sri Lankans emigres live.
The team underperformed until, chasing a victory target of 507 in the Hobart Test, the Lankan second innings reached 410 all out. Unfortunately, ICC umpire Rudi Koertzen made a controversial decision to give Sangakkara out which extinguished the tourists’ chance of victory.
Marvan Atapattu was not originally chosen for the tour and included only after a request made by Sri Lanka's sports minister. Following an outburst during the first Test in which he called the selectors "a bunch of muppets headed by a joker", Sri Lanka Cricket decided to postpone any disciplinary action and not to send him home but Marvan announced his retirement from playing international cricket at the end of the tour.
Muttiah Muralitharan anticipated receiving a hostile reception as he had on previous tours from crowds because of his bowling action. In 1995-96 Darrell Hair had no-balled Murali in a Test at Melbourne and in 1998-99 Ross Emerson no-balled him at the Adelaide Oval, sparking a walk-off led by the skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.Nothing happened on field but members of the Sri Lankan camp were the target of verbal abuse in Hobart when Muralitharan was part of a group walking from a restaurant to the team hotel. The on-tour selector was hit on the back by an egg, later condemning security provided by Cricket Australia for the team.
Returning in January, Sri Lanka were knocked out of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series. They ended the tour on a brighter note with a consolation victory against Australia in the final match, only to find they were being penalised for a slow over rate.
Fast bowlers:Lasith Malinga, Farveez Maharoof, Dilhara Fernando, Chaminda Vaas, Chanaka Welagedera plus Sujeewa de Silva (reinforcement)
M S Atapattu added
C M Bandara
C R D Fernando
S T Jayasuriya
M D Jayawardene
P W Jayawardene
M F Maharoof
S L Malinga
T T Samaraweera
K C Sangakkara
L P C Silva
W U Tharanga
C U Vaas
M G Vandort
C A Welegedera
Appeared in ODI series only
D I Amerasinghe
T M Dilshan
C A Kapugedera
D K (Dilruwan) Perera
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(8 November 2007):
29 yrs 4 months.
Bf’d: Bloomfield (1)
CCC: Colombo (2)
Ct: Colts Cricket Club (1)
Ms : Moors (1)
NCC: Nondescripts (4)
Rag: Ragama (1)
Sb: Sebastianites (2)
SSC: Sinhalese Sports Club (4)
TU:Tamil Union (1)
ODI : Member of squad after New Year for the Commonwealth Bank ODI series
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
Muralitharan 113,Jayasuriya107,Vaas 98,Atapattu 88,M Jayawardene 88,Sangakkara67,Samaraweera 39,D Fernando 26,Malinga 24,Tharanga 22,Maharoof 18,P Jayawardene 12,van Dort 9,Bandara 8,Mubarak 8,Chamara Silva 5,Sujeewa de Silva 3,Welegedera 0.
Nalin de Alwis
Selector on tour
Ashantha de Mel (chairman),Don Anurasiri,Ranjith Madurasinghe and Jayantha Seneviratne.
In July 2007 Gamini Lokuge, the Sri Lankan sports minister announced that Ashantha de Mel would remain in charge of the National Selection Committee.
UnavailableMarvan Atapattu declined to play in the home Test series against Bangladesh and informed the selectors that he was unable to attend a meeting to discuss his availability for the tour down-under. They announced that Jayasuriya would take his place. Upul Chandana announced his retirement from international cricket in September 2007.
Tour party announced 5 October 2007.
Stand bys:Tillekeratne Dilshan and Nuwan Kulasekara.
On 18 October the selectors decided to include former captain Marvan Atapattu in the team following the request from the Minister of Sports and Recreation.Atapattu agreed to make himself available.
Time between selection and departure from Sri Lanka
(5 October to 23 October)
The team left Colombo for Sydney on Tuesday 23 October 2007, and then on to Adelaide, arriving on Wednesday morning 24 October to play a hastily-arranged extra tour match against a Chairman’s XI to prepare for the Test series.
To general reading of The Times newspaper digital archive (Gale Group);Jamaica Gleanor archive;National Library of Australia Trove; Papers Past NZ.
From former British Newspaper Library, Colindale and online:The Age, Melbourne Argus, Bangladesh Daily Star, Barbados Advocate, Canberra Times, Daily Telegraph, Dawn, Eastern Daily Press, The Hindu, The Independent (Dhaka), Indian Express, The Island (Lanka), Lahore Times, New Nation, New Zealand Auckland Herald, Sri Lanka Daily News, Stabroek News, Straits Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph (Calcutta), Times of India , The Tribune Chandigarh, Trinidad Guardian, The West Australian.
Magazines/periodicals including Australian Cricket, B & H West Indies Annual, The Cricketer International, Cricketer Quarterly, Indian Cricket, Indian Cricket Field Annual, Playfair Cricket Monthly, Shell Cricket Almanack of New Zealand, Wisden Cricket Monthly, Wisden Book of Test Cricket, Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanack.
Men In White, A History of Australian Cricket (Harte), A History of Indian Cricket (Bose), A History of West Indies Cricket (Manley)