The Australians made a Test tour of Sri Lanka for the first time
since 2004 after taking advice from the Australian government. A TV
documentary showing horrific evidence of torture and murder of civilians
during the final months of the war with the Tamil Tigers, which ended in May
2009, had put the tour in doubt.
Tim Nielsen resigned at the end of the tour, learning that he
would have to re-apply for his job as coach, as a result of the Argus Report,
which also dismissed Greg Chappell from his post as selector.
Dovey had worked for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and served as
team operations manager with England’s
Rugby Football Union before taking over from Steve Bernard as team manager in
Andrew Hilditch (chairman), David Boon,Greg Chappelland Jamie Cox
David Boon stood down in mid-July after the
Sri Lankan tour side was chosen.
Simon Katich was removed from
25-man list of contracted players.Ryan Harris, who was unable to tour India because of ankle and knee
injuries, was asked by the selectors to be ready to return to the Test
One-day team announced :The T20 and one-day squads were named on 6
Not selected:Shaun Tait (T20 squad),
Cameron White (former vice-captain from ODI squad);
Test team announced:26 July
Not selected: Jason Krejza, Steve Smith, Ben Hilfenhaus.
Twenty20 squad - Shane Watson, David Warner, Brad Haddin, Shaun
Marsh, David Hussey, Cameron White (capt), Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Steve
O'Keefe, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, James Pattinson.
ODI squad - Shane Watson,
Brad Haddin, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, David
Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, John Hastings, Mitchell Johnson, Brett
Lee, Xavier Doherty, James Pattinson, Doug Bollinger.
Time between selection of the limited-overs squads and departure
(6 - 30 July
A training camp took place in Brisbane
The Twenty20 players flew out on July 30 and the remaining
one-day squad members departed Sydney
Airport on 4 August
The Test-only players - Beer, Lyon, Copeland, Harris etc-arrived in Colmbo later in August.
Time spent in Sri
(31 July - 9 ? February)
Michael Clarke (captain),Tim Nielsen(coach),
Greg Chappell (on-tour selector).
David Warner was not part of the Test squad but was placed on
stand-by when Ricky Ponting went home briefly after the first Test for the
birth of his second child.
Sri Lankan Cricket, in debt after co-hosting the World Cup, budgeted
300 million rupees for the tour but the projected income was only 150 million
rupees. The Board looked to keep expenses down, no longer distributing
hundreds of free tickets or providing banquet meals for invitees.
accounts of the tour
The Australians went on from their Sri Lankan tour to take on South Africa,
the first time since 1969-70 that there had been back-to-back overseas Test
tours without a break in between. This was a trend that would be likely only
to increase. The team had to adjust from slower and lower sub-continental
pitches to the greater pace and bounce found in South Africa.
In September 2011 Tim Nielsen stepped down as head coach of Australia's
team after four years in the post.