Aussies suffer seventh straight defeat

Bet on the AshesAustralia (4/6 to win the first Ashes Test) were beaten comfortably by an impressive Sri Lankan bowling attack in Perth as the home side lost by seven wickets in the Twenty20 clash.

The Aussies batted first and after 20 overs they could only manage 133 runs for eight wickets despite playing on a wicket ideal for batting.

This was Australia’s lowest ever Twenty20 innings on home soil and captain Michael Clarke was quick to praise Sri Lanka for their win.

He said: “Yeah they (Sri Lanka) played really well tonight. We were a little bit disappointing with the bat, especially up front losing four wickets early.

“I think we got outplayed tonight. No doubt conditions were different to what we just faced in India, but look, we’ve had great preparation here, the nets are very similar to what we faced out in the middle so we have no excuses.

“Sri Lanka bowled really well and like I say, we got outplayed tonight.”

Australia will hope their disappointing batting performances at the shorter forms of the game will not translate to the Test set-up as they prepare for the small matter of the Ashes series, starting with the first Test in Brisbane on November 24 (England 11/10 to retain the Ashes).

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