Warner laments Sri Lankan pitches despite securing series
CRICKET: Over to you Kandy.
Australia will play Sri Lanka in the final one-day international of their series on Sunday night, and stand-in Aussie skipper David Warner is hoping the pitch at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is up to scratch.
The visitors claimed an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series after an easy six-wicket win in game four in Dambulla after the hosts were restricted to 212.
But Warner was left to lament the lack of runs being scored - of eight innings, only once has a side scored above 250. All the while, England smacked a record 3-444 earlier in the week against Pakistan.
"I love that kind of (high-scoring) cricket,” Warner said. "That's why as a youngster I went to watch the game.
"But if you come here and play five games like that on wickets like they are at the moment it's going to be very tough to draw big crowds all the time.”
Aaron Finch did manage to blast the equal-fastest ODI half-century by an Australian, joining fellow Victorians Simon O'Donnell and Glenn Maxwell to notch it in 18 balls.
"We like to play an aggressive brand of cricket, we like to entertain the crowd,” Warner said.
"So far it's been very difficult to do that.”
Earlier, John Hastings, a late call-up after the injury to Nathan Coulter-Nile, claimed the eighth best figures by an Australian bowler in a limited-overs clash - 6-45.
The right-armer became just the seventh Aussie to claim six or more wickets in an ODI and the first since teammate Mitchell Starc grabbed 6-43 and then 6-28 just weeks apart early last year.
His effort was also the second-best by any Australian in Asia, behind only Mitchell Johnson's 6-31 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele five years ago.
"He's been a very good bowler for a long time now and he's a very cagey one; you have to respect him,” Warner said.
"I know when I've played against him in the past he's just so hard to get away and in these conditions he is very challenging and tough to go after and it showed tonight.
"His skills were fantastic and there's probably a reason he got a PB tonight.”