Cricket World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka refuse to speak to media after Australia defeat

Nick Purewal 00:21 16/06/2019
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Sri Lanka lost to Australia at The Oval.

Sri Lanka put themselves on a collision course with tournament bosses after refusing to speak to the media following their 87-run World Cup loss to Australia.

The Sri Lankans refused to open their dressing room door when called to attend the post-match press conference.

An International Cricket Council (ICC) fine should now be in the offing, on a day when Sri Lanka team bosses were also understood to have complained about the pitch at The Oval.

Captain Aaron Finch hit a national World Cup record 153 as Australia crushed Sri Lanka, who slipped to 247 all out, then admitted he was nonplussed by their opponents’ frustrated mood.

When asked if Australia had any issues with the pitch, Finch replied: “Well I thought the pitch played beautifully today.

“I thought with how dry it was it might spin more, but it played beautifully all day.

“If you play enough here you know that with grass it keeps pace and carry on the wicket.

“They actually play a lot better than they look at times. So credit to the groundsman, especially given just how much rain there has been in London this week.

“To produce a beautiful wicket like that with as limited preparation is a great effort.”

Sri Lanka’s no-show will not go down well with tournament bosses, who are obviously trying to sell as positive an image of the game as possible.

The comprehensive nature of their loss is no excuse not to fulfil post-match obligations, but when called upon Sri Lanka flatly refused to attend the press conference. One win, two washouts and two defeats doubtless contribute to the mood of a dispirited Sri Lankan group.

And now they will move on to face tournament hosts and favourites England, at Headingley on Friday.

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