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Asela Gunaratne jumps in joy after hitting the winning runs, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20 International, Geelong, February 19, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Andrew Tye and Moises Henriques celebrate after removing Milinda Siriwardana, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20 International, Geelong, February 19, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Jhye Richardson is congratulated after he removed Kusal Mendis, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20 International, Geelong, February 19, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Asela Gunaratne powers the ball away, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20 International, Geelong, February 19, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Seekkuge Prasanna celebrates after taking a wicket, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20 International, Geelong, February 19, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Asela Gunaratne celebrates a wicket, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20 international, Geelong, February 19, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Asela Gunaratne slices one through the off side, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Melbourne, February 17, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Dilshan Munaweera hits on the up through the off side, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Melbourne, February 17, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Niroshan Dickwella plays a scoop, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Melbourne, February 17, 2017 (ESPNCI)


Lasith Malinga celebrates after removing Travis Head, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Melbourne, February 17, 2017 (ESPNCI)

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* Sri Lanka will grow with time, says Jayawardene

Feb 24 (WI) Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lanka captain, urged fans and media to give some time to the talented but inexperienced Sri Lankan team, saying expectations are always high and prompt in the subcontinent. “I think talent is there but they have come to international cricket with little first-class experience,” said Jayawardene on Friday (February 24). “Expectations are always high in the subcontinent but this Sri Lankan team needs some time. Let them grow with time.”
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* Colombo event has been priceless for the qualifying Women's sides

Feb 24 (ICC) As the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifying competition came to an exciting conclusion in Sri Lanka, with the hosts qualifying along with India, Pakistan and South Africa, I am more convinced than ever that the ICC Women’s World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom this summer will be the best-ever staged. Even in the past 12 months, the game has evolved and there are girls across the world who are now household names, which is exciting in itself.
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* India wobble to Australia's new-ball pace

Feb 24 (ESPNCI) Australia might have considered playing three spinners in this Test, but it was the pace and bounce of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood that caused trouble for India on the second morning in Pune. Starc was unable to build significantly on his overnight half-century as Australia were bowled out for 260 in the first over of the day, but it did not take him long to have an impact with the ball, snaring Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in India's 15th over.
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* Series win in Australia hugely satisfying: Upul Tharanga

Feb 24 (CB) The Sri Lankan cricket team returned home to a heroes' welcome in the early hours of Friday after their thrilling series win over Australia. Led by Upul Tharanga in the absence of injured skipper Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka won the first two T20Is at the MCG and Geelong - both off the last ball - to seal the series with a game to spare. Australia bounced back to win the final game in Adelaide, but Sri Lanka won the series 2-1.
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* 'Future generations will put T20 first' - Buttler

Feb 24 (ESPNCI) Test cricket is facing "some big challenges" if it is to remain relevant and popular in the era of T20, according to England's Jos Buttler. While Buttler, one of eight England players due to appear in this year's IPL, believes Test cricket is still perceived as "the ultimate" challenge for current players, he feels that future generations may well prioritise differently.
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