Dickwella and Usman Khawaja exchange verbals: The Sri Lanka wicket-keeper and the Australian batsman were at each other at Canberra.
During the third day of the second Test of the ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia at Canberra, Sri Lanka wicket-keeper and Australia top-order batsman Usman Khawaja were involved in an on-field banter.
Perhaps, the same was an effort on the part of Dickwella to further make damage to the Australian innings. Having lost three early wickets, the opposition would have been delighted to send back another batsman before the tea break.
Dropped! Usman Khawaja spills a simple catch at first slip and Dickwella survives. Mitchell Starc misses out on his fourth wicket
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The highlight of the banter was that none of the players crossed their limits by saying anything offensive to each other. The banter was heard on the stump mic when the commentators weren’t calling for an over.
Khawaja, who has returned with 21, 33, 27, 4*, 11 and 0 in his recent Test outings, was targeted was his lack of form by Dickwella. “Remember Marsh brothers? No runs under his belt boys. No run,” Dickwella was heard saying on the stump mic.
While Khawaja responded with mentioning that he plays for Queensland unlike Marsh brothers, Dickwella was quick to push in a comment that regarding his form not looking for his Test career.
Bizzare umpiring. I really don’t understand how Thirimanne’s wicket was overturned during last Test. And not conclusive evidence to overturn Dickwella’s wicket this Test. Same style spike was on the RTS. #SLvAuS
— Aldon Daniel (@ad_aldon) February 3, 2019
Geez Dickwella given out! Bit stiff!!
— The Idiot Chronicles (@theIC2017) February 3, 2019
“I really want you to get some runs here. I don’t want you to feel bad….after that series watching your team play on TV,” Dickwella added.
At Tea on Day 3, Australia are 67-3 in 23 overs. With a 386-run lead under their belt, they will be looking to push the opposition out of the match in the third innings itself. Earlier in the morning, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc registered his 10th five-wicket haul (13.3-2-54-5) as the visitors were bowled out on 215 in 68.3 overs.
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