Sri Lanka’s unheralded side manages what its most distinguished could not | Geoff Lemon

Given the gulf in facilities, player development, professional opportunities, and pay packets, victory over Australia was an extraordinary achievement

In sport, some wins are far bigger than others. If Australia beat Sri Lanka in a Test match, it’s business as usual. If Sri Lanka beat Australia, it’s history.

The smaller island nation has had a disproportionate parade of great players across the last couple of eras. The kind who can be referred to by single names, perhaps with added Homeric adjectival phrases: rubber-limbed Muralitharan, noble Sangakkara, fire-breathing Jayasuriya, wily Ranatunga.

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