The Queensland Bulls take on Sri Lanka in a one-dayer at the Gabba tomorrow for the tenth annual community cricket day.
And in keeping with the good spirit of charity, some proceeds will go to community-aid organisation “Spiritus” helping the homeless.
Lincoln Humphries reports.
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In some unorthodox preparation for their match against Sri Lanka, the Queensland Bulls are doing the bus stop.
Free tickets to the game will be available to registered volunteers who’ll also get free public transport to and from the game.
But our Queensland cricketers won’t be getting a free ride from the Sri Lankans tommorow.
Lee Carseldine, Queensland Batsman: “You got guys like Murali, Kumar, Jayawardene, Malinga, Dilshan who is one of the best batsmen going around in world cricket at the moment so the side’s going to be a strong one.”
The Sri Lankans were out training at the Gabba today getting a feel for the conditions ahead of their one day series against Australia starting later this month.
And for controversial champion spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, he’s apparently already acclimatised to the provocative reception he recieves from Australian crowds.
Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan Batsman: “I think Murali has gotten over that pretty much you know.”
The Sri Lankans will fancy their chances against Australia this summer coming off a series win at home over India and Australia’s recent loss against the Indians.
But they’re under no illusions about the challenge ahead.
Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan Batsman: “Australia is Australia, you know how they are going to react against opposition and they are going to come hard and we are going to have to be prepared for that.”
They might only be taking on a state side tomorrow night but for the Sri Lankans it’s their first hit out on this Australian tour and they won’t be taking it easy on the Bulls.
Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan Batsman: “Whenever those guys come up against international teams they seem to lift their game up you know we can’t take it lightly.”
The match gets underway at 2.30 tomorrow.
Lincoln Humphries, QUT News.