Clarke - We were outplayed
Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted he and his team-mates were thoroughly outplayed by Sri Lanka at Perth.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 31/10/10 1:59pm
Australia captain Michael Clarke gave an honest assessment of his side's seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka, admitting he and his team-mates were thoroughly outplayed at the WACA.
The Aussies crashed to their fourth successive T20 loss as their domestic summer started in abysmal fashion.
An inept batting performance saw Australia post just 133-8 - their lowest ever total on home soil - before Sri Lanka coasted to victory.
At one point Australia had slumped to 43-5 and Clarke admitted the slow start proved decisive.
He said: "Yeah they (Sri Lanka) played really well tonight. We were a little bit disappointing with the bat, especially up front losing four wickets early.
"I think we got outplayed tonight. No doubt conditions were different to what we just faced in India, but look, we've had great preparation here, the nets are very similar to what we faced out in the middle so we have no excuses.
"Sri Lanka bowled really well and like I say, we got outplayed tonight.
"They played the cross-bat shots really well on a bouncy wicket. I think we can learn from that, I think we tried to bowl a bit too short because there was a bit of pace and carry but we need to get up for Wednesday."
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who made an unbeaten 44 during a 71-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan, heaped praise on the way his bowlers performed.
"We played a pretty good game from the start. We knew them winning the toss was an advantage for them but it just kept getting better for the batsman," he said.
"I think the way we played first up with the choice of deliveries and the way we fielded, it was a great achievement to keep them down to around 130."