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    Malinga retires from tests

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    Sri Lanka news: Lasith Malinga gives up Test cricket | Sri Lanka Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo

    First I've heard of the injury, certainly unexpected because iirc, Malinga played pretty damn nicely in Murali's last home series. I thought he was the hardier of the two 'Slingers'.

    Now he's just a hired gun.

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    He's never been a force in tests tbh. And good on him to concentrate on the stuff he excels in. Expecting more and more bowlers to follow his and Tait's way.


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    Disappointing but you could see it was coming. Bowler like him seems to breakdown in Test cricket, and with so many more options these days to earn your money in cricket it makes sense to give it up.

    We might see a lot of fast bowlers give up Test cricket earlier than you'd typically want with the rise of T20 $$$
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    Should have done this officially sometime back I reckon. Anyway our bowling attack in tests takes a massive hit.
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    Wow. This is out of the blue.

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    Nah, with his knee and such, you knew it was going to happen soon (though I didn't think THIS soon). Plus it's hard to pass up years and more money for a potential one-more-and-bust Test series.
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    Very disappointing. Kid's like 27? Shouldn't even have peaked much less retired.

    As for his action, it's unconventional, but he's not a unit like Tait or Fred, so I don't think it's necessarily to blame for his knee. If he was suffering from shoulder ligament woes I could maybe see it, but my guess is it's a genetic weakness.

    As for him not being a force in tests; he's a sight better than the other SL seam options that I've seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Nah, with his knee and such, you knew it was going to happen soon (though I didn't think THIS soon). Plus it's hard to pass up years and more money for a potential one-more-and-bust Test series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Very disappointing. Kid's like 27? Shouldn't even have peaked much less retired.

    As for his action, it's unconventional, but he's not a unit like Tait or Fred, so I don't think it's necessarily to blame for his knee. If he was suffering from shoulder ligament woes I could maybe see it, but my guess is it's a genetic weakness.

    As for him not being a force in tests; he's a sight better than the other SL seam options that I've seen.
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    I think it's pretty obvious to most of us that Malinga's retirement was caused by Sri Lanka's board calling him back from the IPL for a fitness test....

    This problem is similar to the one involving Gayle and the WICB. When will the WICB and SLC realise that they can't compete with the IPL? The money offered by the IPL is much more than what these boards can pay....

    There's only one way out of this, and poorer boards like the WICB and SLC are going to have to accept the IPL, and work around the IPL schedule, and make sure they don't accept any international series that clashes with the IPL. Otherwise, they will lose players like Malinga and Gayle, and it's not worth it....

    Sure, the ECB and Cricket Australia seem to be keen to take on the IPL, but let them! The poorer boards shouldn't fight their battles for them, because they're the ones who suffer the most. It's time that the WICB and SLC worth with the IPL, and not against them.

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    Not a surprise to be honest. Was always on the cards.

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    Yeah was just a matter of time tbh. Wonder how weak SL's bowling resources would be without him especially in the pace department.
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