The Australian and Sri Lankan cricketers formally made peace after a fiery end to their 2nd and last Twenty20 International won by Sri Lanka off the last ball, Cricket Australia (CA) stated on Tuesday.
There were furious exchanges between both squads after the 2nd T20I, as they walked off the pitch after Sri Lanka won by 2 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. Cricket Australia accepted the rain-hit game finished with “ugly scenes” but stressed that “both squads apologized”.
Trouble erupted when Glenn Maxwell, the Australian all-rounder, needing 4 runs from the ultimate ball to clinch success in Australia, advised the Sri Lankans, in no uncertain terms, to get on with it. Mahela Jayawardene, who earlier hit an unbeaten 61, yelled back at Maxwell. After the previous ball was finally delivered the pair jostled in a furious face-to-face exchange.
Matthew Wade, the Australian wicketkeeper and George Bailey, the Australia skipper, also bickered along with Jayawardene and Thisara Perera during the on-field handshakes.