<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Sri Lanka's pace attack worst ever to tour Australia: Rodney Marsh" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121213193435.jpg" title="Sri Lanka's pace attack worst ever to tour Australia: Rodney Marsh" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Sri Lanka pacer Shaminda Eranga during a team's training session ahead of the first Test Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Hobart: Dec 13, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Sri-Lanka/post" target="_blank">Sri Lanka'</a>s "terrible" pace attack is the worst ever to visit <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>and does not have the quality to give the home team a testing examination, former Test fast bowler <a href="/tags/Rodney-Hogg/post" target="_blank">Rodney Hogg</a> said Thursday.<br /> <br /> While the sixth-ranked Sri Lankans have an impressive batting line-up featuring the likes of <a href="/tags/Kumar-Sangakkara/post" target="_blank">Kumar Sangakkara</a>, <a href="/tags/Mahela-Jayawardene/post" target="_blank">Mahela Jayawardene </a>and <a href="/tags/Tillakaratne-Dilshan/post" target="_blank">Tillakaratne Dilshan</a>, Australia's Hogg said their seaming stocks were poor.<br /> <br /> The three Sri Lankan fast bowlers most likely to feature in Friday's first Test of the three-match series in Hobart -- <a href="/tags/Nuwan-Kulasekara/post" target="_blank">Nuwan Kulasekara</a>, <a href="/tags/Shaminda-Eranga/post" target="_blank">Shaminda Eranga</a> and <a href="/tags/Chanaka-Welegedara/post" target="_blank">Chanaka Welegedara</a> -- have only 38 Tests and 99 wickets between them.<br /> <br /> "Sri Lanka have the worst new-ball attack that has landed on our shores ever," Hogg tweeted.<br /> <br /> He said the issues Australia have with their batting order following the retirement of former skipper Ricky Ponting would not be properly answered because of the weak Sri Lankan pace attack.<br /> <br /> "I had a look at the stats. No (fast) bowler has got 50 Test wickets," Hogg added to <em>Fairfax Media</em>.<br /> <br /> "Kulasekara looks like he'd be a good third bowler, and I've gone through all their other fast and fast-medium bowlers, and they're all terrible. It's got to be pretty close to the worst attack doesn't it?<br /> <br /> "Obviously these blokes have bowled on subcontinent wickets, so I'm being a bit harsh," he added.<br /> <br /> "But their stats don't stack up. We're trying to sort out what our top order is -- well, this attack is not going to sort out our top order."<br /> <br /> Hogg, 61, who played 38 Tests, believes Sri Lanka will struggle in Hobart, and then in further Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.<br /> <br /> "If you don't post big scores and you've got (only) spinners then you're in trouble, aren't you?" he said.<br /> Former Australia coach John Buchanan, who is now New Zealand's director of cricket, also weighed in, saying: "Their bowling attack has minimal experience in Australia.<br /> <br /> "I see Sri Lanka as vulnerable in Australia, especially if the Sri Lankan top order under-perform as they did against the Black Caps (New Zealand).<br /> <br /> "This will then expose (the) limitations of (the) Sri Lankan bowling attack."