1st one-day against England tomorrow - Mahela orders team to start
CRICKET: Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardena said that he has no
intention in living on past laurels, being runner-up of the 2007 World
Cup and made it clear that the team has to start all over again. Sri
Lanka will take on England in a five Bradford and Bingley day night ODI
series, the first starting tomorrow (Monday) at the Rangiri Dambulu
"Two years ago there was a goal set for us,that's the World Cup, and
after the World Cup we had quite a few changes in the set up. Now we
have to start all over again. If we stay in dreams of the past, the
other teams might roll you over." he said.
"The Sri Lankan Skipper Mahela said that the Lankans have to prepare
themselves and groom the new planes to push the guys who are in the
We cannot keep them in a floating system, that's why our new coach
Trevor Bayliss has come in and done a fair bit of work in the last month
and a half to push the players into another level, from where Tom Moody
has left us. "
He said that it is not going to be easy and rosy just because we got
into a final of a World Cup.
We will have to work harder as the opposition will obviously come at
us with a vengeance, knowing that we were the runners-up at the last
World Cup. So we got to work vigorously towards our goal.
"We should forget the negative aspect of the Twenty 20 version of the
game, pick up the positive side that we gained, and face the 50-over
game, because 50 overs are lot of overs, and it is important that we bat
throughout the 50 overs, which we have done quite well in the past and
our focus should be drawn once again towards that.
Jayawardena also said that the bowlers had learnt a lot in the
Twenty20 tournament, and for the first time an extra fielder is
permitted instead of the two outside the circle in the third power play.
The free hit off a no-ball will come into play for the first time in the
fifty over version of the game in Monday's first game. So the players
should get used to the new innovations.
Referring to the pitch at the Dambulu Stadium, Jayawardena said that
it could be even unfamiliar to the Lankans as matches were not played in
the recent past.
Jayawardena was optimistic that the young England players would be a
challenge as it will be a new experience for them. We are aware of their
performances against India and the West Indies.
England skipper Paul Collingwood said that his players are confident
and waiting to go after their limited over success.
England has not won an ODI series in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka beat
England 5/0 when the two countries met in England.
He was also concerned about the heat which will be a challenge and
believed that spinner Monty Panesar will play a vital role in the
One - day squads
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardena (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Chaminda
Vaas, Sanath Jayasuriya, T. M. Dilshan, Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak,
Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Farveez Maharoof, Upul Tharanga,
Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Gayan Wijekoon, Dilruwan Perera, Muttiah
England: Paul Collingwood (Captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi
Bopara, Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Monty Panesar,
Kevin Pietersen, P. Mustard, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graems Swann,
1st October: 1st ODI (day night) Dambulla, October 4; 2nd ODI (Day
night) Dambulla, October 7; 3rd ODI (Daynight) Dambulla. October 10; 4th
ODI (day night) R. Premadasa Stadium. October 13; 5th ODI (day night)