To get over the bad spell...... :
Sri Lanka to experiment against England - Angelo Mathews
While Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews prefers to bury the hatchet of
the recently concluded India series which the Lankans lost 0-5, England
captain Alistair Cook and his team will come hard on the Lankans to
compensate England’s last summer’s (2-3) ODI loss when the two teams
confront each other in a seven match 50 overs limited overs cricket
series which will begin on November 26th at the R. Premadasa
International Cricket Stadium at Khettarama.
Mathews said that the last Indian tour was really disappointing and
have flushed it down the system and have to get their problems solved
quickly and move on. “Just one series won’t make us a bad team. We had
quite an experience in India, we know what went wrong and have
identified the mistakes.
Some young players are bound to wilt under pressure situations and we
will try to get over the situation through experience. We want to try a
few experiments against England and rectify the batting and have a set
batting order and also try out two or three new faces whom we have to
look at and move on from there. In India we failed to impress in all
three departments of the game, and hopefully against England we could
find the right combination”.
The Indian tour has also exposed the urgency of an opening batsman.
The Sri Lankan openers in the concluded Indian series failed to give the
early advantage. Regular opener T.M. Dilshan was not at his best and the
other two Kusal Janith Perera and seasoned Upul Chandana was also a
England will no doubt try to hit back strongly amidst the Sri Lankan
debacle in India few weeks ago and try to establish themselves as a
strong force in limited overs cricket. Many critics feel that England
are not playing in conformity of the norms of modern day limited overs
cricket to be a strong contender for the 2015 World Cup.
However, England have made their first unconventional move by trying
the bearded left- hander Moeen Ali as an opener instead of their regular
opener Alex Hales. Ali is primarily an off spinner who was the match
winner against India.
Ian Bell partnered skipper Cook as openers for England prior to Hales
coming as an opener. England too are trying some experiments to find
their right combination during their stay in Sri Lanka.
England will also play Australia and India in a triangular series
prior to the World Cup competition.
The England coach Peter Moores was positive and was keen to win the
series. To do that the side should excel with both bat and ball he said.
He emphasised on the importance of scoring lot of runs to insert the
pressure on the opponents. He mentioned Rohith Sharma’s 264 against Sri
Lanka as a classic example as to how he piled up the runs and the agony
on the Lankans nonchalantly at the beginning and later accelerating.