Ford credits hard work for Lanka's brilliant fielding
DURHAM: Graham Ford the Sri Lanka cricket team's head coach praised
the fielding of his players and said that they deserved every catch they
took during the England first innings of the first day of the second
Test at Chester-le-Street here on Friday. "I have always had a huge
regard for the attitude of the Sri Lankan players," said Ford.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews leaps to his right to catch
Alex Hales in the second Test at Chester-le-Street, Durham.
"But after the disappointment of last week, the way the blokes have
committed themselves to improve their cricket, the training sessions
we've had since the first Test and the effort the boys have put in, in
difficult weather conditions, it's pleasing to see that the fielding
coming good today.
"Everybody in the camp was delighted to see those catches they were
really very special," Ford continued.
"Hats off to the boys, at training sessions they really worked hard
and in cold conditions they put in the work and thrown themselves around
they deserve their rewards. The bowlers also should have got a little
more reward on a day we worked really hard. It's important we latch on
to everything we can if we want to stay competitive."Ford said that
captain Angelo Mathews' catch to dismiss Alex Hales for 83 energised the
"He (Angelo) has done quite a bit of work. I have seen him taking
those catches at training. All those moments really energize you. Four
of those catches energized the troops and got them going," said Ford.
"The pitch wasn't much in the bowlers' favour. We are not a side that
has a huge amount of fire power. These guys getting a good honest day's
work done and they really stuck to it. It was pleasing to see the
fielders backing it up," he said.
Sri Lanka's fielding standards in recent times have fallen
drastically and since Ford took over as head coach in February they have
been assiduously been working hard towards regaining that lost status.