Sri Lanka can take the fight to England-Mahela
2021-01-12 at 16:11
Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene is confident that the Sri Lankan team can take the fight to England in the upcoming two-match Test series.
England are heavy favourites going into their away Test series against Sri Lanka, with the subcontinent nation coming off a 2-0 thrashing away to South Africa.
Jayawardene is confident that his team can turn the tables on the 2019 ICC World Cup winners.
In an interview with former England captain Nasser Hussain, Mahela Jayawardene said “With Ben Stokes missing, England don’t have that same experience in the top order, so I make it 50-50. I don’t think they’re going as favourites. I think Sri Lanka have something in them. Sri Lanka have a much better record at Galle. It will suit the current group of players. I don’t think Sri Lanka will be thinking too much about last time around”.
Mahela Jayawardene also chose batsman Kusal Mendis as one of the players to watch during the series.
Jayawardene believes that Mendis has the ability to go big and make the hundreds that could help the Sri Lankan cricket team win the series.
“It’s unfortunate that Dhananjaya de Silva has a long-term injury, but Kusal Mendis is a talent, and has scored seven hundreds in his short Test career. He knows how to go big. Sri Lanka have found two all-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, the leg-spinner, who bats at seven, and seamer Dasun Shanaka, who bowled really well in South Africa,” noted Jayawardene”.
Jayawardene also spoke about the recent series whitewash the Sri Lankan cricket team received away to South Africa. Despite the result, he felt that that the Lankans played really well for large parts of the series.