‘Sri Lanka in same place as England in 2015’

October 10, 2018

Sri Lanka’s new one-day captain Dinesh Chandimal believes their current situation, after crashing out of the 2018 Asia Cup last month, is similar to England’s following their group-stage exit in the 2015 World Cup.

Chandimal speaking during the pre match media breifing said “I actually did go back and look at where England were in one-dayers – they didn’t even make it out of the group stage of the 2015 World Cup. They were really struggling back then. One of the main things they have got right since then is that their fielding has been excellent. That’s a big lesson for us, because we’re in a similar place to where they were in terms of one-day cricket”.

Poor fielding has affected Sri Lanka since 2015, with successive coaches having attempted various fixes, including fielding-intensive training sessions.

The board even brought Jonty Rhodes to Sri Lanka for a 10-day fielding camp.

Chandimal said one of the biggest changes the team is trying to make in the series is to prioritise fielding.

The first of five One Day Internationals will get underway at 2:30 in Dambulla today.