Sri Lanka in England 2011 May 10, 2011

Adjusting to conditions crucial - Atapattu

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Sri Lanka's batting coach Marvan Atapattu has said that the side will have to adjust to the Test format and the English conditions if they are to challenge England this summer.

"The biggest challenge is to adjust to English conditions," he said prior to the team's departure for the two-month tour. "We are playing a Test series after a gap of a few months [Sri Lanka's last Test was in the rain-affected series against West Indies in November-December 2010]. Winning the Test series in England is our aim.

"A [Test] win will make it easier for our preparation work for the one-day and T20 games [that follow]."

The squad left without newly appointed captain Tillakaratne Dilshan, and former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, as the players are on IPL duty. While Dilshan will join the squad ahead of their first practice game - against Middlesex between May 14 and 16 - the other two seniors will join the squad along with Dilhara Fernando, Thisara Perera and Suraj Randiv, in time for the second practice game on May 18.

Another notable absence in the squad leaving for England was Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. While Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test series in England, Muralitharan has featured in some of their better performances there, picking up 16 wickets to help them win a one-off Test at The Oval in 1998, and eight wickets to win a Test at Trent Bridge in 2006 to draw a series.

Downplaying Muralitharan's absence, Atapattu said the tour provided a chance for fringe players like Farveez Maharoof and Kaushal Silva - who have been brought in for the first practice game as cover for the absent players - to prove their credentials.

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  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    I fear for Sri Lanka in the tests. Their batting is strong and will score runs but where are 20 wickets coming from? If they cant bowl England out they simply cannot win and I'm not sure they can do that if the pitches are good. And it can hardly be good preperation to arrive straight from the IPL to a test match in England? 2 or even 3 nil seem far more likely than a SL win. Which is a shame because Sri Lanka with proper preperation and a couple of the old guard bowling would make for some excellent cricket.

    In the ODIs I think Sri Lanka are clear favourites because they bat much better at the top. Frankly they were the best side at the world cup until they lost in the final. (watch the boards exlode after that) And I expect England to blood several new players in their usual farce with throwing out half the side after a world cup and not taking every series really seriously. (which is why they will never win the world cup)

  • schathuranga on May 13, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    We r sri lankan never insult to others.we show our proud by activities. all the best sri lanka...!!!

  • faizalsehwag on May 13, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    @RANURA: IDIA BECAME NO 1 TEST TEAM AND 2ND IN ODI..... W BECAME NO 1 AFTER BEATING AUS,SA AND ALL FROM THEIR HOME GROUNDS....ALSO NOT LIKE YOUR LANKA..LANKANS CAN PERFORM BETTER ONLY WHEN THEY PLAYED AT COLOMBO OR SSC WITH THOER OWN CROWDS.. OUTSIDE THEY MIGHT CAN WIN AGAINST BANGLADESH...SRILANKA HAS TO HARD WORK A LOT TO REACH NO1 ALSO REQUIRED FEW WORLD CLASS PLAYERS IN THE TEAM..JUST WITH SANGA AND JAYAWARDEBE U CANNOT WIN OVER OTHER TOP RANKED TEAMS....ABOUT DILSHAN!! HE CAN PLAY ONLY IN COLOMBO WITH HOME GOUNDS... ABROAD AGAINST TEST NATION TEAM HE IS BIG BIG ZERO...WE EXAMPLE JUST TWO MONTHS BK IN WORLD CUP TOOOO..SO MY OPINION IS SRILANKA BECAME WEAK NOW W/O MURALI AND MALLINGA..ENG CAN EASILY WIN IN THIS SERIES ALSO COMPLETELY ONESIDES MATCHES....IN ONEDAYMATCH THEY CAN EXPECT ONE SINGLE WIN IF ENG MAKES MISTAKES......

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    faizalsehwag..you are saying too much..We are lions always whether we win or lose ... We love our nation... you ,,,,,, JAYA WEVA

  • Ranura on May 13, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    @ faizalsehwag: wt a poor guy dis is? India cant win abroad series so he thinks sri lanka also cant. u just watch dis series

  • ZishanMohd on May 12, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    well...who do you think is going to win this series? I personaly think sri lanka to be in a better position than england!

  • faizalsehwag on May 12, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    LANKANS ARE DREAMING TOOOOOOO MUCH.!!!!1 WIN AGAINST ENGLAND FROM THEIR HOME GOUNDS!!!!!! THEY CAN WIN AGAINST ENG FROM COLOMBO OR SSC...BUT NOT IN ABROAD..!!!!TEST SERIES W/O MURALI ND MALLINGA.. HOOOOO SOOO HORRIBLE IT WILL BE.... THE SERIES COMPLETELY WILL BE ONE SIDES MATCHES FAVOURS FOR ENG.......LIONS WILL BE PUSSY CATS HEREATER....

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    I know our sri lanka team will win serice. If win dilshan is a hisry make caption.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    SL can easilly win both TESTs & ODIs

    be it soccer or cricket..England is LARGELY overrated

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Do you know what the hardest thing about being a England cricket supporter is? Not the fact that we make some of the biggest mistakes in cricket history, but the fact that even when we are doing well, and looking strong, other cricketing fans seem to still beat on us. England won 2 consecutive Ashes series with ease; we won the T20 world cup thrashing every opposition all except West Indies near the beginning. I don't know what it is about the Sri Lankan supporters, is it the whole commonwealth thing? Sri Lanka is a fantastic team, but it is about time the Sri Lankan fans realised that without Murali, there is no Sri Lankan dominance. England will destroy you in the Test matches, and, after all, thats all that really matters in cricket - Test matches.

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