England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Lord's June 2, 2011

Pace and bounce hold no fear - Sangakkara

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Kumar Sangakkara insists Sri Lanka have no fear of facing England's trio of tall quicks likely to confront them during the second Test at Lord's despite the humbling experience of their second innings in Cardiff when they were rolled for 82. Chris Tremlett blew the top order away - although not Sangakkara, who was classically removed by Graeme Swann - and some of the tourists appeared distinctly uncomfortable when the England bowlers found their rhythm.

And it won't get any easier for the visitors. It's a mark of the current depth of English cricket that while James Anderson's injury is significant, they have Steven Finn ready on the sidelines should the decision be made to bombard the Sri Lankans from on high this week. Finn has bowled quickly for Middlesex and the England Lions this season, but Sangakkara believes Sri Lanka's batsmen can cope.

"I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides," he said. "Everyone around the world, no matter if it's Ricky Ponting, will struggle against bounce and good bowling. That's the bottom line. It's a case of making sure you are up to challenges, whether it's Finn, Tremlett or Broad. You know what you are going to get and you just have to be confident enough in your own ability to score runs no matter what. Whether it's bounce, swing or seam, at the end of the day if you are a quality player you'll find a way to combat it."

Ponting did indeed struggle against England's combination of bounce and swing during the Ashes and it was one of the key reasons for the one-sided Ashes series. While not carrying the same emotion as England's feats down under, skittling Sri Lanka for 82 was a remarkable show of belief and intensity at the end of a match dominated by wet weather and a flat pitch.

No one, even those taking part, has really been able to explain how or why the collapse happened but Sangakkara admits Sri Lanka didn't have the right game-plan when they went out to face those 51 overs, and subsequently lasted just 24.4 of them.

"It is a bit difficult because, mentally, you aren't sure which way to go, whether you have to have positive intent right from the start," he said while visiting the Terrance Higgins Trust in London in his role as a Think Wise ambassador to raise awareness of HIV, 30 years after it was first discovered. "One way to save the game is to bat out 50 overs and the other is to get far enough ahead of them, they don't have time to get it. You need to strike that balance and we couldn't do that either.

"It's not something you reflect upon, you just forget," he said. "We were completely below par and it was a terrible batting performance when we only had to bat 50 overs. It's not something we need to remind each other about but it's worth remembering once in a while to realise how tough this game really is."

A tough game, yes, but ultimately only a game. Sangakkara knows all about putting sport in perspective having been on the team bus in Lahore when it was attacked in 2008. He clearly understands how to look at the bigger picture, which is why he takes his Think Wise role so seriously.

"It's great to actually meet people who do hands-on work rather than just talking to a camera. It opens your eyes," he said. "I try to make sure I seriously commit to it with time, effort, with knowledge whichever way I can. If you go and meet people they can look you in the eye and instantly know whether you are really there or you are just fulfilling an obligation. I owe it not just to myself and my role, but also the people I meet."

Like many of the world's leading players, Sangakkara's success has given him a huge profile and he is genuine about wanting to use it to make a difference, both while he is still playing and also in the future. "It's not about doing it in front of 20 cameras, it's about doing it when there are no cameras about and there's no one to write about it," he said.

There have been significant advances in the understanding and treatment of HIV in the UK in the 30 years since it was discovered, but that isn't the case in Sri Lanka. "You see the difference when you come to a place like England, both in how it is talked about and the facilities and help on offer to those diagnosed," Sangakkara said. "The rate of diagnosing cases in Sri Lanka is much lower, the education isn't nearly as good and we need to do a lot more to change that."

On Friday, though, Sangakkara's attention will, for the short term, be back on England's bowlers. Sangakkara's personal contribution of 11 and 14 continued his poor record on British soil where he averages 27.76 in seven Tests compared to his overall career mark of 56.63. Although Sri Lanka posted a competitive 400 in the first innings at Cardiff with Prasanna Jayawardene hitting 112, their onus will be on Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and the captain Tillakaratne Dilshan to lay the foundations for a recovery.

"This time around I really should be delivering," he said. "In 2006 I had a couple of half-centuries and you always kick yourself when you miss a century here. Coming here to score runs is something I've looked forward to and hopefully I can do that in these next two Tests. The tag of being a senior player is not just because you are older but it's because you've been there and done it, and done it consistently well enough to deserve to be where you are. Every day you go out, there is motivation that drives you to build performances."

Sangakkara's drive is clear in everything he does. Not just with bat in hand.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sachin_vvsfan on June 3, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    @hawkeye30 He doesn't have to mention india any where. But why does he talk like this always?This is why he is not likeable. Instead of saying"we play bounce better than other subcontinent teams". He could have said "I play bounce better than other subcontinent teams." SL has only two quality batsman and it will be interesting to see how samaraweera performs. He dint get too many chances in overseas but looked solid .lets c how he plays his game here. As a fan of test cricket i would like to see an even contest here. 1-1 result and 5th day decider for last match.May the best team Win and that statement about srilanka being 3 times runner up thats incorrect right(again nobody is questioning SL's achievement but a factual error)and for @ yorkslanka you are one of those guys suffering from ' small country achieved big" syndrome.

  • Jarr30 on June 3, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Sangakarra@ "I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides," What a JOKE...Sanga your average out of sub-continent below 27, so you should bat & talk less .. Sri Lanka can't even win one test match in Australia, SA & India and this guy talks abt how good they are playing bounce.

  • yorkslanka on June 3, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @radharkhrishna rao- your comments are funny or you must be looking at a different future tours programme to the rest of us. The facts are that it is very rare that we get more than one test in eng/aus/sa but we can't change that. It's all very well "predicting" how well India will do here in england but wait and see! Wow some of. you Indian fans are so jealous of a little country like SL?

  • jonesy2 on June 3, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    im a huge sangakarra fan he is right it doesnt matter what bowling you face if you dont have the self-efficacy to deal with it and do your job which is scoring runs, then you shouldnt be playing cricket. goes for any profession. anyway englands bowling isnt that good, its one dimentional and lacks substance. and englands depth? excuse me? what depth? finn coming in is only good for sri lanka, he is a run machine, wouldnt get a game for the fremantle second XI.

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    its a lame excuse that sri lanka don't get enough opportunity to play in the bouncy tracks..i have seen them travelling to australia more than india, once in every two years..and india used to travel after 7 years, now it is after four years..and also, to england also..etc..and they are frequest visitors to india actually..still no victory in test matches and lamenting over UDRS..last year,without UDRS we drew the seires there..and in that match, dilshan was given not out in the 2nd innings of fourth test...same was with sangakara..yet we won the test match..so have quality first and then do the talk..and indian batsman may not be good puller of shot pitch,yet handles it effectively and are very good in play cut shots..especially the upper cuts..

  • hawkeye30 on June 3, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @chiragbhutt: oops sanga's mistake for not naming india as the best team in the sub continent to cope up with the bounce I guess... funny!!!

  • hawkeye30 on June 3, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    @ Kp_india: There is no question about SLs achievements in cricket. Thats not even up for argument. So lets not go there as SL is a one time WC winner and 3 time runner up. Untill this WC india had only one WC win for all these yrs. So I suggest you get dwn from your high horse. Cricket is a game.. you win some and you loose some. Earlier my point was SL without having much exposure playing in such tracks have done very well for them selves in the past. With or without proper funding SL has made a huge impact in cricket whether you accept it or not. Pity that you cant find bowlers who bowls 145+ in such a huge population.

  • here2rock on June 3, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    His comments ""I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides" is a disrespect to guys like Tendulkar, Dravid, Shewag and Laxman, the magnificent 4. None of the Sri Lankan batsman can stand up to them.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 3, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @mysay, looks like sour grapes

  • spas on June 3, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    @kp_india, yes, Sri Lanka lacks a super lucky guy like Dhoni....! if SL get someone like that, Sri Lanka would be unbeatable anywhere and be no1 in all formats of the game for atleast ten years too....... :).

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 3, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    @hawkeye30 He doesn't have to mention india any where. But why does he talk like this always?This is why he is not likeable. Instead of saying"we play bounce better than other subcontinent teams". He could have said "I play bounce better than other subcontinent teams." SL has only two quality batsman and it will be interesting to see how samaraweera performs. He dint get too many chances in overseas but looked solid .lets c how he plays his game here. As a fan of test cricket i would like to see an even contest here. 1-1 result and 5th day decider for last match.May the best team Win and that statement about srilanka being 3 times runner up thats incorrect right(again nobody is questioning SL's achievement but a factual error)and for @ yorkslanka you are one of those guys suffering from ' small country achieved big" syndrome.

  • Jarr30 on June 3, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Sangakarra@ "I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides," What a JOKE...Sanga your average out of sub-continent below 27, so you should bat & talk less .. Sri Lanka can't even win one test match in Australia, SA & India and this guy talks abt how good they are playing bounce.

  • yorkslanka on June 3, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @radharkhrishna rao- your comments are funny or you must be looking at a different future tours programme to the rest of us. The facts are that it is very rare that we get more than one test in eng/aus/sa but we can't change that. It's all very well "predicting" how well India will do here in england but wait and see! Wow some of. you Indian fans are so jealous of a little country like SL?

  • jonesy2 on June 3, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    im a huge sangakarra fan he is right it doesnt matter what bowling you face if you dont have the self-efficacy to deal with it and do your job which is scoring runs, then you shouldnt be playing cricket. goes for any profession. anyway englands bowling isnt that good, its one dimentional and lacks substance. and englands depth? excuse me? what depth? finn coming in is only good for sri lanka, he is a run machine, wouldnt get a game for the fremantle second XI.

  • on June 3, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    its a lame excuse that sri lanka don't get enough opportunity to play in the bouncy tracks..i have seen them travelling to australia more than india, once in every two years..and india used to travel after 7 years, now it is after four years..and also, to england also..etc..and they are frequest visitors to india actually..still no victory in test matches and lamenting over UDRS..last year,without UDRS we drew the seires there..and in that match, dilshan was given not out in the 2nd innings of fourth test...same was with sangakara..yet we won the test match..so have quality first and then do the talk..and indian batsman may not be good puller of shot pitch,yet handles it effectively and are very good in play cut shots..especially the upper cuts..

  • hawkeye30 on June 3, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @chiragbhutt: oops sanga's mistake for not naming india as the best team in the sub continent to cope up with the bounce I guess... funny!!!

  • hawkeye30 on June 3, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    @ Kp_india: There is no question about SLs achievements in cricket. Thats not even up for argument. So lets not go there as SL is a one time WC winner and 3 time runner up. Untill this WC india had only one WC win for all these yrs. So I suggest you get dwn from your high horse. Cricket is a game.. you win some and you loose some. Earlier my point was SL without having much exposure playing in such tracks have done very well for them selves in the past. With or without proper funding SL has made a huge impact in cricket whether you accept it or not. Pity that you cant find bowlers who bowls 145+ in such a huge population.

  • here2rock on June 3, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    His comments ""I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides" is a disrespect to guys like Tendulkar, Dravid, Shewag and Laxman, the magnificent 4. None of the Sri Lankan batsman can stand up to them.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 3, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    @mysay, looks like sour grapes

  • spas on June 3, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    @kp_india, yes, Sri Lanka lacks a super lucky guy like Dhoni....! if SL get someone like that, Sri Lanka would be unbeatable anywhere and be no1 in all formats of the game for atleast ten years too....... :).

  • Percy_Fender on June 3, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Actually, if you consider the likes of Roy Dias, Duleep Mendis, Aravinda D'silva Mahela Jaywardane Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakarra, I think Kumar is right. They are good players of the hook and the square cut. I think most people are inclined to be subjective when it comes to self assessment. And for this reason, there will be a spate of disparaging comments against the team. I wish Sanga would avoid such utterances except at the Cricket Club cafe in Colombo.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on June 3, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Sanga is always telling BIG stories. Sanga.. PLS stop talking too much & try to do something with your bat. People of Sri Lanka will never be interested in listening to your Stories after poor WC final match. It's advisable for a great cricketer like you to give up telling useless stories & try to do even little thing for the country in this important series against ENG.You can tell tales & beautiful stories if you become a politician one day. Still you are just a cricketer. So use your bat well..

  • chiragbhatt on June 3, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    "I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides,".....this is a funny statement...has Sangakarra forgetten that no Srilankan side has even managed to draw a series in SA,Aus etc...they havent even beaten India in India so far...they need to tour more to such places to lay a claim on being a world beating side...And without Murali thats is impossible to do...

  • mysay on June 3, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Mr. Junta Kumar, why not focus on the match at hand. I would say for India to initially finish the WI series, without being prognostic. It's guys like you who make India the same old overrated team they were, and still are, as long as I'm concerned WC win means nothing, as a disintegrating pitch and soggy after hours out field, is the sort of ground you guys need, in which on only, you can win a worthwhile series. Do not talk about 20/20 WC and IPL, as 20/20 is a game for school boys who love to slog, but then again, apart from SRT I don't see in players with class & grace, but slog heroes.

  • PremasiriS on June 3, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    Still there's no hint of inclusion of Chandimal, Khausal, Thirimanne, though they are the best batsmen for the No 3, 4 & 5 positions in the absence of Angelo Mathews. One can't survive with risky strokes when the conditions aren't conducive for batting and luck doesn't come on one's way as well, therefore one ought to have good application & skill like Jonathan Trott to overcome these situations. Apart from Dulip & Brendon, the others in the selection committee do not know the importance of having technically solid batsmen like Trotts, De Viliers, Virat Kolis at the top order. It is also so sad to learnt that the Team Management on tour seems powerless to do what they want.

  • hyperboledoctor on June 3, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    it will be interesting to see how samaraweera deals with the england quicks. he has a world class average of 53.65 but he won't be considered that unless he scores some runs outside the subcontinent. he would perhaps be the worst player to have an average over 50. history suggests anyone can score runs in your own conditions but only the best take that form overseas.

  • kp_india on June 3, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    @hawkeye30: Do not moan about what sri lanka do not have. The strength of any team lies in what they can achieve with whatever they have. For example if India had a couple of 145+kmph fast bowlers or a good fast bowling allrounder we would be unbeatable anywhere and be no1 in all formats of the game for atleast ten years. But we are number 1 in tests and world champions without such players. So stop imagining and complaining and hope sri lanka will play well with the resources they have at their disposal.

  • on June 3, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Bring on broad, tremlet, finn against sachin, sehwag, gambhir, dravid, laxu,,,,we will see who the real boss is :-)....Swann will become nuts againsts india,, Even great shane warne became nuts against india.... hehe

  • nimal183 on June 2, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    lol... dont forget the world cup quarter final 50 0vers you guys could not even take a single wicket!!! that how we play in home.. flipping cold weather freezing hands its a bit tough to bat here an its our first match.. don't get carried away just wait and see how class we are in our batting in the next 2 tests...

  • nimal183 on June 2, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    dont forget england fans you playing in your home.. you have the advantage.. SL wont lose a complete white wash (5-0 ashes ) .. wait and see

  • yorkslanka on June 2, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    @rustyryan- ok mate, that's the way I read it.I think sangas comment were probably his way of reassuring his younger team mates and his way of trying to boost the confidence of our batsmen without visibly stepping on dilshans toes. It reassures me that so many people want us to fail.that to me shows a lot of countries see us as a credible threat in cricket- which is good for a small country like SL. Remember, we don't have the population or resources of the big boys of cricket.Sri Lanka, we will always support you. Make us proud.

  • rustyryan on June 2, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    @yorkslanka: Mate I never said SL is as bad as Bangla. What funny was the over-the-top-stmt made by sanga that they are the best in playing bounce. Isn't it weird to make such a statement after a pathetic loss?. Even i believe SL would bounce back in the series. But for the moment, these players are just talking too much and it'd put immense pressure on SL team only.

  • maddy20 on June 2, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    This is just the beginning of SL's troubles. Later this year they will face far more hostile conditions on the tour of SA. If they keep playing pathetic cricket like this they will be swept aside like dust! These Sri Lanakan fans made fun of India after first test in South Africa but India recovered. Sri Lanka won't and they will lose this series 2-1 at least!

  • purple-haze on June 2, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    I often get the feeling that Kumar Sangakkara puts undue pressure on his team by making such preposterous statements "we play bounce better than other subcontinent teams." You might be a good batsman Mr. Sangakkara, but the same can't be said of your teammates. For a team having one of the poorest overseas record, this statement is laughable. Probably Sangakkara is more adept at making useless statements than playing bounce and swing properly. You guys play bounce better than the other subcontinent teams.....you had the world's best bowler in Murali for the last 10-15 years......."articulate, intelligent" (LMAO) captains like Sangakkara. Will anyone explain why do Sri Lanka have such a pathetic record overseas then? Ahh, I get it. The BCCI must have had something to do with it. Right Lankans? Some kind of controversy for sure?

  • hawkeye30 on June 2, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    It's a fact that SL plays bounce better out of subcontinent teams. Please note that SL doesn't get the opportunity to play test matches in England, Aus, SA as much as other nations do. Last yr SL only gt 6 test matches and all at home soil. Nothing wrong with what Sangakkara said, and mind you SL will bounce bk at lords and prove all critics wrong. SL is a little island with a below average economy compared to all other main cricketing nations yet have made an huge impact in the world of cricket. Just take a few minutes to figure out if SL had the luxury of having over one billion population to chose 11 players from and a sound economy as England, Aus, India has what it could achieve. Makes you feel others have under achieved doesn't it.

  • InsideHedge on June 2, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    If Eng go onto win the Lords Test, and therefore the series, I can't wait to hear Sanga/Jaya tell us "Series is over but we have a lot of pride to play for...." followed by "ICC needs to schedule more overseas Tests for SL....", followed by "..we would like to be scheduled for the later part of the summer..". There's an endless supply of ready-made excuses, the question is which one will they select? Exciting times.

  • InsideHedge on June 2, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    SL have played little cricket on bouncy tracks so I'm not sure where Sanga got his "we play bounce well" (amongst Asian teams) from. Besides, we won't see any unusual high bounce at Lord's. It's The Oval which normally has good bouncy and carry, that also helps the batsmen.

    One thing about the recent Lankans (players and fans, alike) is that they talk a lot without backing it up. Friday will be HOT (by English standards), the side winning the toss will surely bat with a nice, warm sun on their back. Unfortunately, it gets cool again just one day later. I guess that's why they call it a mini-heatwave! Lanka will defn. be praying Dilshan wins the toss.

  • Reignman on June 2, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Darn it!! Wish SL had Dihara and Nuwan Pradeep for the test. I thik they would test the english batsmen with bounce and pace.

  • Nampally on June 2, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    It is not just the bounce but it is also a swinging ball in the air and off the wicket at 140 KPH or faster England batsmen Trott & Bell were extremely lucky to play and miss several balls which failed to take the edges. So you need a lot of luck in addition to the right technique to cope with the pace bowlers in England.If Trott had got an edge early or if Bell's catch was taken early in the innings, the result would have been different.SL have the bowlers to get England batsmen out but they need that little bit of luck. If they get that luck in their favour, the tables can easily be turned the other way.Sanga is right in stating the ability of the SL batsmen buttheye also needs a break.In addition the SL spin bowlers need a better performance. Randhiv would have been an excellent off spin addition in absence of Murali to counter Swann. Tharaga's absence is another factor against SL. Add Vaas, Tharanga & Randhiv. But for now Sanga, Jaya & Dilshan need to lead, each with a century.

  • yorkslanka on June 2, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    @rustyryan: are you having a laugh my friend?"bangladesh scored more than your team" so you are saying that if a team performs badly once, they a re forever a bad team?...do you forget when England were bundled out for 46 by the windies, they rebuilt and are now a much stronger side... one bad innings cannot be used to judge a team, definately to judge that innings, but not the team in general...

  • on June 2, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    This is what a pep talk look alike most importantly he does this for his team mates while he sets the example for them to follow him. But far fetched ICC and all other respective organizations could see the value of a true sportsmen whereas other so-called institution couldn't. Just an imagination if the foreseen as to how importance he is for SLC then SLC would have been in a better place where there no one cannot possible match in cricket. We are what we repeatedly do, excellence therefore isn't an act but it's a habit. He's a real replica of a man who walk the talk unlike those who talk the walk.

  • r1m2 on June 2, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    the problem with what Sanga says here, is that, these things hold true for him, because he is a quality player. Does not hold true for the players who give a false perception of quality and class such as Mahela Jayawardena, or Dilshan etc. Sangakkara is the only Sri Lankan batsman who has been able to do well consistently against pace, bounce and swing. But then again he is also right that good bounce, swing bowling is not just bad for Sri Lankan batsmen, but anyone in the world. Good bowlers are going to take wickets, whether they are bowling fast or slow.

    One thing to note however that I feel Ponting used to be a master of bounce bowlers and not so any more. We saw his decline probably starting with the series against India, where a young Ishant Sharma had him hopping around. I've never seen more comfortable pullers and hookers (the two legitimate strokes against bounce bowling) than Ponting in his prime. Unfortunately enough he is past it. He's still better than Clarke in this IMO.

  • Lord.emsworth on June 2, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    I think Stuart Law summarised it best when he said yesterday ' its time to stop talking now'. Sangakarra my dear chap, put your elegant talk on hold and let your bat talk for you in the next two tests. Mahela too! Pity SL's highest domestic scorer and widely acclaimed young batsmen Chandimal cant get into this team.

  • Mutukisna on June 2, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    At the end of the World Cup the resignations of Sangakkara & Jayawardena gave credence to the belief that they did not want to be in charge of a team incapable of capturing 20 wickets in a test match. Understandably, who wants to lead a losing team! Losing Malinga in addition to Murali has exacerbated the problem. I feel sorry for Dilshan but he must soldier on. Anyway, at the time I wrote that if SL manage to draw the 3 test matches it would be a victory of sorts. Alas, we have lost one already! The best our batsmen, which include three from the top ten in the ICC rankings plus Dilshan and Paranavitharna, could do now is to make big scores and ensure draws and concede a 1-0 series defeat. For the immediate future, we need to find match winning bowlers quickly, otherwise we will see test match results reminiscent of the pre-Murali era.

  • buncers on June 2, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    SL - get in the nets or a practice pitch and get some tall guys to bowl fast from 18 yards. The only way to get ready for the onslaught from England tomorrow.

    Remember England have their tails up and will be after you big time.

    Also you need to post 600 if you bat first 400 is nothing , it doesn't really put pressure on a side batting second anymore.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 2, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    People were wondering why sangakkara got the MCC lecture and not tendulkar/dhoni/etc.... this is why - for his campaigns against real world problems. In Sri Lanka, when commercials come with him in it, he is not in an ad for some commercial product, but in an ad campaigning against many things (against violence towards women, AIDS/HIV, etc) thats why he stands out more than the others

  • on June 2, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Alot of talk here but lets see what happens tomorrow and over the next few days. I will say something about Finn - he was considered "very ordinary" by Boycott and other commentators when he toured australia. I remember because i listened to the commentary on 5live and saw him bowling. I doubt he will cause any problems for SL's batsmen because if he couldn't even do much in australia hes got less chance in England. The wickets he did pick up in OZ were more by luck than good bowling.i.e. batsmen got bored and had a go at him.

  • on June 2, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides.. is it?.............

  • mrgupta on June 2, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Of all the subcontinent sides SL plays the Bounce the best, ya right thats why they haven't won any tests yet in Aus and SA and . Also whats the batting avg of their supposedly best player Mahela outside Subcontinent? isn't it less than 40? Ricky Ponting's record on fast & bouncy pitches is many times better than anyone in SL team.

  • Test_Cricket_Best_Cricket on June 2, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Pace and Bounce : NO FEAR.. lolz.. Hey Sanga, do remb Swanny took 4 second inning s wickets too.. So u should say : (After being bundled out for 82) Pace Bounce Spin.. No fear...... :-)

  • KingOwl on June 2, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Sanga, we look forward to seeing you walk the talk.

  • on June 2, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka are too good a team, not to bounce back. Dilshan, Sangakarra and Mahela, who loves to bat at Lords, will lead the charge. Samaraweere will contiribute. Watch out for Dilharra and Mendis also.

  • on June 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Sanga let me give you piece of advice ''words dont matter anymore it's what you do in the cricket field that matters'' if you are indeed a Quality world class player you need to prove it silently without mending words but scoring big for the team's cause. This is the real test of caracter u will be facing when you step out at lords tommorow.

  • CrikBug on June 2, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    I really admire the fact that Sanga and Mahela been intelligent, articulate, responsible and for been great ambassadors for the game and their country. Perfect example not only for young SL players but also other players. While we are very disappointed and shocked with the 1st test this is hoping that the team will reserve their fate and come back strongly. Special wishes for senior duo to do well!

  • Percy_Fender on June 2, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Kumar Sangakarra for all his excellence as a batsman and his ability to articulate a point somehow gets himself into needless problems by making such statements. In claiming that the Sri Lankans face pace and bounce than the many good batsmen from India Pakistan and Bangladesh,I can only wish he would not be so subjevtive in his assessment and presumptious in his beliefs. Similarly in his brave assertion that Sri Lankans are not suspect or hesitant players of fast bowling he has probably made it more difficult for his own team. They will without doubt get to face some kind of music, chin or elsewhere on the body. Sanga would be better off if he realised that in the past, despite the presence of such greats as Jaysuriya and Aravinda D'silva Sri Lanka did well because of Murali and Vaas. This team is in the process being built.Frankly I do not think they can do very much better at this time of the year. It will be nice however if they do better at Lords than what they did at Cardiff.

  • Philip_Gnana on June 2, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I am sure Sanga is well able to walk the talk. He has let his bat do the talking alway. A great challenge that he should really relish at Lord's.The Mahela-Sanga combo will need to deliver again. The knives are out, and only the bat can "blunt" those knives. I hope the bats succeed. It will be good if we can see a bit of conferences amongst the major three players on the field. This will give out the right vibes to all of us who are concerened about the team that is being put out especially with a "weakened" bowling attack. Looking at the county scores, is Vassy sending out a message? Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Sinhaya on June 2, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Yes Sanga, please match your words with action. We are impatiently waiting till tomorrow. England are not invincible. They are beatable.

  • zamith on June 2, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    So far all ive seen is more talk than runs from SLs to mainstays...maybe concentrate a lil more on batting?

  • Ellis on June 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    With his comments, Sangakkara once again shows what an articulate, intelligent man he is. He knows that the performance in Cardiff was way below par. He has been very successful in all formats of the game and will be pushing hard to score runs in the next two Tests and the ODI series.He knows, like all the less rabid, frenetic, SL supporters do, that the earth still rotates on it's axis, nobody died because a Test match was lost, the sun still rises in the East. Just like the next ball to be bowled is important, so is the next Test. The one that was lost is history. Credit to England for winning, but, all is not lost for Sri Lanka. Lords awaits.

  • rustyryan on June 2, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    "I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides," Ha ha funniest statement ever heard off. Hope this aint page 2. Sanga wake up. You're still dreaming. Bangladesh scored more than your team.

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  • rustyryan on June 2, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    "I think out of all the subcontinent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides," Ha ha funniest statement ever heard off. Hope this aint page 2. Sanga wake up. You're still dreaming. Bangladesh scored more than your team.

  • Ellis on June 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    With his comments, Sangakkara once again shows what an articulate, intelligent man he is. He knows that the performance in Cardiff was way below par. He has been very successful in all formats of the game and will be pushing hard to score runs in the next two Tests and the ODI series.He knows, like all the less rabid, frenetic, SL supporters do, that the earth still rotates on it's axis, nobody died because a Test match was lost, the sun still rises in the East. Just like the next ball to be bowled is important, so is the next Test. The one that was lost is history. Credit to England for winning, but, all is not lost for Sri Lanka. Lords awaits.

  • zamith on June 2, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    So far all ive seen is more talk than runs from SLs to mainstays...maybe concentrate a lil more on batting?

  • Sinhaya on June 2, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Yes Sanga, please match your words with action. We are impatiently waiting till tomorrow. England are not invincible. They are beatable.

  • Philip_Gnana on June 2, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I am sure Sanga is well able to walk the talk. He has let his bat do the talking alway. A great challenge that he should really relish at Lord's.The Mahela-Sanga combo will need to deliver again. The knives are out, and only the bat can "blunt" those knives. I hope the bats succeed. It will be good if we can see a bit of conferences amongst the major three players on the field. This will give out the right vibes to all of us who are concerened about the team that is being put out especially with a "weakened" bowling attack. Looking at the county scores, is Vassy sending out a message? Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Percy_Fender on June 2, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Kumar Sangakarra for all his excellence as a batsman and his ability to articulate a point somehow gets himself into needless problems by making such statements. In claiming that the Sri Lankans face pace and bounce than the many good batsmen from India Pakistan and Bangladesh,I can only wish he would not be so subjevtive in his assessment and presumptious in his beliefs. Similarly in his brave assertion that Sri Lankans are not suspect or hesitant players of fast bowling he has probably made it more difficult for his own team. They will without doubt get to face some kind of music, chin or elsewhere on the body. Sanga would be better off if he realised that in the past, despite the presence of such greats as Jaysuriya and Aravinda D'silva Sri Lanka did well because of Murali and Vaas. This team is in the process being built.Frankly I do not think they can do very much better at this time of the year. It will be nice however if they do better at Lords than what they did at Cardiff.

  • CrikBug on June 2, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    I really admire the fact that Sanga and Mahela been intelligent, articulate, responsible and for been great ambassadors for the game and their country. Perfect example not only for young SL players but also other players. While we are very disappointed and shocked with the 1st test this is hoping that the team will reserve their fate and come back strongly. Special wishes for senior duo to do well!

  • on June 2, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Sanga let me give you piece of advice ''words dont matter anymore it's what you do in the cricket field that matters'' if you are indeed a Quality world class player you need to prove it silently without mending words but scoring big for the team's cause. This is the real test of caracter u will be facing when you step out at lords tommorow.

  • on June 2, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka are too good a team, not to bounce back. Dilshan, Sangakarra and Mahela, who loves to bat at Lords, will lead the charge. Samaraweere will contiribute. Watch out for Dilharra and Mendis also.

  • KingOwl on June 2, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Sanga, we look forward to seeing you walk the talk.