Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 December 20, 2011

Batsmen can adjust - Jayasuriya

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Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has urged the country's current crop of batsmen to take more responsibility on their tour of South Africa. Sri Lanka lost the first Test at Centurion inside three days after being bowled out for under 200 in both innings and Jayasuriya expects them to regroup strongly.

"They know what the expectations on them are and they know what responsibility they have," Jayasuriya told ESPNCricinfo. "It's high time two or three of them put some runs on the board."

Sri Lanka's most difficult challenge appears to have stemmed from the South African conditions, which the locals are using to their advantage. Seamer-friendly surfaces with plenty of pace and bounce have turned the already dangerous Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander into cricket's equivalent's of fire-breathing dragons and it seems curators in Durban and Cape Town will not allow Sri Lanka's batsmen any let up.

The second Test, Kingsmead's Boxing Day match, is expected to include another bowlers' strip. Traditionally the pitch is bouncy and with rain forecast for all five days, there is also expected to be significant swing in the air. Doomsday is, once again, being predicted for Sri Lanka by everyone but Jayasuriya, who believes the batsmen have now spent long enough in South Africa to have acclimatised. "People say Sri Lankans can't adjust to play in pacy and bouncy conditions but I think they can adjust. They are all experienced enough to do it." Sri Lanka have played in both Benoni and Centurion so far, and this will be their first trip to the coast on this tour.

The likeliest contender to turn Sri Lanka's tour around is middle-order man Thilan Samaraweera, who was responsible for Sri Lanka's highest score in Centurion.

Experience has also not served Sri Lanka well so far, with only one of their batsmen having scored a century in the country before. Hashan Tillakaratne's hundred at Centurion in 2002 helped Sri Lanka put up a fight against South Africa and they came within three wickets of winning the Test.

Jayasuriya himself, does not have a good record in South Africa. In six Test matches in the country, he scored 182 runs at an average of 15.16, although he did manage a half-century, also at Centurion, back in 1998.

Sri Lanka's saving grace may turn out to be that Durban has not been a happy hunting ground for South Africa recently and they have lost three consecutive Tests there against Australia, England and India, in the last three seasons. But if Sri Lanka hope to capitalise on that record their batsmen will have to turn in far more convincing performances.

Batting consultant Marvan Atapattu has already said the top six are the "most experienced" batsmen Sri Lanka can put out there and the spotlight is on the country's leading run to lead the way. Jayawardene has not scored a half-century outside of Sri Lanka in two years, with the last one being his 275 against India in Ahmedabad. His last score of over 50 outside of the subcontinent was in March 2008, when he scored 136 against West Indies in Guyana.

Jayasuriya said that Jayawardene's lean patch should come to an end soon. "It is a concern but he has played enough cricket to come out of these situations," he said. "He is going through a bad time at the moment and it's tough for a good player to go through. The run-out was disappointing." Jayawardene was found short of his ground while attempting his 10,000th Test run in the second innings at Centurion and was dismissed for 15.

The likeliest contender to turn Sri Lanka's tour around is middle-order man Thilan Samaraweera, who was responsible for Sri Lanka's highest score in the Centurion Test, a fairly fluent 36. He was one of Sri Lanka's better performers on their tour of England, with two half-centuries and Jayasuriya pinpointed him as the man who should step up. "Twenties and 30s are not going to help the team," Jayasuriya said. "He needs to continue from there so that the team as a whole can recover."

Jayasuriya's advice to the rest of the line-up is the same as captain Tillakaratne Dilshan's. "We have to play our natural game and not think of anything else," Jayasuriya said. Dilshan was dismissed in the first innings playing an across-the-line hoick, a shot that could easily have been mistaken for a Twenty20 stroke and Jayasuriya was quick to say that he did not advocate that kind of looseness. "We also have to still manage to adjust to bat for long periods of time."

Sri Lanka's batting failures have diverted criticism off the team's bowlers - who were talked of as an attack that would struggle to take 20 wickets. With little to bowl at, they have not been able to dispute that theory yet and Jayasuriya sympathised with the fortunes of the attack so far. "We can't blame the bowlers," he said. "Many of them are not experienced enough. They are just trying to do the basics and bowl in the right areas in those conditions."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • HLANGL on December 23, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    @"Posted by AlanHarrison on (December 23 2011, 14:37 PM GMT)". SL won 2 tests in England. The first was in '98 where Jayasuriya made a double hundred (213) in quick time & M'tharan took 16 wickets. Then they won another in 2006. True, they are yet to win any in Aus, SA & WIs. Not sure whether they would win any tests again even in England any time soon, given how well they play now.

  • HLANGL on December 23, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    @"Posted by AlanHarrison on (December 23 2011, 14:37 PM GMT)". SL won 2 tests in England. The first was in '98 where Jayasuriya made a double hundred (213) in quick time & M'tharan took 16 wickets. Then they won another in 2006. True, they are yet to win any in Aus, SA & WIs. Not sure whether they would win any tests again even in England any time soon, given how well they play now.

  • AlanHarrison on December 23, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    There is a valid point being made by those who are criticising Jayasuriya's own record in South Africa: but I also think there is a much bigger point about the challenge always faced by Sri Lanka overseas, and specifically outside of south Asian countries. They have no test match wins in Australia (or I believe, South Africa), and no test series wins in England, or even the West Indies (hardly a difficult place to go and win these days). (Although in fairness they did win a series in New Zealand.) The challenge of playing in these locations is now even bigger than it was in Jayasuriya's day: when Jayasuriya played the batters at least had Murali and Chaminda Vaas to back them up.

  • on December 23, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    but y hasn't Upul Tharanga being looked at honestly

  • on December 22, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Well said my fellow South african(Mhleli).

    Fact is, our pitches provide more entertainment than YAWN pitches.

  • on December 22, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    these pitches are not meant to score 600 + runs..here anything above 300 is quite heavy..as the seam and swing will remain..check the archive of cricinfo of the 1920's era where scoring 300 was tough..in test matches, it is still the same

  • Sobat on December 22, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Well wonder wat hapens next..... I think the administrators have done this mess again.. when Stuwert Law was doing great job with the team in Englind and he was a coach who had settle down with the team by then they didnt get him... and wondering to a coach untill they found a spectator watching sons match during the aus tour in sri lanka ... We all know now what have happend...

  • McGorium on December 21, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    @Gizza: Thanks, I wasn't aware that Firdose Moonda is a woman. I'm more familiar with Firdose/Firdaus being a guy's name, hence the presumption. At any rate, as others have pointed out, SL's real problem is their bowling. It was bound to happen, I suppose, given the retirements of Murali, Vaas and Malinga. I suppose that like NZ, SL's relatively small population means that they are bound to have low periods during which there is a shortage of talent. Still, they have produced more talent since being granted test status than say Bangladesh. The ICC ought to do more to help the SRL board financially, methinks. Esp. since the BCCI has changed its mind over supporting them...

  • priceless1 on December 21, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    oh maan not a Single word about Sangakkara the best batsmen in the side , and we all know why

  • Yasindu on December 21, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Sorry for the comment about sachin's average. I was wrong. sorry guys. i just wanted to say that on these pitches batting is very difficult. And SA were produce greenish pitches to the lankans.

  • HLANGL on December 23, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    @"Posted by AlanHarrison on (December 23 2011, 14:37 PM GMT)". SL won 2 tests in England. The first was in '98 where Jayasuriya made a double hundred (213) in quick time & M'tharan took 16 wickets. Then they won another in 2006. True, they are yet to win any in Aus, SA & WIs. Not sure whether they would win any tests again even in England any time soon, given how well they play now.

  • HLANGL on December 23, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    @"Posted by AlanHarrison on (December 23 2011, 14:37 PM GMT)". SL won 2 tests in England. The first was in '98 where Jayasuriya made a double hundred (213) in quick time & M'tharan took 16 wickets. Then they won another in 2006. True, they are yet to win any in Aus, SA & WIs. Not sure whether they would win any tests again even in England any time soon, given how well they play now.

  • AlanHarrison on December 23, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    There is a valid point being made by those who are criticising Jayasuriya's own record in South Africa: but I also think there is a much bigger point about the challenge always faced by Sri Lanka overseas, and specifically outside of south Asian countries. They have no test match wins in Australia (or I believe, South Africa), and no test series wins in England, or even the West Indies (hardly a difficult place to go and win these days). (Although in fairness they did win a series in New Zealand.) The challenge of playing in these locations is now even bigger than it was in Jayasuriya's day: when Jayasuriya played the batters at least had Murali and Chaminda Vaas to back them up.

  • on December 23, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    but y hasn't Upul Tharanga being looked at honestly

  • on December 22, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Well said my fellow South african(Mhleli).

    Fact is, our pitches provide more entertainment than YAWN pitches.

  • on December 22, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    these pitches are not meant to score 600 + runs..here anything above 300 is quite heavy..as the seam and swing will remain..check the archive of cricinfo of the 1920's era where scoring 300 was tough..in test matches, it is still the same

  • Sobat on December 22, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Well wonder wat hapens next..... I think the administrators have done this mess again.. when Stuwert Law was doing great job with the team in Englind and he was a coach who had settle down with the team by then they didnt get him... and wondering to a coach untill they found a spectator watching sons match during the aus tour in sri lanka ... We all know now what have happend...

  • McGorium on December 21, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    @Gizza: Thanks, I wasn't aware that Firdose Moonda is a woman. I'm more familiar with Firdose/Firdaus being a guy's name, hence the presumption. At any rate, as others have pointed out, SL's real problem is their bowling. It was bound to happen, I suppose, given the retirements of Murali, Vaas and Malinga. I suppose that like NZ, SL's relatively small population means that they are bound to have low periods during which there is a shortage of talent. Still, they have produced more talent since being granted test status than say Bangladesh. The ICC ought to do more to help the SRL board financially, methinks. Esp. since the BCCI has changed its mind over supporting them...

  • priceless1 on December 21, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    oh maan not a Single word about Sangakkara the best batsmen in the side , and we all know why

  • Yasindu on December 21, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Sorry for the comment about sachin's average. I was wrong. sorry guys. i just wanted to say that on these pitches batting is very difficult. And SA were produce greenish pitches to the lankans.

  • PiyushD on December 21, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Its all about form, this team was in much better form in England and it gave a fight to them but getting drowned here, India fought with SA and draw the series but in Englad the Indians were completely out of form barring RD and the result is to be seen, SA-England-India are almost at par but each has a weakness India's bowling is a setback while England can not play spin while SA has proved itself on Subcontinent pitches also but they somehoe manage to choke and let the oponents pounch at them.

  • irfans1 on December 21, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    afraid, Srilanka don't have enough back up both in Batting and bowling. Currently, Mahela, Sanga and probably Samawera are capable batsmen for test cricket(though not performing these days),Dilshan is never a serious contender for proper test batsman. what about batting backup when these players will retire soon? Same is the case with bowling, Vaas, Murli and Maligna already gone, who else after them? who can give them 20 wickets in test? can't see any from the current lot.

  • on December 21, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Why is it that Indian fans want to infiltrate every single cricket discussion? This series does not concern them. So why are the names of STR and Dravid suddenly popping up? If ever there was a nation with an inferiority complex.

  • on December 21, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    People must not get us wrong. Criticism of sub-continet wickets is based purely on the basis that many are dead flat. Who wants a wicket where both sides score 600+ in their first innings? I would never criticise a turning pitch, so long as it provided a fair contest and the prospects of a result were good.

  • vallavarayar on December 21, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Let's see if Jayasuriya can adjust and become a good commentator. Not very likely, isn't it. Because he hasn't got it. Similarly, the present Lankan team doesn't cut it at international level.

  • AlanHarrison on December 21, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    @ Radhakrishna Rao: I very much agree with you. While it is good to hear from Jayasuriya that he thinks the batters are up to the challenge, Sri Lanka's long-term concern at the moment is not the batters. They have now played 15 tests, home and away, since their last victory, against 6 different opponents. When they won that last test 15 ago, one more victory in that series against India, would have taken up to the top of the test cricket championship. In contrast, since then there is only one other team in test cricket who has gone 15 tests without a win: Bangladesh. West Indies, New Zealand and Zimbabwe all have better records. It surely can't be a coincidence that that last test which they won was also the last test played by that little chap who used to bowl spin and took a few hundred wickets for them ... without better bowlers, Sri Lanka will cease to be a force in test cricket, which is very sad to see for any fan of any country who cares about the game.

  • Prema1948 on December 21, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    How can, Atapattu correct all these defects they (the 3 seniors) have brought from their previous birth. These inhabited weakness in these 35 olds cannot be corrected overnight, therefore the best thing do is to give their places to the promising young players the class of Chandimal' Angelo Perera,Kausal,Thirimanne, Dimuth, Bhanuka, Rosen Silva, Chathuranga de Silva, ....who've been very consistent from the age of 15. Even if we lose few match for a start won't matter much as we are use to it now. Herath & Dilruwan too should be removed from that list and, very consistent performers at Domestic Cricket SachthraS, Malinda Puspakumara, Dulanjana Mendis should be brought in. If the selectors continuously disregard these pathetic performances of seniors as a cover up for bring in their favorite players to keep their names among the list of contracted players, we may have to forget the Sri Lankan cricket for good.

  • NEIL_R on December 21, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Sri lankan cricket will get more worse because of the idite sport Minster. Right person will never get a chance. Upul Tharange & Nuwan Kulasekara should be in the team, but that if you don't wership the minster you will never get chance in Sri lanka. I hope sri lankan president will come out let the guys who play the game to run the cricket (like Arjuna or Aravinda) & sport minster stay in his office.

  • qpsk123 on December 21, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    I like to ask from those who are commenting suitability of Jayasuriya to give advices to others about batting, Do u have any higher average with SA to give any comments on batting. Jayasuriya played enough matches and won lots of matches to SL. So he can give advices prior to anybody else.

  • chilled_avenger on December 21, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    @Yasindu There was no reason to bring Sachin in this discussion! You obviously did that to enrage a particular segment of fans and to start the chain reaction of people downgrading each other in their comments! I will not fall for your bait since I respect every Cricketing nation and the players and always wish every team to give their best. So I will simply say that your data is incorrect,Sachin does not average in the 30s in South Africa! In fact his average in SA is 46.44 which though is not groundbreaking,but it is surely more than decent by every standards!

  • on December 21, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    it is not batting..it is the bowling...bowlers who can take 20 wickets..or else even the conditions were same but south africa made 400 + runs..and speed will not matter..philander is best example

  • batmannrobin on December 21, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    @Yasindu- oh really? Sachin's average in SA is 46.44 and he has 5 hundreds at Johannesburg, capetown,centurion,bloemfontein - Durban is the only major SA ground where he doesnt have a century, against attacks consisting of Donald, Pollock , Ntini, Steyn,Morkel - Pretty much all world class bowlers from SA recently

  • Lord.emsworth on December 21, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Just because Jayasuriya failed in SA doesnt bar him from making a few encourgaing comments. He was by far the most devastating batsmen SL have ever had scoring at home and away in the same attacking style. Drop Atapatu's '6 most experienced batsmen' and bring in the second eleven. They cant do much worse than the current lot who have failed in 4 test series and a drawn one at home (W.Indies) Dilshan could stay, I reckon his batting freeze is because of the captaincy which in any case he hasnt handled well.

  • curry72 on December 21, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Lanka has some world records against kallis and co am sure they still remember them.This time it will mission distroy srilanka.Lanka you have being on the ropes for the last year,start swinging or else its gonna hurt all lanka.

  • SunAndSea on December 21, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @Sanjay Madhava: It's because more than a few subcontinent batsmen are great at home, but poor in SA or Australia. Jayasuriya is a case in point - a test average of 40, but only 15 in SA. Watching them play on bouncy pitches, it becomes clear that the reason for the discrepancy is deficient technique.

  • on December 21, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Tennakoon63 Well said, Hats off my friend........

  • yasasm on December 21, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Jayasuriya is trying to downgrade Mahela & Sanga since he was dropped from the SL team mainly because Sanga did n't want him in the SL lineup when Sanga was the captain. I remember in one match Sanath was pushed down to no. 8. Now he is trying to take revenge. You are more suitable for politics. You have done what you could do as a cricketer. We really appreciate what you did. Now please stop HURTING SL Cricket.

  • priceless1 on December 21, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Jayasuriya is one of the problems that SL cricket has at the moment

  • on December 21, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Things are easy to be said than done, as many people have rightly pointed out Jayasuriya has no ethical right to speak about adjusting to conditions given his dismal record in SA. Anyhow the fact remains. The players should concentrate like a Dravid and know to leave the ball on LENGTH not only line like a Mark Taylor to succeed in these conditions. These are basics but you can't expect these to happen overnight. 3-0 and 3 innings defeats on the cards for Lankans.

  • on December 21, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    My 2nd test team - Parnavithana,Dilshan,Chandimal,Sangakkara,Jayawardene,Samaraweera,Mathews,Perera,Prasad,Mendis,Welagedara

  • satyam.sharma on December 21, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Those are some stats I really didn't know of. Got me to do some statguruing. It seems not only has Jayawardene not scored a century outside Asia for four years now, but it seems his test avg of 51 drops to 35 outside Asia and only 6 out of his 29 centuries have come from outside Asia. Sangakkara's test avg of 56 drops to 44 outside Asia from where only 5 out of his 27 centuries have come. (Let me preempt the inevitable argument and mention that the corresponding figures for Tendulkar are 56, 51, 18 and 51.) Also, SL are yet to win a test anywhere in the world ever since Murali retired about 18 months back.

  • Rosh1 on December 21, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    It is a simple problem. The batsmen requires technical adjustments. In any sport it is the case. Good habits are forgoten quite often. I feel Marvan Atapattu is not the man for it. SLC should bring back Roy Dias who is a vastly experienced coach as the batting consultant.

  • on December 21, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Come one! guys just don't rule out Sri Lanka yet. I think we have a bit of chance left to win one and at least to draw another one.I think if we can draw this series the team and the players will go with good mentality to the ODI series.But the experienced guys should take full responsibility and the youngsters should follow them.

  • Gizza on December 21, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    @McGorium, just a small correction. Firdose Moonda is a female cricket writer so it should be "Firdose Moonda said it herself". I agree with the comments about Jayasuriya never ever performing even once in non-batting friendly conditions.

  • Sharown007 on December 21, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    not a single word about Sangakkara!!! this clearly shows how desperate he is to get revenge from Sanga, for not selecting him for the WC!!!!

  • on December 21, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    southafrica will win all tests

  • joseyesu on December 21, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    Srilanka cannot win a test match in Overseas, First they need to have players who can draw the match(Like Dravid, Gambir which Sangakara, Samaraweera and Jaywerdene can do),+ Second if they want to win a match either Dilshan or some tremendous bowling should happen(Say Sehwag and Ashwin like)but the mistery bowler mendis is not in the side. You cannot win a match with (Kumble like Herath) players. They will take their 5 wickets in their 50th over. Missing bowlers like Malinga is making an impact. But take time and this series as a lesson to grove players

  • Prema1948 on December 21, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    J'uriya, M'ela, D'shan, S'kara, should be considered themselves very lucky to have the kind of s'ctors we've had for the last 3 decades. If not for them their International careers would've b'n very short. Those s'lctors have always preferred reckless hitters to quality players like A'patu & S'weera who've maintained consistency from their very young age.Though the above 4've b'n branded as World Class players, interestingly none of them have full control over most of the strokes they execute. As a result one may find many a number of false (play&miss), edgy lofted strokes, in their play, particularly at the start of their innings and they're yet to learn how to play balls all along the ground when it was needed most, that is 1 reason why they can't bat under pressure. I fully agree with the Indian fans who have labeled them as "flat-track-bullies" and would like to add the word 'greedy' in front of that phrase, because they aren't bothered a bit of the Country's future of Cricket.

  • Wijeipb on December 21, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Lot's of openions one can learn manything. But not SLC administration. My strong openion is SL cricket never become strong unless SLC administration takes care of cricketing nursary ( School cricket ) where the talents to be identified and improved. What happenns in the School Cricket in Sri Lanka, you may or may not know. It' really really sad situation. We blame individual cricketers but who does the blunder, not them but care takers of the nursary or rather COACHs who battling only for their benefits some how or the other win matches by hook or crook. School cricket and SLC administrators (only Who are willing and Capable) should make them selves understand where the national cricketers are coming from. The cricketers are not consistant and why. Most of the occassion we feel that SLC assume that the cricket is only a physical game where other cricketing nations has got in to strong mantal and physical game of cricket. I' not sure whether we are in to it. Sanath you can do something.

  • vallavarayar on December 21, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    Jayasuriya's commentary is the best in the world...at making me laugh.

  • Mfalme on December 21, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    DOES IT DEPEND? - Pre-tour predictions of many were SL would loose by innings, 3-0. SL knows well they r underdogs. Avoiding an innings defeat would be a moral victory for SL. In first test many catches, not half chances, were dropped. It had been SL's hallmark in recent tests. Drop catches & don't except to get top b'men cheaply. If not for dropped catches, SA score would hv been around 300. With first innings deficit of 211 SL gave up hopes of saving the test - their body language reflected it. By taking catches if SL managed to keep SA's lead to around 125 they could hv kept their hopes live of at least making SA bat again. SL b'men's would hv been in a better frame of mind & scored more runs than actually they did & forced SA bat again, which I believe would hv been a big moral victory against expectations. SL catching needs to improve. Does it depend on green tops, dust bowls, how good ur bowlers r, how bad opposition b'men r or how new/old the ball is? U KNOW CATCHES WIN MATCHES.

  • satanswish on December 21, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    How many runs this Jayasuriya scored in South Africa? Quite sure they can be counted with fingers.

  • rustyryan on December 21, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    "Jayawardene has not scored a half-century outside of Sri Lanka in two years, with the last one being his 275 against India in Ahmedabad" - Ha ha and they say Mahela is a world class player. Sachin, Dravid Pontin, Kallis wud be shocked to see him in 10000 club. Why doesn he retire and allow more youngsters like Mathews or Chandimal. Lion at home and lamb outside. Mahela is making a clown of himself.

  • ChrisPerera on December 21, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Hon Minister S. Jayasuriya, yes you played great cricket but don't mess around with the selectors for team selection. When you become a selector, you do the job. Right now you should give solutions and advice on how to prevent injuries in the team, how to develop quality spinners, how to improve fielding and getting the trainers to train under pressure so that the batsmen can develop decision making ability.

  • on December 21, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Sri Lankan bowlers bowled well in patches. They were not helped by any scoreboard pressure. This has been the case in last several matches. However, giving away 411 runs is not good enough on a bowler friendly wicket. They did not bowl well at the tailenders. Dilhara Fernando is the main culprit. He was all over the place and suddenly went into his old "no ball" habit. Wicket Keeper is well below test standard. Not only he dropped some crucuial catches , his catching techniques was not good. Regardless he is a better wicket keeper or not Chandimal should be taken in at No. 7. With the sting of the new ball disappeared by that time he should be able to play a counter-attacking innings at that time. The captain needs to step down if he cannot lead by example. Mahela, if he is hoping to take over as captain should start making runs in test cricket not ODIs. Otherwise he will become another"Dilshan". He cannot rest on past laurels.

  • Yasindu on December 21, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    sachin's average also in thirties on these pitches.......

  • JustOUT on December 21, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Pleasing to read "Seamer-friendly surfaces with plenty of pace and bounce have turned the already dangerous Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander into cricket's equivalent's of fire-breathing dragons"... May be I will add Morkel into the list of dragons for England tour. He is just off the radar... will be roaring back soon.

  • Sinhaya on December 21, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Lankans have to keep targeting singles as thats the key. No need to go for big shots too often. Durban pitch will be bowler oriented and if SL can bat first and post 300, that will be good as India won last year in a low scoring game.

  • tennakoon63 on December 20, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Look who is advising. We know his record against SA in SA

  • on December 20, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    Sri Lankan batsmen need to concentrate better: they use their feet most of the time, but for one odd-ball, they fish around for the ball without moving. This has been their downfall 99% of the time. They need to consciously leave those balls that whizz past by harmlessly.

  • KingOwl on December 20, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    Batsmen can adjust if they have the time. There aren't enough practice matches these days. So by the time they adjust, the tour will be over! I just cannot understand why SL did not ask for at least 2 practice games, knowing the alien conditions they were likely to face. Sheer stupidity. SL really has played in to the hands of the pitch doctors.

  • Vasum on December 20, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Now they will perform better, as of yesterday part of their salaries are paid by ICC. Not all the players are rich, they all depending on their salaries to savoy their families. Good work by ICC paying them directly. They all will be happy and play their normal game. Hope they will do better on Boxing day test. All the best SL cricket team.

  • Ellis on December 20, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    Jayasuriya is an example of poacher turned gamekeeper. His record in SA gives him little credibility to criticise other batsmen.Just another retired cricketer turned critic who never made a mistake while batting, bowling, or fielding, during his playing career. I am sure the senior SL batsmen are well aware of what they have to do. They do not need sermons from a manipulator like Jayasuriya. Batting apart, the SL bowling is way below Test class. The bowling is unable to exert consistent pressure and that is fatal against as good a batting side as SA. The team has to tough it out and play through this bad period. Ignore all the pundits and armchair batsmen, bowlers, and captains.

  • Vilander on December 20, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Jayasurya averaged 15.16 in SA, i think this is a bit hypocratic of him.

  • on December 20, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Srilankan bowlers did well in my opinion. They bowled out 411 which is pretty standard score in test match for a team like SA that has strong batting line up. Srilankan batsmen are just playing poor cricket. Sangakara and Jaywardana however you spell it, big names but no score. Sangakar managed double century against Pakistan because of Pakistan great fielding. Srilanka downfall has just started and it will get worse when Sangakara and Jaywardana retires unless they find equal or better replacement. As far as their bowling is concern is just ok at the moment nothing great or exciting about it but good thing is that it is a young bowling unit thus they will grow to better bowling unit hopefully. In my opinion Srilanka needs good whole new batting unit, I think Sangakara and Jaywardana should retire right now instead of retiring later on when it is close to world cup. if they retire right now Srilankan team will have lot of time to find replacement and learn to be independent.

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    these expert opinions are as useful as a razor without a blade! when something goes wrong you have a truck load of experts with their opinions but im yet to see any of it changing anything.its always up to the players to lift their own game and get out of the hole their in.

  • nickydude on December 20, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    LOL. This obviously seems more barbs than advice. Jaya seems to've got a nice opportunity to hit back on all those, who "hurt" him during his farewall.

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I dont understand when teams from the subcontinent tour SA or AUS, the wickets are prepared to suit the local Seamers and the press blames the touring batsmen's technique. And when SA and AUS tour subcontinent, everyone blames the turning track/sub standard tracks

  • McGorium on December 20, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    I was about to say it myself, as soon as I read the headlines, but Firdose Moonda said it himself. Sanath Jayasuriya was himself a flat-track bully in test cricket. Actually, ODIs too, but the problem was more noticeable in tests, where a quickfire 30 is not enough. Plus, ODI games are often played on flat tracks. It's amazing how players, who were average during their playing days start handing out sermons and free advice to better batsmen, after they turn into commentators or administrators.

  • Jack_India on December 20, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    I go to work everyday and am motivated to work because I know that at the end of week I will be paid. Don't expect SL players to perform (or anybody in any profession) unless they are given their due remuneration.

  • playitstraight on December 20, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    A man with a measly 182 runs at an average of 15.16 is saying that SL batsmen have got enough experience, they can adjust, etc. Jayasuriya himself did not have "experience" nor did he "adjust". SL cricket is becoming worse by the day, I wonder when they will change the whole management staff and team.

  • on December 20, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    as much as i love sanath, he shouldn't talk. His history here is terrible...

  • SamRoy on December 20, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Jayasuriya gives lectures when he himself wasn't good enough on SA and Australian pitches. If I remember correctly only Hashan Tillekratne used to fight and sometimes De Silva others mostly got rolled over.

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  • SamRoy on December 20, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Jayasuriya gives lectures when he himself wasn't good enough on SA and Australian pitches. If I remember correctly only Hashan Tillekratne used to fight and sometimes De Silva others mostly got rolled over.

  • on December 20, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    as much as i love sanath, he shouldn't talk. His history here is terrible...

  • playitstraight on December 20, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    A man with a measly 182 runs at an average of 15.16 is saying that SL batsmen have got enough experience, they can adjust, etc. Jayasuriya himself did not have "experience" nor did he "adjust". SL cricket is becoming worse by the day, I wonder when they will change the whole management staff and team.

  • Jack_India on December 20, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    I go to work everyday and am motivated to work because I know that at the end of week I will be paid. Don't expect SL players to perform (or anybody in any profession) unless they are given their due remuneration.

  • McGorium on December 20, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    I was about to say it myself, as soon as I read the headlines, but Firdose Moonda said it himself. Sanath Jayasuriya was himself a flat-track bully in test cricket. Actually, ODIs too, but the problem was more noticeable in tests, where a quickfire 30 is not enough. Plus, ODI games are often played on flat tracks. It's amazing how players, who were average during their playing days start handing out sermons and free advice to better batsmen, after they turn into commentators or administrators.

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I dont understand when teams from the subcontinent tour SA or AUS, the wickets are prepared to suit the local Seamers and the press blames the touring batsmen's technique. And when SA and AUS tour subcontinent, everyone blames the turning track/sub standard tracks

  • nickydude on December 20, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    LOL. This obviously seems more barbs than advice. Jaya seems to've got a nice opportunity to hit back on all those, who "hurt" him during his farewall.

  • on December 20, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    these expert opinions are as useful as a razor without a blade! when something goes wrong you have a truck load of experts with their opinions but im yet to see any of it changing anything.its always up to the players to lift their own game and get out of the hole their in.

  • on December 20, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Srilankan bowlers did well in my opinion. They bowled out 411 which is pretty standard score in test match for a team like SA that has strong batting line up. Srilankan batsmen are just playing poor cricket. Sangakara and Jaywardana however you spell it, big names but no score. Sangakar managed double century against Pakistan because of Pakistan great fielding. Srilanka downfall has just started and it will get worse when Sangakara and Jaywardana retires unless they find equal or better replacement. As far as their bowling is concern is just ok at the moment nothing great or exciting about it but good thing is that it is a young bowling unit thus they will grow to better bowling unit hopefully. In my opinion Srilanka needs good whole new batting unit, I think Sangakara and Jaywardana should retire right now instead of retiring later on when it is close to world cup. if they retire right now Srilankan team will have lot of time to find replacement and learn to be independent.

  • Vilander on December 20, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    Jayasurya averaged 15.16 in SA, i think this is a bit hypocratic of him.