Sri Lanka news June 29, 2014

'Dressing room a happy place' - Atapattu

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Interim head coach Marvan Atapattu has stated that the 1-0 Test series win in England was a step towards getting Sri Lanka to win more Test matches and improve their results in all forms of the game.

"Winning Test matches is the thing for me," said Atapattu. "I believe if we can play good Test cricket, falling into playing well, which we are doing already, playing the other two formats becomes easier.

"Adjusting is easier, you have so much confidence in you, you have performed well in the longer game which shows your character, patience, confidence and everything that has to comes out for you to be a successful Test cricketer. If you can hold your skills, temperament and concentration for a long period of time I can't see why you can't in a short period of time do well in a 120-ball game or a 300-ball game. Winning Test matches is so important for us to grow as a team as individuals and going forward as a cricket-playing nation."

Atapattu praised the players and coaching staff for the series win in England, particularly the spirit within the dressing room.

"The fighting spirit, the belief and togetherness we had in the dressing room is what made this team different to previous sides," Atapattu told The Nation. "It was coming from the time we played the two T20Is against Bangladesh in Bangladesh where we had the result in the last ball of the match. The belief that was inculcated amongst us in the dressing room was huge and we believed that any one of us could finish a game taking it down to the wire. That belief was there and it kept on improving in the T20 World Cup when we had to win against New Zealand and Rangana (Herath) came and bowled so well to pull us out.

"The dressing room is one happy place where everyone was honest with their opinions and was allowed to talk freely. Everybody's information was valued."

Atapattu listed a number of other factors that had contributed to the win over England, highlighting the discipline shown by the bowlers. "We have improved in our skills no doubt going to England in the early part of summer and facing the conditions and the pitches. The players put in a lot of work to adapt and adjust accordingly. For them to have performed so well it's not only the batsmen but bowlers too. If you see the pitch maps and compare them with the first Test and the second there is a huge improvement in our bowling department especially the seamers, bowling that channel and that corridor.

"The groupings would show that we are almost there and thereabouts asking questions from the batsmen. That was a major difference between the two sides. They bowled short at us which was obvious tactics where we got ourselves prepared very well. Then we bowled that channel getting the ball to do a lot of the work. It's about the bowlers believing the belief would work for us and having the patience."

This kind of commitment, Atapattu said, had been there in the past as well, but at a different level.

"We can't forget the fact that a player like (Muttiah) Muralitharan would obviously run through the opposition. Whenever Murali plays no disregard but the bowlers who bowled alongside him obviously knew that they had to play a supporting role for Murali to take wickets. That is a bit different now.

"Yes Rangana does take a majority of the wickets now in Test cricket but when we tour abroad the others have to play a part too to take 20 wickets to win Test matches. Everybody has to chip in and play their part and sometimes even Rangana as he did in the first innings had to play the supporting role."

Atapattu said the inexperienced players had made a smooth transition into the Test team, and hailed the coaches at the club level and within the SLC for making that possible.

"We have got players who have played over 140 Tests in our side and those who have played less than 10 Tests. That goes to show that it's not only the coaching at the top has done well for guys who have been there for over 140 matches but guys just coming in from clubs and walking into the side with a handful of matches have gone through good quality coaching not [just] skillfully but mentally too in their preparations with the coaches we have at Khettarama and the club coaches.

"It's a good structure for them to come from in such a short period of time and to perform at the highest level especially abroad winning Test matches from players who have never been with us for years."

With a home series against South Africa just around the corner, Atapattu has another chance to cement his place as Sri Lanka's head coach. SLC had appointed him and his assistant Ruwan Kalpage as interim coaches for the England and South Africa series. Atapattu said the team would take confidence from their win over England into their new challenge, but guarded against complacency.

"It's confidence but on the other hand we should be mature enough to understand that it is a totally different ball game playing in Sri Lanka in our types of wickets. We have to start all over again from scratch and build ourselves into a winning position," said Atapattu.

"The England win is gone. It's only confidence and the belief that we get from winning the series. It's a fresh start for us when you are playing at home. As a player you are a bit more under pressure playing at home. Public expectations are high and that is something you've got to live with when you are in the public eye.

"Winning in England has brought on more pressure but it's a good feeling. When you are playing Test match cricket you've got time and over 450 overs to show what you are made of than something like T20 cricket where more luck is involved."

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  • KingPower on June 30, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    When will Sri Lanka Cricket realize that Sri Lankan Coaches are not necessarily second (class) to those of European extraction? Let's make Marvan the Permanent Coach. He has produced Fantastic results for SLC in recent times!

  • Cannuck on June 30, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    When Fabrace quit most of you posting here said the team's success in BD tour & T20WC was NOT due to him. It was said that we won because the team was set & things were in place before Fabrace took over. So how come we do not say the same about the coach when we win? Should Marvan get the praise for things that were in place before he was handed a temporary position? I like Marvan, but we should be fair in our comments when we win or lose. Just an observation on my part, & nothing against Marvan. To me the find of this tour was Angie, the long term leader for the team. He really came off age, with the bat, ball & captaincy. Now we need a second in command who can support him, like Arjuna/Ara or Mahela/Sanga combo. Then we have enough talent to build around him, if selectors do not screw up due to political pressure. Things are always happy not only in the dressing room, but on comments section among fans. It goes nuts when we lose!! That's life as we all know!

  • CricketChat on June 30, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Dressing room will always be a happy place if the team is winning. SL have several challenges to deal with in the aftermath of their historic win in Eng. In no perticular order, they need to address 1) full time head coach that last 4-5 years 2) adequate replacements for the 2 greats, Sanga and Mahela 3) Pace attack 4) stable opening batsmen.

  • rizwan1981 on June 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Please bring back THARANGA to partner SILVA - Also why has BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHA not been given the same opportunities as his former Royal College team mates Kusal Perera and Vithanage ?

  • Kavum on June 30, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    @ Priyantha Gunaratna: You don't get the flow, bro. The point is that we have a benchmark - the SL side in the mid to late 1990s. We do not need one to one replacements, agreed. But all those names of ex-players I mentioned were identified match winners from when they were 15-year olds. Now politicians, parents, old boys' associations and others are all into the promotional game to push a young cricketer to make a name, gain cheap publicity and harvest a financial windfall. All these machinations distract young impressionable minds from the honour of eventually representing the country at test level. Technique and honing of skill are sacrificed at the altar of short-term success. If Marvan deals with that (understanding the modern culture) I will respect him more than I do for making a comeback after his horror debut in tests. Also this obsession with the ICC WC 2015 which SL cannot win is incomprehensible. MJ, TMD, LM and KS retiring sans replacements is more of a worry.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 30, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    @ac_Indian; I think some one like Sanjay Manjurikar/ Ajay Jadeja will be really handy for the Indian team selection panel.

  • on June 30, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    you have taken right measures marvi as always. today we can see how technically most players should. specially dimuth n kaushal in first few overs . i do say that was a key in both matches to performace of others Lahiru had a hard time in england but should play against south africa in sri lanka while chandi is the wk in tests . also in bowling suranga lakmal should come in . may be place of nuwan pradeep while dilruwan perera is in place too.

    btw guys this is the best performance by team in abroad with out big heads .a clear indication that , with a strong coach you can do many marvi is the technically most should guy lanka ever produced n for sure from him team can learn a lot. way to go guys life it up .2015 wc would be the ultimate

  • on June 30, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @parvinder7 - Mate why did India bat second in e 50 over final. Reality is that India is the third best in Asia behind Pakistan. They lost to England at home n now they are touring England for five test matches. SL are not scared to play tests mate. India is scared to play t20 be cause they don't deserve to be no 1. India is 1 due to a mathematical calculation. SL will continue to be no 1 in Asia mate don't worry about it

  • DnJsh on June 30, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    @parvinder7 - You seem really infuriated by all of this. Atapattu clearly stated that the Sri Lankan team is not perfect and has plenty to keep improving on.

    As for having only two tests against top teams, I doubt it's being done on purpose, more due to scheduling issues. I was pretty obvious that England considers India more important to play than Sri Lanka. And I believe the ICC's future programme has Sri Lanka scheduled for a large test series against the Aussies in 2017... (sorry, for some reason I can't find that article where the FTP was published)

  • on June 30, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    SL been on the rise since last December. Every one can see there confidence is high too. Team unity has brings all this success. Parvinder you probably dont know how to rate according to your comment. You cant question a team ability by their decision made by the toss. Sri lanka decision to ball first was to bring India out of there comfort zone. Not only that Sri lanka was playing out of there comfort zone as well. because if you see all tournament Sri lanka was batting first and defending their total. How ever they made that surprising decision at the final and execute their plan well. That was the experience that they had from previous world cup.

  • KingPower on June 30, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    When will Sri Lanka Cricket realize that Sri Lankan Coaches are not necessarily second (class) to those of European extraction? Let's make Marvan the Permanent Coach. He has produced Fantastic results for SLC in recent times!

  • Cannuck on June 30, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    When Fabrace quit most of you posting here said the team's success in BD tour & T20WC was NOT due to him. It was said that we won because the team was set & things were in place before Fabrace took over. So how come we do not say the same about the coach when we win? Should Marvan get the praise for things that were in place before he was handed a temporary position? I like Marvan, but we should be fair in our comments when we win or lose. Just an observation on my part, & nothing against Marvan. To me the find of this tour was Angie, the long term leader for the team. He really came off age, with the bat, ball & captaincy. Now we need a second in command who can support him, like Arjuna/Ara or Mahela/Sanga combo. Then we have enough talent to build around him, if selectors do not screw up due to political pressure. Things are always happy not only in the dressing room, but on comments section among fans. It goes nuts when we lose!! That's life as we all know!

  • CricketChat on June 30, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Dressing room will always be a happy place if the team is winning. SL have several challenges to deal with in the aftermath of their historic win in Eng. In no perticular order, they need to address 1) full time head coach that last 4-5 years 2) adequate replacements for the 2 greats, Sanga and Mahela 3) Pace attack 4) stable opening batsmen.

  • rizwan1981 on June 30, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Please bring back THARANGA to partner SILVA - Also why has BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHA not been given the same opportunities as his former Royal College team mates Kusal Perera and Vithanage ?

  • Kavum on June 30, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    @ Priyantha Gunaratna: You don't get the flow, bro. The point is that we have a benchmark - the SL side in the mid to late 1990s. We do not need one to one replacements, agreed. But all those names of ex-players I mentioned were identified match winners from when they were 15-year olds. Now politicians, parents, old boys' associations and others are all into the promotional game to push a young cricketer to make a name, gain cheap publicity and harvest a financial windfall. All these machinations distract young impressionable minds from the honour of eventually representing the country at test level. Technique and honing of skill are sacrificed at the altar of short-term success. If Marvan deals with that (understanding the modern culture) I will respect him more than I do for making a comeback after his horror debut in tests. Also this obsession with the ICC WC 2015 which SL cannot win is incomprehensible. MJ, TMD, LM and KS retiring sans replacements is more of a worry.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 30, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    @ac_Indian; I think some one like Sanjay Manjurikar/ Ajay Jadeja will be really handy for the Indian team selection panel.

  • on June 30, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    you have taken right measures marvi as always. today we can see how technically most players should. specially dimuth n kaushal in first few overs . i do say that was a key in both matches to performace of others Lahiru had a hard time in england but should play against south africa in sri lanka while chandi is the wk in tests . also in bowling suranga lakmal should come in . may be place of nuwan pradeep while dilruwan perera is in place too.

    btw guys this is the best performance by team in abroad with out big heads .a clear indication that , with a strong coach you can do many marvi is the technically most should guy lanka ever produced n for sure from him team can learn a lot. way to go guys life it up .2015 wc would be the ultimate

  • on June 30, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @parvinder7 - Mate why did India bat second in e 50 over final. Reality is that India is the third best in Asia behind Pakistan. They lost to England at home n now they are touring England for five test matches. SL are not scared to play tests mate. India is scared to play t20 be cause they don't deserve to be no 1. India is 1 due to a mathematical calculation. SL will continue to be no 1 in Asia mate don't worry about it

  • DnJsh on June 30, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    @parvinder7 - You seem really infuriated by all of this. Atapattu clearly stated that the Sri Lankan team is not perfect and has plenty to keep improving on.

    As for having only two tests against top teams, I doubt it's being done on purpose, more due to scheduling issues. I was pretty obvious that England considers India more important to play than Sri Lanka. And I believe the ICC's future programme has Sri Lanka scheduled for a large test series against the Aussies in 2017... (sorry, for some reason I can't find that article where the FTP was published)

  • on June 30, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    SL been on the rise since last December. Every one can see there confidence is high too. Team unity has brings all this success. Parvinder you probably dont know how to rate according to your comment. You cant question a team ability by their decision made by the toss. Sri lanka decision to ball first was to bring India out of there comfort zone. Not only that Sri lanka was playing out of there comfort zone as well. because if you see all tournament Sri lanka was batting first and defending their total. How ever they made that surprising decision at the final and execute their plan well. That was the experience that they had from previous world cup.

  • Lion_Wallaby on June 30, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    @parvinder7:Very interesting JOKE!!!

  • on June 29, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    pravider7: SL would in fact love a 3 match or 5 match series. ..its the Other teams who don't want.England makes that call...n btw no one really cares about ur ratings...SL won the T20 fair n square..learn to accept that...

  • gajan on June 29, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    @ parvinder7 : your ignorance to cricket amuses me. Sri Lanka only plays 2 tests series against top sides due to the selfishness of the cricket board who realise there are more money to be made in one day and T20 cricket. It is not a ploy against losing series. If you have read statements from players, you would know how frustrated they are that this was only a 2 test series.

    And buddy, what on earth does this even mean... "if sri lanka were that good then why did u bat second in the final of the world cup." Please explain to me why winning the world cup batting second is any less than winning it batting first. That is quite possibly the most clueless comment I have ever read.

  • Hush78 on June 29, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    @parvinder7 : same rule apply for India why they can't seem to win matches when setting up a score against a good team.its really dumb logic from you as great teams who won consistant matches never allways won the toss.they played that particular day and win it taking 1 game At a time. I am really disappointed that you think Sri Lanka won because they won the toss and bowl first.every team plays for their strength not the strength of the opposition.you predicted 4-1 to India in Sl.i will predict 5-0 in fav of Sith this team. On 2 match series : we have the same prob. India has a billion people and lot of commercial value and hence they get to choose no of matches and when they want to play.so that's why they play when it's best in summer. That's why small nations don't even get to play big nations.all about money.and it's tremendous achievement to win a series when you get only 2 opportunities in very unfavorable conditions when India has 5 oppertunities.its unfair to

  • ac_Indian on June 29, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    SL are playing really well at the moment. Is there any chance that interim domestic coaches in subcontinent make the team play well :) ? I recall Indian team in 2007 which won the T20 as well as a test series in England and we did not have a regular coach at that time after Chappell's departure. I think India had interim coaches like Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad. Anyways, congratulations to SL fans.

  • on June 29, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Chandimal is the next big thing for SL cricket. He is the man who will replace Sangakkara and his test record at the moment is probably the best out of all the young people. Vithanage must also be given a chance. Why are they persisting with Thirimanne? He's had a few good knocks in ODI cricket, but overall he has not been the man SL is looking for

  • ksquared on June 29, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    @parvinder7 Really ur still smarting from that loss. It's called strategy look it up in the dictionary besides are seriously telling us that Dhoni would have batted first if he won the toss so according to ur warped logic every team should play according to the other teams strengths and don't exploit their weaknesses. As far as the tests go SL usually got 3 tests in ENG but this time around one was stripped and given to ur boys u should go and complain to the ECB. I don't get ur logic behind T20 games. SL is one of the teams that has played the most number of T20 games and every one knows how IND got the freak no 1 ranking in T20s by not playing many t20s and then putting together some wins in the WT20.

  • parvinder7 on June 29, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    listen atapattu, if sri lanka were that good then why did u bat second in the final of the world cup. Had u batted first and won i would rate sri lanka. Just wait till india arrives in sri lanka. 4-1 in the odi's to india. How come sri lanka and pakistan play only 2 tests against top teams. No t20 against S.A. Its a good ploy not to lose. Yes winning in england in the odi's and tests was a big achievement. Even i rate sri lanka for that. Since australia beat sri lanka at home in 3 tests, sri lanka refuse to play the top 3 in more than 2 tests. How can u say there is more pressure at home. 2 tests is not pressure. If south africa win the toss at galle and bat first that will be a huge test for sri lanka in the first test.

  • Nariyaxy on June 29, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    From reliable inside source Atapattu wants to have in Thirimanne in the team regardless of performances , while he is not keen to have chandimal so he keeps him moving up and down on batting order, also trying hard to change is batting style . Sanath wants his people Kusal Perera & Ramith Rambukwella. Soon SL fail with Maravan and Sanath around ….

  • cheguramana on June 29, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Kudos to SL team for winning a series in England. Sub continental teams always struggle to win overseas, such victories are precious. And SL did it with limited resources at its disposal. Shows what fighting spirit and will power can achieve!

  • Cricsnake on June 29, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    First of all I would like to appreciate Marvan, Vaas, Jayasuriya, Kalpage & the company for their immense effort during the hard time. SL was in a tricky situation when Paul left & it was a team effort behind the dressing room too, as well as in the field. Usually SL win because of our team spirit & courage. We need to keep this momentum. SL is the best when managing resources. We have very limited resources compared to other nations & we used to manage them exceptionally well. Best example is fast bowling. We must not forget that we won the test series without our most promising bowler (Lakmal) & all our less experienced pacemen did their best. They bowled long spells when the pitch is flat & took wickets at right times. Vaas must be appraised a lot. Marvan did well with senior batsmen & young Kaushal, Dimuth & Chandimal. Our tailenders saved a match for us against a quality attack. That's the fighting spirit. We never ever give up !

  • on June 29, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    hope chandimal will get a chance to bat top of the order.. u can't take decisions about him letting him bat at number 7

  • on June 29, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Yes thiri must rested for SA series

  • ReeceLeban on June 29, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Really admire Sanga. Always comes through when the team needs him and has played many match winning knock for his team. He is miles ahead of Sachin, who consistently flopped during tough situations. Well done mate

  • Ramansilva on June 29, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Kudos to Marvan Atapattu, the unsung hero of Sri Lanka cricket. Who needs opportunist foreign coaches when Marvan can marshal his troupes to victory.

  • on June 29, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Kavum: There is no need to find one to one replacements when the team goes through a transformation. Without a Vaas or a Mulrali we can still win matches if the bowlers can perform well as a unit. Rangana was never a great turner of the cricket ball. However, he has developed lot of variations to keep even the best of batsmen guessing. In spite of two failures in the second test Kaushal Silva has demonstrated that he has all the skills and temperament to succeed as a test match opener. Chandimal for the time being will have to be contend with keeping wickets and batting at No. 7 as in spite of his immense talent he has failed to deliver as a pure batsman on a consistent basis. Thirimanne let down the team very badly and should not be allowed to hide behind the "Vice Captain" tag for long. I would replace him with another alternative like Vithanage for the SA series to see how that works. Dropping a player does not mean terminating his career. He could always make a comeback.

  • on June 29, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    why are we still having Chandimal and Thirimanne???? They are going through a bad period? fine let them get back to form in some domestic matches...don't have them risking a "Team win"

  • on June 29, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    2014 what an year after 1996 hope it will continued for ever for me marvan is the perfect man to do the job sri lanka have the best talented coaches second non for any one all the best marvi .ruwan and vassy and i wish slc will not change any thing

  • rizwan1981 on June 29, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Only SILVA , mahela , Sanga and Mathews performed well in alien conditions in England - Karunarathne should be dropped and Tharanga brought back .

    Also VIthanage and BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHE should be given more opportunities in Test cricket . As for the bowlers , its high time the Selectors unearthed a mystery spinner - Herath is in his mid 30 s and an adequate LONG TERM replacement should be found .

    The unsung HERO in the tour to England was SILVA - He protected Sanga , mahela and Mathews from the new ball .

  • KingOwl on June 29, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Congratulations to Marvan and Ruwan and Vassy and the rest! A couple of points about the content here: 1) Skills required for test cricket are not the same as those required for limited overs cricket. Only Australia have been able to transfer the skill sets successfully across formats. Strong test nations such as England and SA have been poor in limited overs tournaments. Strong one day teams such as SL and India have been not great at test cricket (despite India's good test performance for a short period) 2) Keeping men united is not easy. Humans are inherently disunited. As someone said, men can be united only against their fellow men. In England, by their own actions, England made themselves an enemy of SL and that united the SL team. That was a cake on a platter, in my view. When that does not happen naturally, it is up to the coaching team to create that environment, artificially.

  • MoLebbe on June 29, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Hi, as im a srilankan very proud on this achievement , but as a nation people expecting this should bring uinity and peace where thats what is missing in my lovely nation

  • Blade-Runner on June 29, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Its the icing on the cake when the people behind our success are ex-Sri Lankan players. It feels so right and that's exactly the way it should be. There is no need of employing foreign nationals for coaching duties when we have our own bunch of very talented/capable people. In fact, we can send SL coaches to other counties as its already happening right now - Chandika Hathurusingha- Bangladesh head Coach. Pubudu Dassanayake - Nepal head coach, Nuwan Zoysa - Head coach of Goa Cricket Association..etc

  • gahapanmachan on June 29, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Great to see Local coaching team doing better than any foreigners since 96 win and with technically correct Marvan and brilliant Vaasy in, only way is up. SL should not worry about replacements to Sanga & Maiya as with the current local structure embedding into the real talents in the village, there will be plenty of world beaters popping up. As the economy keep growing and feed the gamaya's , cricket grounds and helmets will have to be redesigned.

  • Sinhaya on June 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    So glad to hear indeed. Why not drop Chandimal and Thirimanne once and for all and get Vithanage, Priyanjan and Shehan Jayasuriya and everything will be perfectly fine indeed.

  • on June 29, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    When the selection process is honest & right, The dressing room crowd will say: Everyone is my teacher, some I seek, Some I subconsciously attract. I learn by observing others, This is what happened to us in England. Keep it up Sana, Marva Vaasi & the rest.

  • Kavum on June 29, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Think Marvan should be kept on with short term consultants being hired as and when needed (like Chris Adams). We should hire people like Wasim Akram as he is an inspirational human being as well as an expert in his field. Note that even Vassy could not teach SL pace bowlers reverse swing. Malinga could be coopted to teach some of his amazing bag of tricks. SL catching and ground fielding needs more work. If the team does not keep winning, Marvan will find the change-room less happy, so best of luck and keep up the hard/good work. Sanga more than replaced Gurusingha, Mahela took over from Aravinda and Mathews is reprising Arjuna's role. Dilshan is a barely adequate Jayasuriya (no longer in tests). But there is no obvious replacement for Marvan, Mahanama, Hashan/Thilan, Vass nor Murali. Rangana has a maximum of 1 to 2 years left and cannot bowl a faster ball nor tweak one sharply any more. Even Moeen gave it more revs. I see a crisis looming after ICC WC 2015. Anyone else agree?

  • Prabhash1985 on June 29, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    The "Greatest of All", Muhammad Ali once said "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' " - I think Sri Lankan team should keep this as a motto or something. Everyone of them are important to us, and we expect them to become the greatest Cricket team on earth. They are on their way to that destination already, so why not to smile?

  • ChandimaEranda on June 29, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    The best thing other than the victory over England is Local Coaches. SL is having more than enough talented Local coaches who had played international cricket and who are having international coaching experience. and they proved that they are up to the standard!!! Well Done Marvan, Ruwan, Vass and all others.

    Hope other sub continent teams will also look into their local talents rather than hiring from overseas as a style.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 29, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Surely there is room for improvement. Keep working hard. Of course we are happy, even though we expect our fast bowling unit to improve. Mathews should improve his captaincy. There is plenty to learn from the greats, especially from Mahela. Mahela is such a great person, I remember in Australia, the commentator by then was saying "street fight Sri Lanka", "Jayawardhena's wounded army" winning unbelievably. By then, we lost several wicket keepers and key players, yet we managed to win the match mainly due to Mahela's near-perfect captaincy. I'm disappointed at Mahela, because he is not paying enough attention to his game, but I was very happy to hear he went to nets in the morning before the match for practice. I was overjoyed seeing him bowling, you see how great he is, never bowled in a recent match, and I don't even remember him bowling as a spinner, yet he managed to apply pressure on the batsman. He used to bowl medium fast when he was young. This, is really the signs of greats!

  • VinothSam on June 29, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka unlikely to lose SA series and I'm pretty sure that any results of this series won't affect Marvan's place. He is the one SL need the most for now.

  • dns07 on June 29, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Not only the dressing room, whole nation is a happy place right now! hope we can keep these smiles for another 9 months!

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  • dns07 on June 29, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    Not only the dressing room, whole nation is a happy place right now! hope we can keep these smiles for another 9 months!

  • VinothSam on June 29, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka unlikely to lose SA series and I'm pretty sure that any results of this series won't affect Marvan's place. He is the one SL need the most for now.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 29, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Surely there is room for improvement. Keep working hard. Of course we are happy, even though we expect our fast bowling unit to improve. Mathews should improve his captaincy. There is plenty to learn from the greats, especially from Mahela. Mahela is such a great person, I remember in Australia, the commentator by then was saying "street fight Sri Lanka", "Jayawardhena's wounded army" winning unbelievably. By then, we lost several wicket keepers and key players, yet we managed to win the match mainly due to Mahela's near-perfect captaincy. I'm disappointed at Mahela, because he is not paying enough attention to his game, but I was very happy to hear he went to nets in the morning before the match for practice. I was overjoyed seeing him bowling, you see how great he is, never bowled in a recent match, and I don't even remember him bowling as a spinner, yet he managed to apply pressure on the batsman. He used to bowl medium fast when he was young. This, is really the signs of greats!

  • ChandimaEranda on June 29, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    The best thing other than the victory over England is Local Coaches. SL is having more than enough talented Local coaches who had played international cricket and who are having international coaching experience. and they proved that they are up to the standard!!! Well Done Marvan, Ruwan, Vass and all others.

    Hope other sub continent teams will also look into their local talents rather than hiring from overseas as a style.

  • Prabhash1985 on June 29, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    The "Greatest of All", Muhammad Ali once said "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' " - I think Sri Lankan team should keep this as a motto or something. Everyone of them are important to us, and we expect them to become the greatest Cricket team on earth. They are on their way to that destination already, so why not to smile?

  • Kavum on June 29, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Think Marvan should be kept on with short term consultants being hired as and when needed (like Chris Adams). We should hire people like Wasim Akram as he is an inspirational human being as well as an expert in his field. Note that even Vassy could not teach SL pace bowlers reverse swing. Malinga could be coopted to teach some of his amazing bag of tricks. SL catching and ground fielding needs more work. If the team does not keep winning, Marvan will find the change-room less happy, so best of luck and keep up the hard/good work. Sanga more than replaced Gurusingha, Mahela took over from Aravinda and Mathews is reprising Arjuna's role. Dilshan is a barely adequate Jayasuriya (no longer in tests). But there is no obvious replacement for Marvan, Mahanama, Hashan/Thilan, Vass nor Murali. Rangana has a maximum of 1 to 2 years left and cannot bowl a faster ball nor tweak one sharply any more. Even Moeen gave it more revs. I see a crisis looming after ICC WC 2015. Anyone else agree?

  • on June 29, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    When the selection process is honest & right, The dressing room crowd will say: Everyone is my teacher, some I seek, Some I subconsciously attract. I learn by observing others, This is what happened to us in England. Keep it up Sana, Marva Vaasi & the rest.

  • Sinhaya on June 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    So glad to hear indeed. Why not drop Chandimal and Thirimanne once and for all and get Vithanage, Priyanjan and Shehan Jayasuriya and everything will be perfectly fine indeed.

  • gahapanmachan on June 29, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Great to see Local coaching team doing better than any foreigners since 96 win and with technically correct Marvan and brilliant Vaasy in, only way is up. SL should not worry about replacements to Sanga & Maiya as with the current local structure embedding into the real talents in the village, there will be plenty of world beaters popping up. As the economy keep growing and feed the gamaya's , cricket grounds and helmets will have to be redesigned.

  • Blade-Runner on June 29, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Its the icing on the cake when the people behind our success are ex-Sri Lankan players. It feels so right and that's exactly the way it should be. There is no need of employing foreign nationals for coaching duties when we have our own bunch of very talented/capable people. In fact, we can send SL coaches to other counties as its already happening right now - Chandika Hathurusingha- Bangladesh head Coach. Pubudu Dassanayake - Nepal head coach, Nuwan Zoysa - Head coach of Goa Cricket Association..etc