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Australia vs Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal believes guests can bounce again from battering Down Under, do higher at South Africa

Canberra: Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal insisted Monday his battered staff can carry their recreation and be aggressive on...

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Australia vs Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal believes visitors can bounce back from battering Down Under, do better at South Africa
Canberra: Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal insisted Monday his battered staff can carry their recreation and be aggressive on the upcoming tour to South Africa regardless of being outplayed over two Tests by Australia.

The guests misplaced the opening day-night Test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs inside three days and adopted it up by a 366-run thrashing on day 4 in Canberra.

It prolonged a dire run of outcomes for troubled Sri Lanka, who’ve been hit by accidents and off-field dramas.

File picture of Dinesh Chandimal. AP

They have now misplaced a house sequence to England 3-0, then away to New Zealand 1-Zero to go together with their two defeats in Australia.

The first Test in South Africa looms on 13 February, with the squad flying straight there from Australia this week to proceed a gruelling abroad schedule.

“We are a young team and always learning how to play, especially in these tough conditions. We will bounce back in South Africa,” Chandimal mentioned

“I imply, they’re three powerful excursions, now we have completed two and now South Africa.

“South Africa is similar to these conditions and with very good bowlers. We know that as a team we have to play in tough conditions and we need to adjust to those conditions and step up as a team.”

They got here into the Canberra Test with out injured tempo spearheads Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, and Nuwan Pradeep, who have been all badly missed with Australia smashing 4 centuries.

They have been additionally with out all-rounder Angelo Mathews, with the added off-field distraction of an ongoing ICC corruption investigation into Sri Lankan cricket.

Despite this Chandimal mentioned that whereas the staff has been transitioning lately, and continues to be younger, it was time for them to start out performing.

“If you get the chance to play for your country you have to take it with both hands,” he mentioned.

“Now as a staff, now we have to step up.

“In our younger group, a few of them have performed greater than 30 Tests so which means they’re nonetheless very younger, however within the worldwide area they’re actually skilled.

“So now this is the time to play your game and play for your team.”

Asked to stipulate the positives Sri Lanka may take from the Australia sequence, Chandimal admitted there weren’t many.

“The only positive was our slip catching from our fast bowlers,” he mentioned.

“I don’t want to talk about the negatives,” he added. “We all know what went wrong as a team and I’m sure the boys will learn from that and they will come good in South Africa.”

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Published Date: February 04, 2019

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Updated Date: Feb 04, 2019 11:50:53 IST

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