CT 2017: Sri Lankan bowling has what it takes to win tournament, says Allan Donald

AFP, May, 02 2017

Colombo: Famed South African paceman Allan Donald began his appointment on Tuesday as Sri Lanka's interim bowling coach, declaring the squad has the potential to claim victory in next month's Champions Trophy.

Donald was hired by the Sri Lankan cricket board as a fast bowling consultant ahead of the tournament in England.

File photo of Alan Donald. Getty Images

File photo of Alan Donald. Getty Images

"The Sri Lankan attack has what it takes to win the tournament," he told reporters at the cricket board headquarters.

"Sri Lanka has a lot of skills. Lot of leadership with the ball... what is there to be scared of?"

Donald said his was an "inspirational role" and he would be working closely with the squad to assess their individual goals, health condition and personalities.

Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford, a fellow South African, has been preparing the 15-man squad led by Angelo Mathews for the 50-over tournament starting June 1.

Donald will work with Sri Lankan pace bowling coaches Chaminda Vaas, Champaka Ramanayake, Ravindra Pushpakumara and Nuwan Zoysa.

Donald was one of Test cricket's top fast bowlers between 1992 and 2002, taking 330 wickets in 72 Tests at an average of 22.25.

Published Date: May 02, 2017 | Updated Date: May 02, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115