Australia vs Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal says visitors need to shrug off injury woes, off-field drama ahead of 2nd Test

Sri Lanka were working to shrug off a series of injuries and off-field dramas, captain Dinesh Chandimal said Thursday, as they look to avoid a series defeat against Australia.

Agence France-Presse, Jan 31, 2019 14:44:20 IST

Canberra: Sri Lanka were working to shrug off a series of injuries and off-field dramas, captain Dinesh Chandimal said Thursday, as they look to avoid a series defeat against Australia.

The visitors have endured a turbulent tour so far, losing the first Test at Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs inside three days.

They now must play the second and last Test in Canberra from Friday without pace duo Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera, who have both returned home with injuries.

File image of Dinesh Chandimal. Reuters

File image of Dinesh Chandimal. Reuters

With fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Angelo Mathews ruled out before the series started, they face a struggle on a Manuka Oval pitch regarded as one of the best batting decks in the country.

Replacements for Kumara and Chameera have arrived in the form of left-armer Vishwa Fernando and uncapped bowling all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.

"We have to play positive and we need four bowlers to win a game," Chandimal told reporters, while holding off naming his team until the toss on Friday.

"We have to take more responsibility as a team. We have to score 300 runs batting first if we were to win a Test match.

"This Test match I hope all the players will focus on what is required."

Keeping the focus on the match may not be easy, given the off-field disruptions.

Apart from an ongoing corruption investigation into Sri Lankan cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC), coach Chandika Hathurusingha was stripped of his team selection duties after Brisbane.

Batting coach Jon Lewis, meanwhile, has taken leave for "a family matter" and there has reportedly been a distracting social media spat between the wife of one-day skipper Lasith Malinga and star all-rounder Thiasara Perera.

Sri Lanka's form has also been poor. They came to Australia having lost their recent series against New Zealand 3-0.

Chandimal said it was important to put all the noise aside.

"It's always tough for us as players with so many things happening, but whatever happens off the field we need to keep aside and control what we can control," he said.

Updated Date: Jan 31, 2019 14:44:54 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
Australia 6 5 1 0 10
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 6 4 2 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254