Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 squad needs some adjustments, said coach Mickey Arthur, who will be overseeing the team’s bid for a second 20-overs World Cup title later this year.
In home fixtures last month, Sri Lanka swept a three-match one-day series against West Indies but lost two Twenty20 Internationals.
“Our T20 side is still going to take some fine-tuning and this was amplified against a very strong West Indies team that simply had too much power for us,” Arthur said in a chat with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) media unit.
“I think the most important thing is building a method to win games based on the resources that you have at your disposal and then making sure that the players are under no illusion as to what that method is based on our strengths,” he said.
The 2014 champions will be chasing their second 20-overs world title in Australia in October-November.
Since Arthur took over in December, Sri Lanka have lost a Test series in Pakistan but prevailed in Zimbabwe earlier this year.
A sterner test had awaited them in a two-match home series against England, but that was cancelled last month owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was really disappointing not playing the Test series against England although this will be played at a later date,” said Arthur, who has also coached South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.
“We had just worked out a brand that we knew would be successful against all teams, and I just hope that the momentum that we had built up will not be lost with our test team when we start up again,” he said.
“We have some very realistic goals with our test team and believe that we have now the players and gameplans to have success both at home and abroad in the future.”
Using break to recalibrate future plans
Arthur is utilising the forced break from cricket to reflect on his three-month tenure and recalibrate future plans for the team.
The novel cornavirus outbreak, which has led to almost 70,000 deaths globally, has caused a collapse of sports events worldwide and the time off gives Arthur and his coaching staff the opportunity to introspect.
"We are using this time to reflect on the first three months of our tenure and recalibrate our individual and team plans going forward to the very important series that we have coming up later in the year," Arthur said.
"We have been very happy with the improvement and willingness from the players to buy into the structure, work ethic, levels of preparation and goals that we have set the team in all formats," he added.
As governments all over the world are calling for social-distancing, Arthur and his coaching staff are studying trends and analysing their opposition.
"This isolation period is giving us as coaching staff a time to reflect as well on the player plans, roles and goals that we have set for ourselves as a group."
"We are also looking at trends from around the world and analyzing all the opposition that we are going to play against over the next year."
With sporting activities coming to a standstill, players are confined to their homes and Arthur is handing out tailored workouts to ensure his side remains physically and mentally fit when the on field action resumes.
"The players all have individual fitness plans to keep them up to speed with their levels of fitness, these plans are tailored to the facilities that each player has at his disposal at home to maintain the expected fitness levels."
"Our trainers Dishan Foneska and Paul Khoury have been very proactive in working out the programs with each individual."
"These reflections are mental, physical and technical. This allows us as coaches to then add this to the player plans that we have constructed for each player."
With inputs from Reuters and Press Trust of India
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