Sri Lanka vs New Zealand: Hosts learned from England whitewash, have 'new plans in place', says Dimuth Karunaratne

Sri Lanka were whitewashed by England in November last year, a series in which captain Dimuth Karunaratne said his team failed to stop the runs.

Asian News International, Aug 13, 2019 23:49:11 IST

London: Ahead of the two-match Test series against New Zealand, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said that they have 'new plans' in place.

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand: Hosts learned from England whitewash, have new plans in place, says Dimuth Karunaratne

File image of Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne. Reuters

Sri Lanka were whitewashed by England in November last year. Recalling that, Karunaratne said they failed to stop the runs.

"When we played against England, we kept attacking them too much with our bowlers, and we couldn't stop the runs. But we have that experience with [the loss against] England now, and we have some new plans," ESPNCricinfo quoted Karunaratne as saying.

"In these conditions, rather than giving away a lot of runs, we need to dry them up. Even though we lost the toss in all three of those games, we still had a good chance, and I think this is where we made the mistake. If their batsmen attack us, we need to know how to deal with that," he added.

Although Sri Lanka were white-washed by England, they managed to beat South Africa in both the Test matches played in February this year. Angelo Mathews had missed the South Africa Tests due to injury.

"Angelo (Mathews) and Dinesh Chandimal are in this squad now, so there might be a few changes to the top order that played in South Africa," Karunaratne said.

The first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will start from 14 August.

Updated Date: Aug 13, 2019 23:49:11 IST






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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
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3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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