Sri Lanka lost both their warm-up matches first against South Africa by 87 runs and the second one from Australia by five wickets. With this Sri Lanka made everyone say that the team has no potential left while playing in the English conditions. Sri Lanka scored only 251 runs against South Africa and 239-8 against Australia.
We did our best from there but we did not score enough runs
Talking about the same, the skipper of the Sri Lankan squad. Kusal Mendis admitted that his team is trying to catch up ahead with the English conditions. “We did not bat very well. There was a chance to get to 300 out there on that wicket but we struggled in the middle overs and lost any momentum (in Southampton),” he said.
He said that they lost both the matches badly and it ruined their prospect as a team as well. “It was a battle and it ruined the plan we had as a team. We did our best from there but we did not score enough runs. There are faster wickets here than in Sri Lanka and we will be on the bowling machine to get used to the conditions.”
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga will step it up at the weekend
He said that he knows the team needs a lot of practice and support from the players and they have to improve the batting squad as well. He said that Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga are going to step up and play the role they are required to play. “Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga will step it up at the weekend and that will give everyone a lift with bat and ball.”
He said that people need to patient with them and they are trying to cope up their spirits as a team. “There is a special support here. I am Catholic but some players are Buddhist and then some are Muslims. In Sri Lanka, all religions are the same. We are supporting each other and we have had a lot of support from around the world. We are together as a team and the country is behind us. Now it is up to us to perform,” he concluded.