Batsmen must take more responsibility says Chandimal

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Sri Lanka's captain Dinesh Chandimal speaks during a press conference at the Manuka Oval


CITY-DM-20-4By Pathum Sri Wijeratne reporting from Canberra 

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal believes that the batsmen must take on more responsibilities if they are to seal a victory on Australian soil ahead of the second Test match of the two-Test series which will commence at the Manuka Oval today (1).  

“Our players are well prepared for this match and we have a wicket which is completely different from Brisbane. It has far less grass which means it should be a good wicket for the batsmen. The players took part in the practices and are mentally prepared for this match. It is very disappointing that Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Priyadarshana have been ruled out due to injuries as we had high hopes on them. At the moment we have Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando and Chamika Karunaratne in the squad and most probably we will play three of them,” Chandimal said adding,“Certain incidents taking place off the field have been very challenging for our players, but we are out to forget all that and play the game. We are well aware that we cannot control what happens outside the pitch, all we can control is what happens on the pitch. We know a lot of things are happening outside but we are focused on the game.”  

He went on to say, “I don’t know how long I would be able to bat at Number Three as a lot of players have failed at this position. So being the skipper I have decided to take that responsibility to bat at that position as an experienced batsman. We are all aware that these three tours are going to be very difficult and I have played at Number Three, in only two matches. It’s quite different from playing at Number Five and I hope to do well for the team by preparing well”.  

The captain further revealed that Sri Lanka would opt for seven batsmen and four bowlers once again, “We are hoping to play seven batters and four bowlers in this game as well. We have to play four bowlers on this wicket and as batsmen we need to take more responsibilities. We have to score more than 300 runs in the first innings in order to win a Test match and the players have understood that and I hope they could get the job done. We cannot sit back and relax just because the wicket here is good for batting, our batsmen must work hard at practice because Australia a very good bowling attack.”  

The right hander also stated that the leader of the pace attack Suranga Lakmal is in doubt for this game.  

“Lakmal has a stiff back at the moment and we have requested the physio to provide us an update on his availability. We have not made a final decision on whether or not to include him in the playing XI,” Chandimal said.   
Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando are likely to replace the injured duo of Kumara and Chameera in this match.  

Meanwhile, Australian captain Tim Paine stated that Australia are likely to field an unchanged side from their sensational victory at the Gabba.  

The history of the Test match encounters between Australia and Sri Lanka runs back to 1982 and so far they have been involved in 30 Test matches with Australia winning 18 of them while Sri Lanka have just four wins with eight being draws.  

The match will start at 5 a.m Sri Lanka time.     


Our players are well prepared for this match and we have a wicket which is completely different from Brisbane. It has far less grass which means it should be a good wicket for the batsmen