Sanath Jayasuriya not happy with Sri Lanka on NZ tour

Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya.

Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya.

Sri Lanka's chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya is concerned about the team's progress, just three weeks out from the start of the Cricket World Cup.

Sri Lanka have lost the ODI series against New Zealand 4-1, with a game to go. They were outplayed in yesterday's 120-run thrashing in Dunedin.

The former opener and left-arm spinner said he was worried by the way the team were performing with the World Cup fast approaching.

Sri Lanka fast bowling superstar Lasith Malinga.
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Sri Lanka fast bowling superstar Lasith Malinga.

"I am not very happy the way things are going out there in New Zealand," Jayasuriya told Sri Lanka's English language newspaper, The Nation.

"There are areas to be improved and in the next few weeks, I hope we can sort them out.

"The only good thing is that we are playing in New Zealand and against the same opposition, whom we will meet in our opening match of the World Cup."

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Jayasuriya hoped their experience of playing on New Zealand pitches would benefit them when the tournament began in February.

"It's a good advantage for us to play here in these conditions which are tough. We have almost two months here playing tests and ODIs to settle down and to play against the same country is a big advantage."

Sri Lanka's bowlers have struggled against New Zealand's in-form batting line-up and Jayasuriya said they desperately needed to get kingpin Lasith Malinga healthy again and back in the side.

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"We lack experience in our bowling at the moment in the absence of Lasith Malinga, which is huge," he told The Nation.

Jayasuriya was hopeful Malinga would be able to feature soon and have an impact at the World Cup.

"Lasith started to bowl about 30 balls yesterday and today also he was bowling. He has shown no signs of discomfort and he will be increasing his workload gradually. I think he will be alright for the World Cup."

Jayasuriya stressed Sri Lanka needed to grasp they key moments during matches - something, which had eluded them in New Zealand.

"The fourth ODI we should have got over 300 runs, but we just threw it away. That kind of thing you can't accept - they are experienced enough to bat the full 50 overs." 

Sri Lanka's take on New Zealand at Christchurch's Hagley Oval in the opening game of the World Cup on February 14.

The last of the seven ODIS against New Zealand is on Thursday in Wellington.


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