The island country emerged Asian champions within the regional T20 match ultimate month upon getting previous cricket giants India after which Pakistan within the ultimate within the United Arab Emirates.
The not going victory introduced a much-needed pleasure to cricket-mad Sri Lanka after an financial disaster brought about months of meals and gas shortages.
The avid gamers won a heroes’ welcome after getting back from the Asia Cup and their triumph introduced the rustic in combination after months of financial distress.
“The fact that everybody’s behind us, the nation is behind us, and we’re out there trying to bring a smile back to everybody’s faces, for me it’s a positive,” stated trainer Chris Silverwood.
“Something we can use as energy, and something we have used as energy in the dressing room already.”
The 2014 T20 World Cup winners will wish to get via a initial spherical, beginning with Namibia on Sunday, to fulfill the heavyweights within the Super 12 degree.
Skipper Shanaka stated two warm-up and 3 qualifying fits in Australia will put his aspect .
“We will be able to read the conditions and the wickets going into the Super 12,” he instructed journalists.
It would be the 2d consecutive World Cup that Sri Lanka must play within the first spherical, the place they’ll be anticipated to cruise via towards Namibia, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands.
“We have a couple of warm-up games before the Namibia game,” stated Silverwood.
“We’ll play match scenarios among ourselves before that to make sure we can control the environment that we’re training in.
“There’s the scale of the grounds in Australia — they have got some giant grounds — we will must learn how to deal with them,” said Silverwood.
“We have to verify we get the gap proper off the boundary to chop the angles down and get the blokes used to doing that.”
Fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara return from injuries to bolster the squad that won the Asia Cup.
“With the bowling we are nonetheless operating on yorkers, to verify we will achieve success on Australian wickets, to verify now we have the talents to again our plans up,” stated Silverwood.
Hard-hitter Bhanuka Rajapaksa stays their primary weapon within the middle-order whilst Kusal Mendis and Shanaka upload enjoy to the batting.
Wanindu Hasaranga leads the spin fee with Maheesh Theekshana and Jeffrey Vandersay for corporate.
Dilshan Madushanka and Pramod Madushan are two new welcome additions to the tempo battery and made their presence felt right through their hammering of Pakistan within the Asia Cup ultimate.