Captaincy came as a surprise: Jayawardene
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 20:59
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PERTH: Back at the helm after almost three years, Mahela Jayawardene is seeking to restore Sri Lanka's pride Down Under following a mixed tour of South Africa.
Seeking to take his side in the "right direction", Jayawardene waxed eloquent while speaking on the sidelines of his team's first training session ahead of their Tri-series clash against India at the WACA on Monday.
"It's been almost two months for us in South Africa where we spent both X'mas and New Year and played some good cricket. It is a tough place to go and play cricket. We won a Test and the last two ODIs there. So technique wise the stuff we worked in South Africa would apply in Australia as well. We will try and improve on that, but work-wise we are probably more prepared to play Down Under now," he said about his team's readiness for the CB series. They will play their first match against India at the bouncy WACA track.
Jayawardene was asked to move into the hot seat recently following Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa which also saw the sudden removal of their Australian coach Geoff Marsh.
Leading the team, however, is something that should come naturally for this veteran. The 34-year-old has earlier led Sri Lanka in ODIs from 2004 to 2009 and in Tests since 2006. Under Mahela, Sri Lanka won 57 of the 94 ODIs they played in.
Now back to perhaps where he belonged, Jayawardene said he will guide the young side for a year before deciding on the road ahead.
Dwelling in detail about his return to the hot seat, he said, "The appointment as a captain came as a surprise to me. I was in a situation where I was wondering what I should be doing for the team and in that respect I took the job. But I am a person who sets short-term. We haven't played badly, won some good matches. We've beaten some top sides away from home but we need to find consistency. At the same time we must try and groom some leaders inside the team looking at the future. I'd want to do these in the next twelve months."
About meeting India, to whom they lost in the 2011 World Cup final, and four-time champions Australia in the Tri-series, Jayawardene stressed that his team would accept the challenge.
"We have set a few goals for us and one is to get into the finals of the Tri-series, but for that we have to go through the process of playing India and Australia. The other goal would be to win it but for that there will be a lot of things to be done in-between."
The stylish batsmen with over 10,000 ODI runs, said, "We have no injury worries except that a few guys, including me, are suffering from the common cold."
India better watch out.
Source: The Times of India
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