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Whatmore advocates separate squads

Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai: Sri Lankan coach Davenell Whatmore prefers separate Lankan squads for Test and One-day matches on lines of Australia.''Eventually it is nice to have separate teams for Tests and One-dayers. Some players are more naturally suited to one-Dayers and some for the longer version,'' Whatmore, who is credited with moulding the young lankan team into a close-knit unit, told 'Khaleej Times'.He said, ''at the moment, our team has about two to three changes for the One-day side unlike Australia, who change about five players.''The Sri Lankan-born Australian said, ''we have around 18 to 20 players in the national pool on a contract basis and we have a number of youngsters knocking on the door. That's what I want. We need to keep people performing and that's competitive.''Whatmore said he wanted to make the Sri Lankan team, which mauled India by a record 245 runs in the Coca Cola Cup final in Sharjah on Sunday, to be regarded as fearsome. ''The performances in Sharjah as far as consistency goes is one of the best I have seen the team play.''The former Australian player said, ''When you win a lot, it is very good but I don't think we will get carried away. It is terrific and gives the team some sense of confidence before the tough tour of South Africa where we play three Tests and five One-dayers.''He said, ''we are presently taking one game at a time as the overall objective is to be one of the best Test and One-day playing countries. This is what we are continuously striving for.''Whatmore, who is presently utilising new technology in helping improve the standard of the team, said Sanath Jayasuriya had matured into a competent captain. ''Sanath is a terrific captain and has improved a lot since his first Test last July. He had to work at it and his performance at the early part was not as much as liked. But he has improved his captaincy and batting.''Speaking about Jayasuriya's 189 against India in the Coca Cola Cup final, Whatmore said, ''It is one of the best innings I have seen. I think the people in Sharjah were privileged to see an innings like this. But we are disappointed that he missed the World Record of 194 (which is in the name of Pakistani opener Saeed Anwar).'' UNI

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