Sri Lanka manager seeks more consistency in Tests

Published: Monday, May 13, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Sri Lanka served up a mixed bag of form on the second day of its tour match against Middlesex at Shenley on Sunday.

As Mahela Jayawardene and Hashan Tillekeratne shared a fifth-wicket stand of 179 to put the tourists 193 runs ahead with six wickets standing, manager Chandra Shaffter admitted that more consistency was needed ahead of the First Test against England at Lord's starting on Thursday. "There will be a different atmosphere, a whole different ball game and the attitude of the players will be different," pledged Shaffter after seeing Sri Lanka intersperse a stream of boundaries on Sunday with some less than satisfactory dismissals. "Although some of the batting has in a sense been disappointing, I'm not unhappy with the situation because everybody has shown what they can do since we arrived in England. "Virtually all the batsmen have had a good score and shown they can perform well at some stage." Sri Lanka warmed to its task and prospered when the sun came out late in the day and Shaffter conceded the players have had problems adapting to the chilly English conditions with play being lost to weather in its previous three tour matches at Canterbury, Northampton and Durham. "It has perhaps done us a favour to help us acclimatise and I'm sure the players will be fully focused for Lord's," he said.

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