Failure to adapt to Eng conditions cost us series

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2002, 22:14 [IST]
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Colombo: Sri Lankan manager Chandra Schaffter said on Thursday the team's inability to adapt to different conditions was the main reason for its dismal performance on the recent tour of England.

"The team's inability to acclimatise to English conditions, especially the moving ball, cost us the series," said Schaffter. "But that can't be given as an excuse by a professional team." Sanath Jayasuriya's Sri Lanka lost 2-0 in a three-Test series and won just one of six league matches in a three-nation One-day series won by India.

The manager denied there were any differences in the team, saying ace off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan had played of his own accord. "Murali played on his own and reports that he played under pressure is not true," Schaffter said. Muralitharan, who has 420 wickets in 75 Test matches, missed the first Test at Lord's due to a shoulder injury.

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