Lankans all set to fight it out against England

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London :Sri Lanka believe they can succeed where Australia failed last summer by spiking the guns of England's pace attack in the forthcoming Test series.

Captain Mahela Jayawardene insists his team-mates will not be pounded into submission by Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Simon Jones and Matthew Hoggard during the tour which takes in three Tests, a Twenty20 international and a triangular one-day series.

"You will start talking about the ball moving and all that," said Jayawardene.

"But we shouldnt worry about that. In England you have some of the best batting wickets which I have batted on - Lord's, for instance, and Nottingham, where the third Test is scheduled to be played.

"It's all about how you go there and adjust, and how you apply yourself - it is as simple as that.

"We did that very well in Australia and proved that we can handle pace, bounce and movement."

Despite their confidence, Jayawardene insists England will be hard to beat on home soil after winning the Ashes last year.

"It's going to be tough, there's no doubt about it," he said.

"They've got the balance and a strong unit - a couple of all-rounders, a good pace attack and a solid batting line-up.

"They play good cricket. But we should not worry about what they will do to us.

"What we should worry about is how we are going to handle them and control that. We know the players and should work on their strengths and weaknesses."

The first Test begins at Lord's on May 11.

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