Lankans can cope up with Australian pitches: Marsh

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Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 18:41 [IST]
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Marsh backs Lankans for tri-series

Melbourne, Feb 2: Sri Lanka's sacked coach Geoff Marsh feels that the Lankan players are well prepared for the bouncy Australian tracks in the upcoming one-day tri series, also involving India, as they performed well in similar conditions in South Africa.

India suffered their second consecutive whitewash overseas, losing 0-4 in the Test series, thus failing to adapt to conditions. India also lost the first Twenty20 match by 31 runs last night but the former Australia coach says Sri Lanka wont face such a problem.

"I think one thing these guys have done over the last couple of months is play a lot of cricket in South Africa. It's not like coming from Sri Lanka into Australia, where you come from slow, turning wickets on to Australia's pacier wickets. I think they're more acclimatised to it. I think they'll be more ready for the tour," Marsh said.

"They're a very good side. They were World Cup runners-up six months ago. They've toured South Africa. You only have to talk to the Australian players about how tough it is to win over there and these boys managed to win a Test match and won the last two one-dayers chasing 300 on both occasions.

"So there is a lot of talent in the Sri Lankan side and I think it will be an exciting series," Marsh told SEN SportsCentral radio.

Marsh, however, refused to speak about his sacking but said he had not been given a clear explanation for his removal.

"I felt I was really coaching well at the time. You know that feeling you have, and I think the important thing for any coach is to get the respect of the players and I firmly believe I had that in the first couple of months there and I was looking forward to moving on. But unfortunately that's not the case.

"I haven't had a reason yet. We'll see how that all pans out," he said.


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