We have world-class batting line-up and bowlers, says Head Coach Silverwood | Daily News

We have world-class batting line-up and bowlers, says Head Coach Silverwood

Moose Clothing CEO and Director Brandix Hasib Omar (second from left) hands over the Sri Lanka cricket team's clothing sponsorship to the Secretary of SLC Mohan de Silva at the press briefing held at SLC HQ yesterday. Also in the picture (from left)  are Head Coach Chris Silverwood, skipper Dasun Shanaka and SLC CEO Ashley de Silva. (Pic courtesy SLC)

Moose Clothing CEO and Director Brandix Hasib Omar (second from left) hands over the Sri Lanka cricket team's clothing sponsorship to the Secretary of SLC Mohan de Silva at the press briefing held at SLC HQ yesterday. Also in the picture (from left)  are Head Coach Chris Silverwood, skipper Dasun Shanaka and SLC CEO Ashley de Silva. (Pic courtesy SLC)

"We have world-class bowlers with a strong batting line-up and fielders who are in good shape to do well, and we hope to challenge any top-class team in the forthcoming T20 World Cup", said Sri Lanka cricket team Head coach Chris Silverwood at the press briefing held before the team's departure at SLC HQ yesterday.

"We had a good training session at Pallekele and our team morale is very high. The effectiveness of their teamwork and commitment level of players are good positives before this important tour", added the Head coach.

"Our spin combination is at also a very high standard while our variations are a big advantage. Wanindu Hasaranga, world's leading leg spinner, and mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana are backed up by experienced Jeffrey Vandersay while Dhananjaya de Silva can play a good supporting role and they are always a challenge to any of the team. The pace attack is led by two leading bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara while the two new young bowlers Dilshan Madushanka and Promod Madushan have the potential to perform well. At Pallekele, our paceman did bounce and swing the ball very well while this is a good advantage to bowl on a fast track in Australia", said Silverwood.

"I think we are in a good position after the Asia Cup but the conditions are different in Dubai and Australia and adapting to those conditions is important", said Silverwood.

"My supportive staff Piyal Wijetunga the Spin Coach, Dharshana Gamage the Fast Bowling coach Anton Roux the Fielding Coach from New Zealand, and Assistant and Batting Coach Naveed Nawaz always back the players", added the Head Coach.

Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka also added, "the two warm-up games and three qualifying matches before the main tournament are very good to adapt to the conditions and like our last T20 World Cup, we had to play in a qualifying round which paved our way to succeed."

"My team members are having a good mindset while they were doing very hard training before this tour. Actually, the Asia Cup victory is now going into history and we are discussing how to prepare for this World Cup", said skipper Dasun Shanaka.

SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva said normally the recent past Sri Lanka team did well in major tournaments like the world cup and Asia cup and I am very sure they will repeat their performance during this Australian tour. SLC planned to send the team before the two weeks to adjust the conditions and that will make sure to get more confidence, said Mohan de Silva.


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