Thursday, November 03, 2011

Sanath Jayasuriya jumps to Tillakaratne Dilshan defence

Posted by Admin On 12:08 PM

Sanath Jayasuriya has protected Tillakaratne Dilshan's captaincy as Sri Lanka get ready for the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah. Dilshan replaced Kumar Sangakkara as Sri Lanka captain after the World Cup and Sri Lanka have struggled for consistency since, losing Test and one-day series in both England and Australia.
A draw and nine-wicket overcome in the opening two matches against Pakistan mean they can't win their current Test series, the final match of which starts on Thursday. And former Sri Lanka all-rounder Jayasuriya has defended Dilshan. He told Sri Lankan newspaper the Daily Mirror:Dilshan is an excellent choice as captain. He is still new to the responsibility. So what all Sri Lankans should do is not being putting him down.
We should all support him and give him strength. We should encourage him when he is failing. Even his batting failure is only impermanent. That is only to be predictable with the added encumber of captaincy.But if we put more and more pressure on him, it will take longer for him to recover.
Jayasuriya is unconcerned by recent results, saying:I played cricket for the country for the past two decades. I have seen enough rough periods like this to know that there is nothing alarming.Especially, you have to keep in mind that this is a team rebuilding phase.
Pakistan were flourishing winners in the second Test in Dubai, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq is keen to see his side build on that appearance as they look to wrap up a 2-0 series success.We will go for another win at Sharjah and I have told the players to go absolutely, in the same manner as they have been doing,he said.
The best thing about this team is that no one player is key for us. Everybody here is key, it's a relatively new team but players are gaining knowledge and it's helping the team.
We are batting and bowling well in this series.Pakistan is likely to stick with the same line-up from the second Test, while Sri Lanka could bring in off-spinner Suraj Randiv.


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