(UDHAYAM, COLOMBO) – Skipper Angelo Matthews ahead of the third test against South Africa has prescribed concentration as solution the sides batting woes, irrespective of the method Batsmen use.
Sri Lanka’s batsmen have employed varying approaches to the Test series, however none of which have been too succeful.
Aside from opener Kaushal Silva, and perhaps Dimuth Karunaratne as well, each of the other batsmen in Sri Lanka’s top order is of an attacking bent.
Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva all strike at more than 60 in domestic cricket.
And though Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga are capable of defending, as they have generally fared better when they have attacked.
The Sri Lanka top order knows that they must pare back some of those attacking instincts, but Mathews is also wary that his men don’t trim so much from their natural game as there is not much of it left.
Matthews said “You’ve got to play on merit.