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Sri Lanka spinners undone by ‘attacking mindset’, says bowling coach

Thus far within the Test, Sri Lanka’s spinners have probably been outperformed by England’s. That is usually recommended by the statistics – England’s spinners have taken their wickets at 18.5 apiece, whereas Sri Lanka’s common 42.25 within the Test. But it’s also the opinion of Sri Lanka’s personal spin bowling coach, Piyal Wijetunge.

The motive, he feels, is that Sri Lanka’s gradual bowlers didn’t adapt properly to their very own floor. England’s spinners, in the meantime, have been extra disciplined and affected person.

Asked if England’s gradual bowlers had bowled higher, Wijetunge replied: “You cannot say they did not. What we’re used to right here in Galle was to return and take loads of wickets, in order that was the mindset. But what we noticed from the England spinners is that they bowled to at least one sample proper by means of. They let the batsmen make the error.

“In this match that labored for them. But what we’re used to in Sri Lanka is to get wickets, as a result of the situations assist us. In on the lookout for these wickets, fairly than doing a holding job, possibly there have been errors. We did not transfer from that attacking mindset.”

One bowler who attacked and did so fruitlessly for big chunks of the primary and second innings was Akila Dananjaya, whose returns from the Test have been 2 for 183. What’s worse for Sri Lanka is that he went at greater than four.7 runs an over. These are worrying figures for a bowler who will probably be anticipated to take a larger share of the bowling burden in Pallekele, with Rangana Herath now having hung up his bowling spikes.

“We see some X-factor in Akila, and that is the explanation for bringing him into the aspect and enjoying him alongside one other offspinner – Akila is not only an offspinner for us,” Wijetunge said. “Credit to the English batsmen they dealt with the spinners properly. Akila had certainly one of his off days, and he did not bowl that properly. I am certain he will come again properly within the subsequent recreation.”

Rangana Herath leaves the sphere after his closing spell as a Test bowler Getty Images

On who else would possibly comprise the Sri Lanka spin assault in that subsequent match, Wijetunge additionally dropped a touch. If the hosts play three spinners once more – although they might really feel two seamers are preferable on a Pallekele floor that typically aids fast bowling – left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara is first in line to take Herath’s place within the aspect.

A prolific wicket-taker at first-class stage, Pushpakumara is reputed as a artful line-and-length left-arm orthodox operator within the mould of Herath. But he had not impressed in his two Test outing up to now, averaging 47.5 towards India final 12 months.

He is most well-liked, although, to left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan, who has ceaselessly been costly in Tests.

“Dilruwan Perera goes to take the lead within the spin assault going ahead, however from the following recreation onwards we would go along with Malinda Pushpakumara to take Rangana’s place,” Wijetunge mentioned.

“At the second, Sandakan is in a selected stage, and we’re doing a little developments with him. If we have to carry him into this sequence, he is at a spot the place we will do this. But to enhance his high quality as a spinner, we’re doing a little changes with him. After we do this, I believe we should always have the ability to usually carry him into the XI.”

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