Home > News >

Graham Ford defends Sri Lanka’s off day ahead of Sydney Test

image_20130101162434

Sri Lanka have lost the first two Tests against Australia and will look to salvage some pride in the dead rubber at Sydney © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 1, 2013

After a huge loss against Australia in the Boxing Day Test, Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford defended the decision to take a day off just two days before the start of the final Test at Sydney.

While many would say that Sri Lanka desperately needed to get their act together and train harder than before, Ford believes his team deserved a break.

With numerous players falling prey to injuries, Ford said that he needed to monitor their workload and said that the team’s preparation has been good.

The Sri Lankans flew to Sydney and trained on Monday, while the Australians were enjoying a rest day. Ford clarified that the motivation in the Sri Lankan camp was still high and the team is looking for redemption in the dead rubber. He also added that having New Year’s Day off was not a sign of lack of intensity.

“We actually had a really good training session yesterday,” Ford said, as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

“We changed our arrangements a little bit and came through early yesterday and got a really good session in.
“With the amount of cricket that we’ve been playing, it was just felt that to have three solid days in a row would be a little bit too much.

“We’d rather make sure the practices are high quality. So a bit of time out today and we’ll get stuck in tomorrow.

“I think the guys have hurt pretty badly after the last performance and are very determined to bounce back and do something special in this Test.”

The injured duo of Prasanna Jayawardene and Nuwan Kulasekara will undergo a fitness test on the eve of the Sydney Test while star batsman Kumar Sangakkara and Chanaka Welegedara are ruled out.

Dinesh Chandimal will fill in as the wicket keeper if Jayawardene fails the fitness test while Lahiru Thirimanne will come in for Sangakkara.

“The injuries have been a tough thing to manage – some of the guys are showing signs of improvement,” Ford said.

“We have got Suranga Lakmal (fast bowler) and Lahiru Thirimanne (batsman) to come in as replacements.
“We’ll see how things go tomorrow in practice in terms of injuries. There are one or two with a bit of throat infection and flu symptoms as well.

“Hopefully everyone will be fit and strong tomorrow.”

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Photos

Australia vs Zimbabwe, ODI tri-series at Harare

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

India vs England Live Cricket score, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Joe Root out for 44

Australia vs South Africa Live Cricket Score, Zimbabwe Tri Series 2014 Match 5 at Harare: Australia set a target of 283

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Key Battles

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

India vs England 4th ODI at Birmingham: England likely XI

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Joe Root dismissed by Suresh Raina

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Eoin Morgan dismissed

BCCI signs five-year deal with MRF Pace Foundation

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Joe Root gets 1,000 ODI runs

Mitchell Marsh, Phillip Hughes help Australia set a target of 283 against South Africa in 5th ODI

Norman Gordon passes away at 103

Australia vs South Africa, 4th ODI at Harare: Key Clashes

Tom Groube: First New Zealand-born cricketer to play a Test

India tour of England 2014: Shikhar Dhawan may be an innings away from getting back into form

India vs England 2014, 4th ODI at Edgbaston: Key Battles

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

626 Posts | 7 Fans

Videos highlights of Serey Die crying during Ivory Coast's national anthem in FIFA World Cup 2014 match

BJP-RSS shutdown against murder hits Kerala

Mitchell Marsh, Philip Hughes help Australia set a target of 283 against South Africa in 5th ODI

Harshad Arora and Preetika Rao’s Beintehaa shifted to 11 pm!

Invisible Text app can delete message even after it is sent

Happy Birthday Keanu Reeves: Watch top 10 iconic characters of the versatile actor

Xiaomi Redmi 1S: Sold out in seconds, delivered in weeks

Is spotting a pregnancy symptom?

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Latest Ebola News: Japanese researchers develop 30-minute ebola test

Mammootty challenges Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay and Suriya to take up My Tree Challenge!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here