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Sri Lanka’s fighting spirit impresses Graham Ford

Sri Lanka’s fighting spirit impresses Graham Ford

Sri Lanka registered their second consecutive win in the ODI series against Australia to take a 2-1 lead © AFP

Brisbane: Jan 19, 2013

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford praised the fighting spirit of his team as they demolished Australia in the third one-day international at the Gabba on Friday.

“I’ve always had huge admiration for the Sri Lankan fight and the character that they show,” Ford said, as published by cricket.com.au

Ford felt that after losing the Test series and conceding the first ODI to Australia in Melbourne, Sri Lanka showed great resolve to turn the table on their opponents.

“I think everybody in the camp was a little bit disappointed after the Test series and certainly after the first ODI but they’ve stuck together, they’ve chatted a lot, the coaches have worked really hard with the players and today they’ve come here and certainly put in the best bowling performance since I’ve been involved.
“So once again it’s great to see the character that the Sri Lankan cricketers show.”

Ford also praised Nuwan Kulasekara, who picked up a five-wicket haul with his fine swing bowling when Australia was skittled out for 74.

“He’s always been a big factor for us. He does a fantastic job with the new ball and has great skills at the end of the innings as well,” Ford said.

“He really used those conditions superbly well (on Friday) and bowled the perfect length required on that surface.”

Talking about his team’s ability to adapt to the conditions, Ford said, “But certainly one of the things that we’ve spoken a lot about is improving the ability to assess conditions and then adapt to conditions and I thought the bowlers did that fantastically and at times on the tour we’ve shown that we can adapt as a batting unit as well and that’s something we have to keep doing.”
 

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