Sanath Jayasuriya is Sri Lanka's chief selector © Getty Images
Sanath Jayasuriya is Sri Lanka’s chief selector © Getty Images

Sanath Jayasuriya is on tenterhooks as Sri Lanka is losing steam ahead of their ICC World Cup 2015 campaign set to begin on February 14 at Christchurch against New Zealand.

Jayasuriya, who is the chief Sri Lankan selector lamented Sri Lanka’s abject surrender to New Zealand in the One-Day International series which the BlackCaps won four-one with a 120-run win at Dunedin in the sixth ODI. According to stuff.co.nz Jayasuriya was quoted saying,

“I am not very happy the way things are going out there in New Zealand, there are areas to be improved and in the next few weeks, I hope we can sort them out. The only good thing is that we are playing in New Zealand and against the same opposition, whom we will meet in our opening match of the World Cup.”

Jayasuriya felt the tour of New Zealand had been largely profligate but the only good to come out of the series is the fact that Sri Lanka are due to play the same opposition to kick-start their ICC World Cup 2015 campaign.

“It’s a good advantage for us to play here in these conditions which are tough. We have almost two months here playing tests and ODIs to settle down and to play against the same country is a big advantage.”

The former Sri Lanka captain also felt that the absence of Lasith Malinga is hurting the team,

“We lack experience in our bowling at the moment in the absence of Lasith Malinga, which is huge,  Lasith started to bowl about 30 balls. He has shown no signs of discomfort and he will be increasing his workload gradually. I think he will be alright for the World Cup.”