Simon Willis is set to join SLC with a two-year contract © Getty Images
Simon Willis is set to join SLC with a two-year contract © Getty Images

Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed a high performance manager, its chief Thilanga Sumathipala said on Monday. Simon Willis, a 43-year-old Englishman, is set to join SLC with a two-year contract. Sumathipala said the Sri Lanka A team, the development squad, under 23 and under 19 squads will be working under him. All SLC contracted coaches except the national coach would be reporting to him. The announcement came as Sri Lanka suffered a three-day drubbing at the hands of England in the first Test at Headingley. Their reversals began in 2015 with home defeats to India and Pakistan while also losing the number one ICC ranking for T20 early in 2016. Paul Farbrace believes Sri Lanka shouldn’t be written off

After losing the first Test to England by an innings and 88 runs at Headingley, Leeds, Sri Lanka have been found guilty of edging the ball outside off-stump and falling prey to the hosts’ quality seamers. Sri Lanka struggled to cope up with the testing and different conditions in England while their’s top-performer James Anderson ran through the top-order on both occasions. After his side took a lead in the three-match series against the struggling visitors, England’s assistant coach, Paul Farbrace believes Sri Lanka should not be written off so soon on their tour of England. He feels they have star players like Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal who will come good and they will perform as a unit as they tour progresses. Bairstow learns ‘keeping from Newcastle coaches

According to cricket.com.au, Farbrace said, “Don’t write off Sri Lanka just because they have not got Mahela and Kumar. I feel a bit for the Sri Lankans but I do think they will get better as the tour goes on. Last time around we played the one-day series first and Test matches second. By the Test matches they played good cricket so they will improve.”