We are reclassifying roles of batters –Mickey
Sri Lanka Head Coach Mickey Arthur said that they are reclassifying roles of each and every batsman in the team and looking at long term prospects. The Coach said this during a media briefing held online yesterday before their three match ODI and Three match T20 series starting from 23rd. The Sri Lankan team comprise of several top order batsmen, and Arthur identified skipper Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando will be going in at 1, 2 and 3.
This means players like Niroshan Dickwella, Pathum Nissanka and Oshada Fernando will be given middle order roles, which Arthur identified as where the problem lies. “There were lots to learn from the Bangladesh series. We changed our strategy a bit and caught up in the middle overs, and there’re certain areas which we need to improve on,” said Arthur. “We reclassified guys roles.
We had a lot of batsmen who can bat at 1, 2, 3, but we did not have lots of batsmen who can bat at 4, 5, 6. We consolidated that here in our training session. One or two players had to change their role, and players we asked to change the role are ones who can do it. We can’t be top heavy with no one to bat at 4, 5, 6.
We have to settle the batting order as soon as possible. What we tried to do here was to identify players roles,” added Arthur. He further said they will be going ahead with changing the brand of cricket for which Sri Lanka is well known. “Last couple of years results haven’t been good enough and that’s why we decided to re-shuffle our T20 team.
We have changed our brand of cricket certainly. This is a new beginning of the white ball journey for us. We looked in depth at the brand of cricket we want to play, and the players we want to play with,” said Arthur. He also stated that cancellation of practice matches due to COVID-19 protocols was not disadvantageous for preparation; in fact, it’s the other way around. “I don’t think it’s much of a disadvantage to be honest.
It allowed us to have a good training session here at Old Trafford. Since we arrived here, we worked extremely hard. We had a game yesterday and we have game tomorrow (today),” said Arthur. Meanwhile, the Coach is very happy with the results of the intra-squad match on Wednesday, and to see players compete for positions.
“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that there’s lot of positions up for grabs. So, to see players going head-tohead yesterday and looking to compete against each other for positions was certainly heartening to see,” said Coach. The England team haven’t been playing much white ball cricket recently, but all their players are in form as they are taking part in domestic leagues these days. (AK)