Kumar Sangakkara is confident that the Sri Lankan batsmen will bounce back from their horror show performance in Cardiff.
The Sri Lankans came unstuck against some quality fast bowling in the second innings of the first Test, leading to a humiliating innings and 14-run defeat. While the performance raised huge question marks about their abilities against pace and bounce, Sangakkara is confident that the team are good enough to overcome any challenges.
“I think out of all the sub-continent sides we play bounce a lot better than most sides,” he said.
“Everyone around the world, no matter if it’s Ricky Ponting, will struggle against bounce and good bowling. That’s the bottom line. It’s a case of making sure you are up to challenges, whether it’s Finn, Tremlett or Broad. You know what you are going to get and you just have to be confident enough in your own ability to score runs no matter what. Whether it’s bounce, swing or seam, at the end of the day if you are a quality player you’ll find a way to combat it.”
As the Sri Lankans prepare for Friday’s second Test at Lord’s, Sangakkara reveals the team have not spent too much time thinking about their recent capitulation.
“It’s not something you reflect upon, you just forget,” he said.
“We were completely below par and it was a terrible batting performance when we only had to bat 50 overs. It’s not something we need to remind each other about but it’s worth remembering once in a while to realise how tough this game really is.” Cricket365