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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Lankans must lift for Murali: Sangakkara

"That (world record) would make it very much more special," Sangakkara said.

"Murali has been fantastic in the fact that he has always been about the team and his records have never stood in the way of team victories.

"We just hope as a team that he keeps getting stronger and going for a bit more years so we can reap the full benefit of what he has to offer Sri Lankan cricket.

"Hobart probably would have a bit more turn than the Gabba. We have just got to make sure that Murali has a bit of support from the other bowlers in the way of wickets or in the way of building pressure from both ends.

"It's something we are working on."

"I've started running almost at full pace. I just need to make sure I can trust it over five days."

With outspoken opener Marvan Atapattu escaping being sent home despite calling selectors "muppets headed by a joker", Sri Lanka are considering dropping No.5 batsman Thilan Samaraweera (13 and 20 in the Gabba Test) for Sangakkara.

The return of Sangakkara, 30, could mean No.3 Michael Vandort, who made a fine 82 in Brisbane, opens up with Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya slots into the middle order.

"In any Test match you've got to get runs in the first innings (Sri Lanka made 211). That's the main reason why we struggled pretty hard in that Test match," Sangakkara said.

"We know we can play a lot better than that.

"A lot of things we could have done better, especially with our catching (dropping four on the first day including century-maker Phil Jaques three times)."

© AAP Courtesy SMH

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