Island Cricket

Friday, December 7, 2007

Lanka take history lesson before second test

COLOMBO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has urged his team to remember the lessons of England's 2001 tour and make sure they do not squander their 1-0 lead after winning the first test by 88 runs.

Sri Lanka won the first test of the 2001 series in Galle but then lost the next two matches in Kandy and Colombo to Nasser Hussain's tenacious tourists.

"We cannot afford to relax against England this time and we must make sure we make full use of the advantage gained in Kandy," Jayawardene told Reuters.

"The defeat in that 2001 series still hurts and the memories of it will make sure we hit England hard in Colombo."

Sri Lanka will be making one certain change from Kandy with opener Upul Tharanga replacing Sanath Jayasuriya, who retired after Sri Lanka's win on Wednesday.

The selectors kept faith with Jehan Mubarak in the middle despite making a first innings duck and then just nine in the second innings.

"The middle order is a bit of a concern but we have to be fair to the youngsters we have identified and give them a decent run," Jayawardene said.

Sri Lanka anticipate the same bowling attack on a Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) pitch that is traditionally helpful for pace bowlers on day one before becoming a batting paradise.

"The final bowling combination will depend on the pitch but knowing the SSC it will probably be three seamers and Murali," Jayawardene added.

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