Batting holds the key for Australia: Jayawardene

Sydney: Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene has rated the Australian team’s batting line-up as its strength ahead of Sunday’s Twenty20 international.

“The batting looks stronger, with [David] Warner and [Shane] Watson and Cameron White has been in pretty good form for the past six months,” the Age quoted Jayawardene, as saying.

Sri Lanka will play a Twenty20 match and a three-match ODI series during their short tour of Australia.

The first ODI will be played on November 3 at Melbourne, followed by second on November 5 at Sydney and third on November 7 at Brisbane.

Jayawardene had earlier said that the ODI series might be his team’s best chance ever to achieve a breakthrough series win on Australian soil.

Since playing their first international clash in Australia in 1984-85, Sri Lanka has never won a Test or limited-overs series Down Under.

“We’ve improved quite a bit in the last couple of years and our away form is pretty good, that’s something we’ve always been trying to improve,” Jayawardene had said.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for us. It’s going to be a bit tough for (Australia), with a bit of a hectic schedule. Some of them will be fresh and some of them won’t be fresh, but Australia is Australia,” he added.


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