Melbourne: His team`s prospects of reaching the tri-series finals have been dented after the massive loss to India but Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene today said he is glad that at least the islanders` fortunes are still in their own hands unlike their sub-continental neighbours.
"Going in to the last game it`s in our control, what we need to do. It`s a good position for us to be, rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us," Jayawardene said.
If Australia beat Sri Lanka in tomorrow`s last league match, India will be through to the best-of-three finals.
Sri Lanka were on course of a final berth before India left them demoralised by chasing 321 in less than 40 overs in their previous match.
"From where we started on this tour, I think we`ve improved as a team and maintained a consistency. That`s very important for us going forward," Jayawardene said.
"Whatever happens tomorrow we will definitely get a lot of positives out of this. Our challenge will be to try and keep this consistency going, because if we play the way we`re playing now ... we`ll win more matches than we lose. We`re quite happy with that," he added.
Jayawardene said his team has good all-rounders which would be crucial.
"Going forward we`ve always wanted to have two or three allrounders in a team. These guys are taking responsibility. Angelo (Mathews) in the long run will probably be more of a batting allrounder than a bowling allrounder.”
"Plus (Farveez) Maharoof is a guy who can bat as well and he`s bowling pretty well, he just needs to have a bit more confidence in his batting. All these three guys will be good options for us going forward. We just need a couple of spinning allrounders to come through and we`ll have a really good balanced team," he said.