Looking to pull something special out of the bag in the must-win game to stay alive in the series, Sri Lankan spin coach Roger Wijesuriya on Saturday admitted that the Indian tour has been very tough for the Islanders.
They may not have of an ideal preparation for the stop-gap five-ODI series against India but Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews on Saturday said that the short tournament would give the team's think-tank an opportunity to assess the bench strength ahead of next year's World Cup.
Alastair Cook has succeeded in pulling England out of Ashes defeat depression with two massive victories over India but the England captain was mulling putting in his papers during the Sri Lanka series, it has been revealed.
Sri Lanka`s spinners took two early wickets to reduce South Africa to 23 for two in reply to the hosts` 421 at tea on the second day of the second test on Friday. Left-armer Rangana Herath, who opened the bowling, struck with his fifth ball when he forced Alviro Petersen to hit back a tame return catch with his score on two.
India might have a definite edge in the upcoming test series against England if one were to go by the number of left handed cricketers in the squad. As against six in the England team, India has selected only three for the upcoming five match test series. The advantage India has is because so far this year left hand cricketers have failed to draw attention.