Mahela Jayawardene, who was recently named as England’s batting consultant for the UAE tour against Pakistan has advised his side to keep things simple. Jayawardene added that England must not try anything extraordinary and must stick to the basics of the game.

“I am trying to give different ideas, share my experience. What you have to realise is that it’s a process – it’s not going to happen overnight,” Jayawardene said after being quizzed about his exact role within the England setup.

“The conditions – it is going to be tough whether it be the weather or the wickets. It’s about controlling what they can control and keep things nice and simple and then concentration and focus becomes much easier,” said Jayawardene relating to the conditions present in the UAE.

The former Sri Lankan great was highly optimistic about current England batting sensation Joe Root and praised him. “He (Root) shows it with the bat out in the middle and among the group, the way he contributes towards meetings and the way he thinks about the game. He’s a very good thinking cricketer, but he is still open to learning new things and improve, which is great. All the guys are like that, it’s a great attitude and if they keep working hard with an open mind they will learn more about the game,” said Jayawardene. 

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