Sri Lanka won the first Test match against Australia and they will face world’s No. 1 team in their second Test at Galle from tomorrow. Before starts the second Test Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath said that he is set to torment Australia.
Herath took nine wickets in the first Test where they won by 106-run at Pallekele. It is expected, that he could wreak more havoc on the Australian batting line-up in Galle. Here, the track is the most spin friendly track of the country.
Herath has admitted that he has a good record in Galle, the 38-year-old said that his strategy is nothing but to stick to his basics in the second match, where a victory could see the Angelo Mathews-led side to seal their first series win over Australia in 17 years.
“I have to work hard and if I have a good game, the team will do well too. It will be a tough Test match and we are expecting Australia to come hard at us. Beating the No.1 team is always special. It will remain in my memory forever,” Herath said.
“Obviously, we beat them after 17 years. Before this, I had played in eight games against Australia without winning any,” he added.
Herath has magnificent Test career so far. He has taken 313 Test wickets, 78 scalps have come in Galle at the average of 24.32 and a miserly 2.64 runs per over. Besides Herath, spinner Lakshan Sandakan also did manage to impress by bagging seven wickets on his debut in the first Test. Lavishing praise on Sandakan, Herath said the emergence of debutant left-arm wrist spin bowler has piled further misery on the visitors.
“As a chinaman bowler, Sandakan has impressed everyone with his control. Herath When you have such control, you can be devastating. Not only can he bowl at one spot, he can also bowl the googly. Then more than anything, he gets a turn. That’s the complete package you expect from a spin bowler. He has them all,” he told.