ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka have to tough it out says Mahela Jayawardene

Shashi / 06 March 2015

Experienced Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene said Sri Lanka will have to tough it out at the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015 among a series of tournament-ending injuries. The Asian islanders, who face a important pool match on Sunday against hosts Australia in Sydney, have been insisted to call in their 2nd reinforcement after another injury set-back. 

On Thursday, Batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was excluded from the ICC World Cup after breaking his finger while batting in the nets. Sri Lanka opted to take place of Karunaratne with leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna. International Cricket Council (ICC) approved to bring bring in Prasanna late on Friday, and Jayawardene said Sri Lanka will simply have to difficult things out.

All-rounder Jeevan Mendis was excluded earlier from the International Cricket Council World Cup with a hamstring wound and was replaced by batsman Upul Tharanga. The Sri Lankans will also be without spinner Rangana Herath for Sunday’s crunch match after he split the webbing between his spinning fingers in the team’s last-start win over England.

On Friday Jayawardene told reporters and he was quoted saying: “It’s always tough. This is the third guy we have lost from our original 15 in the space of four weeks. But we have some experienced players to back them up.”

The 37 years old aged Mahela Jayawardene has being touring Australia since 1999, when he was flown in to take place of Aravinda de Silva.

The first of his 19 One Day International tons came against England at the Adelaide Oval during that tri-series, in a match best remembered for umpire Ross Emerson’s decision to no-ball spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing.

Jayawardene said that he remembers them hitting a few of their boys as well. He added that those scars would not be there. The Australian pacemen are really very quick, but they have faced other quick this World Cup.


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