HIGHLIGHTS


⚬ Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga believes he could stay captain for at least till the end of World Cup 2019.


⚬ Since the World Cup starts in five months, Malinga says there’s no time to rebuild Sri Lanka.


⚬ Sri Lanka and New Zealand will play a three-match ODI series starting from January 3


It weren’t all merry for Sri Lanka as they suffered a heavy margin of defeat against New Zealand in the second match. Sri Lanka started well by pulling off a draw in the first Test match but ended up losing the Test series by 1-0. Shifting their focus to the World Cup, Sri Lanka is gearing up for the ICC Cricket World Cup under captain Lasith Malinga. Ahead of them is a three-match One Day International series which starts on January 3. 

 

No time to rebuild says Malinga

As for Sri Lanka, they have faced a whopping thirty-three defeats in the last 44 ODIs that they have played in the past two years. Sri Lanka’s new captain Lasith Malinga says there’s no time to rebuild Sri Lanka. All they are looking for is a fresh start. He added that the retirement of legends cannot be an excuse for their downfall. For now, all he’s believing is to make the best out of what they got. 

“Whatever the game is we need a good start – that’s something we need to concentrate on,” Malinga said on the eve of the first ODI against New Zealand.

“Our first ten overs, we have to assess conditions and build partnerships. We can then accelerate towards the end of the innings.”

“Now is not the time to rebuild. More than three years have gone since the great players have retired. The next World Cup is this year. Now we have to prove who is the best in Sri Lankan cricket. All the players are keen to do that. We’ll try to start 2019 well,” added Malinga.

 

ODI Squad for New Zealand series: 

Sri Lanka have retained Sadeera Samarawickrama in the squad to replace the injured Angelo Mathews. Matthews was dumped by Sri Lanka and was dethroned as captain after which Chandimal took over as ODI captain for a couple of months. The newly appointed captain, Lasith Malinga has no intentions of looking back. His aggressive outlook might work out against a slow-scoring Dinesh Chandimal who might find it hard to secure a place in the playing XI.

Lasith Malinga (C), Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Sadeera Samarawickrama.

 

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