Sri Lanka vs England, 1st Take a look at 2020-21 – Sri Lanka batting ‘the worst I’ve seen’
Hosts’ batting coach at a loss to clarify how they have been all out for 135
Amongst Sri Lanka’s worst photographs have been these of Kusal Perera, who fell reverse sweeping Dom Bess’ second ball of the sequence, in addition to Niroshan Dickwella, who slapped a large lengthy hop from Bess straight to level. Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Wanindu Hasaranga additionally all fell taking part in attacking photographs.
“I can not clarify it,” Flower stated of the batting efficiency, after stumps. “I have been with the group for a 12 months. It is the worst batting I’ve seen. It is purely psychological I feel. I haven’t got any causes to clarify that.
“Each single batsman ought to take the blame. They’ve solely acquired themselves in charge. One of many guys was unfortunate – Dasun Shanaka – when it got here off Jonny Bairstow’s ankle. However the remaining simply acquired themselves out. There was some respectable bowling, however the pitch is not a minefield.”
Flower stated the issues in Sri Lanka’s batting have been all within the head, somewhat than of their methods. Though Sri Lanka misplaced 2-0 in South Africa, they’d not had as woeful an innings there, as they did on Thursday in Galle.
“I can not give a lot technical recommendation,” Flower stated. “I can solely discuss to them in regards to the psychological side, and ask them what they have been pondering concerning their dismissals. I’ve solely spoken to some in addition to the coach. I am confused. I’ve by no means seen us bat that badly. Whether or not it was nerves or getting back from South Africa…
“However they know these situations so properly, so they need to have had a giant benefit over England. However the England batsmen confirmed us this afternoon there’s nothing unsuitable with the pitch up to now. It may worsen, however at present it performed properly and we batted terribly.”
The batsman who did worst on Friday was Kusal Mendis, who collected a second-ball duck. This was his fourth consecutive nought in Assessments, having made 12, 0, 0, and 0 in South Africa. He was out pushing at a straightening Stuart Broad ball, exterior off stump. He edged it to the wicketkeeper.
“I feel in South Africa there may need been just a few technical issues [with Mendis’ batting], however at present it did not have something to do with method. I feel it was only a psychological lapse. He was taking part in at a ball that he should not have.”
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf