Dilshan wary of youthful Australia

Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan on Tuesday insisted his team would not be taking Australia lightly despite the youthful look to the Australia’ squad.

Dilshan said, “Australian usually play very hard. They may be a bit inexperienced. But they are tough opponents.”

Sri Lanka will be without injured opening bowler Lasith Malinga for the two Twenty20 matches against Australia.

Dilshan said that it is a good chance for younger players to perform for the side.

“Malinga’s loss is felt a lot,” said Dilshan.

“But I see it as a good chance for the younger players to step-up and perform.”

Australian T20 skipper Cameron White said that Sri Lanka are in good form but his team would battle hard.

“Sri Lanka are in very good form. They will be very hard to beat in their own backyard. But we will give them a good fight,” said White.

Dilshan praised newly appointed coach of the national cricket team Rumesh Ratnayake for introducing new coaching methods.

Former Sri Lankan bowler Rumesh Ratnayake has stepped in as interim coach for the Australian tour, after former coach Trevor Bayliss quit in April to return to Australia.

“He’s been exceptional,” Dilshan said.

“He introduced us to certain new things that we had not seen even from some of the foreign coaches before. Being Sri Lankan, he understands situations well and players also relate to him freely. I believe in the long run he will be a very good coach with the national team.”

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