Mahela hails team’s fighting spirit

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Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene was proud of his team even though it lost the Commonwealth Bank one-day tri-series to Australia in Adelaide.

"I am a hard taskmaster. I am quite happy and proud the way the boys played... very consistent. Under pressure we have handled a lot of situations really well. Even with injuries we had the guys who came in put their hand up and performed," said Jayawardene after his lost the third final by 16 runs.
"And so quite happy with everything, but we are here to get a job done, which is to win a tournament. Credit to the Australians. They played better cricket than us today. They handled situations better," he added.

Jayawardene was delighted at the manner his young wards have coped with the situations in the series.
"I think we did a lot of good things. As a unit we played together pretty well. We executed a lot of game plans. A lot of the youngsters would have taken a lot out of this tour.

They have had some really good exposure to some tough games. All and all it's been a successful tour, but it would have been brilliant if we had won.

"I thought we did really well to keep them to 230. They could have easily got 260. We managed to get them back. The partnership between Brett Lee and Mckay was disappointing. They batted really well. Probably there it went for us wrong a little bit after the initial wickets we got.

"The only thing we didn't do well was partnerships up front, which we have been consistently putting up in the tournament. Losing four wickets up front didn't help the cause. When you are chasing totals, it is important you keep wickets in hand. That's probably where we went wrong."
Jayawardene claimed his side seems to be doing very well in big tournaments.

"If you take the overall thing, it can be very disappointing, in saying that we haven't won the finals. But the brighter picture is that we have been very consistent for the last 10 years or so. In all big tournaments. We won the Asia Cup and apart from that everything else. Even in the last Twenty20 we were in the semi-finals in the Caribbean.

"So that's what you need from a team to be consistent. Being there and thereabouts all the time, and being competitive. As long as we continue to do that we are very happy.

"As a team, as a captain, I am not disappointed because when we came to Australia we were not given any chance of getting anywhere, but we showed a lot of character. In tough situations, we played some good cricket. And it's not easy when you have a new captain and a new coach and a new way of thinking as well, for the guys to get used to that."
Jayawardene said his side always appeared to do well in Australia.

"Every time we have been in Australia we have always left a good impression. We have played some rally good cricket. And I don't know why. Maybe the crowd, maybe something else, but it's always a challenging tour for us, and we have always risen to the occasion.

"I have always complained last 10 years that I have never been able to play a test match in Melbourne or Sydney, so played everywhere else in the world, but I have played only four Test matches in my 14 years now in international cricket in Australia.

"In a way it is a disappointment, but hopefully I will be there for the three Test matches. I don't know. Like I said it's a long way away. It's a great opportunity for the Sri Lankan to come and play a Boxing Day Test and a New Year's Test. Hopefully, we will enjoy it as much as we did this time." (rediff.com)

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  • Cricketer Friday, 09 March 2012 09:37 AM

    Please give a another chance for Kapu to sell our nation, thank you for Sanga to gave him a chance to lost 3rd Final. Is he a good player or Jhonplayer, shame on you Kapu and Sanga...

    jajal Friday, 09 March 2012 07:47 PM

    when are we going to become champions instead of ending up as finalists.....we need to cultivate responsibility in to our team...where to play responsible innings to end up in winning finals....we could have easily won this final had you and other players played the basic and went without over confidence.

    jajal Friday, 09 March 2012 07:50 PM

    typical srilankans will be satisfied with what you say...but not me....can i ask one single question? if we can chase 270 plus why couldn't we chase 230? it's solely because players are not playing responsible cricket when it comes to a crucial match...

    Kalana Friday, 09 March 2012 10:10 AM

    Why Kapugedhara? Prasad is much better than him and we would have used him for Malinga. since he did not ball y'day well enough.

    Siri Friday, 09 March 2012 11:22 AM

    we can happy with your captaincy and team performing,all are well except Kapu,

    prag Friday, 09 March 2012 05:22 AM

    pls play the game to WIN WIN attitute....

    Gamini Udagepola Friday, 09 March 2012 05:22 AM

    No matter what, losing the final has become a bad habit and needs some serious thought about it. Hope they overcome this at Asia Cup Series. Good Luck.

    malla Friday, 09 March 2012 05:37 AM

    What was Kapugedara going there ? Y didn't we send Dimuth, Bueneka of Angelo Perera ?

    kondebendapucheena Friday, 09 March 2012 05:58 AM

    Try your best for ASIA CUP

    hubert Thursday, 08 March 2012 07:25 PM

    Sad... but that's how the game goes. You guys made us all proud by playing our brand of cricket. Keep it up and keep going.

    Senna Thursday, 08 March 2012 08:21 PM

    Well Said. But very disappointment Result.. We lost a good opportunity to win the series due to wrong decisions again. Good luck in the Asia cup.

    Anura Thursday, 08 March 2012 09:41 PM

    Well done boys for your significant achievement in beating Australia in Australia many times over despite political interference in Sri Lankan Cricket every step of the way!

    LAKSHMAN DE SILVA Thursday, 08 March 2012 11:07 PM

    WELL DONE BOYS.YOU SHOWED THE WORLD THAT WE ARE ALREADY READY FOR THE NEXT WORLD CUP IN AUSTRALIA.

    Faizal Friday, 09 March 2012 06:51 AM

    WELL DONE BOYS.... BY THE WAY PLEASE DROP KAPU AT COLOMBO AND FLY TO BANGALADASH

    Rajan Mohanani Friday, 09 March 2012 02:55 AM

    Win Or Loose The Lions Team We Choose, Maiya Its All In The Game
    I Think we in a better position than where we were

    Cricket Pissa Friday, 09 March 2012 03:21 AM

    Lost is painful and win is joyous.

    Mahinda R Friday, 09 March 2012 09:11 AM

    Fighting spirit is not enough. I wanted the cup so I can divert the masses.

    Kaslana Friday, 09 March 2012 05:55 PM

    On What "Spirits" is Mahela on? We LOST!!! fighting spirits are great in winning the little skirmishes and battles.... which don;t mean anything in the end. What is Mahela trying to say here when we still end up losing wars...... again and again.....

    RajasH Friday, 09 March 2012 09:29 AM

    Simply very poor batting display by the senior members of the team. If they can chase 300 plus consistently and win why cant they chase 200 plus? because complacency gets in to the head of senior players.
    The run rate required was less than a run a ball. They should have had a team talk and said lets take singles and punish loose balls.
    But the senior players batted like a shot of blood in their head


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