Under-pressure Australia coach Mickey Arthur has described Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as the best death bowler in the world, the AFP reported.
“Malinga is a phenomenon. He's the best death bowler in the world without a doubt at the moment,” Arthur said.
“All our players have faced quite a bit of Malinga and we'll have our plans, come the game.”
“You talk about the big three in Sri Lanka's batting; Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka have built up a really nice unit.”
Australia does at least have some recent experience of facing Malinga, having played 10 one-dayers against Sri Lanka during the past 18 months.
Titleholder Australia must beat Sri Lanka at The Oval on Monday night to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.
But it will go into the key fixture still facing questions about team culture after Australia opening batsman Warner's attack on England's Joe Root in a Birmingham bar a week ago.
Warner was suspended until the start of the Ashes series by Cricket Australia on Thursday and fined $11,500.
That means he will miss Monday’s match, in which Australia needs to overcome the unique challenge posed by slingshot seamer Malinga, renowned for his yorkers, if it is to reach the last four.
The Australians' chances are in part dependent on the outcome of the overnight Group A match between England and New Zealand in Cardiff.
A New Zealand victory would mean Australia faces a straight "quarter-final" with Sri Lanka but an England win would mean it must beat Sri Lanka by a large margin to surpass New Zealand's net run rate, currently the best in the group.
I too wish Malinga all the best, but he has to be more consistent in his straight bowling.
Darrak Sunday, 16 June 2013 02:49 PM
Now the media "pundits" who went to town against Malinga will sing his praises. Shame that the same media "pundits" keep quiet against the doings of top politicos.
GonAliya Monday, 17 June 2013 01:58 AM
We praised him and got shit in return
ANTON Monday, 17 June 2013 01:56 AM
YES, TODAY HE WILL KILL ALL THE AUSSIE BATSMEN.
Phantom Monday, 17 June 2013 02:29 AM
Everyone get bouquets and brickbats from the 'independent' media including the wrong doings of politicians.
Ceylonese Monday, 17 June 2013 02:32 AM
What has Mickey Arthur got to offer the aussies?. Since he took over the coaching job the discipline and standards have deteriorated considerably. He should be sent back to South Africa where he came from.
malta Monday, 17 June 2013 08:32 AM
I hope that Malinga's head wont be swollen by now,
Dammika Sunday, 16 June 2013 03:24 PM
1000% correct. They rouse Malinga and then put the blame on him. No one is perfect ... he is a great player ... well done Malinga
Gob Monday, 17 June 2013 02:33 AM
Keep Kholi away at the Death or we will be dead
Seelawathie Monday, 17 June 2013 02:38 AM
Malinga the great.
HK Sunday, 16 June 2013 03:39 PM
Make the media death now..
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