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Lasith Malinga is not 100 per cent fit but says he will play in the Cricket World Cup opener against New Zealand on Saturday.

The Sri Lankan quick bowler has been battling back from an injury to his left ankle and has been out of the game for five months.

Today he told international media that the lure of the World Cup meant he would put up with the discomfort and play in every game he was required to, including the tournament opener against the Black Caps in Christchurch.

Malinga has bowled in the nets and though unsure of where his pace is at, he's happy with where he finds himself.

"I'm feeling good, the rhythm is good and so is the run-up."

The 31-year-old hopes to use Sri Lanka's two warm-up matches, against South Africa at Christchurch's Hagley Oval tomorrow and on Wednesday against Zimbabwe in Lincoln, as best he can to gain the match practice he's missed.

Malinga was restricted to light duties and spectating over the seven-match ODI series which his side lost to New Zealand 4-2 , however, the veteran felt his experience would quickly make up for a lack of time in the middle.

"My feeling is that I still have the mental preparation. Not the skill preparation, but I have been thinking about my game and I'm feeling good."

Malinga has played 177 ODIs since making his debut in 2004.

His bowling average is an impressive 27.21, but it's an even better 23.89 against New Zealand. In 21 ODIs against the Black Caps, Malinga has taken 29-wickets including a best of 4-28 in Colombo in 2009.(Stuff)
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  • Azad Kaleel Sunday, 08 February 2015 11:33 AM

    Its good for us.But the management

    Veda-mama Sunday, 08 February 2015 11:54 AM

    It is just wonderful news to learn that you have decided to represent Sri Lanka in the World Cup. All the very best and may your contribution help Sri Lanka to win the World Cup.

    Labby Sunday, 08 February 2015 12:37 PM

    He can say what he feels but his selection should be subject to a fitness test, as is the case with all other players who get injured.

    Desmond Jeromme Sunday, 08 February 2015 01:51 PM

    Malinga you must play, otherwise we have no other hopes in our team.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Sunday, 08 February 2015 01:52 PM

    Putha you should be in the team from day one till the end of the tournament. We only trust you.... not other bowlers.

    Horri Jimonis Sunday, 08 February 2015 01:54 PM

    Selection committee we cannot trust, we trust only Malinga.@

    Bubble B anda Sunday, 08 February 2015 01:55 PM

    Come on Putha.... you must play anyway,

    Vijith pieterz Sunday, 08 February 2015 01:58 PM

    Senior players like Malinga is a must. Attention: Sports Minister.

    shazran Sunday, 08 February 2015 02:13 PM

    Great news for SL via DM Android App


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