• Mendis is a revelation not only for Sri Lankan cricket but for world cricket as well. He is different from most spinners say a Muralitharan, Anil Kumble or Harbhajan Singh, says the Sri Lankan coach in an interview to Asian Age.

    Sri Lanka’s practice session ahead of the second Test here against India was full of intensity and indicated no complacency that can come with a win as convincing as the one achieved in Colombo. A good part of the credit should go to coach Trevor Bayliss for making this team constantly strive to better their game.

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    On wrapping it up in Galle: We were looking forward to this series even before it started and we played some very good cricket in the first Test. It was a near perfect match for us. We expect to play a similar match here and wrap up the series and at the same time we know it won’t be as easy as the Indians will come back hard.

     

    On the pitch: It looks very similar to SSC. Last time when we played here Chaminda Vaas

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  • Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne is of the view that captains must be allowed to run the show, whether it is on the field or off it.

    Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne is of the view that captains must be allowed to run the show, whether it is on the field or off it.

     

    Now in the twilight of what has been a very rewarding cricketing career of almost 20 years on the international stage, he says one of the decisions that motivated him to retire from the top level was the fact that coaches were being appointed for every aspect of the game.

     

    "I retired from Test cricket so I could have more time with my kids, but I'd also grown tired of this other stuff you get in the game. It's called the 'professional era' but I don't think it works very well," The Sun quoted Warne, as saying.

     

    "You have a coach for this, a coach for that, you have got too many recovery sessions, too much mental stuff, too many team meetings, too much training for training's sake, and it all takes

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  • "The unfortunate thing is that when something happens in this part of the world, their (Anglo-Australian) media goes after us. My question is: which country is safe?", asks the former Sri Lankan captain in an interview to the Indian Express.

    On a day when the representatives of various countries participating in the forthcoming Champions Trophy voiced their security concerns to the International Cricket Council, Sri Lanka Cricket president Arjuna Ranatunga said the atmosphere in Pakistan was conducive to hold the biennial event.

    Though Sri Lanka has been put on standby in case the event is moved out of Pakistan, Ranatunga said he wouldn't push to host the Champions Trophy. Speaking to The Indian Express, the former Lanka captain lashed out at the Australian and English media's paranoia when it comes to security issues in the sub-continent.

     

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    You were in Pakistan recently; do you think security arrangements there are sufficient for Champions Trophy?

     

    " I can't see any

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