Sri Lanka motivated by winless record in Australia

Sydney, Jan.1 (ANI): Sri Lankan cricketers have said they will go into the third and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) this week motivated by the fact that they have another chance to claim a historic first Test win in Australia.

Sri Lanka are walking wounded and could be forgiven for losing interest ahead of the third and final Test after suffering an innings and 201-run thrashing at the MCG to go 2-0 down.

The loss has taken Sri Lanka's record in Australia to 10 losses and two draws from 12 Tests spanning back to 1988.

Veteran Thilan Samaraweera insists that record will ensure that his understrength side will throw everything at the Australians when the Test begins on Thursday.

"The good thing is, this team has to believe they can make history if they win one Test in Australia. That is the kind of attitude we are taking into the New Year's Test," the Age quoted him, as saying.

The Lankans will go into the match without the services of star batsman Kumar Sangakkara (injured finger) and paceman Chanaka Welagedera (hamstring). Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene (thumb injury) and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara (rib injury) are also in doubt.

Up and coming batsman Lahiru Thirimanne was expected to join the squad in Sydney on Monday night and fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was to arrive on Tuesday.

Dinesh Chandimal is likely to come into the side as wicketkeeper-batsman while Samaraweera said Jayawardene and Kulasekara were 50-50 propositions at best. (ANI)

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