Oct 05, 2017

We're well prepared for pink ball challenge - Hashan

With some cricket boards aggressively pushing for four-day Test matches, the move has received objections from some current players. South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis has raised his concerns about four-day Tests and on Wednesday, Sri Lanka's batting coach Hashan Tillakaratne expressed his reservations as well.

"Five days of proper Test match cricket tests your skills. We should stick to five-day Test matches. What we saw in Abu Dhabi earlier this week was proper Test match cricket where the result came only on the final session of the last day. I am not a fan of deviating from five-day Test cricket," Tillakaratne, who captained Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2004 told journalists after his team's training at the ICC Cricket Academy.

However, Tillakaratne welcomed the move to conduct day-night Test matches. Sri Lanka will play their first day-night Test when they take on Pakistan in Dubai in the second match of the two match series.

"It is something new for us, but we are eagerly looking forward for the challenge," Tillakaratne added.

"We are well prepared for the pink ball challenge. Our training today was with the pink ball and tomorrow we will train with the pink ball under lights," Tillakaratne further said.

"The pink ball I believes behaves differently according to conditions. When we trained in Colombo under lights it moved a little bit. Here we have to wait and see. I saw some footage of last year's West Indies versus Pakistan game here and the ball didn't move about much and it was as good batting track."

Tillakaratne was pleased with the effort of his team in the first innings in Abu Dhabi, where the Sri Lankans batted for 155 overs.

"We had a good batting plan and all batsmen went about things according to that plan. There is no guarantee that when you go out to bat that you can get a hundred or a fifty. The partnerships we built were very pleasing and it was nice to see Chandimal getting a big score, Dimuth nearly got a hundred and Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera chipping in."

Tillakaratne went on to say that Pakistan will miss former captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, but felt that the replacements they have got are good enough to find solutions.

"Misbah and Younis have been outstanding servants of Pakistan cricket. We respect them. I am sure there are enough good players and they will find the right solutions."


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