Confident Sri Lanka ready for Australia

Updated: 26 October 2007 09:58 IST

Sri Lanka expressed confidence in its ability to threaten the world's best side when it arrived in Australia on Wednesday for a two-Test series.

Confident Sri Lanka ready for Australia

Adelaide:

Sri Lanka expressed confidence in its ability to threaten the world's best side when it arrived in Australia on Wednesday for a two-Test series.

"The last few occasions we were here for the one dayers we've proved we can handle pace and bounce against quality opposition and it's a good testing ground for us," touring captain Mahela Jayawardene said.

"We've competed really well in the last 18 months away from home, we've beaten New Zealand in New Zealand, England in England, so this is another place for us to challenge ourselves," he added.

The Sri Lankans believe they have the bowling armory - a four-pronged pace attack supported by spinner Muttiah Muralitharan - to flourish in Australian conditions.

"The pace bowling attack is extremely strong, they showed that in the last one day series against England, four good pace bowlers and the conditions out here will suit them," coach Trevor Bayliss said.

Jayawardene warned Australia's formidable home advantage would test every aspect of the touring team.

"They've still got a very good side. We have to challenge them in bowling, batting, fielding and mentally be very tough under different conditions. We have to be very strong to beat them in different situations in the matches," he said.

"It's not just one area but if you are to beat Australia in Australia you have to play your best game possible."

No team has beaten Australia in a test series in Australia since the West Indies in 1993, though South Africa (1994), New Zealand (2001) and India (2004) have drawn series.

Bayliss and Jayawardene hoped Sri Lanka would receive a fair reception from Australian crowds. Muralitharan, particularly, has been taunted by Australian fans on past tours.

"There's always idiots in every crowd, I don't know whether you're going to stop that 100 percent," Bayliss said.

"But the majority of people realize it's the wrong thing to do and don't get involved."

Sri Lanka meet Australia in Tests at Brisbane and Hobart.

Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Marvan Atapattu, Malinga Bandara, Dilhara Fernando, Sanath Jayasuriya, Prasanna Jayawardene, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Jehan Mubarak, Muttiah Muralitharan, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Upul Tharanga, Chaminda Vaas, Michael Vandort, Chanaka Welegedara.

Topics : Cricket India New Zealand
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