I think the energy we gain from the fans is superb



Chris Silverwood says we’re very specific about what we’re trying to train

Sri Lanka head coach Chris Silverwood says the think tank is focusing on specific skills during training sessions bearing in mind the likely conditions they might encounter in the World Cup. T20 world in Australia.

Sri Lanka head coach Chris Silverwood says the think tank is focusing on specific skills during training sessions bearing in mind the likely conditions they might encounter in the World Cup. T20 world in Australia.

The Sri Lankan squad travel to Australia two weeks before their World Cup opener against Namibia on October 16. She also held a training camp in Kandy the last week of September.

“With bowling, we are still working on Yorkers, to make sure we can be successful on Aussie wickets, to make sure we have the skills to support our plans,”

he said into the presser.

“We have a few warm-up games ahead of the game against Namibia. Before that, we will play game scenarios between ourselves to make sure we can control the environment we are training in.

“We are very specific about what we are trying to train. For example, we did a Super Over in Kandy, which is great fun, but it highlights where it can be a bit chaotic in the Super Over. It goes very quickly, and you have to make sure you keep a cool head. Then the dimensions of the pitches in Australia – they have big pitches – we will have to learn to get used to them. We have to make sure we get the distance just off the edge to cut the angles and get the guys used to doing it.

Silverwood pointed out that there are areas they could still work on. Sri Lanka’s big win in the Asian Cup also raised expectations among the fans.

The Sri Lanka coach said that instead of taking the fans’ expectations as a burden, they can use them in a positive way. Silverwood also believed there was extraordinary kinship in the team.

“There will always be areas for improvement – I think doing totals, something we did well in the final [of the Asia Cup] but something we haven’t done a lot,”

said Silverwood.

“So that’s something we’re going to have to think about. I tend to look at it differently. There are expectations here at home in Sri Lanka. But I think the energy we give off from the fans is superb, and I think the boys feel that. I think we can use that as a real positive.

“The fact that everyone is behind us, that the nation is behind us and that we are trying to make everyone smile again, for me, that is positive. Something that we can use as energy, and something which we have already used as energy in the locker room”,

he said.

“I hear a lot of people talking about how the guys are together and you can feel that from the inside as well,”

he added.

“Winning the Asian Cup was good, but it’s only a tournament. We don’t think about it anymore, it’s in the past. Because if we keep focusing on that, we can’t look ahead and perform like we should. In the field [in Kandy] every player made a good effort. I was afraid that there would be guys who would be a bit relaxed after winning the Asian Cup, but it wasn’t like that. Everyone trained with even more intensity than usual, and I am convinced that we can perform well at the World Cup.

Two of Sri Lanka’s key fast bowlers, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara, have been troubled by injuries in the recent past. Shanaka said the fast-paced bowling duo had no problems during camp and also won their share of overs.

“Lahiru and Dushmantha were on our side, and they both managed to fill their bowling quotas with no problem. I think they are well prepared before the World Cup.

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