HomeSPORTSNew Zealand stand in method of Sri Lanka's WTC last quest |...

New Zealand stand in method of Sri Lanka’s WTC last quest | Cricket Information

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand will take momentum from their dramatic one-run win over England into this week’s first Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka, who might attain the ICC World Take a look at Championship last with a 2-0 collection sweep.
Tim Southee’s hosts grew to become simply the fourth workforce to win a Take a look at after following on as they secured a draw within the two-match collection in opposition to England.
Kane Williamson, who grew to become New Zealand’s document run-scorer within the thrilling Wellington win, stated it was very important to kick on after the Black Caps ended a seven-Take a look at winless run.
“It has been a very long time for us to recover from the road,” former skipper Williamson stated forward of the primary Take a look at in opposition to Sri Lanka beginning on Thursday in Christchurch.
“We have not had the outcomes we’d’ve appreciated, regardless of placing the work in, so it is good to get these rewards.
“It is an essential collection for us now as we wish to enhance and we’re centered in making an attempt to place out higher performances.”
Sri Lanka have solely gained two Checks of the 19 they’ve performed in New Zealand.
However skipper Dimuth Karunaratne’s facet have additional incentive this time.
They’ll attain the WTC last in opposition to Australia with a 2-0 collection triumph, offering India fail to beat Australia within the last Take a look at in Ahmedabad, which additionally begins Thursday.
Sri Lanka are an bettering and extra constant facet beneath Chris Silverwood, who took over as head coach in April final yr.
They beat Bangladesh 1-0 away and drew 1-1 at dwelling with each Australia and Pakistan, all in two-Take a look at collection, because the former England quick bowler’s appointment.
Their hopes of qualifying for the showpiece at The Oval in June had been boosted when Australia clinched their place by successful the third Take a look at in opposition to India in Indore inside three days final week.
“To get to the WTC last can be unbelievable,” Silverwood stated.
“However on the similar time we all know we have an excellent New Zealand workforce in entrance of us as properly and we now have to respect that, work laborious, and try to earn that proper.”
New Zealand retained the squad that beat England in Wellington whereas Sri Lanka introduced in two uncapped gamers, the 23-year-old batsman Nishan Madushka and seam bowler Milan Rathnayake, 26.
Madushka compelled his method into the Take a look at squad after scoring two centuries and a double hundred in three appearances in opposition to the touring England Lions a couple of weeks in the past.
Sri Lanka’s preparations have been disrupted by rain, with the second day of their solely warm-up match in opposition to a New Zealand Board XI washed out on Sunday in Lincoln, simply outdoors Christchurch.
Sri Lanka will even play three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s in opposition to New Zealand after the Checks.
New Zealand (from): Tim Southee (capt), Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Will Younger
Sri Lanka (from): Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Nishan Madushka, Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Milan Rathnayake



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -
Google search engine

Most Popular

Recent Comments