Dinesh Chandimal urges Sri Lanka to step up as a team after Test series loss vs Australia

first_imgSri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal is confident that his team will bounce back in South Africa where they will play a series of two Tests from February 13.Sri Lanka were handed a 366-run defeat by Australia in the second Test on Monday with the hosts sweeping the series 2-0 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The tourists had earlier suffered an innings and 40-run loss in the first Test which was a day-night match in Brisbane.Sri Lanka, after losing in New Zealand and Australia, will now go to South Africa for a series which offers no respite.”We were outplayed as a team in all departments. “Credit goes to Australia. They have played some outstanding cricket throughout the series and they deserve to win like this.”We are a young team and always learning how to play, especially in these tough conditions. We will bounce back in South Africa. I mean, they are three tough tours, we have finished two and now South Africa.”South Africa is similar to these conditions and with very good bowlers. We know that as a team we have to play in tough conditions and we need to adjust to those conditions and step up as a team,” Chandimal said.Super Starc finishes the Canberra clash with his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket!#AUSvSL | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/cE68sM0VF6cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 4, 2019Chandimal said that while the team has been transitioning in recent years, and is still young, it was time for them to start performing as a unit.advertisement”If you get the chance to play for your country you have to take it with both hands,” he said.”Now as a team, we have to step up.”In our young group, some of them have played more than 30 Tests so that means they are still very young, but in the international arena they are really experienced.”So now this is the time to play your game and play for your team.”With two heavy defeats it was difficult for the captain to come up with an answer when asked about the positives that Sri Lanka can take away from this series. He pointed out his team’s slip-catching as a positive but refrained from speaking any further.”The only positive was our slip catching from our fast bowlers,” he said.”I don’t want to talk about the negatives. We all know what went wrong as a team and I’m sure the boys will learn from that and they will come good in South Africa,” Chandimal said.Also Read | Australia vs Sri Lanka: Starc 10-wicket match haul leads Australia to 2-0 series winlast_img