‘Work in progress’ Sri Lanka goal to enhance batting, says coach Arthur

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Oct 3 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka are a “work in progress” they usually stand probability of success on the Twenty20 World Cup if the crew can step up their batting to match the strong bowling assault, coach Mickey Arthur mentioned.

Sri Lanka gained the T20 World Cup in 2014 however did not make it past the group stage on the final version in 2016.

They are in Group A on the World Cup this yr and start their marketing campaign on Oct. 18 with the primary of three qualifying video games – towards Namibia, Ireland and the Netherlands.

“I think if our batting clicks it’ll give us a really good chance because our bowling attack is very good and our fielding standards have improved dramatically,” Arthur mentioned on Saturday.

“That (batting) is an area we’ve worked extremely hard on over the past nine days.

“We’ve been very clear in what we would like our gamers to do when it comes to our match apply… So I’m actually snug now that we now have obtained higher at it. But it is actually a piece in progress. There’s no magic wand right here.”

Sri Lanka will be without Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis at the World Cup after they were given one-year bans from international cricket for breaching bio-bubble protocols during the England tour in June.

Arthur said the trio’s absence will be a “large blow” to the team, which will be captained by Dasun Shanaka.

“That was a bitter capsule to swallow for positive. You instantly obtained again to sq. one when it comes to your planning once more,” he said.

“It was actually disappointing, however it led us to search out the likes of Charith Asalanka, who has come on fantastically, Kamindu Mendis, who’s taking part in fantastically… So out of that adversity, it is allowed alternatives to different gamers.”

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christopher Cushing

Sri Lankan national cricket team coach Mickey Arthur wearing a protective mask looks on from inside the team bus after their first practice session after almost two months lockdown amidst concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo

Sri Lanka's cricket coach Mickey Arthur (R) walks as team players stretch during a practice session ahead of their second test match with Pakistan at the National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan December 17, 2019. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/File Photo

Sri Lankan national cricket team coach Mickey Arthur wearing a protective mask looks on from inside the team bus after their first practice session after almost two months lockdown amidst concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File Photo