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Sri Lanka work on three-spinner theory in warm-up match

cricket Updated: Nov 10, 2009 23:19 IST
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The retreating monsoon is likely to rob the visiting Sri Lankan team of valuable practice ahead of the three-match Test series.

The Sri Lankans are scheduled to face the Board President's XI in a three-day warm-up game at the Bandra Kurla complex from Wednesday. But the Met Department has predicted more showers in the next 24 hours, making it unlikely for the game to start on time on Wednesday morning.

The steady drizzle on Tuesday also meant that the two teams had a truncated net session. The Sri Lankans had to wrap up their session within two hours while the Board President's XI players had to practice on the wickets outside the ground.

Though a final call on whether the game would start or time or not will be taken only in the morning, after an inspection of the ground, both teams are geared up for the encounter.

Board President's XI skipper Rohit Sharma said the players were geared up for the challenge and that he was looking forward to leading the side against the Sri Lankans.

“It's a big opportunity for me to show my talent as a captain. I would like to keep it simple and it won't be tough for me as each of us is experienced here.”

Asked how we would motivate his players, Sharma said their job was to go out and play.

“See it (selection) is not in our hand. We have been selected for Board President's XI to play against Sri Lanka. So we have to play. You cannot do anything about something that is not in your control.”

Sharma said he, along with coach Sandeep Patil, would decide on the playing eleven only on Wednesday morning.

But, if Tuesday's nets were anything to go by, Sharma might choose to play five specialist bowlers or sacrifice medium-pacer Pankaj Singh for Ishak Jaggi.

The Sri Lankans will use the warm-up match as an opportunity to finalise their team combination for the first Test in Ahmedabad, starting on November 16.

The visitors had a long net session despite the drizzle and captain Kumar Sangakkara will be tempted to try out a three-prong spin attack comprising Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.

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