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Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford hits out at lack of fight during MCG defeat

Graham Ford: Hopes Sri Lanka's fight will return for third Test in Sydney

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Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford admits he was surprised at the lack of fight his side showed in their embarrassing defeat by Australia in Melbourne.

The tourists were vanquished inside eight sessions at the MCG, going down by an innings and 201 runs, with their remaining available batsmen dismissed for 103 in the second innings.

Kumar Sangakkara celebrated passing 10,000 Test runs during the match but he ended up on the sidelines, and will miss the rest of the series, after fracturing his hand when hit by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer.

"It's not a good feeling at the moment," Ford said. "Right now it feels like it's the worst Test match I've been involved in.

"I don't think I've been involved in a defeat inside of three days. It's been quite difficult to find that many positives out of this one apart from Kumar's wonderful milestone.

"I was surprised at the lack of fight. I have often spoken about the fight that Sri Lankan cricketers have. What I've become accustomed to is a lot of fight.

"Admittedly a lot of that fight has been more in the one-day format than in the Test match format, but we have shown some good fight in Tests. Australia got some really good momentum going and we didn't get the start that we wanted.

"The injuries are a challenge. At the moment, we are still discussing and assessing the damage. That's something we're going to have to talk about.

"We have got back-up in the squad and I know that the back-up has been working extremely hard. And sometimes out of injury, careers are made. People get opportunities and they can grab them.

"One of our young guys will get to play in a New Year's Test in Sydney and if they can play well, they can establish themselves as Test players and gain great confidence from it."

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