Sri Lanka ready for 'new era'

Skipper excited by next generation of talent

Last Updated: 25/05/11 2:12pm

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Dilshan: pulling the strings for Sri Lanka

Dilshan: pulling the strings for Sri Lanka

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Tillakaratne Dilshan is optimistic Sri Lanka's unheralded bowling attack can surprise a few people during the Test series in England.

Dilshan has taken over as skipper from Kumar Sangakkara, who stood down after the World Cup final defeat to India in April.

Sri Lanka are without their former bowling spearheads Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga, who have both retired from Test cricket.

The tourists warmed-up for the series opener, which starts in Cardiff on Thursday, with victories over Middlesex and England Lions.

But they suffered a blow when promising paceman Nuwan Pradeep, who was in line for his Test debut, suffered a knee injury that is likely to keep him out of the series.

Challenge

"I know playing here is not easy but all the players are looking good and they are confident," said Dilshan.

"As a captain, I am confident about the team and it might be a very good Test match.

"We have brought over a few youngsters and want to give them a chance. Sri Lanka is looking forward to a new era."
Tillakaratne Dilshan Quotes of the week

"I am really happy to be leading in a Test for the first time against England.

"I have taken on the challenge and am looking forward to doing a great job for Sri Lankan cricket.

"We have brought over a few youngsters and want to give them a chance. Sri Lanka is looking forward to a new era."

Conditions

Dilshan has urged his side, many of whom have been playing most recently in the IPL, to embrace the alien English conditions.

"We have just finished the IPL and now have come to a different country, different weather, different ball, different conditions," he said.

"We are looking forward to playing here, I really enjoy playing here in England ever since my first tour as a young cricketer in 1999."

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