Sri Lanka suffered their eighth successive ODI defeat on Friday (October 13) against Pakistan in Dubai, coach Nic Pothas suggested that the team is still trying to sort out the right batting formula.
“We are trying to find the right formula,” Pothas said. “We know how we want to go about putting 50 overs together. We need to give these guys a certain period of time. Kusal (Mendis) is a very good player of spin and rotates very well. Lahiru (Thirimanne) and Dinesh (Chandimal) are the guys who can play those long innings in ODI cricket for you.
“At the moment we are thinking somewhere on those lines. We are in communication with the selectors. The World Cup is going to come quick. Those spots are up for grabs. No one has nailed down a spot. Every position is up for grabs.”
Sri Lanka’s batting has been a worry in recent times and Pothas expected a much better effort from the top six batsmen. “From a batting point of view, the currency of your batting is runs. If you don’t keep making them, the shop is going to close down at some point. We have to ask the batters to take some responsibility. The top six batters managed 96 between them. That’s not good enough.”