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Sunday, 16 December 2012

'Disappointed' Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford says 'bowlers lack firepower'

Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford has expressed disappointment over the poor form of his players and believes they lack the 'firepower' after they faced a crushing blow in the first Test by Australia.
After two days of play, the tourists are finding the going tough on 4-87 in reply to the home side's 5-450, with spin sensation Rangana Herath taking 0-75 from 26 overs in Australia's first innings.
"It was disappointing. Australia put us under a lot of pressure and they batted superbly well and got the runs on the board. They came out with the ball and put us under a lot of pressure and perhaps we weren't quite up to it today," the
Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ford, as saying.
"It was a good declaration because it put us under pressure prior to tea.We sort of have a mind-set that they might try to get 500," he added.

Ford said he didn't feel there were any demons in the pitch, but admits his bowling attack can't match Australia's, the paper said.
"We haven't got the kind of attack that just really blows batsmen away. We didn't really have the firepower to get through his (century-maker Mike Hussey's) defences," he said.
The tourists are pinning their hopes of a fightback on opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, who's unbeaten on 50, the paper added.
"Dilshan has shown if you get yourself into good positions you can handle what's coming your way. It's still going to take a lot of character and a big fight tomorrow," Ford said. (ANI)

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