Plenty of other people may be talking up Lasith Malingaâ€™s chances of playing in the second Test against England here at Edgbaston but the man with the distinctive slingshot action believes he has no chance of being included.
Sri Lankaâ€™s attack managed just six wickets in the first Test at Lordâ€™s â€” and five of those were shared between key off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and experienced left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas â€” as England piled up 551 for six declared in the drawn series opener.
That led to suggestions that the 22-year-old Malinga, who has taken 54 wickets in 15 Tests at a respectable 29.48, might be called up at Edgbaston.
But when asked by reporters at the ground on Tuesday what his chances of playing were he replied: â€œNo. The last Test match all our players did very good jobs, both batsmen and bowlers but unfortunately the wickets didnâ€™t come.â€
Malingaâ€™s unusually low-arm action so disconcerted New Zealand batsmen during a recent Test series they asked the umpires to change their trousers and remove their ties as they were having trouble seeing the ball.
â€œIf the New Zealand batsmen are not comfortable then whatever,â€ said Malinga. â€œI always try to take wickets, not contain. I like to unsettle the batsman with bouncers, yorkers and change of pace. I think batsmen struggle with my action, itâ€™s difficult to pick and it unsettles them.â€
Source:The NewsMore on:Edgbaston, england, Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka in England 2006
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