Sri Lanka cricket teamâ€™s coach Tom Moody insisted his side could get better as they headed into the second match of their One-day International (ODI) series against England here at The Oval on Tuesday (today) with a 1-0 lead.
Sri Lanka, who battled back to draw the Test series with England 1-1, maintained their good form against the hosts by winning Thursdayâ€™s Twenty20 clash by two runs and followed that up with a convincing 20-run victory at Lordâ€™s on Saturday in the opening encounter of a five-match ODI series.
â€œWe got off to a good start at Lordâ€™s,â€ Moody told reporters at The Oval here on Monday after seeing his side confidently defend a total of 257 last weekend. â€œIt was pleasing. But I felt we should have got 300, and I also felt we can field better than that.â€
Sri Lankaâ€™s win was helped by Englandâ€™s one-day record 42 extras, which included 23 wides. â€œIn one-day cricket, you donâ€™t want to be bowling wides and no-balls, itâ€™s quite clear. Itâ€™s a discipline weâ€™re quite strong with our guys,â€ added Moody, whose team bowled just three wides.
â€œEngland won the toss and they were eager to make early inroads on a wicket that appeared to have little bit of life in it. Thereâ€™s no doubting the quality of their attack, they had a bad day at the office.â€ And England coach Duncan Fletcher said of his bowlers: â€œAt the end of the day they donâ€™t mean to bowl wides.â€
Meanwhile, Moody, formerly coach of English County Worcestershire, said he was pleased with the progress made by his largely youthful side as evidenced by 21-year-old opener Upul Tharangaâ€™s man-of-the-match winning hundred at Lordâ€™s.
â€œIf we win this one-day series, and weâ€™ve got a long way to go, weâ€™ll fly out of England a satisfied team. Itâ€™s important to have the young players playing on a regular basis. In the short to mid-term weâ€™ll continue to see the benefits like we saw with Upul Tharanga at Lordâ€™s.â€
England lost a one-day series 5-1 in India earlier this year and Saturdayâ€™s defeat further dampened hopes of success at next yearâ€™s World Cup in the Caribbean. â€œIt seems like thereâ€™s a huge turnover in the one-day squad,â€ Moody said. â€œSometimes itâ€™s hard for a player to establish themselves in any position in the one-day side.â€
And he said Worcestershire batsman Vikram Solanki, now no longer in Englandâ€™s one-day squad after being shunted up and down the order, would have gained from an extended run in one position. â€œI suppose he is an example of a player that probably has been shuffled and would have benefited with patience and the confidence that heâ€™s there for a period of time. â€œIt seems England are still trying to find their magic formula in their top six and the pieces havenâ€™t quite yet fallen. Injuries havenâ€™t helped,â€ added Moody of an England side.
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