Chandimal heartened by comparison

09 October 2018 10:46:33 EST

Sri Lanka's new one-day captain says that he hopes his team can recover the way England did after their 2015 World Cup exit.

Dinesh Chandimal says that there are definite comparisons to be drawn between England's inglorious defeat in the group stages of the last World Cup and the way Sri Lanka were humbled in last month's Asia Cup.

One of the main things they have got right since then is that their fielding has been excellent.

Dinesh Chandimal

They too lost in the group stages of that competition, losing their games against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The inspiration Chandinal takes from that loss is the way England recovered from their 2015 defeat. They changed their approach to white ball cricket, improving to such an extent that they are now the number one ranked one-day side in the world.

They start a five-game ODI series in Sri Lanka on Wednesday and are 2/5 to win with Sri Lanka 2/1. Chandimal is 7/2 to be his team's best batsman in the series.

Chandimal says that fielding is one specific area in which England have noticeably improved and is looking for his own side to learn lessons from their recent defeats.

He said of England: "One of the main things they have got right since then is that their fielding has been excellent. That's a big lesson for us, because we're in a similar place to where they were in terms of one-day cricket.

"We know that with the opposition's batting or bowling, you can't control that on the day, but we can control our attitude and energy on the field.

"That's one area we've identified - somewhere we've failed in one-day cricket. In the last few days we worked really hard on our fielding individually and as a group."

The five-match series begins in Dambulla on Wednesday and is followed by a T20 international and then a three-Test series in November.

England are 5/2 to win the 2019 World Cup on home turf with Sri Lanka 22/1.

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