Ford hopes for batting boost

17 May 2017 12:36:43 EST

Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford is hoping for good batting wickets in England for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

Ford, who has experience of English conditions from spells in charge of Surrey and Kent, is hoping that conditions will be favourable to the batters, with his squad including the likes of the richly talented Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera.

I think in one-day cricket we have some exceptional strokemakers and some really talented batsmen.

Graham Ford

The South African accepts that his side need everything to go in their favour if they are to be genuine contenders for the trophy, but has plenty of belief in the batting options at his disposal.

He told Cricinfo: "I think in one-day cricket we have some exceptional strokemakers and some really talented batsmen.

"That's why if the batting pitches are good, I think we can really put bowling attacks under pressure.

"Perhaps, with some of our younger players who are still learning to construct innings, the challenge is to make sure we're in a position to put attacks under a lot of pressure at the end.

"But if we do construct an innings well, we have some of the best ball-strikers in world cricket. They can really take a bowling attack down."

Sri Lanka have been drawn in Group B of the competition, alongside holders India, Pakistan and South Africa - with only three venues being used for the tournament, Edgbaston, The Oval and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

Sri Lanka are 15/2 to top Group B, with India priced at 8/5 and South Africa 7/5.

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