Written by News 1st
06 May, 2014 | 9:58 am
Ireland coach Phil Simmons is hoping for chilly conditions as his team begin their two-match one-day series against Sri Lanka in Dublin on Tuesday.
A number of big names have been rested out of the Sri lankan team, so Simmons believes his team have a chance of upsetting the recent World Twenty20 winners.
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews acknowledged on Monday that the visitors were finding the temperatures “too cold” as they trained at Clontarf. However, Ireland coach Simmons certainly wasn’t complaining.
“I don’t think they will be like it and I hope it is [even] a little colder than it is today,” smiled Simmons. “I think it’s a case where we use our conditions and hopefully we get a wicket that suits us more than them.”
The temperatures are not expected to edge about 13 degrees Celsius in Dublin while rain interruptions also appear highly likely.
For his part, the Sri Lankan captain acknowledged that the Clontarf pitch looked “a bit slow and wet” but Mathews remains confident that his somewhat inexperienced side will be motivated to perform well with the series against England coming up later in the month.
Sri Lanka have rested five senior players including bowling star Lasith Malinga with Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Rangana Herath and Tillakaratne Dilshan also sitting out the Dublin games for the World Twenty20 champions.
Over the weekend, the tourists called up Shaminda Eranga to their squad after Thisra Perara was ruled out because of visa difficulties.
“We wanted to give the opportunity to the younger guys,” added the Sri Lanka skipper.
“I believe they can step in and do the job. All our younger guys are extremely impressive.”
For the Irish, Alex Cusack will be available for selection after being rested for Leinster’s weekend inter-provincial game because of a niggle.
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