Mickey Arthur’s improves batting and fielding ahead of T20 World Cup
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Sun Oct 03 2021
As Sri Lanka prepares to improve Mickey Arthur’s batting and fielding ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, head coach Mickey believes that if batting can take steps to complement better bowling and fielding, then There is a very good opportunity for his side to do well in the tournament.
Sri Lanka is placed in Group A along with Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia in the qualifiers before the Super 12 post. He said, “I think if we bat well it will give us a really good opportunity because I think our bowling campaign is very good and our fielding standards have improved artificially. On which we have worked very hard in the last nine days.”
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We’ve had three practice games, we’ve done some mastery sessions to get the players ready to sweep, where and how we want our players to play. We’ve almost finished the screenplay of a game,” said Mickey Arthur’s.
“We’re very simple about what we want from our players in the subjects of our match practice, and then we went to the nets after that, delineating it and practicing it. So, now I’m really at ease that we Have gotten better at it. But it’s definitely on development. There’s no magic wand here.
“It’s easy to stand up and try to hit boundaries, but having the ability to convert the ball into the gap on a good ball is a real art. That’s the real art of batting. So, we’ve had a lot of practice during that. That’s something.” It’s something I’ve been working on with my team for the past nine months.“
Following the team’s release last month, Sri Lanka made five changes to the tour squad. Mickey Arthur’s felt resilience would be key for Sri Lanka. “I think the good thing with the team we have at the moment is that we can be elastic, we can certainly be flexible in how we set up our team,” he said.
“I am watching the IPL very closely because we are going to play on the same wicket. Going by the atmosphere, we will probably take two seamers and two spinners, and then our all-rounders, and possibly one more part.
Spinner of opportunity from our top-order batsman. But we are flexible enough if the wickets get dry enough – with three out-and-out spinners to go.
Sri Lanka will not feature Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, and Niroshan Dickwella, who have been suspended by the Sri Lanka Cricket for their misconduct during the tour of England. Arthur’s approved that it had come as a blow to him.
“It was a big blow for us. You’re talking about three of your top five batsmen in the white-ball profile there. It was definitely a distasteful pill to swallow. You suddenly have a square in your case. I am planning to come back again,” he said.
“It was really hopeless, but it has given us yet another opportunity for Charit Aslanka, who is playing beautifully, Kamindu Mendis, who is playing beautifully, Pathum Nisanka.
This allows Dinesh Chandimal to return to the mix. To get Bhanuka Rajapaksaback in the mix. So other players have been given opportunities to come out of that adversity.”
However, Kusal Perera has inspired Sri Lanka to recover well from his injury and the southeast is taking stretches well ahead of the World Cup.