Learn from England

Many years ago,England were just a test team only ,their one day game was pathetic as the current srilankan team. Some how they wanted to improve their limited over game. Morgan was selected as the captain and new striking batsmen changed their approach and achieved what they wanted. Now their ICC ranking is high. They have the highest ODI score.
That gives a simple truth. Their first three batters and even the captain ,all are aggressive batters. ODI means aggressive. Nothing else. That is the simple rule you have to follow. Look at the history of ODI champions. Clive loyd’s Westindies team,ricky ponting’s team,arjuna’s Srilankan team,Dhoni’s indian team,michael clark’s 2015 australian team. Every team had dashing batters. Captain is aggressive attacking.
So just follow the rule. Dasun shanaka,thisara perera just have to be aggressive as they do. Openers should be aggressive as well. Tharanga should come to middle order just like michael bevan. He has to play like roshan mahanama did in 1996.dikwella and kusal janith can open. Danushka gunathilake can open as well. Kusal mendis should be aggressive as well. Angelo is normally aggressive. So he can attack as upul tharanga is handling the low middle order. Thisara ,shanaka can up the run rate at the late overs. Our bowlers number 10,9,11 should learn to make huge aggressive runs as well.
Also just learn from England ,joes buttler, jason roy, alex hales,bairstaw and joe root all are attacking batters. They are not defensive batters.
Their test team is excellent as well. This tour they play ODI first then the test matches . That means they can get adjusted to the srilankan pitches and whether prior to the test series. So we cannot expect them to fail to spin just like south african team.
Hope our players make their approach currectly for ODI series and take the positive from the opposition.

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  1. Could not agree more with u.
    Could not agree more with u. This exactly the mindset we need, and everyone should be given a role to play. And there should be an aggressive captain as well. I thought, ideally Dikka should have been made the captain with a long-term vision. May be his lack of form resulted in giving the role to Chandimal. Hopefully we will find a good team 4 WC19, although chances at this point of making even to final eight are slim ūüôĀ

  2. Having the Talent England has
    Having the Talent England has does help this but yes it’s a good example. It goes further back, remember where Eng was in say 2000? That’s right they were floundering at the bottom of the pan with very little talk about two tiers etc. Then they changed their first class county set up which had some impact but their one day game was still ancient.

    Then they identified what the winning formula would look like and simply chased it. Of course it helped when you have talent to back up but the important part was to follow a plan, if successful, would be a wining one.

  3. There is a basic problem in
    There is a basic problem in your analysis.

    It is true England have turned a corner & follow an aggressive course. But they are mostly on flat batting friendly pitches. What you advocate exactly what our team adopted at the Asia cup & came a cropper. It should be horses for courses policy & the SL team should have taken a slow wicket saving policy at the start to attack at the death end. All other teams who won went that way. So the management had a fault here & I’m surprised, after having a coaching stint in the UAE, Hathurusinghe still did not realize it. Your assessment is incorrect because our biggest, I say biggest problem is losing wickets at the start going bang bang (unless you are a mole!).

  4. Well the first thing England
    Well the first thing England did was remove Alastair Cook, although the timing of it on eve of the WC probably wasn’t ideal. Since then under Morgan they have built a good side of attacking players.
    They bat deep and very flexible, and enough variety in the attack to keep opposition troubled..bit like the model SL had for 96

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