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Sri Lankan batsmen must attack England right from the onset

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By Thiwanka Nagahawatte | May 20, 2016

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Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal must look to score quickly and counter-attack against a bowling attack that is expected to decimate them. © AFP PHOTO

Sri Lanka's batsmen will not go far against England's new-ball attack if they hope to play a cautious brand of cricket during the three-match Test series in England.

Scoring runs must be the priority. Not leaving the swinging ball well or focusing on their defensive stroke-play, if they are to make any impression on this tour; and those runs must be made in quick time to put pressure on the home team's pacers.

If allowed to hit a good, full length repeatedly, it won't be long before Sri Lanka finds itself bowled out under 200 and losing. Batting with fear of the conditions produces negative cricket and that has cost Sri Lanka many a Test match.

Sri Lanka have been successful on previous tours to England thanks to their positive brand of cricket, and their batsmen should focus on taking the attack to the hosts.

Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal should be looking to attack, regardless of what the match situation is when they walk in, which will allow the hard-hitting Dasun Shanaka the freedom to blast off lower down the order and the grafters to accumulate runs around them.

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