De Mel blames domestic structure, calls for rehaul

Chief selector Ashantha de Mel blamed the present domestic structure for the poor batting techniques displayed by the Sri Lankan batsmen against short-pitched bowling in New Zealand where Sri Lanka lost the two-Test series 1-0. De Mel was of the view that the Lankan batsmen should have batted out the last two days of the second Test at Christchurch as they had done in the first Test at Wellington. Sri Lanka set a mammoth target of 660 runs for victory crumbled for 236 in their second innings to hand out to New Zealand a record 423-run win.

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