“The younger players like (Kusal) Mendis have a lot of talent but they are very inconsistent. It puts a lot of pressure on their batting. It has been the same story for the last 3-4 years, there is no development that has happened. The young players that are coming through don’t have talent and capabilities, what can they do if they are sent into the middle of international cricket,” Muralitharan told CricketNext. “Sri Lanka is playing so poorly these days but Australia are playing badly too. However, Sri Lanka is playing worse than Australia.
“It’s very hard to say if they could have pushed Australia and possibly won a Test match Down Under if they had raised their level a bit. I don’t see it happening.”