Would’ve liked more time in South Africa to prepare, says Sri Lanka coach ahead of first Test

A planned three-day warm-up match, which was due to start on Sunday, was cancelled because of Covid restrictions.

Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur

Sri Lanka have “all bases covered” ahead of a two-match Test series against South Africa, head coach Mickey Arthur said Monday.

Arthur said conditions at the Test grounds in Centurion and Johannesburg were likely to be more helpful to pace bowlers than they were in Durban and Port Elizabeth, where Sri Lanka gained upset wins for a 2-0 series victory in the 2018/19 season.

“Conditions are going to be totally different from what Sri Lanka had then,” said Arthur, “but I had a look at the pitch at Centurion this morning and I expect it to be a good cricket wicket.”

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