Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss admits his players will be wary of an Australia side trying to get back into form.
The Sri Lankans arrived in Perth on Friday ahead of today’s (31) KFC Twenty20 International and will be hoping to take advantage of meeting an Australia side which endured a difficult trip to India.
“Australia are going to be very tough to beat in their backyard. The results haven’t gone the way they would’ve liked in the last little bit, so they’ll be out to prove a point,” Bayliss said.
“They’re not quite as consistent as they have been in the past, so we’ll hope to take advantage of that, but they’re still a good cricket side and they’ve got some good young players coming through.”
“They’ve got a home ground advantage which they’re not going to let go easily, it’s going to be a very interesting series, that’s for sure.”
Bayliss, who will quit his position following the 2011 World Cup, said he was satisfied with his side’s preparation for the tour, despite rain interfering in two of the three warm-up matches.
Sri Lanka beat Queensland by 112 runs in a one-day game in their first tour match but a 50-over fixture against New South Wales was abandoned without a ball being bowled, before they won a Twenty20 match against the Blues on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
The former New South Wales coach said veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was going to enjoy his final tour of Australia, despite his past issues in the country.
“He loves coming to Australia. The two matches we’ve played so far, he’s been well received and he’s bowling very well,” Bayliss said.
“He had a little bit of a break and then went to the Champions League in South Africa, bowled very well over there and he’s looked very good in practice too.”
– The Press Association
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