Bayliss thrilled by Malinga show
Jul 21, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Trevor Bayliss, Sri Lanka’s coach, has said the return of fast bowler Lasith Malinga to Test cricket after 30 months has been a big bonus to the team. Malinga broke the back of the Indian batting in the second innings with three wickets for 33 off nine overs to bring his team closer to victory in the first Test. His victims included the wickets of three of the top five Indian batsmen - Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
"Malinga is our No. 1 fast bowler," Bayliss said. "Being injured and not fit for Test cricket we had to try and play other bowlers who had done quite well in the last 18 months. It’s good to have him back fit and hungry for more cricket."
Malinga has not only contributed with the ball on his return to Test cricket, but he also made a career-best 64 in the Sri Lanka first innings. "They all work very hard at their batting and Malinga was telling me he should have been batting higher. He had a point to prove."
Comparing this match to the Test series played in India seven months ago where Sri Lanka were beaten 2-0, Bayliss said, "We weren’t too dejected how it went over there because we knew we were fielding a younger team and giving them some experience. Then at home here in conditions which we are used to and obviously a bit different for the Indian players and having Lasith back is a big bonus for us as well."