Sri Lanka hopeful of returning to ‘winning ways’

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Sri Lanka don't have a permanent coach for the Test series against the West Indies, but stand-in mentor Jerome Jayaratne feels they can still show the world that they're able to get back to winning ways.

Jayaratne, who is actually the head of Sri Lanka's coaching programme, took over when Marvan Atapattu stepped down earlier this year, after losing three Test series in a row. His first assignment is making sure the players are ready for a the fragile Windies.

Jayaratne said of the upcoming series: "I spoke to all of them individually before they went to the nets. We got a good feedback. They were well disciplined and they accepted they had fallen behind in performance and had two bad (home) series.

"I would like to believe that we have a better chance of getting back to winning ways, but I definitely won't underestimate the West Indies.

"We've done a bit of research on them and know what our line of attack will be. They are an unknown quantity in the sense something of a mix with some known players like [Kemar] Roach, [Darren] Bravo and [Denesh] Ramdin coupled with a few new faces. They did well against England at home and had some decent performances.

"All are aware of what is expected of them. We had lengthy discussions, and despite the rain which held us back for about a week, we have made good progress. They've worked very hard and I feel they will put on a very good show. 

"If we can have a couple of good days early in the series the confidence will start to come back."

The first Test starts on 14 October in Galle.

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