White: We won't sit back

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Australia captain Cameron White has vowed that his team will adopt a "positive and aggressive" approach during the second T20 against Sri Lanka.

Australia's Twenty20 captain Cameron White has vowed that his team will adopt a "positive and aggressive" approach during the second T20 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele on Monday.

The Australian players' confidence took a battering during the first game on Saturday after they lost by 35 runs on the back of a stunning unbeaten 57-ball 104 from Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. The hosts smashed 198 in their 20 overs and the tourists could only manage 163 in their reply with opener David Warner hitting 53 from 31 balls.

White, though, promises his team won't dwell on the defeat too much and will hit back hard in the second and final T20.

"In Twenty20 one thing you don't want to do is to sit back," he is quoted by <i>AAP</i>.

"You need to stay positive and aggressive so that's what we'll talk about and come out in that frame of mind on Monday.

"The Sri Lankan team is playing really well. They're a good side in these conditions and it'll be hard work again but I believe in this side and we can get better.

"We have to stay positive and come out and play well. There's a good chance we can square the series."

Monday's game as well as the opening ODI of the series will also be played at Pallekele and White knows his batsmen will need to come up with a better plan when they face the spinners after debutant Dilruwan Perera dismissed Shaun Marsh, David Hussey and White in the opening game.

"I'm assuming spinners from both teams will play a big part," he said.

"I definitely think it'll be a trend. In this part of the world we know that teams coming up against the Australian team will look to use their slow bowlers in these conditions very well."

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