Wicketkeeper-batsman says Sri Lanka have a greater likelihood of success towards England than in 2018-19
Seventy Take a look at innings in, Niroshan Dickwella remains to be attempting to find that massive one.
Method again in 2014, when he had barely graduated from the Underneath-19 group, Dickwella started his Take a look at profession with a glowing 72 off 116 balls, towards a South Africa assault that includes Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. However there have been solely 15 half-centuries to date – mirrored in an general common of 30.65, and third place on the listing of most runs in Tests without reaching three figures.
Following a number of years of enchancment with the gloves, Dickwella is now thought of by many to be the perfect wicketkeeper within the nation. With Sri Lanka not too long ago having batted him at No. 6 as an alternative of No. 7, Dickwella hopes enhancements in batting output are on the horizon too.
“I generally get 30 or 40, or get previous that and get 60 or 70, however have not been in a position to hit 100 but,” he stated, three days out from the primary Take a look at of the sequence towards England. “A whole lot of occasions, I am batting with the tail. Within the earlier sequence that modified – Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga have been batting under. However I wasn’t in a position to get many runs there.
“However what I am considering of is what sorts of runs the group wants from me in any scenario. There have been events the place I’ve had the prospect to hit a 80 or 90, and even get to 100. However there are different occasions the 40 that I’ve scored helps us win. I’ll maintain taking part in to these conditions.”
Dickwella has usually copped criticism for his unconventional strokes – the reverse sweeps, scoops, and ramps which are his energy in limited-overs cricket. He does not suppose the street to being a greater batsman contains him shelving these photographs. However he does wish to get higher at taking part in them.
“The photographs that I get out taking part in are the identical ones that assist me rating runs,” he stated. “It is the execution that is the issue generally. However I am engaged on the way to change gears within the innings, to begin scoring extra shortly or slowly because the scenario calls for. And likewise on the way to goal particular bowlers as an alternative of going after everybody. I have been working with the batting coach on that, and I hope I can get a giant rating quickly.”
With reference to the group England have introduced this time, Dickwella felt Sri Lanka most likely had a greater likelihood on this event than they did the final time England toured, in late 2018. On that event, England trounced Sri Lanka 3-0, so it is not a lot to say that the house aspect might probably enhance on that scoreline. However Dickwella nonetheless thought an England aspect lacking some key gamers appeared a extra manageable prospect.
“In comparison with the 2018 sequence now we have a greater likelihood this time, as a result of there is no Jofra Archer or Ben Stokes and they’re lacking a couple of different gamers. We simply should play our regular recreation and do what we often do in Galle.”
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf
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