Jayasuriya says the absence of Lasith Malinga was a key factor in the disastrous ODI series against New Zealand.
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Sri Lanka chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya says is “not happy” with Sri Lanka’s form leading into upcoming World Cup.
The former opener says he is worried about his side’s recent performances, with the World Cup now just three weeks away.
Sri Lanka were trounced in the recent ODI series against New Zealand, going down 4-1 in the five-match series.
“I am not very happy the way things are going out there in New Zealand,” Jayasuriya told Sri Lankan newspaper, The Nation.
“There are areas to be improved and in the next few weeks, I hope we can sort them out.
“The only good thing is that we are playing in New Zealand and against the same opposition, whom we will meet in our opening match of the World Cup.”
Jayasuriya says the absence of veteran quick Lasith Malinga was telling against New Zealand.
“We lack experience in our bowling at the moment in the absence of Lasith Malinga, which is huge,” he continued.
“Lasith started to bowl about 30 balls yesterday and today also he was bowling. He has shown no signs of discomfort and he will be increasing his workload gradually. I think he will be alright for the World Cup.”
Sri Lanka faces co-hosts New Zealand in the opening match of the tournament in Christchurch on February 14.