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Sri Lanka vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne has announced that he doesn’t expect spin to be a major threat during the first Test against England at Lord’s.
Thirimanne noted that the Sri Lankan batsmen are more concerned about England’s pace attack, which include bowlers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad.
“I don’t think the Lord’s wicket will turn,” Thirimanne said. “It will suit fast bowlers – the majority of records (here) belong to fast bowlers.
“We’re good at playing spin, so we just want to concentrate on (how to bat against) pace. In English conditions, I think the England attack is the best in the world. But at the moment, they have some new fast bowlers – so we have a little bit of a chance because they are regrouping their side. “There are still some world-class bowlers, like Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad – so we have to play our best cricket.”
Thirimanne added that Sri Lanka are also focused on winning their first Test series in England.
“We’ve won one-day series here, but we want to concentrate on these Tests,” he said. “We’ve won two Tests here; we want to win a series now. This is a very good chance for us to do that.
“We carry good things into this match, confidence levels and motivation. England are a tough side to beat in their own conditions. We are the underdogs. We are also a very young side, if you take Kumar (Sangakkara) and Mahela (Jayawardne) out. We have a young captain, and we are also like England a developing side.”