Lack of Sri Lankan fast-bowlers ‘alarming’ - Ford
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has admitted his side’s lack of fast-bowling depth is “alarming”, after losing two quicks to injury while one has been reported with a suspect action on their England tour. Angelo Mathews’ men face England at Lord’s on Friday in the final match of their three-Test series, following comprehensive defeats in the first two matches of what’s been a miserable tour for Australia’s next Test opponents. The star of Sri Lanka’s series-clinching win over England at Headingley in 2014, Dhammika Prasad, and Dushmantha Chameera have both left the tour with injuries, while Shaminda Eranga is awaiting the results of a biomechanics test he completed on Monday. Considering Sri Lanka’s fast-bowling stocks looked thin even before the beginning of the England tour, Ford concedes their lack of experienced seamers is a concern. “It is a challenge, because Dhammika (Prasad) was the star of the show last time Sri Lanka toured England,” Ford told reporters on Sunday. “He was the one that bowls the right length and was able to swing the ball both ways. The rest of the guys tend to swing it out more than anything else. And then we lost that extra pace that Dushmantha (Chameera) brings. “From a firepower point of view we are perhaps not where we want to be. “But we do have a bowling unit that can bowl with discipline, hit their areas, and find other ways of creating pressure. “(Bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake) has been working very hard with them on that. We’ve had periods where we have created that pressure and stuck to it pretty well.