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WC preparation on track: Mahela

WC preparation on track: Mahela
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Sri Lanka might have surrendered the five-match ODI series against India in the third game itself but former captain Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday said that there was nothing to worry about their World Cup preparation as things are on track.

‘When you go into a big tournament you have to have that hunger to win. In our camp we have that. Our guys tend to rise when it matters. As long as the focus and intent is there I think we’ll get very far,’ Jayawardene told reporters on the eve of their penultimate ODI of the series at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

‘This is the build up, yes we would have few hiccups and not a concern. Things are right on track. I think we have the knack of rising to the occasion in big tournaments and stand up to the pressure. Not just me if you see how Lasith (Malinga) and Nuwan Kulasekara bowled those last four five overs,’ he said referring to their World T20 final win against India in Bangladesh. The senior pro further recalled their successive runners-up finishes in the World Cup. ‘No one gave us an opportunity to come out of that group in 2007 in the West Indies. In the end, India went out and we went all the way. Yes we’re one of the favourites in the last edition because of the home conditions but we handled the pressure and reached the final,’ he said.

Jayawardene further said they have been very successful this time and claimed their winning percentage was about 80 per cent. ‘If you take this year leading up to the World Cup we have been pretty consistent home and away so we just need to build on that. We have got seven ODIs against England at home and then seven in New Zealand to give us much better preparation leading up to the World Cup.’
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