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Aug 18, 2006 at 10:23am IST

Sri Lankan team has matured: Moody

Colombo: India and Sri Lanka will be hoping that on Friday that they finally get some cricket underway.

The Sri Lankans are of course are keen to plot their revenge for the 6-1 loss when they were in India last year.

Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody spoke exclusively to CNN-IBN on all that's been going on.

Nishant Arora: Mr Moody, it is a different equation now, a different tournament altogether?

Tom Moody: Yes it is a lot different obviously. It's disappointing that South Africa have left. We were looking forward to playing both India and South Africa, but now we need to concentrate on playing India. We know they are a tough opposition and we are looking forward to it.

Nishant Arora: But how does it change in terms of strategies, in terms of team combination, when you were playing a tri-series and now that you are playing a three-match series?

Tom Moody: It does make it easy from the coach's point of view, because you manage to concentrate on just one team, and you can concentrate on your strategy on those players in that one team. But if you've got two different teams then you have to concentrate on two different ways of playing. Like the way we would play against India would be different and the way we would play against South Africa. So in terms of strategy point of view, it is easier.

Nishant Arora: What is the different between the Sri Lankan side that came to play in India in November, and the side which India is going to face in this series?

Tom Moody: I think it is a side that's matured, it's got a lot more self-belief. We took to India, a lot of young players, those whom we managed to hold on to and develop and worked very hard on various areas of their game. They are a lot more confident in match play and I think the team is a hell of a lot more confident in what brand of cricket they play, and how they go about expressing them.

Nishant Arora: The boys must be keen to prove to India that they are not that bad, as they looked in India.

Tom Moody: Well we had a bad series in India and we would like to turn the tables over the next three games. It's a good opportunity for us to get out there and play some solid cricket and we have been playing some good cricket over the last six months. And we look forward to continuing that over the next week or so.