Southampton: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara's miserable England tour continued on Thursday and the team's batting coach said lack of preparation may have contributed to their problems.
The duo, Sri Lanka's highest-scoring batsmen in Test history, fell for single figure scores at The Rose Bowl as Sri Lanka slumped to 81 for four on a rain-affected first day.
Sangakkara, standing in as captain for the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan, has managed just 65 runs in five innings at an average of just 13. Jayawardene has made 97 runs in five innings at 19.40.
"Their form comes as a bit of a surprise," former Sri Lanka opener Marvan Atapattu told a news conference. "Everybody at home would like to see Sanga and Mahela getting runs."...more
12:15 AM, Feb 05, 2008