Sri Lanka coaching staff have ‘serious work to do’ – Mickey Arthur

Both Sri Lanka and their new coach Mickey Arthur weren’t supposed to be facing the tough questions from the press in Indore on Tuesday night. Zimbabwe had been slated to tour India and Arthur was in line to coach defending champions Central Stags in the ongoing Super Smash T20 competition in New Zealand. But here they are, 0-1 behind.

This is Arthur’s first T20I series as Sri Lanka’s coach, and he faces the challenge of overseeing their T20 World Cup plans, which will begin with qualifying for the tournament in Australia later this year. That bit probably became even tougher after Sri Lanka suffered their fourth successive defeat in the shortest format. The margins of those defeats have been particularly alarming – 134 runs, nine wickets, seven wickets and seven wickets again.

After Sri Lanka were asked to bat on a flat pitch in Indore, opener Avishka Fernando looked good, especially…

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