BIRMINGHAM – Former captain Mahela Jayawardene has urged Sri Lanka to keep believing they can still reach the World Cup semi-finals, pleading for the batsmen to show consistency.
Sri Lanka were struggling after defeats to New Zealand and Australia and two washouts before reviving their World Cup chances with a shock win against hosts England last week.
But the 1996 champions lost to South Africa on Friday to slip behind England, Bangladesh and Pakistan in the race to qualify from the round-robin phase.
“Sri Lanka must still believe they can get to the semi-finals of the World Cup – but it’s their lack of consistency that keeps holding them back,” Jayawardene wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council.
“It’s a big ask to win their next two games but it’s still possible. But to do that they must be consistent in the batting group, which they couldn’t do at Durham (against South Africa).”