Lack of confidence adding to Oz woes: Jayawardene

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Perth, Feb 14 (UNI) On a high after beating India at Canberra, Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene said the Australians are lacking self-belief and his side would look to go top of the table when they take on the world champions here tomorrow.

''It is a good opportunity for us to go top of the table,'' Jayawardene said.''We've got back into the tournament and the guys can really build up on that confidence.'' The 30-year-old stated that the hosts who have not been in great form recently will be under pressure,''They (Australia) are a bit under pressure. The batting, there are two or three guys who have been consistently performing, but the rest haven't been.'' ''In the past the Aussies have found ways to get back into games, but the last six months I don't think they've got that belief in themselves,'' he added. ''If we can push them back from the beginning, we can create more pressure.'' Jayawardene said the Sri Lankans would try to capitalise on Ricky Ponting's poor form, with the Australian captain yet to reach double figures in the tournament.

''He's had a quiet time and hopefully we can keep him under the same pressure he has been under for the last two months,'' he said. ''It is in our interest to keep him like that.'' The Lankans are hopeful seamer Ishara Amerasinghe will be fit to return from a hamstring strain, with a final decision to be made on the morning of the match.

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