Jayawardene urges his players to be patient

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Adelaide, Feb 18 (UNI) A day ahead of the crucial match against India, Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene urged his players to spend more time at the wicket and be patient.

''Guys who have scored runs haven't gone for big shots. They have relied on the patience game, Michael (Clarke) did so the other night, (Gautam) Gambhir in Brisbane, Sanga (Kumar Sangakkara) in Perth,'' Jayawardene said.

''One needs to spend more time at the wicket and wait for opportunity. It's not easy to score runs quickly but rather you need to work your way in the innings,'' the skipper added.

Jayawardene also asserted that players should not be bogged down by negative thoughts and runs would flow only if they just ''hang around''. The team still has four more games to look forward to.

''We need to keep wickets in hand and bat well and not to have too many negative thoughts going into tomorrow,'' Jayawardene said.

''We need to forget about the bad games and move on,'' he added.

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