Lanka looks to go back to the drawing board

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Melbourne, Feb 28 (UNI) Admitting that his team has not been consistent enough in the ongoing CB series, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said they will have to get back to the basics as they brace themselves for their last match Down Under against Australia here tomorrow.

''We haven't been consistent in one-dayers, whether it's in batting, bowling or fielding,'' Jayawardene said.

''We need to go to the drawing boards and find out what's going wrong. We knew that there were certain areas that we needed to improve on.'' Sri Lanka has managed to win just one match in the series which came against India and have lost four consecutive matches since.

They are now heading to their final match of the series which is a dead-rubber as India and Australia have already secured their place in the best-of-three finals.

''We need to find the right formula and go back to our basics and start it all over again.'' The 30-year-old right hander was particularly disapponted with his team's batting as they could manage to go past the 200-run mark only once in the series.

''We haven't been competitive enough and consistent enough, especially when it comes to batting,'' he said.

''We got some really good wickets and the batsmen had to be in good form. We haven't done that in this series. We had a few problems against England as well and we need to sort them out as quickly as possible.

''The players whom we have brought here are good players.

We believe good players will come out of it. I don't think the players have got any technical problems.

''We have the talent, but we need to be bit more patient with these guys,'' he said.

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