Jayawardene brands his side's batting 'below par'

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Colombo, Mar 11 (UNI) Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has said their batting display during the recently concluded Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia was 'below par'.

Sri Lanka won only two games during the triangular series -- while Kumar Sangakkara was the only player to hit a century in the tour.

''I thought our batting on the tour of Australia was below par and as the captain I take full responsibility for the poor performance,'' Jayawardene said.

''The top order and the middle order were out of form and this was really the cause for the tour going badly. I must add here that batsmen such as Sanath Jayasuriya, TM Dilshan and Chamara Silva are world-class players. It was a pity they didn't come good during this tour,'' he said.

''As for Dilshan opening, it was by accident as we tried him in the shortened game. As Tharanga was out of form we continued with the plan but it didn't come off,'' he added.

The skipper was more impressed with his bowlers, however, and is confident about Sri Lanka's chances on the forthcoming tour of West Indies.

''The bowling was very good and all three teams did well in that department,'' he said.

''As for West Indies we are very confident that the players will respond positively. We are looking forward to a successful outing in the Caribbean as we understand the pitches and conditions better with the recent world cup being played there.'' The first of a two-Test series against West Indies will start in Guyana on March 22.

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