Jayawardene confident of bettering past records in West Indies

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Guyana, Mar 21 (UNI) Sri Lanka may not have won a test in the West Indies on its previous two tours in 1997 and 2003, but this time skipper Mahela Jayawardene is confident that his side will wipe off the past records and said they have started competing well away from home.

''It's a great challenge for us. We haven't toured West Indies that often. This is my second trip here on a full tour; this is a great opportunity to get that first series victory,'' Jayawardene said at the launch of the series.

''As a team we've been playing really good Test cricket. We've been competing really well away from home, which has been an issue for a number of years for us. We've been dominating at home but away from home we've started winning matches and we've been pretty consistent.'' Sri Lanka had one warm-up game ahead of the first Test and their batsmen gained valuable practice.

Opener Malinda Warnapura and middle-order batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan scored centuries while Jayawardene made 99.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath picked up five for 67 as Guyana President's XI were bowled out for 248.

''It was good preparation for us to play next to the Test wicket which helped us to get familiarised with the conditions,'' the skipper said.

''We wanted to make sure we did what we wanted to do in the Test series, which could help us win the series.

''Overall everything was very good, the guys spent a lot of time out there in the middle familiarising to the conditions.

The bowlers had a good run as well, and the batsmen had an extended run,'' he added.

The first Test against the West Indies begins at the National Stadium in Guyana from tomorrow.


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