Door not closed on Sri Lanka seniors – Mickey Arthur

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Batting coach Grant Flower reckons SL’s inexperience has played a role in their first series loss against Bangladesh

The lack of experience in the top order may have played a role in Sri Lanka’s poor batting performances in Bangladesh. And the door’s not closed on the seniors who were left out of this series. These are the conclusions Sri Lanka’s coaches have come to after a dispiriting series loss against Bangladesh (their first ever), in which a relatively green top order collapsed twice in pursuit of testing totals.

Sri Lanka had left out the likes of Angelo Mathews for this series, and for batting coach Grant Flower, having batsmen with experience in situations such as facing good spin bowling after early wickets had fallen, could have led to better results.

The absence of seniors has been made particularly stark by the excellent innings produced by Bangladesh’s most-experienced players – Mushfiqur Rahim in particular, who has hit 84 and 125 so far in the series, to win both Player-of-the-Match awards.

“[The lack of experienced batsmen] looks like it’s had quite a big impact at this stage,” Flower said on the eve of the third ODI. “The young guys who were selected are good players, but are lacking a lot of experience. When you look at Mushfiqur’s experience or Tamim Iqbal – they’ve played a hell of a lot of cricket.”

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