Newly-appointed Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur feels that Sri Lankan cricketers need the education on various aspects of the game as they have the skill and ability. However, they need to work on small aspects like match management, game plan and strategy ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.
“We have got a set of players who are very skilled and we just need to educate them a little bit in terms of game plans, strategy and match management. We need to make them understand when to take risks and when not,” Arthur said. “We are working hard on rotating strikes. Those are the little things we are working on. After every outing we need to get better and better and in eight months time we have to be competing (in T20 World Cup).”
In his first assignment, Mickey Arthur said his main focus now is to get the right balance in the team before the T20 World Cup. He also praised India’s bench strength.
“India is tying out some really good players and there is abundance in talent here. The players that they bring in just stand up and do their job. It shows how strong structure they have now,” said Arthur, who has also coached Pakistan, Australia and South Africa in the past.
As batsmen dominating bowlers in T20 cricket, the Sri Lankan coach said it is the right time to make a balance between bat and ball.
“I think pitches. When the pitches offer a little bit for the bowlers, it’s really good. Getting rid of the powerplay? I’m not sure. Look, I don’t think spectators wanna come to games and just see sixes and fours. It gets a bit boring,” Arthur said.
“I think you want to see bouncers and slower balls. You want to see the bowlers getting a little bit advantage. That could be spin bowlers as well. So, I think pitches and ground size too. The grounds are too small and they don’t aid spinners then,” he added.
“The wickets here (in India) are really good, so you have to score 170s. I have told players that try and put targets in T20 cricket because sometimes you go out there thinking I will get 180 and take too many risks while setting and then get all out for 140 and later realise that maybe 150 could have won us the game,” Mickey Arthur said.