Mickey Arthur Wants the Sri Lankan Team To Find Middle-Order Balance In England

Sri Lanka is getting ready for a match with England. In the past, the team battled with different groups and displayed outstanding results. Among the squad is Niroshan Dickwella and Kusai Perera. However, they have failed to perform according to their expectations due to various reasons; among them is lack of stability in the middle-order.

According to Mickey Arthur, he desires to find middle-order balance ahead of the Sri Lanka tour of England. For instance, in the last match with Bangladesh, ODI Series, the innings lost twice as much as they had put more effort in the middle-order during the numerous training sessions. According to Mickey, the main problem that resulted in the loss is the lack of effort in the middle order, which is among the crucial parts of any cricket match. 

Being a former cricketer who played for the South African domestic cricket from 1996 to 2001, Arthur has acknowledged the competency of Sri Lanka’s squad. However, he believes that the team can do better only if they fill up all the positions. And this is what drives him to put the team into shape and maintain a better position for a long time.

On top of that, many cricketers focused more on the top position. Despite the team having a good number of quality players, Arthur still believes that top-notch players in the team can feel the middle spot after receiving adequate training and by dedicating themselves to produce better results in the exact spot. 

Mickey believes that they can settle this issue to solve all these problems since he believes in better results in the Sri Lanka tour of England 2021. The decision was implemented when they identified players in spots 1, 2, and 3 but realized that positions 4, 5, and 6 had no one to fill. One thing that should be done is to make players understand that each position is essential and different. Moreover, the battlers need to be arranged to prevent them from batting from one spot to another to avoid confusion. 

Furthermore, he has analyzed strike rates and other best-performing teams for the upcoming Sri Lanka matches. He went further and adjusted the battlers into the correct positions to get conversant with their positions and aim for a common thing instead of confusing themselves with different orders. This will help them play their roles according to the rules and achieve the same goal. 

If you want more information about Sri Lanka’s tour to England, stay tuned! 

Reference Resource: 

  1. https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/eng-vs-sl-2021-coach-mickey-arthur-wants-top-heavy-sri-lanka-to-find-middle-order-balance-in-england-1266826
  2. https://www.espn.in/cricket/story/_/id/31651177/eng-vs-sl-2021-coach-mickey-arthur-wants-top-heavy-sri-lanka-find-middle-order-balance-england
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