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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Rumesh Ratnayake Appointed Sri Lanka Fast Bowling Coach

PTI |August 8, 2017, 4:01 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Rumesh Ratnayake Appointed Sri Lanka Fast Bowling Coach

Colombo: Former seamer Rumesh Ratnayake has been appointed as the new fast bowling coach of Sri Lankan team, its cricket board said on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old Ratnayake will replace Champaka Ramanayake in the national team which is currently facing a whitewash against India at home in a three-match Test series.

"Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of Rumesh Ratnayake as the Head of Fast Bowling for SLC," Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release.

"Ratnayake will head the National Fast Bowling programme, spearheading its talent identification, skills development and training processes in cohesion with the National High Performance plan."

Ratnayake is known for his nine-wicket haul against India in 1985/86 which resulted in Sri Lanka's inaugural Test series victory against India a series in which Ratnayake's match bag was 20 wickets.

Ratnayake whose career was cut short by injury has a innings best bowling figure of 6/66.

Meanwhile, last night, Sri Lanka Cricket conducted a motivational session for their national team ahead of this week's third and final Test.

Sri Lanka faced a barrage of criticism after being beaten by India by an innings and 53 runs last Saturday in the second Test match. The visitors had defeated Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test.

To boost the sagging morale of the team, former Test great Aravinda de Silva gave the pep talk and advised the team to ignore comments on social media and gossip websites and get on with the game.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
4
IND
3 2 0 1 5 +0.53
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
4 1 2 1 3 -1.79
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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