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As captain, I would like to take the blame for the defeats – Tharanga

As captain, I would like to take the blame for the defeats - Tharanga

Upul Tharanga and the team has suffered three 5-0 defeats. Tharanga captained the side in the absence of the injured Angelo Mathews in South Africa and Sri Lanka were handed a 5-0 drubbing.

“As captain, I would like to take the blame for the defeats. The batsmen also need to take a fair share of the blame. We have to score as a team. Batsmen can fail two or three games, but not all five games. It’s tough when we don’t perform as a team,” Tharanga added.

“We repeated the same mistakes. In this game, we were four wickets down in the third over and there was no coming back from thereon. In the last 15 to 18 months, we have struggled with our batting and that has been the main reason why we have come up with below par performances.”

“What is really disappointing is that these were not unplayable wickets. They were very good tracks. We were just not good enough. Today we tried to change the line-up a little by sending Niroshan Dickwella at number five as he is very good against spin, but we just lost too many wickets earlier on,” Tharanga added.

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