Painful to lose so badly at home – Sanath Jayasuriya

The home series whitewash was a painful blow to Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors © Getty

Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya said about the pain of being whitewashed at home after India handed a 3-0 drubbing in the Test series after winning the third and final Test at the Pallekele in Kandy by an innings and 171 runs inside three days.

Sri Lanka were shot out for scores of 135 and 181 to suffer their fifth heaviest Test defeat on Monday (August 14) and the worst home series loss ever. “It is very painful for me,” Jayasuriya told Cricbuzz, whose career-best 340 (Tests) and 189 (ODIs) came against India. “Losing a home series is always tough and especially to lose in this fashion. We have done well against India at home over the years and we need to find a way out of this now.”The players are down at the moment and we need to support them and give confidence. It’s up to them then to come up with answers and more importantly how fast can they come up with those answers. The coaching staff needs to come up with plans as to how we can address this issue,” he noted.

“They are in the process of finalizing the head coach. We need to do it soon. We need to pick someone who is clever and someone who has got the patience to work with the young team,” Jayasuriya said.

“No doubt there’s a big gap between club and international cricket. We address that gap during our training sessions, but that’s not the long-term solution,” Jayasuriya said.

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