Sri Lanka head coach Chris Silverwood said that he will use his experience of Ashes to the advantage of the home team in the upcoming two-match Test series against Australia.
Pat Cummins-led Australia thrashed England 4-0 in the Ashes 2021-22 and followed it with a narrowly 1-0 series win against Pakistan in what was a visit after 24 years.
I keep notes on everything: Chris Silverwood
Silverwood was the head coach of England during the Ashes and subsequently parted ways with the England cricket team after the humiliating defeat.
The 47-year-old said he collected the notes on Australian batters during the Ashes and will help Sri Lanka to defeat them at home.
“I keep notes on everything. I’m an avid scribbler, so I’ve got my notes on the Australian batsmen from the Ashes,” Chris Silverwood said ahead of the first Test.
“I’m not going to go too much into the Ashes but whatever knowledge I can bring from there and bring to our guys, I will,” he added.
Chris Silverwood counting on multi-format Sri Lanka players in the Test series
Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh 1-0 in the Test series last month in their own backyard. Sri Lanka lost the T20I series 1-2 but got the better of the Aussies in the ODI leg with a 3-2 margin to record their first ODI series victory against their opponent in 30 years.
“Certainly, the guys who play multi-format, it will give them confidence going into the Test series. I want the guys who went to Bangladesh to bring the confidence from that series win into this one. I want the guys who play all formats to take knowledge of the bowlers they face, the batters they bowled to they can take that knowledge forward with them,” Silverwood said.
“Just to see the tactics coming together, to see guys out in the middle scoring runs, to see how we’ve chased totals down.
“One of the most exciting things is we’re still nowhere near the potential we have in that team, yet we are still pushing one of the best teams in the world. That’s very exciting, and we’ve more to come,” he added.
Sri Lanka will play Australia in the two-match Test series with the first Test scheduled to start on June 29 at the Galle International Stadium.