Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott provided an update on Rashid Khan’s availability for the third and final ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at Hambantota on June 7. Jonathan Trott admitted that they are unsure about Rashid Khan’s participation in the series decider.
Afghanistan started the series on a high note by beating the hosts by six wickets in the series opener at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium on June 2. Sri Lanka leveled the three-match series as they registered a comprehensive 132-run win against the visitors.
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In the post-match press conference, Jonathan Trott said that the team management will make a decision on Rashid Khan’s availability after accessing his fitness ahead of the must-win encounter.
“We will just check and see on his fitness and see how his back’s feeling and then you will know when the team is announced on Wednesday,” Trott was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Earlier, ace spinner Rashid Khan was ruled out of the first two ODIs of the series against Sri Lanka due to a lower back injury. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, and Mohammad Nabi played as the three spinners in the first two games.
We Didn’t Start Well Enough With The Ball – Jonathan Trott
Speaking on the loss in the second match, Trott said that they didn’t start with the ball and added that the bowlers conceded a lot of runs in the final overs.
“I think we didn’t start well enough with the ball and throughout the middle overs we were consistent enough and obviously they have got in last 10 overs 109 runs and so that’s not great,” he added.
We Need To Improve For Next Game – Jonathan Trott
The former England batter is optimistic that the team will bounce back to seal the series with a victory in the final match.
“When you lose a 50-over game by a margin of over a 100 runs you didn’t do much right. So that’s where we are and that’s what we need to improve for next game,” he further stated.
“We have a day off tomorrow and practice on Tuesday and obviously the game was on Wednesday and its about the process in this game and getting it flushed from the memory looking forward to the next game which will be I am sure a very good game,” he concluded.