Will enjoy underdog tag in SA, says Jayawardene

Veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene felt that Sri Lanka will enjoy the underdog tour on their forthcoming tour of South Africa. Sri Lanka will play South Africa A at Benoni on December 9 before the first of three Tests at Centurion starting December 15.

"When you are playing away from home and with the unit we have, we will be tagged as underdogs," he said. "I think it's a good way to go to South Africa. Expectations of us are going to be lower after the way we performed in the last three Tests (against Pakistan in the UAE).

"Even when we went into the last two World Cups [2007 and 2011] we were not the clear favourites. We came from behind and did what needed to be done." Sri Lanka are yet to win a Test this year and have lost three series -- away to England, at home to Australia and against Pakistan in the UAE -- by the same scoreline: 0-1. 

The only way we can react is by performing and showing him what a good side we are. Everyone has the right to their own opinion," he said. Sri Lanka have lost six of the seven Tests they have played in South Africa, and Jayawardene expected this tour to be difficult too.

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