Sri Lanka dares England to play the scoop against Malinga
Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has urged England to play the scoop shot against Lasith Malinga in today's Champions Trophy clash � if they dare.
The Group A rivals meet at The Oval with the hosts, armed with a victory over Australia, seeking a place in the semi-finals while Sri Lanka know that defeat will send them home.
How England — and in particular scoop-shot specialists Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan — play the formidable Malinga may be pivotal in the outcome. “Let them try to play the scoop shot against Malinga and we’ll see if it’s possible,” Jayawardene said.
“It’s a big chance if you want to go for it. It’s a calculated risk and a few guys have tried it against him. Some have come off and some haven’t. Some have got hurt. “I remember a few tried and got hit on the toe and hit on the wrist, so you’ve got to be very careful.”