Sri Lanka dares England to play the scoop against Malinga

Jun 13, 2013, 01:01 IST | PA Sport

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.

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene

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.” 

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