Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Bayliss Predicts Tough Tour

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Bayliss Predicts Tough Tour

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EX-Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss expects his former charges to provide stiff opposition to Australia during its tour.

Australia begins its two Twenty20, five one-day international and three-Test stint in Sri Lanka with a Twenty20 in Kandy on Saturday night and Bayliss feels the tourists will have to do well to enjoy success.

aSri Lanka in Sri Lanka, they've got a very, very good record,a Bayliss told Cricinfo yesterday. aYes, they've got some younger players coming into the team, but those are very good players and, if you add home-ground advantage, it is going to be a tough tour.a

Bayliss's time with Sri Lanka ended after this year's World Cup final, giving him a unique insight into the nation's current crop of cricketers.

While he acknowledged a batting line-up boasting talents such as Kumar Sangakkara, captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (pictured) and Mahela Jayawardene was the obvious strength of the team, its bowling was not to be passed off as lacking penetration. …

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