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Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan says his side will draw on their "good memories" of playing at Lord’s as they seek to bounce back in the second npower Test.
Dilshan’s first Test as captain ended in a traumatic innings and 14 run defeat in Cardiff as their highly rated batting line-up were bundled out for just 82 on the final evening.
The 34-year-old backed his batsmen to draw on the experience playing at the Home of Cricket though as they seek to avoid a series loss.
Though only five members of the squad, including Dilshan, have played a Test at Lord’s none of them have yet tasted defeat at the Home of Cricket.
Dilshan said: “It is special playing at Lord’s. We have good memories of playing at Lord’s and we’re looking forward to playing here.”
Sri Lanka, needing to bat only 51 overs to seal the draw in Cardiff, fell victim to some superb bowling from the England trio of Chris Tremlett, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad.
James Anderson was unfit for the second innings of the match and will miss the Lord’s Test with a side injury.
He could be replaced by 6’ 8” Steven Finn who, alongside Chris Tremlett (6’ 8”) and Stuart Broad (6’ 5”), would form the tallest fast bowling attack in Test history.
The extra bounce of Tremlett in particular appeared to unsettle the Sri Lankan’s in Cardiff but Dilshan is confident his side can rise to the challenge posed by England’s beanpoles.
“They are great bowlers and also tall bowlers who can get extra bounce. Dilshan said.
"We can adjust quickly to this extra bounce though - in the first innings at Cardiff we played well and the batting unit put a good total on the board.
“I think as a team we adjust really well and we’re looking forward to playing good cricket tomorrow.
“They do have the advantage of height but we’ve got to adjust to face this attack. We can’t do anything as a team we just have to adjust to this height and bounce and we can manage them.
“If we bat like we did in the first innings in Cardiff we can still score 400-500 runs.”
Dilshan also hinted at a couple of changes to his side for the Lord’s clash, though he insists he wants to stick to five bowlers.
Dilhara Fernando, the most experienced fast-bowler at Sri Lanka’s disposal could be ready in time for the 11am start.
Dilshan added: “It might be that Dilhara can play tomorrow – we need to check with the physio after he’s bowled in the nets to see if he’s 100% fit.
He also hinted heavily that Sri Lanka will opt for just one spinner - with Ajantha Mendis the man to miss out in favour of left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.
Herath dismissed Kevin Pietersen at Cardiff and Dilshan is keen to see Herath expose the England number four’s weakness against left-arm spin.
“It might be just one spinner here.” Dilshan said.
“I might be going to play Herath, he’s bowled well the last few Test matches at home and also bowled well here.
“Pietersen’s got out in his last few innings to left-arm spinners. I feel it’s an advantage to left-arm spinners against Pietersen.”