Mendis confident of series win

Sportal January 9, 2013, 12:43 pm
Jeevan Mendis

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Jeevan Mendis feels Sri Lanka's success in Australia during the 2010/11 season means they can win the upcoming one-day international series.

Having been destroyed 3-0 in the three-match Test series, Sri Lanka head into Friday's opening ODI in Melbourne hoping to prove they are not complete walkovers.

But Mendis believes his team can do even more than just be competitive, with the 29-year-old leg spinner claiming Sri Lanka have enough quality in the 50-over format to win the five-match series.

"We are a good all-round team," Mendis said on Wednesday.

"So we'll try and forget about the Tests and try and do well in the one-day and Twenty20 (matches)."

Sri Lanka broke a 27-year drought when they claimed their maiden ODI series win in Australia in 2010, defeating the hosts 2-1.

The tourists started that series with a one-wicket victory at the MCG with Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga scoring 132 for the ninth wicket.

"It was a good series, playing here and beating Australia ... and I remember Malinga and Angelo got about 100 runs (together)," Mendis said.

"So it was good to beat Australia in Australia.

"(It gives us confidence) to go through all this again."

Sri Lanka won their most recent ODI series 3-0 against New Zealand and are ranked just below fourth-placed Australia in the 50-over game.

Sri Lanka were also in Australia for last year's ODI tri-series and qualified ahead of India for the finals, which they lost 2-1 to the hosts.

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