Sri Lanka will be tough to beat in Tests, says Pakistan coach

February 6th, 2009 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 6 (IANS) Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam doesn’t read much into Sri Lanka’s recent mauling at the hands of India in their ongoing one-day series.He believes that Mahela Jayawardene’s men will be tough to beat in a two-match Test series against Pakistan getting underway in Karachi later this month.

Intikhab told IANS that Test cricket is a different ball game, adding that Sri Lanka is a very capable Test side.

“I’ve seen the way Sri Lanka has lost to India in the one-day series,” said Intikhab, a former Pakistan captain. “They have failed to click in all departments of the game,” he added.

India has comprehensively beaten Sri Lanka in all four one-dayers played so far. The spate of humbling losses came for Sri Lanka just days after it thrashed Pakistan by 234 runs in a one-day series finale in Lahore, Jan 24.

“Sri Lanka doesn’t seem to be the same team that beat us,” said Intikhab. “Sri Lanka’s one-day form has certainly dipped but we cannot underestimate them in Tests just on the basis of these results,” he stressed.

Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in the first Test in Karachi from Feb 21 followed by the second and final Test in Lahore. Intikhab said that Sri Lanka will be a stronger team with the return of veteran pacer Chaminda Vaas.

“Vaas has loads of experience and he is going to add to their bowling firepower,” he said.

Vaas, who has 400 ODI and 354 Test scalps, stayed on the sidelines for the one-day matches against Pakistan. However, Sri Lankan selectors have recalled him for the Test tour of Pakistan.

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