JOHANNESBURG: Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur is wanting ahead to slugging it out together with his South African counterpart Mark Boucher when the groups begin a two-Take a look at collection in Pretoria on Boxing Day, hailing the previous wicket keeper for his aggressive fashion on the pitch.
Boucher was certainly one of Arthur’s most trusted senior gamers when the latter coached the Proteas between 2005 and 2010 with wonderful success within the Take a look at area.
“Mark Boucher and I am going again a helluva good distance and I’m actually wanting ahead to locking horns with him,” Arthur informed reporters on Monday.
“He was an aggressive participant and I’m positive he shall be an aggressive coach too. It is going to be as much as us to match that depth.
“There’s a fantastic familiarity for me now strolling into the grounds. Africa by no means leaves you. That information of the circumstances will hopefully be of nice profit to us.”
Arthur was answerable for Pakistan after they misplaced a Take a look at collection 3-0 in South Africa final yr.
Sri Lanka transfer straight from their bio-bubble on the Highveld to Galle for a Take a look at collection with England that will get underway on Jan. 14, simply seven days after the tip of the second Take a look at in Johannesburg.
They due to this fact have a 21-man squad in South Africa and Arthur believes he’s lined for all circumstances.
“We now have an excellent seam bowling and spin assault, and I am snug that our high six batters can put together for any circumstances,” he stated.
“We wish to create some consistency round alternatives and roles. England is a house collection, the place our technique and game-plan shall be quite a bit totally different to South Africa.
“However when you play nicely and get some wins alongside the road, no matter circumstances, you’re taking confidence and perception, which may be very highly effective inside a taking part in group.”