Lions looking for upset

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By Phil Jackson   Last updated: 7th November 2007   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Lions looking for upset

Jayawardene: Positive

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Mahela Jayawardene is confident Sri Lanka can improve on their poor record in Australia, starting with the first Test on Thursday.

The Lions have beaten Pakistan, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand away from home in the past three years.

But they have lost six out of eight Test matches in Australia, while the world's number one team has lost just two Tests at home in the last seven years.

As the first Test in Brisbane on Thursday approaches ever nearer, Jayawardene remains upbeat though.

Maturity

"As a group we have improved quite a bit in the last two years, especially away from home," he said.

"I think we've got the right blend for the first time to play in Australia.

"Last time we came we had a very good batting line-up but our bowling was too young and didn't have the experience that was required. This time we've got a balanced all-round team.

"If we can really compete with Australia I think we have a very good chance of doing really well here."

The fact that off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan requires just nine wickets to beat Shane Warne's record of 708 Test wickets will add extra spice to the occasion, with coverage starting from midnight on Wednesday.

Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson is set to make his Test debut meanwhile, as the world champions look to plug the gap left by Glenn McGrath.

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