Skipper Mahela Jayawardene demands more fight from Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has told his team to show more fight in the third Test against Australia.
Last Updated: 28/12/12 8:14am
The tourists were hammered by an innings and 201 runs in just two-and-a-half days to go 2-0 down in the three-Test series.
To make matters worse, Kumar Sangakkara broke his finger and is out of the tour alongside paceman Chanaka Welegedera (hamstring), while keeper Prasanna Jayawardene is also unlikely to recover from a fractured thumb in time for the January 3-7 Test at the SCG.
Sangakkara had to retire hurt on 27 in Sri Lanka's second innings and neither Welegedera or Prasanna were able to bat as they were skittled out for just 103.
"Today I thought we needed to buckle down and bat well," said skipper Jayawardene.
"We lost two wickets in no time in the first over which gave them a lot of momentum and then we just kept losing wickets.
"You can't pinpoint one thing and say that's where we went wrong. There were loose shots and a loss of concentration.
"At the same time, the Australians played some really good cricket as well. You can't take that away from them.
"We need to step up to the plate, we need to show character and really dig deep. We played a really bad game of cricket.
"The Boxing Day Test match is always a big occasion but I don't think that alone is an excuse. We went out and didn't play good cricket. We need to put our hand up and accept that."