Jayawardene - We underperformed
Series whitewash disappoints Sri Lanka captain
Last Updated: 20/11/07 10:03am
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene could not hide his disappointment after his side suffered a 2-0 Test series whitewash in Australia.
"I felt we had a very good team, a good attack but the way we played was not very consistent. We couldn't penetrate that top order, which was very disappointing. And the way we batted was very disappointing as well - particularly in the first innings of both Test matches. That gave us a lot of problems in the whole series. It's a disappointing series."
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Jayawardene's men were bowled out for 410 on the final day of the second Test in Hobart to lose by 96 runs, despite a superb 192 from Kumar Sangakkara.
That represented an improvement on the first Test debacle in Brisbane when the tourists were thrashed by an innings and 40 runs.
"I felt we had a very good team, a good attack but the way we played was not very consistent," said Jayawardene.
"We couldn't penetrate that top order, which was very disappointing.
"And the way we batted was very disappointing as well - particularly in the first innings of both Test matches.
"That gave us a lot of problems in the whole series. It's a disappointing series."
Sangakkara batted for more than seven hours in Sri Lanka's second innings in Hobart before being denied a double-century when wrongly given out caught off his shoulder by umpire Rudi Koertzen.
Jayawardene paid tribute to Sangakkara's innings and revaled that Koertzen had subsequently apologised for his erroneous decision.
"Kumar's innings was fantastic, " added Jayawardene. "One of the best I've seen.
"He batted exceptionally well. The way he handled the situation was brilliant.
"Rudi came and said sorry to him. Kumar being Kumar was fine with it."
Jayawardene was impressed by the ruthless performance of Australia, who have now won 14 Tests in a row - two short of equalling their own record set under Steve Waugh's leadership between 1999-2001.
"When you come across a side like Australia, you want to challenge yourself and see how far you've come where you need to improve," he added.
"There's a lot of talk we need to improve but we have to sit down and talk as a group, show character as a group.
"We have to realise we played against the best team in the world right now and they were in form as well."