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Chairman of selectors' startling Sri Lankan confession

Sporting News Sporting News 31/07/2016

Captain Steve Smith © Provided by Sportal com au Captain Steve Smith To the casual fan, it seems as though there is plenty of room for improvement for the Australian cricket team after their shock first Test loss to Sri Lanka in Kandy last week. 

However, according to the national chairman of selectors Rod Marsh, the men at the round table are stumped for answers. 

Marsh has insisted that there is nothing more the selectors, nor Cricket Australia can do in terms of preparation to conquer the sub-continent troubles the side continues to face. 

Australia’s record in the sub-continent of late is poor to say the least, having claimed just one victory in their past 15 Tests in the region, however Marsh said there was little more that could be done from an administrative perspective. 

“I don’t think we can pick a better team,” Marsh said via Fairfax Media

“We’ve got all the people who deserve to be here on numbers. People talk about the way we play spin bowling. Well, there’s no doubt about the fact we don’t play it as well as the way we play pace bowling in Australia.

“Everyone’s had the preparation for this tour, we couldn’t have done any more, and we had an opportunity after bowling them out for 117. We only make 200 — unbelievable.”

The Australians now travel to Galle to face Sri Lanka on a deck that is notorious for its spin-friendly nature, a real test for a side who have struggled against that sort of bowling so far in this series. 

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