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Jayawardene preps for Aussie assault

UPDATED 06 February, 2013 10:14AM AEST | by Omnisport 1

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene insists he is not concerned by the return of Australia's big hitters for the third one-dayer on Friday.

The visiting Sri Lankans levelled the series at 1-1 with victory in the second match in Adelaide, and Jayawardene is confident his side can build on that result despite Australia recalling captain Michael Clarke, opener David Warner and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade for the third match in Brisbane.

"In Melbourne, we were not up to standard. Especially with the ball - we bowled too many four balls," Jayawardene said.

"In Adelaide we had a bit more help from the surface and we bowled good areas and created opportunities.

"If we can keep up that pressure with the spinners and the all-rounders, we have a well-balanced side.

"Even though we are missing players through injury, and are fiddling around a little with our batting line-up, we're pretty comfortable with what we're trying to do."

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First Posted 18 January, 2013 10:28AM AEST

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