Slinging fast man won't surprise Sri Lanka - Moody
April 16, 2007
Slingshots: Lasith Malinga and Shaun Tait © Getty Images
Sri Lanka's experience of facing Lasith Malinga should help their batsmen deal with Shaun Tait's slinging action, according to the coach Tom Moody. While Malinga is expected to miss the Super Eights game in Grenada on Monday, Tait will be one of Ricky Ponting's main weapons after breaking on to the international scene with 14 wickets at the tournament.
However, Moody is not overly concerned about Tait's high speed and late swing. "They might find adjusting to Tait's line and trajectory a little bit easier given they are used to facing Malinga in the nets," Moody said in the Courier-Mail.
"Instead of looking where you traditionally look for the ball - over the top - they may be able to adjust slightly quicker than other teams. Tait has added a little bit of spark to the Australian side, but if there's one nation used to unusual actions, it is Sri Lanka." Malinga, who has not bowled to Australia in an ODI, is expected to continue his recovery from an ankle injury.