Sri Lanka extend training session to focus on spin

Sri Lanka dare to dream of upsetting India in Tests

All-rounder Mathews, who is returning from a calf injury that made him miss the Pakistan Tests, will be employed exclusively as a batsman.

Sri Lanka seems to be India's pre-Christmas snack, for the nine-nil multi-format annihilation that the Lankans endured at home would have melted even Scrooge's heart. He compiled 358 runs in three Tests against the same opponents a few months back, and will be making a strong case despite the return of the ever-reliable Vijay. For us, there's no room for saying that I don't want to play this game, or you can not say I don't feel like batting while standing on the crease. "We are not taking Sri Lanka lightly even as we had a good series there", said Rahane.

Sri Lanka's record in this calendar year in worldwide cricket certainly substantiates that they have to be competitive if they want to remain as an global Test team.

"We are more than capable of playing in this kind of conditions".

Cape Town - Sri Lanka's bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake says all-rounder Angelo Mathews will not bowl in the upcoming Test series in India and will only play as a specialist batsman.

The immediate assignment may be against Sri Lanka but Kohli has already set his sights on the "difficult" tour of South Africa, where he is looking forward to embracing the "uncomfortable". We will think of South Africa when we go there.

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"We have to maintain a balance of how to engage fans and keep players fresh at the same time and keep cricket exciting and keep it competitive through out the year".

"If you can embrace playing in hard conditions that will be the difference".

Sri Lanka do not have happy memories from their last encounter against the Indians. We don't want to take them lightly.

39-years young Rangana Herath, enjoying a jolly pre-retirement carnival, could be playing his last series in India, and would want to rectify his previous efforts in the country, having picked up just 11 wickets from three games thus far.

"We want to play every match with the same intensity", Kohli said.

"Everyone knows how to adapt and adjust to all the formats". Maybe, the seamers will come into play in this game. So, practising sweep, reverse sweep and paddle sweep just as options. "I like this ground a lot", he said. "I have four 50s in a row", he said, referring to his knocks against Australia in the ODI series in September and October. The Delhi left-hander responded by grabbing the opportunity with both hands, smashing two centuries to claim the man-of-the-series award as India completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series.