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Mahela Jayawardene believes Sri Lanka can offer a strong challenge to England this summer if they can hit the ground running. Rasul Douglas Jersey . Jayawardene - who will be joining Sky Sports BAFTA-winning cricket team to cover the three Tests in England - has retired from international cricket since Sri Lankas 1-0 Test series victory in England in 2014.Another former skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, has also stepped down since, but Jayawardene remains confident Sri Lanka can spring a few surprises on Alastair Cooks side, despite an inexperienced team struggling against Essex in their opening warm-up match of the tour. They are getting acclimatised but at the same time they have a very young team, especially the batting group, so they need a bit of time out there in the middle, Jayawardene told Sky Sports News HQ.I wish they could have batted for a couple of days to get a bit of confidence but a couple of the youngsters - Kusal Mendis and Suranga Lakmal - did perform, which is encouraging for them.The bowling unit is pretty much the same as the one two years ago that beat England, so they have the experience in that department. Sri Lanka head coach Graham Ford believes his sides performance in England is just as important as winning the matches Sri Lanka have always competed really well when they have toured England. It is something unique for a Sri Lanka team to tour England and we have always challenged here.My heart says they will do the same thing [as 2014] but England are a far superior team, not just in experience but in how they have played for the last few years.It is going to be a daunting task for the Sri Lankan boys but if they get into a good rhythm and start the series well, we should see some exciting cricket.Jayawardene feels captain Angelo Mathews must set the tone for his inexperienced side and picked out a few key players for English fans to keep an eye out for. Angelo Mathews will captain Sri Lanka this summer Mathews had a great time last time when we were here and he is going to be the main pillar in the set-up, added Jayawardene, who was employed by England as a bating consultant during their tour of India.There are some youngsters who should perform well, like Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne, in the batting group.The young fast bowling attack is led by Dhammika Prassad, who is an experienced campaigner, so it gives them that experience.But Dushmantha Chameera has done really well in the last 12 months in one-day cricket and in Test cricket.He is an exciting prospect for us who bowls 145-150 kph, so he could be the surprise package this summer if he gets his line and length right.Although he will not be representing his country this summer, Jayawardene is looking forward to playing for Somerset as well as becoming part of the Sky Sports Cricket team. The first of three Test matches between England and Sri Lanka begins at Headingley in just under two weeks It should be a very good summer. It will give me a chance to watch some great cricket and at the same time be with the Sky Sports team, he said.Playing for Somerset, it is a different county for me. So I am looking forward to that opportunity. We have got Chris Gayle as well as the other overseas player, so it is exciting times.Watch England v Sri Lanka on Sky Sports this summer. Coverage of the first Test from Headingley begins at 10am on May 19 on Sky Sports 2 HD. Also See: Englands options: Openers Sky Ashes coverage wins BAFTA Essex v Sri Lanka latest England v Sri Lanka on Sky Mack Hollins Womens Jersey . Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. Sidney Jones Jersey . 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It was a disgusting performance by all of us, me included. I mean, it was unprofessional, embarrassing, humiliating. Whatever you want to say, it was terrible.It looks to me like a lack of effort and a lack of heart. And if you dont play hard, youre not going to have any confidence. We looked like we were hoping the game would be easy tonight, and it wasnt. And we just caved.After scoring just 69 points in a 26-point loss to Milwaukee on Friday, the Bulls busted out for 69 points in the first two quarters, their best for any half this season.Chicago, which entered tied for sixth-worst in the NBA with a .436 field-goal percentage, made 17 of 21 shots (81 percent) in taking a 35-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.The Bulls had 15 assists on their 17 field goals, with Rondo (seven) and Butler (six) leading the way.That ball was moving so rapidly and everybody was getting rhythm shots, Butler said. When you see your first few go in, its a long night for whoevers guarding you.The Bulls still were shooting a blistering 72.7 percent at halftime -- they led 69-34 -- and even managed to knock down 4 of 6 3-pointers, which had been a problem during theirr recent struggles. Donnel Pumphrey Jersey. The lead was 97-63 entering the fourth quarter, and the Pistons offered little resistance from there. None of the Chicago starters played in the fourth.Give the guys a lot of credit for stepping up, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. Last week was an embarrassing week for everybody.TIP-INSPistons: They held a players-only meeting following Saturdays 15-point home loss to Indiana, but Van Gundy didnt place much significance on it. Team meeting my (butt), he said. Like I said before, that stuff means nothing. Its what you do on the court. Talkings easy.Bulls: They shot a season-best 59.8 percent from the field and tied a season high with 34 assists. Their 15 first-quarter assists are tied (with Golden State) for the most assists in a quarter this season. . Their previous high for a half was 65 points in the first half of a game Oct. 31 at Brooklyn.MIROTIC RETURNSAfter not playing the previous two games (both coachs decisions), Mirotic entered the game with 3:39 left in the first quarter. He hit his first three shots, including a 3-pointer, and finished with 10 points in 12 first-half minutes.The big thing was the way he performed at practice, Hoiberg said. He has been coming in to get to work. He was the first guy in the gym four or five straight days. I wanted to get him back in there and he hit a couple of shots.FILM STUDYA large portion of Chicagos three-hour practice on Sunday was watching lowlights of the 95-69 loss to Milwaukee on Friday.Everybody came in with an open mind, took the criticism that they deserved and learned from it and got better, Butler said.UP NEXTPistons: Host Memphis on Wednesday night.Bulls: Conclude a three-game homestand against Washington on Wednesday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' 
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