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Another washout

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s one-day captain Maravan Atapattu believes his team’s rain-ruined series win over England will boost the players’ confidence for the three Test matches next month.

Sri Lanka claimed the ODI series 1-0 following total washouts of the second and third games in Colombo on Friday and Sunday. The home team had notched up a crushing 10-wicket victory in the first game in Dambulla.

The prospects of play had looked good on Sunday morning after a largely dry weekend but a torrential tropical storm minutes before the scheduled toss left large swathes of a muddy outfield under water.

“It was obviously disappointing as we were here to play cricket and there is nothing worse for a cricketer than staying in the dressing-room,” Atapattu said.

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