Posted: Tuesday 10th June 2014 at 17:12 pm

Chris Adams says Sri Lanka confidence is high ahead of England Tests


The two-match series gets under way on Thursday at Lord’s, with the second Test beginning at Headingley on June 20.

After their 3-2 success in the one-day international matches, Adams believes the tourists approach the Tests in high spirits.

“They”re in very good shape, confidence is high off the back of some very good wins in the winter,” he told Sky Sports News.

“England is always a very tough place for Sri Lanka to come and win but win they’ve done, albeit in a very tight series.”

Speaking on his own role, Adams revealed that his job was to aid new head coach Marvan Atapattu in preparing the players for a tour on English soil.

“I have a widespread role, to support the coaching staff and the head coach in their decision-making and making sure preparation is as good as it can be,” he said.

“My role is to give as much information as I can and support Marvan, who’s had a great first tour as head coach

“And I’m also an extra pair of hands on deck. It’s been a great experience for me – I was fortunate enough to play 10 games for England but to get the chance to coach at international level is a great privilege and I’ve loved every minute of it.

“Working with the likes of (Kumar) Sangakkara and (Mahela) Jayawardene is a great opportunity to spend some quality time in the nets with quality players so I’ll go away from the experience having learned an awful lot.”

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