Moody tells Aussies to back off

Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody has called on the Australians to mind their own business after questioning his side’s decision to rest key players for their Super 8 match against Australia.

To the surprise of many, Muttiah Muralidaran and Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka’s two best bowlers were rested during the their Super Eight clash against tournament favourites, Australia. The move was criticised by certain sections of the media as well as Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

“The return shot is why does Sri Lanka have to be told who to play against Australia?” Moody hit back.

“What is it to do with Australia who we play in a game which is essentially a dead rubber?

“The cricket world did not stick their nose into the fact that half the Australian team didn’t tour New Zealand for the Chappell-Hadlee series. That was Australia’s choice. It is the way you prepare your players for a long World Cup.

“Not all the Australians played the CB series. McGrath and Gilly had time off. What’s different?”

The war of words is sure to fire up the two sides as they take to the field for the World Cup final, a match Moody is confident his side can win.

“I think we can win. What Australia has done has no relevance to Saturday. If Sri Lanka bring their A game it is good enough to beat Australia,” he said.

“The Sri Lankans have a huge amount of respect for Australia but are not in awe of the contest. They actually welcome that. During my time with the team it has never seemed they were in fear or starstruck about Australia.”

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