Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said on Wednesday his inexperienced team is likely to face a daunting mental challenge in England but the players are well prepared for it.Sri Lanka left for England to play three Test matches, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international. The team will also play two one-day games against Ireland.Ford said the team had trained in Colombo on pitches similar to those they are likely to face in England and he is happy with the way players have adapted.”Of course, it is going to be a huge mental challenge for them. It is going to be about grinding out big hundreds,” Ford said. “A lot of that comes from having done it, having the experience. So the batting group, it’s going to be a challenge.”Ford said he was confident that his batsmen would be up to the challenge, adding that the bowling unit has also grown into a “very useful attack” in recent months.Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that he and the team backed the selection committee’s decision to keep batsman Lahiru Thirimanne despite a string of failures, trusting in his potential and technique.”A slight mental shift in his approach can do wonders,” Mathews said. “We are all backing. As the selection committee, as the captain of the team and the whole team is backing him to go out there and fire.”Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement that Thirimanne will leave for Britain on Thursday because his late inclusion in the squad has resulted in a delay to obtain a visa to Ireland.advertisementAfter two three-day practice games against county sides, Sri Lanka meet England in the first Test at Headingly on May 19.Sri Lanka Test squadAngelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.
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