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Jayawardena aiming for World Cup success

Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardena is hoping Sri Lanka will build on last years experience in the Twenty20 World Cup in England by becoming a force in the shortest format of the game.

Sri Lanka are one of the favourites to win years Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean after losing out to Pakistan in last years final at Lords.

The middle order batsman believes Twenty20 cricket suits Sri Lanka’s players allowing them to express themselves more freely than in other formats of the game.

"I've always felt that Twenty20 cricket is pretty open. I don't think there're any favourites and I think all the teams competing in the tournament have a pretty good chance. With regards to Sri Lanka, it is a format we enjoy playing as we, as a side, get a chance to express ourselves more freely," said Jayawardena.

"We did have great success in England but I don't think we should get ahead of ourselves. This tournament is going to be another tough challenge and we need to start anew, take each game as it comes but try to go one better and win the tournament."

"I think we've got a really good, young and talented group of players. I think if we can get everyone together and perform, our chances are pretty good," he added.

"Although it is purely down to what happens on the day, most of the surfaces are made for the batsmen and are pretty flat as people like to see sixes and boundaries being hit and big scores being posted."

"Having said that, the bowlers have also come up with plenty of variation these days as they know they need to be different. It's a great tussle between bat and ball but I think the batsmen still have a bigger role and advantage in the game."

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