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  • 02 Aug
    导出博客文章West Coast midfielder Chris Masten rejects any suggestion the clubs shock finals
    loss to the Western Bulldogs was linked to this years controversial bye after
    the regular season ended.The Eagles stormed home to win nine out of their final
    10 matches including wins against highly ranked Hawthorn, Greater Western Sydney
    and Adelaide, the latter two away.The Bulldogs went into Thursday nights
    elimination final after a loss to lowly Fremantle in Perth and mixed end to the
    year.I dont buy that momentum thing. All a couple of extra days can do is
    freshen a few blokes up, Masten told AAP.We got some blokes to play that we
    wouldnt have (without the bye) - they probably did as well.The 27-year-old, who
    had 10 kicks and 14 handballs in his 161st game, said he was unhappy with how he
    played.He felt the players had trained well leading into the match after finding
    form in the final two months of the home and away season.We were up and down
    this year but I think the way we finished off the year was pretty good ... we
    felt like our best could beat anyone, Masten said.We expect to play really deep
    in finals and push for a grand final but we havent done that.We played below
    what we know were capable of and its going to be a really tough pill to swallow
    over a long summer.He said the Eagles were unable to handle the Bulldogs playing
    a flicking it around, high-paced, high-octane run gun footy that they knew was
    their style.We just didnt rock up ... and the Bulldogs were very good, he
    said.They were cleaner, better in the contest, we were beaten in pretty much
    every area on the ground.You are not going to get close when the game is like
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    Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate. Lanka de
    Silva, coach of the Sri Lanka Womens team, said he will be banking on spinners,
    particularly left-arm spinners Inoka Ranaweera and Sugandika Kumari, to lead the
    sides attack in their upcoming ODI series against Australia Women, which starts
    from September 18. The teams are scheduled to play four ODIs and a T20
    international, and three of the four ODIs will be counted for points in the ICC
    Womens Championship.Australia, who are leading the Championship table with 24
    points, are one point away from gaining automatic qualification into next years
    Womens World Cup. Sri Lanka, however, are placed at the bottom of the eight-team
    table with five points from 15 matches. While the top four teams gain direct
    entry into the World Cup, the bottom four teams will have to play the ICC Womens
    World Cup Qualifier with six other regional qualifiers. The top four teams in
    the Qualifier will then advance to the World Cup.The Australian line-up has
    plenty of right-handers, and Inoka and Sugandika, our most experienced spinners
    in the side, should make it difficult for them, de Silva said before the first
    ODI in Dambulla on Sunday. We also have the off-breaks of Inoshi Priyadharshani
    and we are banking on the three of them to deliver.De Silva stated that unlike
    in the past, the team had prepared for the series well in advance. He said the
    emphasis during selection had been on picking specialists, and, like the bowling
    attack, he picked out the players who would take on the batting
    responsibilities.We picked the squad of 14 players one month ahead and they have
    been practising together as a team, he said. We played six practice matches and
    managed scores between 215 and 220 in most of them. If we can come up with
    similar scores against Australia, we have the bowlers to do the job for us.The
    selections were also made with emphasis on specialists rather than allrounders
    who can do a little bit of both. We have selected seven batters in our squad of
    14 and identified captain Chamari Atapattu, Prasadani Weerakkody, Chamari
    Polgampola and Dilani Manodaara as the batting specialists who are expected to
    put the runs on the board for us.ddddddddddddDe Silva, who is eight months into
    his two-year contract as coach, said that the team had learnt a great deal from
    the mistakes of this years World T20 and had rectified them to some extent. Sri
    Lanka failed to qualify for the semi-final of the World T20 in India earlier
    this year, after a third-place finish in Group A, behind Australia and New
    Zealand.We showed great improvement in our T20 rankings, moving from eighth to
    fifth position. In this series, we expect to move at least one rung up the
    ladder in the rankings, De Silva said.Atapattu, leading Sri Lanka in the absence
    of Shashikala Siriwardene, said the series against Australia was an important
    one in terms of preparations for the 2017 World Cup.We are sad that our captain
    Shashikala (Siriwardene) is out of this series due to a back injury, but we have
    a good team consisting of experience and talent, said Atapattu. We have selected
    very talented players as new caps. Although they lack experience, if they
    perform to their potential, we can still pose a big challenge to Australia.The
    Australian players are physically stronger than us and they can go for big hits
    whenever needed, but we are confident that our spinners will try and keep them
    under the 200-run mark as much as possible.Despite the huge gap in rankings
    between the two sides, Australia captain Meg Lanning was wary of the
    conditions.We know that we will have a tough time here with the conditions, but
    hopefully, we will give a good performance. This is a good test for us to see
    how we can adjust to these conditions, Lanning said.The first and second ODIs of
    the series will be played in Dambulla on September 18 and 20, while the third
    and fourth matches will be held at the Khettarama in Colombo on September 23 and
    25 respectively. The only T20I of the tour will be played at the SSC on
    September 27. ' ' '