Two days after the World XI teams to take on
World Champions Australia were announced, Sri Lanka’s Muttiah
Muralitharan was confident that the World XI side can put an end
to Australia’s dominance in the Super Series scheduled to take
place in October, down under.
Muralitharan, the world’s second highest wicket
taker, has been named in both World XI Test and ODI squads while
team mate Kumar Sangakkara has been included in the ODI side.
"If you just take a look at the World XI side,
there are some awesome players. The most important thing now
will be to gel well and make sure we end up on the winning side.
I am absolutely thrilled that I am part of the squads and I am
looking forward to some tough competition, which indeed is good
for the game," the 33-year-old off-spinner who boycotted touring
Australia in 2004 told ‘The Island’.
"England have exposed some of the weak areas of
the world champions and it’s up to others to note those and make
the most out of it and this is a wonderful opportunity for the
World XI to beat Australia in their own soil," Sangakkara (27),
the wicketkeeper for the ODIs said.
"They’ve been successful because of their self
belief. Their team spirit counts a lot too. If someone fails
they believe that one of the other guys can take them through.
When you play against the Aussies you got to make sure you do
well each session and win those sessions," Sangakkara who has
already featured in Asian XI sides said speaking on what it
takes to beat the world champions.
"I think it’s a wonderful concept. The World’s
best players competing against the World’s best team. Every team
wants to be the best side in the world and it’s an encouragement
for them to end up as the team that the rest of the world will
play. We (Sri Lanka), are placed number two in one-dayers in
world rankings at the moment and it’s up to us to do well and
make sure the World XI will play us sometime soon," Muralitharan
Sri Lanka suffered a 3-0 whitewash against
Australia in the Test series last year despite getting
substantial first innings leads in all games and both players
will be keen to savour some success after some disappointing
No team has beaten Australia in both Test and
ODI series since the West Indies captained by Richie Richardson
did so in 1992/93.
The ODIs are scheduled for October 5, 7 and 9 at
Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, while the six-day Super Test
will take place in Sydney from October 14-19.
South African captain Graeme Smith will lead the
World XI in the Super Test while his predecessor Shaun Pollock
will captain them in the ODIs.