Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath warns South Africa to expect more spin in second Test

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Master of the spin: Herath (left)

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath has warned South Africa they will have to deal with more spin in the second Test, which begins on Friday.

The Proteas must win the game in Colombo to tie the two-match Test series after losing the opening Test in Galle inside three days after being bowled out for 126 and 73.

Herath, who took five wickets and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera (10-78) were the bowlers to impress and Herath has warned the South African batsmen to expect a tough time.

“If you see the surface, it’s dry. It will be more of a spin friendly surface,” the 40-year-old veteran spinner said.

“We have Dilruwan (Perera) and if we require we also have Dhananjaya (de Silva). He couldn’t bowl in Galle, but he is certainly ready to bowl during games.”

If Sri Lanka win or draw in Colombo, it would be their first Test series win against South Africa since 2006.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says his team will rely on pacers Kasigo Rabada, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander to frustrate Sri Lanka.

“If it doesn’t rain, then we will have a dangerous weapon in our fast bowlers. Once again we have to make a call as to whether we are playing three seamers or two spinners,” Du Plessis said.

“It is never easy winning away from home. When you are coming to the sub-continent, drawing a series is as good as winning a series,” he said.

“It’s tough and that’s what the best teams do. We need to get to that number one position in Test cricket.”

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Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and English county Middlesex are coming together to launch a cricket academy for young girls and boys, it was announced on Wednesday.

Children aged between nine and 14 will be eligible to join the “Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy” (TMGA).

Cricket camps will be set up at English school Merchant Taylor’s from August 6-9 and will later move to Mumbai, London and other places.

“The academy will provide young girls and boys between the age of 9 and 14 an opportunity to learn from two of the most respected and renowned institutions in world cricket – Sachin Tendulkar and Middlesex Cricket,” read a joint statement.

“The comprehensive training curriculum developed by the professional coaches at Middlesex and the Master himself will help young and budding cricketers with various aspects of cricket, including insights into athletic development, sport psychology, tactical development and technical modifications.

“With talent identification at the core of the academy, TMGA will also provide opportunities for talented underprivileged children with 100 scholarships available.”

Tendulkar, who retired as the batsman with most runs in international cricket also opened up about the idea behind taking this initiative.

“I am delighted to be partnering with Middlesex Cricket on this new venture,” he said.

“The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future, the 45-year-old said.

“Through this association, Middlesex and I are focused on providing the very best in cricket education, as much as possible, for our students.”

Meanwhile, Richard Goatley, chief executive officer of Middlesex, explained that the project is being launched after collaboration and talks with Tendulkar for over a six-month period.

“It has been a great privilege over the past six months to work with Sachin Tendulkar and his team in developing what we believe will be the market leading coaching programme in the world,” he said.

“Our established academy programme, twinned with the unique insight, knowledge and ability of the most successful cricketer of all time will provide kids with a unique experience that they will never forget.”

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