|My focus and concentration is
on Sri Lanka – Moody
By Sa’adi Thawfeeq
Coach Tom Moody said his main focus and concentration lay with
Sri Lanka cricket and that he had not given much thought to the
news that has been floating around tagging his name as one of
the candidates to become the next coach of the Australian
“I haven’t been paying too much notice to it. It’s one of those
things where there is always going to be speculation when
vacancies in particular positions become available,” said Moody.
“My name along with a number of other names has been thrown up.
As far as I am concerned my main focus and concentration lies
here with Sri Lanka. The Champions trophy is the most important
thing on my mind. I have had very little distraction with
regards to that. Apart from answering a few questions from the
media, I have had no contact or anything,” he said.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene confirmed Moody’s views
when he said: “As far as we know Tom has told us that he is not
going anywhere. It has not become a point of discussion and it
has hardly affected the team’s preparations.”
Moody expressed confidence that Sri Lanka would be playing
towards the end of the ICC Champions trophy tournament.
“At the beginning of any competition I go into, I feel
confident. What gives me the confidence is our thorough
preparation, the improvement of the individuals in the team and
improvement of the side in general. The team carries a lot more
confidence away from home than they have done in the past. Their
confidence and self belief is quite evident away from home now,”
Moody also stated that Sri Lanka were a completely different
team to the one that lost in India 6-1 last year.
“The team is different in mental, technical and physical state
than what they were 12 months ago. It’s not a huge issue if it
is India or any other team we have to beat. We need to worry
about our game and execute it as best as possible. The results
will take care of themselves,” Moody said.