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Sports


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 cricket team.
“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,” he said.
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.