Hostile crowd doesn't worry Jayawardene

December 25, 2012, 5:08 pmSportal

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is unfazed by what he expects to be a hostile crowd in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG...

Mahela Jayawardene

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is unfazed by what he expects to be a hostile crowd in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG.

Jayawardene is expecting to cop heat from the Melbourne crowd in the wake of the ball tampering allegations levelled at Victorian Peter Siddle during the first Test in Hobart.

Sri Lanka made an unofficial complaint to ICC match referee Chris Broad, but nothing further came of it.

Jayawardene said the prospect of facing a hostile crowd of Boxing Day will be nothing new to his side with the infamous Muttiah Muralitharan 'chucking' saga in 1995.

On that day 17 years ago Australian umpire Darrell Hair no-balled Muralitharan seven times during the match and the all-time leading wicket-taker was subject to constant on subsequent visits Down Under.

Jayawardene is expecting similar hostility this week as the crowd rallies around their hero Siddle, but the Sri Lankan skipper doesn't believe it will affect his side.

"We have been through a lot of hostile things in the past. 1995 was one and even after that,'' Jayawardene said on Tuesday.

"I don't think that fazes our team. It might give us something extra.

"You have to remember there will be a good partisan Sri Lankan crowd as well so that will be good. It might go against him (Siddle).

"We can't control what happens out there. All we can control is what happens in the middle.

"A lot of the younger guys probably won't even understand what the crowd's going to tell them.''

Sri Lanka have never won a Test match on Australian soil and Jayawardene is desperate to break that sequence before handing over the captaincy at the end of the series.

"I've been a part of a lot of good teams and good performances so if we do that, it won't be for me personally but for the entire team and for the entire country," he said.

"It would be something good and it would be for the next generation to look at," he said.

The tourists will make a late call on fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who copped a knock to the rib in the 137-run loss in Hobart last week.

"We want to give him another chance to bowl today and see whether he's 100 percent and we'll make a call on that probably tomorrow morning," said Jayawardene.

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