: Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday said he expected Australia to attack his men like “wounded soldiers” after its hard-fought loss to South Africa and the retirement of Ricky Ponting.

Ahead of a three-day tour match against a Chairman’s XI in Canberra, Jayawardene said Sri Lanka, which is yet to win a Test in Australia, would not be complacent.

“I see them as wounded soldiers — they could come back stronger against us,” he told reporters, adding that even without Ponting Australia was still a “decent line-up”.

“Australia will come hard at us, especially after the (last South Africa) Test because of what happened to them.

“We need to brace for that and make sure we handle those tough situations,” Jayawardene said.

Sri Lanka begins its tour just days after being beaten by New Zealand in Colombo in the second of a two-Test series which ended 1-1. — AFP

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