Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya targetted by Australia

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 14, 2007 (AFP) – Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has said his team will aim for the early dismissal of in-form Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya in their next World Cup match.

“There is no doubt he (Jayasuriya) is a great player and we’d like to get on top of him early and knock him over. We are just concentrating on this,” said McGrath, whose side take on Sri Lanka in Grenada on Monday.

“From what we’ve seen, the pitch in Grenada is slower and takes some turn. It will be a big test for us, and probably suit Sri Lanka.”

Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals after whipping debutants Ireland by nine wickets in a Super Eights match here on Friday. They now lead the table with 10 points from five matches.

McGrath played a big role in Australia’s victory, grabbing three early wickets on a lively track to help his side dismiss the Cup debutants for 91. He was named man of the match.

“It (the pitch) had a lot more bounce than the others we’ve played on. To me, this is what West Indies cricket is about. I grew up watching four fast bowlers on fast, bouncy wickets,” said McGrath.

“There was good carry, although a few kept a bit low