Blackcaps vs Sri Lanka: Player braced for Eden Park slugfest

These are tough times for Auckland's Eden Park.

It's in dire financial trouble, and as a cricket ground, it's unloved.

Hosting just three internationals this ummer, both the Black Caps and Sri Lankan captains aren't looking forward to the prospect of bowling there in their T20 clash tomorrow night.

New Zealand hasn't won a T20 game at Eden Park in three years, a ground where stand-in captain Tim Southee has also struggled with the ball.

"I've felt like I've bowled really well and not taken the wickets," said Southee.

It's also a challenge facing the Sri Lankans. Veteran skipper Lasith Malinga has never played a Twenty20 game there before.

"Small ground small for bowlers," said Malinga."We can't beat the batsmen at this stage".

But there is a bright side for the Blackcaps bowlers with the World Cup in England and Wales later this year.

"If you can do well here, going to a bigger ground will fill you with confidence," Southee laughed.


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