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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 March, 2003, 08:12 GMT
Whatmore to discuss future
Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore
Whatmore's side struggled with their batting
Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore will hold talks over his future following his side's World Cup semi-final defeat by Australia.

Whatmore is in his second spell in charge after leading Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996.

But his contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) runs out in two months.

"I am contracted until the end of May and any decision regarding my personal future will be made with the cricket board after the tournament," he said.

"There are still some challenges there but it is a case of communications and dialogue after this tournament."

Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya said Whatmore had been a positive influence on the side.

If there was one area we could have done better it was our batting in the middle
Sri Lanka coach Dav Whatmore

"Dav has been doing a good job and he has been very good for the boys," said Jayasuriya.

"He has been there for a long time and when he has been there we have achieved a lot of things."

Sri Lanka finished the tournament with three defeats in four games, and Whatmore blamed poor batting for their demise.

Middle-order batsmen Russell Arnold, Hashan Tillakaratne, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene scored one 50 between them in 28 innings.

Jayawardene was the chief disappointment, managing only 19 runs in seven attempts.

"We had some good positives over the last 10 games but if there was one area we could have done better it was our batting in the middle," said Whatmore.

"They just didn't give us enough runs from time to time and that was the case again against Australia.

"It was a little bit naughty they just didn't give us consistent assistance when we needed it."

Sri Lanka's bowlers, however, emerged with more credit as Chaminda Vaas set a new World Cup record with 23 wickets and Muttiah Muralitharan took 17 wickets.

"I thought our bowlers did well throughout the tournament and I was pleased with that," said Whatmore.

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