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Sri Lanka interim head coach Stuart Law feels England are "the best team in the world in Test cricket" but insists his side are "not here to lose"

Sri Lanka interim head coach Stuart Law has admitted his side will be up against it in England this summer when they play against what he has described as the best Test side in the world.

The tourists’ preparation has been disrupted by many of the squad’s participation in the Indian Premier League and Law knows it is not the ideal way to prepare for the three-match series.

The Australian told the ECB Cricket Podcast: “We’ve still got players to come in from the IPL. It’s not ideal from a team point of view but the players we’re talking about, the main players like (Kumar) Sangakkara and (Mahela) Jayawardene, have played here a million times, so they know what to expect.

“It is a shame that the others like (Suraj) Randiv and Dilhara (Fernando) haven’t been playing a lot of cricket in the IPL. It would have been nice to see them here and get two bites of the cherry but that is professional cricket these days.

“We would love to have everyone together two weeks before a crucial opening Test match but unfortunately circumstances don’t allow that these days.

“We know we are up against it against England here but we are not here to lose. We are here to play good positive cricket against probably at the moment the best team in the world in Test cricket; they have had a fantastic 18 months.

“But we can match them if we apply ourselves and play good consistent cricket. If we keep things simple we can be a devastating team and that’s what we are planning on doing. We’re not here to lose, we’re not here to do things the English way. We’re here to play cricket the way Sri Lanka play cricket and if we do that we’ll be successful.”

Sri Lanka will also be under new leadership on the field with Tillakaratne Dilshan taking over the captaincy from Sangakkara after the World Cup.

The opener doesn’t have a wealth of experience as captain but he believes that having his predecessor - and another ex-captain in Jayawardene - in the team will be a great help.

“It will be easy for me to have two former captains behind me, if I need any help from them I can get good help,” he said.

“I’m really happy two captains are behind me and I’m really going to enjoy my captaincy. I’m really happy to take this challenge and do a good job for Sri Lankan cricket.”

However, Dilshan has promised that the extra responsibility of captaincy will not affect his aggressive batting style.

“I’m going to just bat my normal way, I do not want to change. I have been really successful batting like this and I am going to continue in the same way,” he added.