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Marvan Atapattu eyes World Cup success with Sri Lanka

​Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu is targeting a second World Cup success after being handed the reins on a permanent basis.

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The former captain was named as the first Sri Lankan coach of the national side since 1999 on Wednesday after impressing during a temporary spell in charge following Paul Farbrace's departure for England.

Now Atapattu, who was part of the World Cup-winning side in 1996, believes they can go all the way again at next year's competition in Australia and New Zealand.

Since assuming control the 43-year-old has overseen victories against England in all formats, suffered narrow defeats to South Africa but rebounded to beat Pakistan in Test and 50-over series.

Sri Lanka have a one-day international series showdowns against England and New Zealand prior to the World Cup and Atapattu hopes to see them maintain their form.

"It is the World Cup that is our focus," said the coach. "Our morale is high.

"We have had a good run in the past six months and obviously the challenge for me is to sustain the success and build on it.

"I have a team of players who are willing to listen and learn. Even the world's number one batsman [Kumar Sangakkara] always wants to learn something new to add to his game.

"The main challenge obviously is to maintain our recent success."

Sri Lanka also face two Test matches against New Zealand, beginning in December, before their opening match of the World Cup against the same opposition in February.

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