Norwich’s record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel hopes an impressive debut season in the Barclays Premier League can end with a place in Holland’s World Cup squad. He added: “The Dutch squad is something extra, now I need to develop myself here. To score goals will be important for the team, then the national team will come later. “The Portuguese League is not on the TV in Holland, the Premier League is every day, so more people see you, and if you are in the news performing well, then the (Holland) coaches will see you also.” Norwich struggled to find the net over the second half of last season – before eventually scoring four against West Brom in their penultimate match and then three in the win at Manchester City on the final day. Those victories saw them pull clear of the relegation zone and finish a creditable 11th. Van Wolfswinkel feels his added firepower can make sure Chris Hughton’s men, who went through an unbeaten 10-match run from the end of October, can start to look up the table. “I am confident of scoring goals. That is part and parcel of my job, but the most important thing for me is I am a team player,” he said. “If I play well then I expect to score goals and I want to do both. These are my qualities that I want to show. I know they say the Portuguese league is more technical and the English is more physical, so I might have to make a few changes. “It is normal, I had the same when I first left Holland for Portugal. This will be different, but I am not the type of player who needs much time to develop.” The 24-year-old officially completed an £8.5million switch from Sporting Lisbon on Monday and will join up with his new team-mates later this week ahead of a pre-season tour to the west coast of the United States. Van Wolfswinkel earned his second cap for the senior Dutch side in their friendly against Indonesia in June, and feels the switch to England can only help boost his international profile. “It would be great to be there (at the World Cup), for me and also for the club, for Norwich to have their players in the national teams,” Van Wolfswinkel said at his unveiling at Carrow Road. “For me, it is of course a decision to go to Norwich for the future, to be there for the World Cup, but my main focus is Norwich.” Press Association
(REUTERS) – Sri Lanka got off to a strong start in their chase for a 268-run victory target after skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne frustrated New Zealand with a 133-run opening stand on the penultimate day of the opening Test yesterday.After New Zealand made 285 all out, to leave the hosts with a tricky fourth-innings target, Karunaratne and Thirimanne batted sensibly through the last two sessions, to swing momentum their way.Karunaratne hit only two boundaries in his patient 71, while Thirimanne stroked four of them in his sedate 57 before bad light stopped play with the hosts needing 135 to go 1-0 up in the two-Test series.The home captain needed luck to reach the 50-mark, which he did when BJ Watling, who had an outstanding match with the bat, could not hold on to a catch after Karunaratne had edged spinner William Somerville.Earlier, Watling and Somerville batted resolutely to frustrate Sri Lanka after New Zealand resumed on 195-7 at the Galle International Stadium.Watling, who had completed his fifty on Friday, fell for 77 which is the highest Test score by a New Zealand wicketkeeper in Sri Lanka.Trent Boult chipped in with 26 useful runs while Somerville remained not out on 40 after facing 118 balls.For the hosts, spinners Lasith Embuldeniya (4-99) and Dhananjaya de Silva (3-25) shared seven wickets between them.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 249SRI LANKA 1st innings 267NEW ZEALAND 2nd inningsJeet Raval c Dimuth Karunaratne b Dhananjaya de Silva 4Tom Latham c Lahiru Thirimanne b Akila Dananjaya 45Kane Williamson c Kusal Perera b Lasith Embuldeniya 4Ross Taylor c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 3Henry Nicholls c Kusal Mendis b Dhananjaya de Silva 26BJ Watling c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara 77Mitchell Santner c Suranga Lakmal b Lasith Embuldeniya 12Tim Southee stp. Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 23William Somerville not out 40Trent Boult c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lahiru Kumara 26Ajaz Patel lbw Dhananjaya de Silva 14Extras: (b-4, lb-5, nb-2) 11Total: (all out, 106.0 overs) 285Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-20, 3-25, 4-81, 5-98, 6-124, 7-178, 8-224, 9-260.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 15-2-37-0 (nb-2), Akila Dananjaya 32-4-84-1, Dhananjaya de Silva 12-3-25-3, Lasith Embuldeniya 37-4-99-4, Lahiru Kumara 10-0-31-2.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsDimuth Karunaratne not out 71Lahiru Thirimanne not out 57Extras: (b-4, lb-1) 5Total: (no wkt, 50.0 overs) 133Bowling: Trent Boult 6-1-21-0, Tim Southee 5- 1- 8-0, William Somerville 20-5-36-0, Ajaz Patel 10-0-0-0.