Gunaratne does show that he has the temperament to play a long innings. He doesnt look like someone who will get out by LBW or edges. He will play very well alongside Mathews in the middle order.
Our main problem in test matches is our top order. I just cannot see Karunaratne and Silva being in the team anymore. Mendis should continue to bat at 3. I reckon he will perform well back in sri lankan conditions and arguably weaker bowling from Bangladesh compared to what the aussies had when they toured SL. Same goes for Dhananjaya de Silva who will most likely after Gunaratne. I have no idea what kind of players SLC are thinking of putting as our openers, but i hope they do make a change because it is definitely our biggest weakness.
Kusal mendis should be dropped next match, bring Gunaratne back to 3 and bring Shanaka to play aswell.
Folks Bangladesh are not what they were and we are not what we were and this is a big tour for both teams. Even on the point table, Bangladesh is not too many points behind us so we need to put in a proper performance.
As for who should play all three formats - well surely its Asela but does he fit in to the test team. He does have a hundred against Zim recently. Mendis is another as is Anji.
I like most voted for option 1 but remember Dave Warner and what he is today. He played t20 only at the start and worked that to become what he is today. So it can work but it depends on player. The key is to get the composition of the team right. We need to get a mix of aggressive players and mix them with one or two traditional players.
I would consider giving Mendis the opening role with a license to go for everything - which he seems to do in any event! If it doesn't come off, reassess.
If there ever was an example why we watch sport here it is - the great uncertainty of sports. I had it on but was hammering away on my laptop. Even after the 3 sixes in a row I didn't think he would do it. That was a sensational chase.
Wow! What a performance and where did Asela come from? What a star and I thought he was lucky to make the squad. I thought he was more of a test and one day player but in 3 innings he has surely laid claim to the all important #4 batting spot in both forms of limited overs cricket. The man has a test century too so this guy flew under the radar and made a huge statement.
His innings last night is probably one of the all time great t20 knocks when you put it in to context that SL were 40/5 and were gone for all money. He also got a wicket and that's just yesterday. He was awesome in the first game too AND his previous innings was 100 against SA in the 50 over game. Man, where did this guy come from and surely he is in the team for a while now.
I was disappointed with the batting yesterday from the rest but all is well if it end well I guess. What about the old firm of Malinga and Kula with glimpses of their past glory. These two were instrumental in keeping a check on the Aus total in both games and great to see them back in the team. I must admit I assumed these two were done but here they are doing it all over again.
Didn't realize our t20 record in Aus - seriously who remains unbeaten in Aus!
With a second series secured overseas lots to look forward to but still a few things to work out. For example do we stick with Tharaga as an opener and captain when Anji is fit but this is a rare nice problem to think about for a change. Looking for a clean sweep in Adelaide.
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More than money the IPL has a lot more value. They play in such high pressure environment that our domestic game cannot match. They also play with the world's best talent and improve.
@Luckwin yeah i agree :) For just 30 lakhs, its the best buy of the auction. Mumbai indians got a bargain, probably thanks to Jayawardene making the decision.
Well we won the last few games with him as captain so he must be doing something. He also has help from Malinga which is good. When Mathews come back he will have the support of both Tharanga and Malinga which is very good.