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Apologies all for the comment above - got my wires crossed!

On the 5 day test, the best example for the need for 5 days test was the last two test SL V Pak. Everything happened in the 5th day and would have been a meaningful 4 day game. Yes there are some issues with test cricket but this doesn't mean you change the very essence of the game.

We already play 4 day cricket - its called first class cricket in SA and AUS which is why we need 5 day tests at international level.

Posted in: Why Test cricket still needs its fifth day by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:35. Reply to this comment.


Kusal Mendis's failure as a ODI batsman is a major reason.

Posted in: Sri Lanka's wretched run in ODIs in 2017 by Gamika (not verified) on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:24. Reply to this comment.


Your strategy is completely right I agree too. But Milinda is failed under good bowler. Wanidu and kusal perera should included. Kusal perera,dickwella, sadeera, mendis, asela, mathews and wanindu/thirimanne are good combination I think.

Posted in: HOW TO FIX SRI LANKA’S BATTING IN LIMITED OVERS CRICKET by Anonymous (not verified) on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 10:17. Reply to this comment.


Yes this is insanity but this is also SLC! I really don't get why we are incapable of learning our lesson. We played around this so called tactic of moving players up and down the order and eventually in and out and learnt our lesson but apparently not all of us. Here we are with a talented player messing around with him all over again. Just give him a spot and make it his for the next few years. What have we to lose?

Posted in: The Curious Case of Kusal Mendis batting position by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 09:53. Reply to this comment.


Yes this is insanity but this is also SLC! I really don't get why we are incapable of learning our lesson. We played around this so called tactic of moving players up and down the order and eventually in and out and learnt our lesson but apparently not all of us. Here we are with a talented player messing around with him all over again. Just give him a spot and make it his for the next few years. What have we to lose?

Posted in: Why Test cricket still needs its fifth day by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 09:51. Reply to this comment.


Ironically in this series we have moved Mendis from his #3 spot to let Thiri (in tests) and Chandi (in 50 overs) experiment. No surprises they both failed but I am not sure why we keep playing this game of swapping and changing. We have already agreed that was a flawed practice of the past but here we are continuing with it. Just give Mendis a spot (#3 or 4) and let him settle in to that over a period of time. It too late now to be thinking if he is the future or not. He is it so lets give him a spot and let him settle down once and for all. Other wise we are creating the next Thiri!

Posted in: Kusal Mendis batting at 5 disappoints Sangakkara by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 09:47. Reply to this comment.


Interesting read with a totally batting focus which is a problem and could be fixed but the bowling is a bigger issue with no apparently solutions in sight. When you can't beat Zim on spin friendly home conditions you have a problem and Zim twice chased down big scores in SL.

The batting is solvable and as the write points out, with the correct thinking. The selections remain a challenge and again why are we carrying players like Kapu, I understand he was dropped by his club team! I also agree with the write's point that paying Tharanga, Chandi and Thiri in the top 4 is like when Eng used to play Strauss, Cook and Bell. When we used to beat Eng silly and wonder what is wrong with their selections. All capable batters but not for the current limited overs game.

The idea is to come up with a plan that if it works, it will be successful. The plan of Thiri, Tharanga and Chandi is not going to be successful no matter how well they play. Thinking clearly and making a plan that makes sense is the key.

Posted in: HOW TO FIX SRI LANKA’S BATTING IN LIMITED OVERS CRICKET by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 09:43. Reply to this comment.


First question is are the SLC officials happy to go on holiday to Pakistan with their families? If not get over it and let the guys play in the UAE just like every other team in the world does.

Next question is what is the point of playing one game in Pakistan? What exactly is everyone trying to prove? Finally, lets say we play the one game and its a total success, then what? Is Eng, Ind, Aus, etc going to play in Pakistan? Well no, they won't so why are we going down this painful path of trying to decide and possibly forcing the players to play.

Lets just for one moment consider what could go wrong. Well everything and the cost is huge so why and what again are we trying to prove.

If the SLC officials want to prove something they should go on a holiday to Pakistan with their families and let us know all about it.

Posted in: SLC chief confident Sri Lanka will send best team to Lahore by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 09:14. Reply to this comment.


This is a major concern and we don't have a real plan with a musical chairs game of players. Kind of surprised that the batters have actually done a decent job posting a few 300+ scores including a couple of 300+ chases. We still don't have a settled top order with Niroshan being the only certainty. We need to cement another couple of spots. For argument sake I would go with Tharanga (he is the captain and obviously has to play) to open with Niroshan with say Mendis and #3 and Kusal Perera at #4. The idea here is not argue about which player but get pick the correct type of player and give him a chance to succeed. Thrir and Chandi plodding along striking at 80 is never going to get us anywhere.

That's just one part of the problem with the real issue being the bowling. There are simply no bowlers to make an impact. If the wickets have some spin we have a couple of spinners but no experienced hand to impact the game which is a major problem.

Posted in: Sri Lanka's wretched run in ODIs in 2017 by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 06:29. Reply to this comment.


The current formula is certainly not correct and I am not sure why we are even trying it which shows how much off the mark we are. To have Tharanga, Thiri and Chandi in your top 4 in this day an age is simply illogical. The reason is simple, even if all three come off I don't see it being a competitive target that the bowlers can defend. All three are traditional type accumulators when the requirement is probably ONE of them in the top 4 to be surrounded by stroke makers.

For example, Warner and Finch with Smith at #3 or Hales and Roy with Root at #3. Most teams are attempting the stroke-maker option while we are fiddling around with Tharanga, Chandi and Thiri. Need to wake up folks, we have just had the worse year win loss rate ever (by any test team) it's time to make some positive changes and stop going to a plan that will not work even it comes off.

Posted in: Sri Lanka still trying to get the right batting formula - Pothas by Stormy on Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 06:18. Reply to this comment.