Lets be honest, him being picked as a bowler is all rot!! He was always a x factor with his batting.. In fact i can't recall any other bowler nowadays who get smashed around the park frequently like him.. I think its about time we looked at him like a Maxwell instead of like a Chris Woakes.. He's not a frontline bowler who can be a good batsman.. He's a batsman who can be an occational bowler.. Heck , Asela gunaratne is a better "bowling allrounder" than him!!! Let him focus only on his batting, then he can be great... Bowl occationally 3 or 4 overs.. That's his ideal role..
Its obvious that he is chosen for his batting, but its a shame that his bowling has not been good. During a couple of years after his debut for SL he was a very good fast bowler.
Two consecutive fifties and its a worthy question. Also we badly need a big hitter. What's more he played some decent shots this series as opposed to the slog over cow corner. I am not convinced but worth a shot I guess.
On my part, i would have given shanaka a long run in the side over thisara, but was really impressed with his batting in this series.. Proper shots.. So if we have him in the team, it should be as a batsman (like mathews).. His bowling sucks nowadays..