Sri Lanka XI for South Africa tour

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Sri Lanka XI for the First Test of the South African Tour

1.Dimuth Karunaratne(Batsman)
2.Kaushal Silva(Batsman)
3.Niroshan Dickwella(Batsman)
4.Kusal Mendis(Batsman)
5.Angelo Mathews(All-Rounder)
6.Dinesh Chandimal(Batsman)(WK)
7.Dhananjaya de Silva(All-Rounder)
8.Asela Gunaratne(All-Rounder) or Dushmantha Chameera or Lahiru Kumara
9.Rangana Herath(Spinner)
10.Suranga Lakmal(Fast Bowler)
11.Nuwan Pradeep(Fast Bowler)


Sunny's picture

Not sure how three bowlers are gonna fare in SA. Especially considering how Mathews cannot (or at least will not, to spare us hamstrings) bowl. As good as he was in Zimbabwe, I don'5 think Asela's 90kph dibble dobblers will do much. Would personally rather have Dasun Shanaka who bowls the same speed as Mathews and can swing it both ways.

Also, KJP for all his bad form in the tri-series scored a century in the tests, and is likely to be the first choice wicketkeeper.

Dickwella will probably still be in the squad though, and a Chandimal might play at 3/4 if either KJP/Dickwella are given the gloves.

Anonymous's picture

PL. don't give any chance to Kusal Janith Perera because that guy is a useless cricketer. if he can't bat against ZIMBANWE no use of having and wasting time and money for a fool like him and it is better to give that opportunity to another young rookie to learn how to get use to the international standard.

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Chandimal on 5
Mathews on 6 &
Gunaratne out Dasun Shanaka in considering the pitches that they have in Southafrica.

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Chameera & Pradeep should be included Lakmal should be out.

Anonymous's picture

My Xi would be,
1.Dimuth Karunaratne
2.Kaushal Silva
3.Dhananjaya De Silva
4.Kusal Mendis
5.Angelo Mathews ©
6.Dinesh Chandimal (wk)
7.Asela Gunaratne
8.Rangana Herath
9.Lahiru Kumara
10.Nuwan Pradeep
11.Suranga Lakmal

I would think it is so important to have a good No.03 batsmen for the test team and to be hones i don't know why SL push Kusal Mendis to No.04. I know he played a magnificent inning against Aus. I don't think SL will Change his position therefore i think Dhananjaya is the right person to do that job. I know he has scored well at no.07 but we have to look for the future and at the moment i can't see any batsmen who will be suited to bat at No.03.

If Chameera is fit he should come to the team in the place of Lahiru Kumara.

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Dimuth & Kaushal would again be useless but they've secured their places.
Don't think asela who bowls at 90-100 kph should be our 3rd seamer in SA.He should be batting at 7.Shanaka could be a better allrounder for those conditions but Asela cant be ignored after his good showings.


(I have no confidence on these 2 )
3.Kusal M

natk's picture

Dhananjaya Silva
Dimuth Karunaratne
niroshan dickwella
k mendis

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