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Likely XI-
1.  Kusal Perera (Left-Hand Batsman)
2.  Kusal Mendis (Right-Hand Batsman)
3.  Dhananjaya De Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)(Off-Spinner)
4.  Dinesh Chandimal (Captain)(Right-Hand Batsman)
5.  Roshen Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)
6.  Niroshan Dickwella (Left-Hand Batsman)(Wicket-Keeper)
7.  Akila Dananjaya (Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off/Leg-spinner)
8.  Jeffrey Vandersay (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Leg-spinner)(Debut)
9.   Kasun Rajitha (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(Debut)
10. Lahiru Kumara (Right-Arm Fast)(can bowl 145+ kph)(Average speed136-140 kph)
11.Asitha Fernando (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)(can bowl 140+ kph)(Average speed136-140 kph)(Debut)

5 Changes to the XI-
In-
Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya,

3 Debutants-
Jeffrey Vandersay, Asitha Fernando. Kasun Rajitha

Out-
Suranga Lakmal , Dilruwan Perera , Rangana Herath , Angelo Mathews , Lahiru Gamage

The Practice match has proved that Fast-bowler with more pace has more success in west indies, therefore, the two fastest bowlers should be selected for the 1st Test. Also, it was proven Experience players have failed therefore it worth giving the youngster a go. Players like Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananaya, and Asitha Fernando bring in the X-Factors into the team that the current crop of experienced player can not and which is required in this conditions. Also, it`s been proven by the west indies and mostly wrist spinners and fast-bowler who bowl 140+ have the most effective wicket-taking abilities. I would go with the 5 batsmen, one all rounder and 5 bowler combination as the extra bowler did nothing in the first test but since our batting looks weaker than our bowling in this conditions. 

Bench-

12. Dilruwan Perera
13. Mahela Udawatte (Left-Hand Batsman)
14.  Suranga Lakmal (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(130-135 kph)(Rested for the day/night test)
15. Danushka Gunathilaka (Left-Hand Batsman)
16. Rangana Herath (Left-Hand Batsman)(Left-Arm Orthodox)(Rested for the day/night test since finger spinners have more control with the pink ball than Wrist Spinners) 
17. Dasun Shanaka (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)

Angelo Mathews (Withdraw from the tour due to Family reason) and Lahiru Gamage (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(injured)
 

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kriesau's picture
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That's just a fantasy X1 - they won't drop Matthews, Lakmal or Herath.

De Silva will come into the side probably in place of Kusal Perera who is really an ODI specialist and is currently in the side because Karunaratne was injured and is not in the squad. He could open with Mendis or they might consider moving Dickwella up as an alternative opener.
Dilruwan Perera might be replaced by either Vandersay or Dananjaya since his 1 - 134 was less effective than Herath who returned 3 -119.
Gamage may also be replaced Fernando especially since Kumara could partner Lakmal in the opening attack with Fernando getting an opportunity as the third seamer.

NB: The pitch in St Lucia could favour the seam bowlers so another option might be to replace Dilruwan Perera with a fourth seamer by retaining Gamage and using De Silva as a back up second spinner to Herath.

Possible Team
1. Mendis
2. De Silva
3. Chandimal
4. Matthews
5. Silva
6. Dickwella
7. D. Perara or Dananjaya or Gamage
8. Herath
9. Lakmal
10. Kumara
11. Fernando

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With Matthews and Gamage now both out for personal/injury reasons, Kusal Perera should keep his place at the top of the order with De Silva replacing Matthews instead.
Fernando should still replace Gamage and so the only real decision is whether to play two frontline spinners or add Rajitha as a fourth seamer. As an experienced Test allrounder, Dilruwan Perera will probably keep his place as an experienced member of the Test side and also for his batting contribution.

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Nah, I think after Dilruwan Perera show he couldn`t contribute with both bat and ball in the 1st it would change the mind of the coach to favor Dananjaya in the 2nd test as he brings the X-Factor.

Also, both Lakmal and Herath are the only experienced veterans in the team and are old and are prone to injury therefore with the day/night test coming up there will be rest. Most likely Rangana Herath after bowling 50+ overs he will be rest for the 2nd test. Please do note that Herath is nearing the end of his career and is old and his body can`t take this much workload.

Therefore the 2nd test we have
5 Changes to the XI-
In-
Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya,

3 Debutants-
Jeffrey Vandersay, Asitha Fernando. Kasun Rajitha

Out-
Suranga Lakmal , Dilruwan Perera , Rangana Herath , Angelo Mathews , Lahiru Gamage

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That's a lot of changes in the middle of series that is still alive, and a lot of debutants at once which will make it an even more inexperienced Test bowling lineup.

DeSilva for Mathews is the logical swap. Be interesting to see what they do.

I'm interested in the comment "finger spinners have more control with the pink ball than Wrist Spinners". Is this based on pink ball in domestic cricket or the few D/N international Tests?
How many wrist spinners have played D/N Tests with pink ball thus far? I'm not sure but curious to know.

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Shame Shanaka wasn't already in the Caribbean, between him and De Silva the 5th bowler role would've been covered without having to compromise the batting too much. In this side, with 4 keepers it's practically a liability when the remaining batsmen can't turn their arm over at all.

Most likely straight swaps of Fernando and De Silva for Gamage and Mathews. Fair chance of Dananjaya getting the nod ahead of Dilruwan, and a very slim chance of Udawatte making his way into the XI.

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what will happen if both Lakmal and Herath get injured in the 2nd because of too much workload?
better off resting them. I have faith in our youngster we must put the faith we had in Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya who are still inexperienced but we showed faith in them and now they are our key players so we must show the same faith towards Jeffrey Vandersay, Asitha Fernando. Kasun Rajitha this could expand sri lanka bowling department and options in future matches .

Also, a key fact is that west indies haven`t seen them so it brings in the element of surprise.

(Last edited by Mr.X on June 13, 2018 - 17:07)
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Mr X,
To answer your question...if they are not fit enough to play 3 Tests in this series they shouldn't be on the tour.
If they breakdown they breakdown...this is Test match cricket not practice games or domestic cricket to be resting players like that. Don't believe in handing out Test caps like that for sake of it.
Depth and backup should have been thought of when selecting the squads. There is a difference in playing tour games/first class cricket and the level above that's why experience is still invaluable in Test cricket.

More importantly if you don't win the 2nd Test the Series is over...so why would you be resting your main bowlers???

Most countries would ask for a D/N practice game before that Test. Doesn't seem to be one here? Does anyone know if there is? If so why has SLC not requested one in approving this itinerary?

We are living in the world of technology, and numerous global domestic comps. How much of a surprise will all these players be?
Yes a little compared to too well known but 1 played in the tour game and all 3 have played limited overs cricket at some stage.

We know there is going to be 2 forced changes. I'd be surprised if they went with half the team (5 or 6) as you are suggesting mid-series. Because then you have to ask why were the originals selected in the squad in the first place.

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2 are force changes
Out -Angelo Mathews In- Dhananjaya De Silva
Out- Lahiru Gamage In- Asitha Fernando

One due to Performance wise change-
Out- Dilwaran Perea In- Akila Dananjaya

2 due to fitness wise change-
Out- Lakmal In- Kusan Rajitha
Out- Herath In- Jeffery Vandersy

You say if they are not fit enough to play 3 test they are unworthy to be apart of the squad. Which is true and I agree with your statement but you have to understand because Sri Lanka does not have any other experienced bowler so they have no options but to choose half fit and old players.

The 1st Test of a Series decides the momentum of the series, therefore, Chandika Hathurusingha as on tour selector went with an experienced based XI to get an understanding of the formation of the XI required in those conditions and understand which bowlers are effect and change in the next Test if they prove ineffective and give a talented youngster a go.

Sri Lankan Learnt-
Batting wise they need to bat longer and build partnerships.

Bowling wise it was seen that Fast bowlers who bowled 140+ and wrist spinners where most effective at taking wickets.

The Sri Lanka selector already stated before the tour that Herath and Lakmal will only play two out of 3 test in the series. So there is no point in arguing about it either they will miss the 2nd test or the 3rd Test.

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https://www.cricket.com.au/news/sri-lank...

"All three are expected to play key roles in the quest for a first Test series triumph in the West Indies although Sri Lanka's selectors have already indicated that concerns over their long-term fitness are likely to result in their being rested for at least one of the three matches."

http://www.thepapare.com/mathews-lakmal-...

"Lakmal will spearhead the Sri Lankan attack but he is expected to play only two of the three Tests as Sri Lanka’s selectors are concerned about his workload. Veteran spinner Rangana Herath is also expected to play only two Tests."

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Yes I saw that article and a large part of it explains why Sri Lanka is sitting where they are in the Test rankings and serious question marks over future of their Test status in long term.

3 Tests is the most SL plays in a series and even that they try cut back to 2. Again if they can't handle the series they shouldn't be here at all.
Unless they pulled up with an injury last Test they should play and give it all. If they collapse at the end and have to retire then and there so be it. No use saving them for when it is all over. And can deal with 3rd Test selections when that match arrives assuming series is still alive.
So against South Africa will they play one test and skip the next too?

Just imagine if SL had to play 4 or 5 tests and tour games in between or a county season between series like some of yesteryear!
If you are not fit enough to play out a series because of injury you shouldn't be here, and because of age then you need ask if you are blocking path for younger cricketers and should retire!

I partly disagree with 1st Test setting the momentum...it once did when touring teams arrived early and adequately acclimatised and prepared.
These days 1st Test touring sides hoping to get away with defeat, and if they are lucky they will catch home side tired after previous series and steal a victory.
Stats around the world show this especially when sides going to different continents.
1st Test you almost hoping to just minimise the damage and stave off defeat with such inadequate preparation.

The side is lucky despite public comments pre series that it has remained a 3 test series so opportunity still there but now they have to put everything into second Test to ensure this happens otherwise utterly useless.

I agree with you batting wise about partnerships...although not sure is that lineup is correct? KJP played poor shot selections in 1st Test and the skipper even worse esp 2nd innings so close to lunch. Use of reviews weren't great. And why select a specialist opening batsmen with Dimuth injured for him to sit on the bench and a heap of wicketkeepers take on batting responsibilities. It seems a wasted selection if he doesn't play!

If Chandika is a good coach, which I think he is. I don't expect him to panic and push to make wholesale changes based on one loss after one game as a reaction to media and fans. Make the changes necessary but half the side is extreme. Unless forced to by injuries to omit Lakmal, Herath and Dilruwan all together is leaving an attack with experience levels like Zimbabwe. And would need windies to play badly or some sort of favourable conditions for the bowlers. If all fit I'm going Dilruwan to be dropped for Akila. Vandersay didn't even play the tour match. He might surprise them like you said before and did have good domestic season.

The fast bowlers and wrist spinners need to put ball in right spot and create pressure. Merely being one of them doesn't guarantee success.
I'm not sure what kind of pitch this will be as only few tests here and last few have seen windies hammer Bangladesh and then get thrashed by India.
At least DeSilva can bowl a bit too to give another spin option. It's true windies struggle reading mystery spinners and wrist spinners but if they are mediocre and leak runs will be no use.

Anyway hopefully better performance all round in St Lucia

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