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Likely XI-
1.  Kusal Perera (Left-Hand Batsman) 
2.  Kusal Mendis (Right-Hand Batsman)(Part-time Leg-Spinner)
3.  Dhananjaya De Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)(Part-time Off-Spinner)
4.  Mahela Udawatte (Left-Hand Batsman)
5.  Roshen Silva (Right-Hand Batsman)
6.  Niroshan Dickwella (Left-Hand Batsman)(Wicket-Keeper)(Captain)
7.  Dasun Shanaka (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)(Vice-Captain)
8.  Akila Dananjaya (Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off/Leg-spinner) / Rangana Herath (Left-Hand Batsman)(Left-Arm Orthodox)
9.   Kasun Rajitha (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
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)

2 Changes to the XI-
In-
Dasun Shanaka

1 Debutants-

 Asitha Fernando

Out-
Suranga Lakmal (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(130-135 kph) , Dinesh Chandimal 

Akila Dananjaya seems to be more economical and attacking than the two other experienced spinners therefore I would prefer him in the day/night test.

Also, Mahela Udawatte or Kusal Perea should be replaced by Dasun Shanaka as he can bowl economically and take wickets plus can bat for long periods or even a quick fire 50. Suranga Lakmal bowling in this tour has not been impressive and seen he has already played 2 test he will be out for the last. While Kasun Rajitha has been really impressive on his Test Debut considering his performance on day 2 of the 2nd test.

Bench-

12. Dilruwan Perera
13. Danushka Gunathilaka (Left-Hand Batsman)
14.  Suranga Lakmal (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)(130-135 kph)(Rested) 
15. Dinesh Chandimal (Captain)(Right-Hand Batsman)(Suspend)
16. Rangana Herath (Left-Hand Batsman)(Left-Arm Orthodox)(Rested)
17. Jeffrey Vandersay (Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Leg-spinner)

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

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.

The replacement captain will be either Dickwella or Dasun Shanka both who have experience captaining there sides in the Super Provincial First-Class Tournament Day/Night Match, therefore, the Team Mangement will be leaning towards these two players. 

Comments

Anonymous's picture

I recommend only three changes: In: Danushka, Asith Fernando and Vandersay. Rest: Lakmal, KJP and Akila. Although a draw, the second test was very positive experience for Roshen, Rajitha, Akila, and Udawatta.

delan82's picture
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Btw who is the tour Vice Captain? Is it Lakmal or someone else?

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