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Good News.

Well done Sri Lanka, so they have won a tri series after 6 years and what a good time is this to complete such a feat. Youngsters have stepped up in batting perspective and now,the selectors may have a tough job in arranging the batting order with Dickwella is contributing in one down,Kusal Mendis has fund his rhythm in his new position (2 down) in the order and Chandimal and Mathews are arriving. Dhananjaya has secured an opening spot and do they (selectors) like to retain KJP with his lack of form for the opening spot? That is the interesting question because We have an other genuine opener Upul Tharanga and Dhanushka Gunathilake is doing well in the domestic season (Remember that he and Dhananjaya had a decent opening stand against Aussies in the last ODI played in Sri Lanka.). As per all rounders, We have Shanaka,Pathirana and Kulasekara and I would like to suggest two maximum all rounders out of these three are enough to balance a playing xi and rest of them can be genuine bowlers.

Bowling and fielding seem to have few weak areas to be covered. Specially, our bowlers leaked too many runs with few fielding issues during the WI's chase of 330, which made that game even more closer. As we all know, you may hardly get a second chance for such kind of weaknesses against a team like South Africa in upcoming tour. Vandersay is good in his solitary ODI outing and we seem to have some good spinning options.

Mathews said that Chameera is getting fitter so he will join Sri Lanka for the South African tour. Having Lakmal and Pradeep means selectors will find one two options of Lahiru Kumara,Vishwa Fernando and Asitha Fernando. Among those, I feel Lahiru Kumara has a slight edge because of his speed and venom.

In batting perspective, top order will have bat out of their skin against Rabada,Philander,Abbott. Not sure about Steyn due to injury but Need to be careful of Morkel if he plays to release the pressure of the middle order.

(Last edited by Thilly on November 30, 2016 - 10:51)

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