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Thiri has to play

I presume things cannot get any worse than the last two home series, we hope anyway. Thirimane has the opportunity to make the new selectors look like the old one's by failing again OR repay us all by making some runs and give the new selectors the chance to be brave. It has been a brave move to recall him but will be a stupid one if he bats like he did in the past!

The good news is there is no Misbah and Younis although they have groomed Azar Ali and Azad Shafiq who are now seasoned batters with a solid record and technique (this is where Chandi and Thiri were supposed to be). Babar is a talent while Safraz can be a game changer. Pakistan always seem to have the bowlers both spin and pace, growing on some tree but they will be led by Aamier and Yasir Shah (remember we couldnt play him last time around!).

I am hopeful of Sadeera getting a game and been given the confidence that he will play this and the next series - every game. I presume the selectors will play Kaushal Silva in the first or in the second if Sadeera fails! I sincerely hope this is not the case as if that is the case may as well put Sanath in charge. I would also play Sandakhan the whole series (and the next). If he does nothing, that's fine, we cant be just swapping players every game in the hope someone one will be a match winner. How many match winning bowlers have we had except for Herath anyway.

I expect Pakistan to win the series but they can be up and down and with some of the stalwarts not around, we just need to compete and stay in the game for long enough. For example, lets not win the toss and bat and be 4 down by lunch on the opening day.

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