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The limited over disaster continues

Another 5-0 series loss and the 3rd in recent times adding to the worrying signs of the state of cricket in SL. What is concerning most is our tactics through out these losses has remained the same. Despite it not working we continue to pack the top order with accumulators in Thranga, Chandi and if this wasnt bad enough, we have now included Thiri in the top 4. What this means is at best we wont make 300 - not with these 3 in the top 4. Yes they can bat but no, not quickly. We don't have big strickers at the end either, so what is the plan to get 300+. What's more two critical players in Anji and Guneratner are still no where to be seen. Its like a curse we just need to ride out - you cant make a proper plan when with your key players not on the park.

Been watching this young guy Sadeera and wondering why we just dont play him in the top order in all forms of cricket! Its crazy to think this guy could be just warming the bench while we watch guys like Chandi, Tharanga and Thiri stone wall at strike rates from the 80's - just makes no sense but we keep doing it.

We just havent even competed in the limited overs series. Never mind winning but not been in the game mainly because the batters have been no where. It's been all the usual stuff, either losing too many wickets up front or batting too slow up front and not having the fire power for a strong finish.

Not sure where to from here and I presume it cannot get any lower which will force the selectors to take a radical step and start building for the future with players, who if they come good, will allow us to win. Cannot stress the importance of this last point. There is no point building a team with the top order stacked with 80's style players, the best they will do is set up a 280 score which most opponents will chase down, especially with our attack. We need to set up a batting order for 300+ scores. May not come off now but if it does, we could have a chance to compete.

Fingers crossed for the boys to get out of Pakistan and get ready for India!


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