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No captain, no Herath, no Anji (where is he?)

Well we could not have ended up in possibly a worse situation coming in to the 3rd test with key players missing and what's more, it's a must win. The key players are out and Angelo is no where to be seen? Seriously is this guy part of this outfit or does he need time off for private matters. If he does, just take the whole series off so we could have selected an experience hand (like the inform Tharanga) to cover him. He comes and goes, in and out, he is injured then he is not, now he has other commitments (which we understand) but this is a national test team and we are not playing for a cheese sandwich.

I expect the most seam friendly wicket at Barbados so no changes to the side unless we want to consider an all seam attack which is not out of the question. The spinner had no role even on a 5th days wicket in both the previous tests. Someone please give Lahiru the new ball - just once. How many times have we seen a SL fast bowlers bustling in at 145 KMH? If you have a guy who can bowl that fast, don't mess around, just give him the new ball! It's like if you have a lead of 280 on day 5, just declare...what are we waiting for.

I presume everyone wants to drop Kusal and bring in both Danushka and Shanaka. This would also offer bowling options including a spinner and 4 seamers. For me Danushka does not have a test technique and should not be on tour - this guy averages in the the low 30's at first class cricket in SL. So Shanaka for Chandimal and Kusal to be given a full series to make a mark.

The rest of the plan is simple as always - don't be chasing the game from the first morning! Secondly, lets do the simple things like take our catches - mind you if the Windies caught Chandi before he was 20 in the 2nd test we would have probably folded for less than 150 and lost that game. This is the crazy thing, the Windies have given us every chance to beat them but we insist we want to do worse. In the first test, we should have been batting on day 1 if we held two simple catches. No wonder this is a bottom of the table clash but still a gripping contest. And that folks is the key - we are only just competing against a very poor Windies team who have only beaten Zim in recent times and could add SL to that!!!


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