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RE:My squad for 2019 WC

Tharanga has a weakness of edging to the keeper and slips. His fielding is also a concern.
However, see Tharanga's ODI record in England below from cricinfo (

Matches -> 11 Innings -> 10 Runs ->500 HS->120 Ave->55.55 SR -> 88.18 100 -> 2 50->3

His batting record in England is not bad at all. Moreover, apart from Mathews and possibly Chandimal we don't have many experienced players in our squad. Therefore, Tharanga has a good chance of making it to the final 15 unless his batting form is terrible before the world cup. I would also like to include Danushka Gunathilake in the squad but there is no batsman to exclude.

As you have suggested Isuru Udana can be a good death bowling option but he needs to show more promising performances in international level to justify his inclusion. As Dananjaya de Silva's bowling is better than a part timer I'm not sure if a 2nd specialist spinner gets a chance to play unless Akila Danajaya is rested. Therefore it's better to include both Kusal Mendis and Dickwella in the squad instead of a 2nd spinner. Moreover, we need great fielders as 12th/13th man as current SL bowlers are not that great fielders.

I still wish that Lasith Malinga can bounce back with great performances to make it to the world cup. However, I doubt Kulasekara's chances. Lakmal can be an automatic choice. It will be a contest between Malinga, Lahiru Kumara, Pradeep, Shehan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha and Isuru Udana to fill remaining 3 fast bowlers' slots.

(Last edited by Madura on August 13, 2018 - 11:47)


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