[Discussion Thread] 1st Test, Sri Lanka in Australia, 2012/13

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Can SL win their first test match/series in Australia?do you agree with the decision to drop Thisara Perera from the squad? pick you XI for the first test.

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My XI

01. Dilshan
02. Dimuth
03. Sanga
04. Mahela
05. Thilan
06. Mathews
07. Chandimal
08. Kulasekara
09. Eranga
10. Herath
11. Welegedara

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SL XI for 1st

SL XI for 1st test

Dilshan
Karunaratne
Sangakkara
Jayawardene(c)
Samaraweera
Mathews
PJ(wk)(if he fails in 1st test, Chandimal should be in 2nd & 3rd tests)
Kulasekara
Eranga
Herath
Welagedara

-300/320 1st innings score is a must in ALL 3 tests
-Opening partnership should at least put on a 50runs stand or thereabouts
-Tailenders' runs will have a value, especially at Hobart
-Wela's left arm angle should be utilised against 'inform' Clarke
-'Good length' bowling WILL NOT work on Aussie pitches, fast bowlers must pitch it up to be effective!
-ALL batters must make sure that the game drags onto DAY 4 & 5, where Herath will be VERY useful.
-If there's runs on board SL pacers will be more than handy

Finally like Sanga said, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO LOOK PRETTY, BUT EFFECTIVE!!

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DilshanKarunaratne (if he

Dilshan
Karunaratne (if he fails in 1st test, WU Tharanga should be in 2nd & 3rd tests)
Sangakkara
Jayawardene(c)
Samaraweera
Mathews
PJ(wk)
Kulasekara
D Prasad
Herath
Welagedara

only reason for tharanga is that he has experience and has played well in aus

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My XI would be

Tillakaratne DILSHAN
Dimuth KARUNARATNE
Kumar SANGAKKARA
Mahela JAYAWARDENE *
Thilan SAMARAWEERA
Dinesh CHANDIMAL †
Angelo MATHEWS
Nuwan KULASEKARA
Rangana HERATH
Shaminda ERANGA
Chanaka WELEGEDARA

Next to come for injuries / bad form: Dhammika Prasad, Prasanna Jayawardene, Thisara Perera, Ajantha Mendis.

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This is not my team, but I

This is not my team, but I guess this would be the XI for first test. It looks that team management still believes in Para since he has experience.

01 - T.M Dilshan
02 - Tharanga Paranavithana
03 - Kumara Sangakkara
04 - Mahela Jayawardana (C)
05 - Thilan Smaraweera
06 - Angelo Mathews
07 - Prasanna Jayawardana (WK)
08 - Nuwan Kulasekara
09 - Rangana Herath
10 - Shaminda Eranga
11 - Chanaka Welagedara

May be I'm pessimistic, I'm not expecting a test victory in Aus

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Drop

Thirimanne and Thisara sould have been in the squad

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DilshanDimuthSangaMahelaT

Dilshan
Dimuth
Sanga
Mahela
Thilan
Angelo
Chandimal
Nuwan
Rangana
Shaminda
Welagedara

Chandimal was the best batsman last time in australia,he deserves a chance more than anybody in the squad,so do lahiru thirimanna,but not in the squad, unbelievable,,and dimuth karunarathna looks solid as a player,, probably the three best young batsmen in sri lanka,

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On paper, in terms of

On paper, in terms of experience, stats, form, this is probably the STRONGEST SL batting line up ever(yet), taking the field against Aus in all tours to Australia, since getting the test status.

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if we don't drop any catches

if we don't drop any catches we can win , but unfortunate we always put down chances & miss run outs.

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