[Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in New Zealand 2014/15

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SL playing XI for first test match

Personally as I said after the squad has announced did not like the inclusion of Dimuth, Kaushal and Prassanna. It would have been better if we have included Kusal, Kithuruwan and Tharanga for those slots.

So according available squad the best XI for me

Dimuth
Kaushal
Sangakkara
Thirimanne
Mathews
Chandimal
Prassana
Kaushal
Prasad
Eranga
Lakmal

I don’t mind Dickwella replacing Prassana in the XI but in my opinion in batting wise least potential batsman in the above line up is Dimuth. His technique is so vulnerable but I doubt Dickwella will replace him in the top of the innings as Dickwell played all his innings in the middle order up to now.

Chameera is a good talent that can bowl fast and extract bounce from the pitch. But Prasad, Eranga and Lakmal is in good form and it will be difficult to him to come in to the playing XI specially if Kaushal also playing hence it will be risk to play two debutants in the same match.

But I agree with what Hitman said here Chameera should have a go ahead of Pradeep. Pradeep had some 1-2 kmph slight pace ahead Eranga and Lakmal in previous past matches (May be present Lakmal or Eranga has catch up in terms of pace with Pradeep) but he is largely ineffective as he can’t bowl a good bouncer, surprise Yorker and he is getting more ineffective while test matches going to last few days compared to Lakmal and Eranga.

But I do not agree with SLCricket1 statement although I also agree Prassana Jayawardena should not be in the squad. He has 3, 40+ scores in last 10 test innings.

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Kaushal and Dimuth

Peterson : I know you are not a fan of Kaushal and Kusal. But we can't guarantee Dimuth played a superb knock either. What I saw in his previous test innings he just throw his bat away and most of the runs he scores fast but coming through by edging to the slips area. May be this innings also such like innings. His recent innings are also prove this point that he is not as much a good batsman like what u talk if are going by the rule of consistency that u talking when Kusal fails. But all in all Kusal was played consistent performance during the limited overs tournament after he was drop from the squad.

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Future Batsman of SL cricket

This is not valid to this discussion thread but like to just to give my idea and squads about future ODI set up going to be after Sanga and Mahela retirement after the WC and Dilshan near retirement

Batsman

Kusal Janith Perera
Dilshan Munaweera
Kithuruwan Vithanage
Lahiru Thirimanne
Anjelo Mathews
Dinesh Chandimal
Chamara Kapugedara
Bhanuka Rajapakse
Thisara Perera

I think this is the best batting line up we can posses in the near future for ODI and T20 squad. Hope selectors aware and persist with this 9 players in ODI.

Some 2 other players that I suppose may be more suited to test cricket are Dhanuska Gunathilaka and Roshen Silva.

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surod - i think danushka more

surod - i think danushka more suit to short format. his first class record not so great. but i agree with you about roshen. he will be in the test team within next few months.

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Dhanuska

Yeah I made a mistake he also a good player in ODI format. But what I tried to say those 9 players I have mention should get the 1st opportunity in the squad of 15. If any vacant position arises we can then go with Dhanuska because he also suited for ODI format not only test.

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we need to look at our

we need to look at our bowling options as well. this is my selection

eranga
lakmal
binura
anuk
lahiru jayaratne
imran khan
vishwa fernando
nilanka premaratne
kanishka alvitigala
dushmantha chameera
kaushal
dananjaya
malinda pushpakumara
sandakan

i saw colts vs ssc final on 21st. what i saw was that anuk fernando has lot more pace and bounce compare to binura . his bowling action looks similar to trent boult.

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It is better

It is so much unfair, if SL dropped Dickwella from the first test who played well and scored a half century in the practice match.

During this test series, it is better to give more chances to players who are likely to be in the WC squad other than playing with test specialist players.

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in my opinion dimuth done job

in my opinion dimuth done job beyond my expectation. he is far better than likes of tharanga paranavithana , malintha. infact with his age and potential he can correct his faults. i think his problem is mental approach which is common amongst many of our youngsters. specially bhanuka and dimuth have this issue . when they both set they are trying to go for an over aggression and throw their wickets. in australia in3rd test when dimuth on 85 he had a great chance to go for even a double century .he was in such a touch .but suddenly he throw that start and rest in history. bhanuka too did this vs ssc in limited over series final. these areas can be sortout by proper mentoring. if you look at likes of cook,bell,trott,kp all scores big centuries when they get 80's and 90's. the reason was graham gooch's mentoring . he push players to improve their mental approach .thats how they beat india in india.our youngsters badly need such mentoring. to be honest i think aravinda can address this aspect of the game.

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in my opinion dimuth done job

in my opinion dimuth done job beyond my expectation. he is far better than likes of tharanga paranavithana , malintha. infact with his age and potential he can correct his faults. i think his problem is mental approach which is common amongst many of our youngsters. specially bhanuka and dimuth have this issue . when they both set they are trying to go for an over aggression and throw their wickets. in australia in3rd test when dimuth on 85 he had a great chance to go for even a double century .he was in such a touch .but suddenly he throw that start and rest in history. bhanuka too did this vs ssc in limited over series final. these areas can be sortout by proper mentoring. if you look at likes of cook,bell,trott,kp all scores big centuries when they get 80's and 90's. the reason was graham gooch's mentoring . he push players to improve their mental approach .thats how they beat india in india.our youngsters badly need such mentoring. to be honest i think aravinda can address this aspect of the game.

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in my opinion dimuth done job

in my opinion dimuth done job beyond my expectation. he is far better than likes of tharanga paranavithana , malintha. infact with his age and potential he can correct his faults. i think his problem is mental approach which is common amongst many of our youngsters. specially bhanuka and dimuth have this issue . when they both set they are trying to go for an over aggression and throw their wickets. in australia in3rd test when dimuth on 85 he had a great chance to go for even a double century .he was in such a touch .but suddenly he throw that start and rest in history. bhanuka too did this vs ssc in limited over series final. these areas can be sortout by proper mentoring. if you look at likes of cook,bell,trott,kp all scores big centuries when they get 80's and 90's. the reason was graham gooch's mentoring . he push players to improve their mental approach .thats how they beat india in india.our youngsters badly need such mentoring. to be honest i think aravinda can address this aspect of the game.

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