[Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in England 2016

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Great game!

Well what a game of cricket and disappointed SL could not win but they put up a great show. It was a below par score when England began but SL we awesome to reduce them to 80/6 but England were awesome from there in. The game was anyone's till the end and a tie was probably a fair outcome. Yes Pradeep bowled a poor last ball but our ground fielding could have won us that game.

Prasanna is making a statement with both bat and ball and Kusal continues to make contributions. Maharoof did his part and Anji was sensational with both bat and ball but all of this was not good enough to win. Happy to see the compete and play some decent cricket but no expecting wickets like this for the rest of the series.

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3rd ODI

Weekend no one warching the game?.......... or the fans have got mauled by the HaleRoy storm!.....

Good innings by Mendis and Chandi... Hope they can get a par score...

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Poor show again

Really don't understand what they are planing with Prasanna. He is a slogger and easy to target and get him out. Sri lanka lost it again there. Ideally it should have been a wicket taking spinner with some mystery. Bowlers lacking the penetration to take wicket. And some bias decision will always pile upon our misery. Third umpire gave his 100% to give Shanaka out even though there is enough to point that he crossed the line. Mind you its a poor running from Shanaka again. If Sri Lanka can come out good that would be good morale booster but highly unlikely.

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10 wicket loss

Been a while since we copped one of these but there are some glaring issues from this game besides the embarrassing loss. Firstly, this was a flat track and we struggled to get going. Secondly we are still playing 1990 style cricket accumulating a respectable 275+. Finally, with our bowling attack 275+ will simply not do. We need a better plan and should at the very least show some intent to bat aggressively.

Ironically the commentators were talking about a role reversals from when SL beat Eng 5-0 ten years ago which is exactly what it is. We have no options while England have all options covered.

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Target 308 in 42 Overs?

Not sure how the DW adjustment is on 2 runs when the stopage happened at the 18th overs.... Hope there is no bug in the ICCs DW software!

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Another Loss but with some improvments

Another loss but taking the game to the 41st is an improvement from the previous game. Hate to see SL always on the wrong side of the deal with umpiring. Not sure why the call on the if a shot is played is given to the on filed umpire!. It was clear that Roy was going to leave the ball and realizing that it hit the pad got the bat back!

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Mathews to Roy, no run, big appeal! And this is being reviewed... An inducker, definitely pad first, and though the ball was going to ghost into the stumps, that was struck outside the line. Was he playing a shot? Debatable... certainly late on it...

Batting was good for a change! but the fielding/bowling is way off. Mathews needs to also learn to win a toss!!

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Another game cruises past

Another game and another opponent cruises past us yet again with minimum fuss despite posting a decent score. Batters did well but the bowling was struggling to hold the English who always seemed to have the game under control. Great to see Danushka and Mendis make good scores up the order. Mendis is particular is something to get excited about. His technique looks decent and reminds me of VVS as times. The top 3 also have a secondary skill so useful top order in the making. Not sure why they both threw their wickets after the rain but got he feeling no matter how much we go, it wouldn't be enough.

The lesson on this tour if nothing else is we can no longer play for 275 - 300 as our bowlers cannot defend it. This means we need aggressive batters or we are wasting our time and most team will run past our bowling attack.

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Much of the muchness!

Another game and another thrashing and unless we realize we have a problem expect more of the same for a few more years. Despite the cries that we have heaps of talent tucked away somewhere on the Island and prefer to recall the Maharoofs, Randivs and Tharangas the time has some folks. The time has come to get over the recycling tried tested and failed players. I thought the Mubarak experiment last year proved that but apparently not for all of us.

Lets also not live in an illusion, Eng we good, really good and played the brand of cricket that saw us beat them in Eng the last two tours. We on the other hand played like the old England and we already know the outcome of the result.

Lets take Maharoof for example. Yes he did his bit, a wicket or two, a couple of lusty hits but it didn't make a difference. Of course we know this and always knew it but somehow he is the only option we could come up with. What about Tharanga? Yes he can bat, yes he has 14 hundreds and currently in form - so was Mubarak when we picked him and we all know what happened there. So we pick an opener who has made runs and where do you bat an opener - of course at number 6, a place he never bats in and a place where the Bairstows and Buttlers rip apart attacks. We can Tharanga fiddling around - this folks is called insanity! This is also called the signs that we don't have any credible players of quality so we are desperately trying reignite some long lost flame.

We can keep trying or we can accept we have an issue, a major one, and try to address it. Why not atleast try to have a blue print that may reward us in a few years rather than going back to a blue print that everyone else has run away from. The time is now to wake up and be brave and pick some options that gives us a reasonable chance of success in the future. If that means losing now with young players picked for roles so be it - it will always be better than what we just did and have been doing for too long.

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Very well said Stormy

Very well said Stormy. We have to bite the bullet and face reality, however bitter it tastes. I would also like to draw attention to our pace bowlers who got regularly carted around the park. When Lakmal ran in and bowled to Buttler in the 5th ODI, he whacked him straight over his head for six! Isn't that the ultimate slap in his face? Who is accountable for these pace trundlers? They cannot even defend 300 plus scores. How sad is that?

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Fans were behaving like Kusal

Fans were behaving like Kusal Perera is the messiah. Has been a total failure after his return from ban and was a failure before too.

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