What should Sri Lanka's top 7 be for first Test?

Dimuth, Dahnanjaya, Mendis, Dickwella, Mathews, Chandimal(wk), Milinda
12% (8 votes)
Dimuth, Kaushal, Mendis, Dhananjaya, Mathews, Chandimal(wk), Milinda
32% (22 votes)
Dimuth, Kaushal, Dickwella, Dhananjaya, Mathews, Chandimal(wk), Milinda
19% (13 votes)
Dimuth, Mendis, Dhananjaya, Chandimal, Mathews, Dickwella(wk), Milinda
38% (26 votes)
Total votes: 69

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Stormy's picture
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Dimuth, Anji, Chandi and Siri pick themselves. Mendis hasnt exactly failed and we cannot drop players after a couple of games of not producing a big score so I would pick him too. I would then pick Dickwella for the gloves to take the presumre off the most consistent batter from last year (yes that would be Chandi) and Dhanajaya to add the spin option.

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අයි මේ හැම එකේම චන්දිමාල් ඉන්නෙ??

delan82's picture
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I have a question. In a lineup that is lacking Test experience after Mahela and Sanga has gone, should Mathews keep batting low down the order?

I know people say he is good with tail and done well there, but he is now the the premier batsman of the side both in terms of experience and ability.
For me time for him to move slightly up and lead from the front and try take his game up a notch to another level. Injuries aside he has the ability and game to do this.
Why waste him batting lower with tail, get him earlier for a longer bigger innings and he probably will still end up batting with the tail.

Before someone (usually with anonymous profile) comes out saying this is a ridiculous idea...have a look at other batsmen from other nations' throughout games history. Very rarely to batsmen sit and wait at number 5 or 6 forever. Unless there other positions are secured and settled and no room to move...which is far from the case with the SL side minus Sanga and Mahela.

For too long people were obsessed with moving Thiramanne or Chandimal into these slots, when there was already a set batsman that had done the hard work and accomplished himself at this level why not reward him with a promotion and let the others establish themselves lower down.

Stormy's picture
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Agreed with @Dilan82 - Anji must bat up the order at #4 preferably which would mean Chandi needs to go to 3 and not sure about that with the new ball and his hard hands. May be Chandi at #5 but ideally our best batters must come in at 4 & 5 and take the presure of the middle order.

This is the case with the Pontings, Lara, Kallis and Sachin (and Sanga of course) but there are also some exceptions. Misbah from memory is #5 as was Steve Waugh and the great Clive Lloyd came down the order too.

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My top 7 is :
Dimuth
Kusal Mendis
Kaushal
Angelo
Chandimal
Siriwardana
Dickwella

1993's picture

1.Kaushal Silva
2.Dimuth Karunaratne
3.Kusal Mendis
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Angelo Mathews
6.Milinda Siriwardena
7.Niroshan Dickwella (Wk)

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@delan82

If you look at Mathews' statics you can understand something. He is a very good player at number 6 or 7. His stats suggest that. It is all because as a number 6 or 7. Your job is to score runs as much as you can. Mathews is an attacking player who is trying to be defensive because top order fails. He has to focus on his weakness which he is not doing. SL has got plenty of talents. But in this test team if you look at SL batting order
Dimuth : Unpredictable inconsistent player
Kaushal : Very very Defensive player
Thirimanne : Very Very Defensive player. (Team swaps his batting position often)
Mathews, Milinda & Chandimal : Attacking players trying to build an innings and fail.

SL should get rid two of (Dimuth, Kaushal & Thiri) these guys and bring in somebody who can build an innings and also has quality score runs.
So my team for the third test will be
Dickwella/Dimuth/Kaushal
De Silva
Mendis
Chandi
Mathews
Thirimanne/Dasun
Kusal
Milinda
Eranga
Lakmal
Pradeep
.
SL should make a decision to play spinners like the way England does. Milinda, De Silva & Moeen are same kind of players.

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Good point Gaja48. Angelo is very good with the tail. He knows how to take the strike and score runs as required. Whereas someone like Lahiru seems less comfortable in such a role.
But he is now also the best batsman in the side. The more (or rather longer) he is out in the middle the better for the team. He has ability, and technique to take his batting game higher and make really big centuries. That would be ideal scenario for the team. The woeful and long tail restricts him a bit doing that. He does well with them, but could prob be even better.
I say this because he is a very good player, and still could aim to be "last man out" in an innings....that's a line that Allan Border used to use/say for himself when he had an inexperienced side to lead.

Not sure I agree with playing spinners like Moeen. Maybe in shorter formats. To win a test you need to take wickets. A frontline spinner is better. A batsman that can bowl like aravinda, sanath, dilshan is very handy as it brings a bit of variety and allows more balance. But that type of bowler alone ain't going to win you a test on their own unless they get some dustbowl pitch.

If England had better spinners Moeen would be out. That's the state they are in with spin. Since Derek Underwood they've only had Swan as a match winner. WIth cameo roles from Monty and Tufnell. They are the last team you want to follow in terms of spinners.

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England have got good spinners but they knew that it is not going to help in their conditions. Importantly in the winter. We also should play a spinner like him in England, when it comes to Sub Continent, Of Course we need good spinners and we have them as well

delan82's picture
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Ok who is there good local spinners?
They have had very little since Swan retired. Monty had mental issues which effected him when he could have filled the void.
Adil Rashid has been ok, but only started improving after his BigBash stint in Australia and that too in shorter formats.
Mason Crane is a young teenage leggie to keep an eye on in the future.
Scott Borthwick has become more of a batsman than a bowler. He might make England side if Compton keeps failing

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