I think they just draft new players into the squad to give them some experience about things are done at national level practices. Agree with others on Milinda, he's not having a good time with new selection committee.
We desperately needed players like these two and could not have come any later and looking forward to seeing these two and Dhanajaya blossom in to something special.
Yep this guy is a SL legend and a serious alrounder. There are so many memories of his exploits but the one that comes to mind is the 6 fours in over off Johnson in the WC at the SCG - that was this year!
Totally and this rubbish has been going on for way too long. Starc has been abusing and acting like a thug all series and nothing is said or done but Thisera shows some aggression and its a problem.
When Starc is mocking sledging our players, no one is there to fine him. DOUBLE STANDARDS.............(Feeling disappointed)
Played until the end even after taking a blow to the ribs from a fast bowler (Starc).
I think this is a good read and well thought out. The reality is the game is changing where 300 is no longer safe as we saw in the last WC, so striking in the 70's in kind of old fashioned especially where there are no real big hitters around. 275 may work on SL tracks which favor spin but even in India, 300+ is a must to get a look in.
There total failure of the openers during the past year or so has places Chandi in a difficult position where he has been forced to drop anchor to make sure we get something on the board. We have also had Dilshan and Thiri playing similar innings which hasn't helped. But that was then and things are a bit different now with Mendis and Kusal Perera in along with Dhana, whose limited over spot is still in the air.
I think there is room for ONE Chandi like player to hold up one end while the others do their bit at the other. I am not convinced #4 is the spot but it certainly can't be any lower and Mendis is a revelation at #3.
So what I am saying? Well the article focus is a difficult time for SL after Sanga and Mahela left and Kusal was banned and basically there was chaos at the top of the order. With Dilshan now retiring, we basically have a clean slate. With Kusal Perera and Dhanushka opening we have two aggressive openers - like Aus, Eng, Ind and NZ - semi finalist in the last WC. Then we have Mendis who can keep up the momentum. If all this fails Chandi has the chance to hold up his end to hopefully guide the team with Anji and the rest. I think work around Chandi and don't bring in another anchor player in to the batting will sort it out.
@Stormy Chamdina Bandara (the left arm pacer in the England tour) played an ODI and got smashed. I think he went for 80-odd runs, but he did get a wicket or two at the end. He is 29 so I don't mind seeing him get dropped. I was hoping Vishwa would get more overs, but in a series dominated by spin it just wasn't going to happen, especially since that match was where Australia played the worst.
No worries about Kumara, he seems quite well built so injuries should be less of a concern. From the U19 WC, he seems to bowl in the 130s, which isn't bad but I hope he has managed to up his speed since then.
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Why do we keep dropping Siri? He played one game! Surely he deserves a few more games. Also what happened to the pace bowler who was bought in to the English tour and the chap who played the second test and bowler 2 overs.
While I ask all these questions, I am all for promoting the youngsters but word of caution against young fast bowlers, if they are not physically developed, injury is a real concern.