@Stormy True, we had good records at home against Pakistan and India in the recent past. South Africa were the best travelling team of recent times, and we would have levelled the series in Colombo had it not been for rain (I believe they were 8 down when rains topped play and the match).
But I think we are better equipped now than in 2015 and it seems India are going to come back again for a rematch so we can see what happens then. Also we seem to be touring the UAE so we can test our mettle against Pakistan too.
Interesting question and options. Chandi is the obvious choice but this guy lost the plot the last time he was given a leadership role. Now he is the wickey and probably key batter and captaincy is surely not for him. I would actually take the gloves off him and bat him at #4.
Herath doesn't come across as captaincy material but more importantly his days are clearly numbered. So giving him the captaincy could mean are at this juncture again looking for another captain when he calls it a day soon.
Tharanga certainly has captaincy experience at many levels but he still needs to cement his spot in the team.
So the question really is do we have credible alternatives.
Point to note: everyone is happy with the coach is it. Usually there is a chorus for the coaches head but don't hear that anymore. Hang on a minute, is this because this is a foreign coach who can do no wrong. Just asking....
Yes the batters let us down and have done for a long time now and this is a major issue. Even against Aus we were all out 117 on day one of the series and 26/5 in the first morning of the 3rd test. Sure we won the series but to overlook the batting issues is hiding behind smoke screens.
Shot selection and inability to construct a test innings are glaring issues for this team. We are good for 250 and 300 on a lucky day on average. Ever so often someone will get a hundred we may touch 400 but this is rare. Even in limited overs cricket, the inability to build an innings is the major problem.
We were lucky for so long with Sanga and Mahela in the team and Dilshan backing these two played the big innings but the next bunch are batting like Sanga and Mahela are from a different planet let alone sharing a dressing room with them!
No surprises here, home teams prepare wickets to suit their strength and SA wickets are always like this, no issue. The issue is when other teams tour SL they start complaining about spinning wickets and doctored wickets. Just accept that SL tracks always have spun and will always just like SA wickets have and will always seam.
The concern for SL is that we lost series to India, Pakistan and SA last year! Even teams that had Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble and Harbajan could not beat SL in the past but a lesser team beat us last year. SA won in SL after 20 years last year. That my friends is a major problem if you cannot defend your own territory.
They said they planned to have Herath play tests for two years which I find pretty optimistic. But I think Herath is the only choice right now considering that the openers haven't cemented their place, Kusal Mendis and de Silva are too young and inexperienced, Chandimal failed last time he was captain and we should overburden him and the other bowlers have no experience either. Tharanga rarely gets into the team, he's not a good choice either.
it will be interesting to see the t20 XI because they havent played t20 in a long time. My XI
Dhananjaya de Silva
No need to have a proper spinner in the team. We have de silva, pathirana and jayasuriya which is enough spin attack. Shanaka , Mathews, Kumara and Lakmal will be the pacers.We need a lot of firepower which is why there is 9 batsmen playing. In the last t20 match is Australia, SL did awful. Even if they lose these matches, i just want to see some people actually producing something noteworthy.
Just like the actual game, even the stats are full of uncertainties.:)
Need to remove the openers and teach our fast bowlers to hold the seam upright. Except for lakmal no ones seems to else do it. And please pick 2 spinners, we have so many good ones like sandkan, vandersay, aponso, tharindu kaushal. Don't know why Mathews refuses to play 5 genuine bowlers.
I'm hoping we play :
Spinner( dilruwan Is the only other spinner we took)
Vikum sanjaya ( give him a chance to see what he can do )
Hopefully Angelo doesn't open the bowling lol
I think Sachith Pathirana should be called as the spin bowling all-rounder.