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I wonder, when and how many 200+ partnership SL managed in any format since Tharanga's seventh 200+ first wicket partnership in July 2013 -Kingston? Sadly we can't hardly recall even any 100+ stands that saved our face in recent times.

From 151 innings as Opener, Upul had 7x 200+, 17x 100-199 and
54x 50-99 stands,who else in the side got that kind of consistency record in building innings? currently, SL's main problem is there is none capable of building innings for the side to put up substantial totals.... yet the world class builder we have has been insanely underutilized or neglected. what's the point sending such a batsmen at 7,8 and 9 positions?

Tharanga had put up 5 stands between 54-94 from his brief 12 Innings played in Tests after 7 year layoff, materializing a Test series win Vs Pk Aug 2013. building 3 stands over 50 in the decider Test.

In my view, it is a massive waste to send Tharanga lower down in ODIs and overlooking him in Tests, at a time SL desperately need a builder to rescue the nose diving side.

Posted in: They 'run' the show: Top 5 partnerships by batsmen in ODI history by Andrew Silva on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 23:02. Reply to this comment.


For me against Australia I would play 3 spinners with Mathews to take new ball.
Herath is obvious. Aussies have been practicing facing him with coach/ex-player from India.
I would play Vandersay but if he is unavailable one of my spinners would be left-field choice to debut the Chinaman. Don't think Australia would have had so much practice against that and if they thought they would face him they prob would have asked someone like Brad Hogg to bowl in nets.

Maybe Kaushal for 3rd one again as he is different. Doesn't matter if doosra not available. Yes he's a bit loose and expensive at times but if I was captain I would say forget about that and go for wickets, and i'd set the field to support.

Dilruwan maybe the safe option. He was tired last series at home from lots of cricket. Maybe more fresh now.

Part timers in Test cricket might be good for a short relief for front line bowlers, or to swap ends but not going to win you the Test.

Only reason I am holding back on Amila Aponso is you already have Herath bowling that and if Milinda plays he can do a bit of left arm orthodox too.

Variety amongst spinners makes it challenging to batsmen.

Posted in: If Vandersay is unavailable, who should be the 2nd spinner? by delan82 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 22:24. Reply to this comment.


I like some of the decisions the Indian supreme court has made such as a person holding only one position to prevent conflict of interest, a person limited to how long they can serve in a particular position/board, and no politicians or bureaucrats....If only this could happen in Sri Lanka.
We can keep hoping and dreaming!

Posted in: ICC in a fix over government interference? by delan82 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 22:13. Reply to this comment.


Surely given lack of wickets in tour game the selectors will realise it's time to move on.
Might as well try a youngster and build their experience for the future.

Posted in: Dilhara Fernando to return? by delan82 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 22:08. Reply to this comment.


All for what??? Just for a few months??? What about the future?? He didnt pick wickets even in the practice match, how is he gonna be effective?? We have to move forward, not backward...

Posted in: Dilhara Fernando to return? by N.M.M on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 16:51. Reply to this comment.


1.Kaushal 2.Dimuth 3. Mendis 4.Chandi 5.Mathews 6.Kusal/ Tharanga 7.Dasun 8.Dhanajaya 9.Herath 10.Vishwa F'do 11.Pradeep.

Milinda does not bowl much, Mathews has no faith on him. Use De Silva instead.

Posted in: What is your squad for the upcoming Test series with Australia? by Anonymous (not verified) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 13:54. Reply to this comment.


looking at the way shehan jayasuriya picked 5 wickets, maybe it wont be such a bad ploy to play 3 spinners at all......

Posted in: Sri Lanka v Australia: All you need to know by N.M.M on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 11:46. Reply to this comment.


I would say none of above but Dhananjaya De Silva because we need a long batting line.

1.Kaushal 2.Dimuth 3. Mendis 4.Chandi 5.Mathews 6.Kusal/ Tharanga 7.Dasun 8.Dhanajaya 9.Herath 10.Vishwa F'do 11.Pradeep.

Milinda is used only as a 'lucky' bowler by Mathews, he has no faith on him for bowling so need to look beyond him.

Posted in: If Vandersay is unavailable, who should be the 2nd spinner? by Anonymous (not verified) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 09:48. Reply to this comment.


@Jeewantha Or may be he would come up with a even more ridiculous selection. He is a politician so he too has no shame veins in his body and will come up with more ridiculous justifications. Even with a depleted pace bowling attack we still can come good if we stick to the best and logical combination. I am afraid, be prepared to more surprises.

Posted in: If Vandersay is unavailable, who should be the 2nd spinner? by AmilaSaman on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 08:53. Reply to this comment.


@amilasaman
He would say other players are in england so being in SL was a main reason for his selection.

Posted in: If Vandersay is unavailable, who should be the 2nd spinner? by Jeewantha on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 08:24. Reply to this comment.