For the 1st test my xi would be
6.Dinesh Chandimal (Wk)
7.Dhananjaya De Silva
I think as we play the first match in Pallekale, we need a 3 fast bowlers in the team. When we move to Galle Lakshan should come to the place of either Lakmal or Vishwa.
Agree with the point about our openers and if one of them fail in this match i think it would be good to put Dhananjaya as a opener and get Kusal Perera @ no.7 as a wicket keeper batsmen in the second match.
Agree I would also in the same opinion which Amila Saman mentioned in the other article.
Dhananjaya De Silva preferred over Roshen due to his bowling ability and he is more similar to Dilruwan Perera. In that way we can fit Lakshan Sadakan mystery spinner in to the XI.
I also prefer Vishwa Fernando to debut also.
This is the last chance Dimuth will get. If he does not perform he should be drop. I don't mind Dimuth dropping and Dhananjaya opening and Roshen fit into number 6 slot.
But it is a risk to debut 4 players in the playing XI. So this will be the final chance Dimuth should get
2. Kaushal Silva
3. Kusal Mendis
4. Roshen Silva
7. Kusal Perera
To balance the team I pick Dhananjaya over Roshen since one bowling all-rounder short due to absence or Siri and Matthews injury concerns.
I think Roshen is a better option since he's more experienced and would beef up the batting a bit more than if Dhananjaya plays, and our batting is probably the weakest link at the moment.
Dimuth, Kaushal,Kusal,Chandimal,Mathews, Dhananjaya, Kusal, Hearth, Sandakan, Pradeep, Vishwa.
Roshen is good but since Siriwardhana is not in the team I pick Dhananjaya. He too has a good record as an offie in domestic matches. Also that allows Sandakan to fit in to the team.
Well, Dhanannaya is a useful bowler and we are going to need a third spin option. I think on that basis he will get into the team, but Roshen is in form and deserves a chance.
The ideal solution is to drop Kusal Perera (unless he has been batting well in practice) and play Roshen at 6 and de Silva at 7. Or we wait till one of our openers misfires and replace them with Dhananjaya and let Roshen have the number 6 spot.
For the short-term its best to stick with Roshen, to utilize his form and to strengthen the middle order. But for the long haul, Dhananjaya would be better off unless Roshen can justify his selection.
Amila Saman what is your preferred playing XI for the 1st test match ???
Sri Lanka will most likely to play the normal 1-5 and 7 positions in their recent test matches. But no 6 position surely will grab by one of between Dhanajaya and Roshen as a debutant for the 1st test match
Who would you prefer as the no 6 position in your line up between these 2 players.
Have your say and help the selectors to select a one player :P :P
Test 1-7 positions will look as follow
3. Kusal M
6. Dhananjaya / Roshen
7. Kusal P