SL should and must, nothing less will be acceptable.
Yep what a player and what a talent and most of all he played the game on his terms. His technique wasn't the tightest but he just played the way does and few could match him in the field. The guy also bowled including opening the bowling and could keep wickets - one cannot offer more than that at international level.
We have our own issues to worry about the Aussies but Henriques and Mitch Marsh back fired big time on them. In these conditions neither were going to make an impact with the ball (just ask SL if in doubt about playing fast bowlers in SL!) and neither have the technique to deal with top quality spin on conducive wickets.
When I see Lyon bowl, the only thing I wonder is "how the hell did this guy get 200 international wickets!!!".. Probably more than half pf them are against England...Lol..
Excellent read and important point - if there is no fast bowlers at first class level don't expect then to miraculously perform at the international level. First class cricket must be played on better wickets where the spinners have to work for their wickets and the seamers have some chance or else we getting 20 wickets outside SL conditions will be an issue.
India has the same issue and made a change by preparing green tops for Ranji Trophy a couple of years ago and the top wicket takers were pace bowlers. Hasn't seem them blow away Aus in Aus or anything like that but they have produced a couple of decent seam bowlers as a result.
We should do the same and to be radical and insist pace bowlers must bowl a minimum of say 20 overs from every 80 overs with the first 10 being mandatory.
Aponso is bowling well, but i would like to see him vary his pa e as he is usually hitting the high 80s which is quite fast.
No wonder if they use avishka fdo straight in deep sea and make him a failiure as others
IPL has been running for nearly 10 years now and so many international stars have improved their game because of it. Sri Lankans are pretty dumb to not make use of this tournament and now they dont even select our players! We are the losers. We dont have a good domestic system so what is the issue with our players playing in other countries and making money? Some people who are anti-IPL are con men with hidden agendas.
@CricketStatsGuru: Asalanka is an off spinner, not left arm slow orthodox. But he could be a decent all round option- but I would rather have him playing as a pure batsman if he was in the team (similar to Joe Root who bowls tidy off spin occasionally) since we already have Gunathilake and de Silva to bowl off spin.
According to Island.lk there will be both the two tests and the tri-series. Which is good, because we need more match practice to try out the quicks and give match practice to returning quicks (hopefully Chameera).
But regardless, Zimbabwe have been poor overall (with a few good performances dotted in between) so I think we should win. But we shouldn't get complacent, since they beat Pakistan in 2013 if I'm not mistaken.