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I love to see the comments defending Thirimanne in tests. Yes he had the best control from the first 3 innings (in the fourth only Mathews and Dimuth have slightly worse control from the top 7) but he is still below Herath in the run charts for this series. Mathews also got bowled by a beauty but at least he got some runs under his belt.

Posted in: Is Lahiru Thirimanne good enough for international cricket? by Anonymous (not verified) on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 13:49. Reply to this comment.


He may have looked solid but looking solid and actually batting well can be two different things. Mathews, Chandimal and Silva didn't look solid but they got through that period and in that last innings, of the top 7 only Mathews and Karunaratne had less control then Thirimanne. I commend him for having such control but as of now he has scored less runs than Herath from the same number of innings. He takes too long to get settled in, which is why he really should be opening so at least when he gets out he'll have at least took the shine of the ball. But don't think they'll change the opening pair and I don't expect them to, and neither should Thiri be given the number 3 position which he hasn't earned. He should be ideally dropped to bring in either KJP at 6, with Mathews at 4 and Chandi at 5 or amybe Shanaka if the track is looking a bit seam-friendly. ODI's are a different matter and he has done very well in that format, but in Tests he has failed to impress me and it seems many others.

Posted in: What changes do you want to see for the third Test? by Anonymous (not verified) on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 13:46. Reply to this comment.


How epic was that century from Chandimal?!! Never ever doubted him as a Test batsman.

Was secretly hoping that he would do what he did against India with his 162* and take the team to victory from the jaws of defeat, again, but he couldn't. However, without this innings, we would have lost by an innings again, and that itself is a victory.

So, kudos to Chandi for saving Sri Lanka's pride! Hopefully, more to come from the lad.

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in England 2016 by Anonymous (not verified) on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 13:15. Reply to this comment.


THEY SHOULD DROP THIRI , LAKMAL AND KARUNARATNE AND PLAY DASUN, BANDARA AND DICKWELLA AS SPECIALIST WICKET KEEPER... OF KUSAL AVAILABLE HE SHOULD BE PLAYING THE KEEPERS ROLE

Posted in: Dasun Shanaka should replace Lahiru Thirimanne for the third Test by Anonymous (not verified) on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:38. Reply to this comment.


Look, most of us are not comfortable with thiri being in the squad... we all feel some other youngster would be better... but thats not a reason to curse him... I agree with @gaja48 that who critisize him in this tour havent really seen him bat... he looked the most solid of our batsmen... actually faced the most balls... but ran out of partners... i think its a good move to promote him to chandimals spot, not because chandimal underperformed, but becoz he will be a better lower order batsman(as seen from 2nd innings century).....

Posted in: What changes do you want to see for the third Test? by N.M.M on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:18. Reply to this comment.


haha... For all those called chandimal useseless, he slaps them in the face with a century... seriously should think before making statements, the fellow has a test average of 43 (dont tell me thats not good).... The thing is, we have to start trusting people who have seen it all.... Theres a reason why great players like sanga, aravinda, sanath, etc back these players.... Sometimes they make mistakes but lets not lose faith in them...

Posted in: Should Lahiru Thirimanne bat at No 4 in the Test line up? by N.M.M on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:06. Reply to this comment.


shocked to see such responses..... I agree that mathews is not a great captain..... He waits for things to happen than make things happen(unlike great captains like dhoni,mahela or macullum)... But he at least takes responsibility and performs... His induvidual performance as a captain is great.... He looks calm and composed... As long as we dont have better captain material(which we obviously dont), we have no choice....

Posted in: Should Mathews be sacked as captain? by N.M.M on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:00. Reply to this comment.


shocked to see such responses..... I agree that mathews is not a great captain..... He waits for things to happen than make things happen(unlike great captains like dhoni,mahela or macullum)... But he at least takes responsibility and performs... His induvidual performance as a captain is great.... He looks calm and composed... As long as we dont have better captain material(which we obviously dont), we have no choice....

Posted in: Should Mathews be sacked as captain? by N.M.M on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:59. Reply to this comment.


bandara & dasun inline for a bowlers spot . thiri , dimuth , dhananjaya & dikwella inline for a batsman's spot

Posted in: Dasun Shanaka should replace Lahiru Thirimanne for the third Test by SLCricket1 on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:53. Reply to this comment.


kudos to chandi , excellent innings . i think no more than 2 change policy saved chandi and dimuth . chandi kept the trust of the coach & grabs the opportunity extremely well . but still questions arise over dimuth . thiri's no big score in this test might give another life for dimuth to prove himself for another game .

Posted in: [Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in England 2016 by SLCricket1 on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:40. Reply to this comment.