Still has hell lot of cricket ahead of him, bit disappointed to see that he retired a touch earlier and before a year gone by after mahela got retired...
Binura should have been given a run with the A team.His inclusion is almost impossible right now as he wasn't selected in the A squad.
It's a shame talented seamers like him rajitha who are better than lakmals bandaras ignored by Jayasuriya.
As playing spin is their weaker point and,our stronger point playing only one seamer wouldn't be a bad idea too
Fair point Jeewantha.
It is a risk with Mathews fitness. Ideally you would play 5 bowlers with such an inexperienced attack bar Herath but given the frailty of the batting lineup unlikely to happen.
I sort of buy into the Clive Lloyd theory of just pick your best bowlers and let them sort it out. The reason for that is picking these dibbly dobbly mediocre medium pacers for the sake of having a pacemen i Test cricket is useless. Might get away with it in those shorter formats.
Going back to Dilhara is much the same.
If the pace bowler has something different its okay. A bit of pace, ability to swing the ball (new or reverse), bowls cutters for variety etc then is useful. Different angle (left arm or different to other pace bowler is another type of variety too). Otherwise no difference to Angelo and Dimuth bowling a few overs to get the shine off and handing over to what the Aussies least prefer and what the Sri Lankans are more stronger at.
I know this is almost going back to the days where someone like Asanka Gurusinha did such a role. But you need to pick frontline bowlers that have realistic chance of taking wickets not just to fill a spot for the sake of it. If no decent pacemen around need to look at the spinners.
I see a lot mentioned about a few left armers like Vishwa Fernando. But his first class average is 30. Whats he going to do in Test cricket against stronger opposition.
I suppose the other left armer young Binura Fernando is an interesting prospect. Early days. What he has different is the height. So can get some bounce. I hear he can swing the ball. Would be bad blooding a youngster like this. If he can get his line right he could be a handful with angle and bounce.
Kusal Perea preparation for England was far from ideal. Flown over as soon as he got the green light and thrown into side. You hope he is more prepared for this series.
Young fans just want to see players they have not seen before it seems...
Would like to see Dananjaya de Silva in the team. He seems to score runs consistently at a good rate. No idea why the selectors are taking so long to name the squad. Players like Dananjaya,Sandakan,Asitha and Kasun Rajitha are still in England from a month long SL A tour. Won't they need some time to prepare themselves for their test debuts if selected ?
Dunno if we can consider Milinda Siriwardene a specialist batsman at this point imo
Playing only one specialist seamer is our own risk to take as Mathews is already half injured and Pradeep played countinousley in UK.
I'd prefer 2 spinners with Milinda/Danajaya as the 3rd spinner.
Poster#1, can you tell us about this spinner Sasheendran? I am curious.
What a waste of talent, Romesh should have played in Sri Lankan A team instead of playing in these junky development team. SLC wants Buddika to fail, by making him play in tough South African conditions while giving chances to their henchman in SL A team to play in Sri Lanka conditions.