50/50 poll very interesting. I think they should all be the same, and by that i dont mean having karunaratne and silva playing t20 XD. I think we should have some attacking openers for tests but not those who throw their wickets like kusal perera. I would like to see shehan jayasuriya try and open for test and ODI. He recently got a double hundred so he is in good form.
I agree that there are a lot of problems are wrong with the team. But i feel its unfair to bring youngsters in at a time where the team is doing rubbish and mentality is low, its only going to make the new comers do bad. I think Roshen Silva should be given a chance in Test matches to open and replace Silva. I dont see any other players from your list coming to the test side any time soon but maybe in ODI. Our main changes need to be with the openers because they are consistently failing. The middle order is still inexperienced with de Silva and Mendis, but we know what great players they can be. Karunaratne and Silva have been in the side for years and failed miserably so i hopr they are dropped in the next test series.
Are they practicing or just having some fun out there? A lazy looking camp can be seen in first few photos. Energy or the confidence can not be seen even in these photos.
Besides, Could not see Mathews and Chandimal among these photos. May be having some rest after performing in the test series brilliantly. Or may be a day out in a national park in South Africa.
Iam from Nepal but iam huge fan of srilaka. i am pondering why srilanka is giving chance to chameera. I admit that he has got pace but he bowls roundarm which is not effective. please axe him as a bowler. Otherwise he will do mess on you.
Kaushal silva is not that bad, has a good technique and temperament to open the batting... But he's not suitable in bouncy conditions at all, sadly due to his height.... He's ok in the subcontinent, but away from home even good length balls are sharp bouncers for him... its tough... better have backups for BOTH the openers. .
Sanath should resign himself first before anything for backing and picking useless players who are mentioned above. dropping players like shanaka is poor from Sanath. i 100% agree with above request and analysis but Sanath is a politician who has destroyed SLC FOR next two years atleast. I hope they kick out Sanath soon and bring back wigegunawardena selection which 1000 times better than this...
Further I hope Angelo Mathews is sacked as soon as possible from captaincy and give it to someone like siriwardena who has better captaincy skills.
If Mathews and his team had a one bit of determination we could have shown much improved performance. Take a look at Virat Kholi. Even after he conceded 350 he didn't give up. Even after they lost 4 wickets for 60 odd runs they didn't give up.
Take look at Kane Williamson and his team. Even after the conceded 539 still came as the winning team. Really appreciable. Even Bangladesh shown some courage playing in a rare away series. Our guys even before the tour they had decided to Surrender. We forgot all the failures after 3-0 win over Australia and Mathews might be thinking next is Bangladesh so after that series also those who failed can forget their failures again. But sadly the way Bangladesh is playing it will be a tough assignment as they are deadly at spinning conditions and play well in the seaming conditions.
Not sure when those averages were measured but around noon time it gets hot especially during the dry season. Even a few hours of baking in the sun is enough to kill off the grass. You can water daily but during a match. To replicate bounce is another matter. If it was easy to replicate the bounce at Wanderers everywhere then all SA wickets would be like that. The Port Elizabeth wicket was not as bouncy and quick. So even the South Africans cant make every wicket in their country as fast as bouncy as Jo'burg.
But none of this matters. You can prepare on surfaces all you want but Rabada and Philander were good so you cant replicate that quality of bowling. Let us give credit to them and not make all kinds of excuses like thinking the pitch alone is the reason for our defeat.
How is it impossible? The average temperature annually is 16 degrees Celsius and the average high is around 20-22 degrees Celsius. Not the spring time temperatures we got in England but it is similar to the summer temperatures in England. Difficult to replicate but nowhere near impossible.
Definitely send the players overseas; Aravinda De Silva, Murali, Vaas all had stints in county cricket in the UK, and there's opportunity to get into first class cricket in Australia/SA as well. Would benefit the players and the team massively.