True these cricketing Gods who chose Thrimanne are as crazy as the other Gods when you put your innocent Trust on them. They will take you for a ride & I'm sure Thrimanne will prove it again.
Selection of Kusal Mendis, purely on 183 runs that he scored from 6 Test inngs @ 30 Av is pitiful. His FC Av 29 & his most recent FC record is even worse with just managing pathetic 182 runs @ 23 Av in his last 8 innings in Premiere League FC matches. This guy is a bare-rookie with empty cupboard, he had not even played 20 FC matches yet, to prove his worth in domestic scene, let alone Test. His selection cannot be justified in any sense.
Continuous opportunity waster Thirimanne’s Test record of late, averaging 19.26 across his last 25 innings would earn him a constant spot in game of cricket on earth is SL. His overall Test Av 24.84 combined with gasping SR of 39, shows the extent of struggle in the middle. His selection is totally unjustified.
Dasun Shanaka FC Av 38 had hardly done anything to find a place in a Test squad (purely on a t20 hype). None can logically justify his selection.
Dhananjaya de Silva’s FC Av 37 & his recent Premiere league FC 17 in – 868 runs @ Av 54 …
But the biggest question here is what any of the above had done so exceptional to be preferred over Tharanga Paranavithana FC 17 in - 953 runs@ 79 Av or the most experienced international player currently SL have, Upul Tharanga FC Av 40 & Recent FC 15 in – 803 runs @ 62 Av/ Recent 6 Tests 34 Av ?
Didn’t we see the dire need of experienced players to stop repeated collapses in top-order?
Talking about the future and totally ruining the present is ludicrous logic. No fan would remain to support SL cricket. Ok Paranavithana is 34, but Upul is just 31, same as Milindha & Mathews, Kaushal are just 2 yrs younger to him.
One thing is sure, strong Englishmen will give us a real thrashing in all fronts this time.
Squad is mostly okay. The big question is WHY ON EARTH DO THEY PICK THIRIMANNE!!???
There are numerous players in who were in consideration who are far better than thirimanne. Someone like Parnavitana, while not ideal in the very long term, is in very good form and would have been far better. Even looking outside that preliminary 20 player squad Roshen Silva or hell even Upul Tharanga would have been more preferable.
Bowling attack looks pretty good. Hopefully Prasad comes back well from injury. Weakest links of the bowlers are Lakmal and Perera.
Ultimately the final team should be picked only after a few warm up matches are played in England.
At this moment my preferred xi from this squad would be:
Before we talk about Thirimanne's failures, Can any of us tell how many batting positions he batted? Dimuth played as opener, Mathews always number 5. Thiri and Chandi are the players always swapped around. Always dropped from the team. Thiri batted from number 1 - 8 in all formats. None of the other Sri Lankans did that mates
I LOVE TO CONFRONT THIS DOCTOR AND ASK HIM WHERE HE BOUGHT HIS MEDICAL LICENCES.
Why the hate for Malinga? He's earned my respect certainly, he's been our pace spearhead since Vaas retired and he's given it all. Going against the advice of the doctor to play for his country should be seen as a positive.
Reappointing Sanath is ridiculous.
Golden days of Sanath are over. His contribution to cricket is well over. Why should we risk the future of Sri Lanka Cricket ? Do we have to pay him back ?
Chandimal has done well in Test cricket. It would be seriously stupid to drop him.
@Anonymous I hope you are joking about Thirimanne never getting to play more than one test. When he got dropped after the first Windies test, he had played no more than TEN CONSECUTIVE tests, from the second test when Pakistan toured Sri Lanka in 2014. He was guaranteed a place in the side no matter how few runs he scored. Should have stayed dropped.
WHY ARE CORRUPT MINISTERS FROM RAJAPAKSA REGIME ALL OVER SLC? YAHAPALANAYA HAS NOT COME TO SLC!