@Stormy Chamdina Bandara (the left arm pacer in the England tour) played an ODI and got smashed. I think he went for 80-odd runs, but he did get a wicket or two at the end. He is 29 so I don't mind seeing him get dropped. I was hoping Vishwa would get more overs, but in a series dominated by spin it just wasn't going to happen, especially since that match was where Australia played the worst.
No worries about Kumara, he seems quite well built so injuries should be less of a concern. From the U19 WC, he seems to bowl in the 130s, which isn't bad but I hope he has managed to up his speed since then.
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Why do we keep dropping Siri? He played one game! Surely he deserves a few more games. Also what happened to the pace bowler who was bought in to the English tour and the chap who played the second test and bowler 2 overs.
While I ask all these questions, I am all for promoting the youngsters but word of caution against young fast bowlers, if they are not physically developed, injury is a real concern.
Interesting the votes for Avishka - the guy is yet to play a single first class game, but as we already know with Mendis, this doesn't really matter.
I must say I would go with Kusal and Danushka at this stage. If that doesn't work lets reassess but not like after 2 games!
I thought the Aus summer starts in December or may be its November and this is still August! Seriously you mean to say another few days of cricket is going to make such a difference ahead of a few months resting!
I don't buy this. Starc has been mouthing and abusing guys all series in plain sight and no one says a thing and Perera shows something and fines straight away. I thought being ugly and rude is the way your expected to play against Australia in any event.
Great come back from the lads and its hard to imagine its our first win this year against a test playing nation! Runs up the order and quickly is the key and it finally arrived from Mendis and Chandi. Also importantly some decent hitting at the end by Anji and Kusal. Aponso looked really good and showed good control for a guy playing his second game.
Interesting move to send Kusal down the order and he did well. Worth noting we are pushing this guy up and down the order in all forms of cricket. In my mind he can be a lethal opener which should be first choice. Remember Sana didn't just come in and score tons of runs at the beginning but was left at the top to work his game out and Kusal deserves the same.
Tissera back in action with good performances two games in a row with both bat and ball. This guys is still young enough to play a major role for a long time if he can only show some consistency. He showed it all in this game, basically hit the first two balls for a 4 and 6 and knocked over the two key wickets in his first two overs. That is the value of him but man he just needs to cut out all out poor games in between.
What about Mendis folks? He is still effectively in his first season of international cricket and is turning out to be an absolute star. There is so much to like about his starting from his composure and technique. This guy can be a next big thing for us and could not come at a better time than right now.
This is awfully bad news as this guy, after a string of injuries, finally put some game together and became a genuine wicket taker but as luck would have it, he is gone again.
Decent replacement with an aggressive outlook at the top of the order and can turn his arm over which could be useful. Just wondering if we would consider opening with Dhana and keeping Kusal for the end.
I cannot believe there is still talk about Tharanga with all this fresh talent going about. We have our anchor man in the top order in Chandi - the test must be a mix of hitters and quick scorers.
Time has come to say good bye to yet another great servant of the game and country. What an awesome player this guy has been and a total package when you consider he has kept wickets at international level. He has also invented shots and is more than a useful bowler and unmatched on the field during his time. One of those guys who just kept playing his game his way and we will miss him and will be hard to replace.