we always think that we are better than we actually are and the SL press use poetic superlatives in their reporting and do not report it as it truely is. The cricketrs then think they are the best in the world. Right now we are a one man team Angelo Mathews bats, he bowls and HE NEVER GIVES UP UNTIL THE LAST BALL IS BOWLED. all the rest are passengers going along for the money they get for not performing.
I agree completely. This is totally unnecessary and embarrassing. How many foreign tours have we been to, where everyone has to go through these rituals - and more often than not - go and get hammered and come back.
To be fair to SLC, in the past I have seen priests representing all religions at these events before. But still, the whole thing is not needed - how can players boost their performance listening to hymns and sermons...
Let the players get together and listen to some patriotic songs and use that as a bonding session and a morale booster! to give them that fighting spirit.
In fact, it would be great if they can do this before every game!
its not even NZ-A team it's just a mercantile team??????
LOL. this is the official new zeland winter training squad named by NZC.
Just go through the number of new current international players in that team.
And also most of these young SLns touring new zeland for the first time.
Fantastic keep it up. What do you of these players really good?
I am looking forward to the following players Charith Asalanka, Sammu Ashan, Salinda Ushan, Kavin Bandara, Sheangeeth Shanmuganathan, Ravin Sayer & Avishka Fernando trott thier stuff against a formidable opponent like Pakistan. I hope they put on a show and put our seniors on notice that they are well and capable of filling thier shoes.
I think majority of this team capable of playing in the national team. I remember D. Gunathilika his last tour to England scored more than 50 in almost all the innings. He is a very good player in those conditions. Jayasuriya is the ideal person to replace Dilshan with his alround abilities in the ODI's. Kapugedara showed what he can do in the lower middle order.
Can make out two things from the stat:
a) Longevity of careers (one needs to play more to bowl more)
b) These bowlers were the front-line bowlers/workhorse/main wicket-takers for their respective teams (they were the go to person for their captain to get the breakthrough, that's why they bowled so many overs)
Warne is at no. 19 in terms of balls bowled, hence didn't find a place in this list.
Dude, calm down its not even NZ-A team it's just a mercantile team.. what our fans lacking is the patients. .If a player do one single match fans want him play the national team right away.. Jeffery vandersay, dhananjaya silva few victims. .They do not even have a proper FC stats. .just calm down and let the players settle
I would bring Angelo Mathews to this team and name this team as the national team.
Fantastic really good performance by everyone especially shehan jayasuriya. Do you think these guys can play in the national team?