No AB or Amla which is major surprise.
We need swing in our armory desperately and hope the great man is able to impart some knowledge.
Any combination that includes Shanaka who I think we need to take a closer look at as he offers the big hitting option that we so desperately need.
Too soon to say for me but glad to see young talent coming through.
Please note my two comments in Cricinfo;
Graham Ford knows better how important is the Boxing Day Test to the SA public (& to all of us) & the importance of not making a fool of himself & the team on the very first day of the tour, if SL bat & collapse as a bunch. It is good to hear the SLC has organized WA to deliver a bowling workshop but the team needs much more than to prosper in SA. A SA Batting Coach during the tour is a main necessity & you know how other teams have multiples of them. Of course the issue of resources will be shown by the Board but if so then should not expect to grapple with big boys , let the team win handsomely over ZIM ,WI & BD & cheer ourselves up with presentations. I'm sure Ford & the SLC are more intelligent than that.
2.If the SLC is lamenting with lack of resources, think out of the box. What about Samaraweera, who made centuries there, now with some expertise in coaching. Is there any conflict with BD for this period? If so, someone else , say even Roy (under 19) Coach , him with this extra assignment. Come on, Sumathipala, move some mountains!
Correct thing will be to choose according to the conditions...
Aponso also have a great control.
But wrist spinners are more useful in seaming conditions
There's no doubt about aponsos talent, but i get the feeling that he needs some assistance from the pitch... When batsmen are going after him, he might struggle... Too soon to say though, should try him in alien conditions to confirm... Vandersay on the other hand has exceptional control and is very tough to attack.. He will be my first choice spinner for odis and t20s.. Aponso might be the ideal replacement of herath in tests...
Top batsman in Triseries
1). Niroshan - 179 runs with 44.75 avg
2). Kusal M - 167 runs with 55.66 avg
3). Dhanajaya - 139 with 46.33 avg
Top wicket takers
1). Asela - 8 wickets with 14.75 avg
2). Kule - 8 wickets with 22.50 avg
3). Lakmal - 7 wickets with 24.00 avg
I think it will be too harsh to drop Asela after giving only few matches.
Kapugedara shoud come back. I beleive stiil he can do lot for srilanka. He is talented more than capable player