A selection blunder cripples Sri Lanka's best opportunity

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When Lanka set out on their three match Test tour of Australia this summer I anticipated losses at Hobart and Melbourne; but had great hopes for the Test match at the SCG because the surface could be conducive to spin. With this end in view and in order to strengthen the batting line-up...

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007's picture

If's and Buts’ are part of sports. After a match is lost, anyone can point out a mistake. In this case I think the writer’s alternative is completely out of order.

Jeewan Mendis is definitely not a Test bowler. I’m not sure whether he will be in the future but not right now. He would never feature in this match even if he was in the squad purely as a bowler. Who should have probably featured would be Randiv. Especially since the Australian top 7 contains 6 left handers. That must have been the million dollar question on Mahela and the Ford's mind at the eve of the test. Should they play a spinner or fast man. Probably looking at the pitch, they might have thought they should go with the pacer. Even Australia picked 4 quick’s. It went on to be bad call, but that’s sports.

They really don’t have a crystal ball to predict the future. But even still SL could have won the Test if they scored an extra 70 runs in their 2nd innings. A target of 225-250 would have really tested Australia.

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Not sure on the Randiv call. Firstly Randiv did sweet little on spining SL tracks against NZ in two tests and Eng before that. Second the pitch was deceptive, after all Aus won the toss and bowled which is awfully rare and expected seam conditions.

The bottom line is if you cant make 300 in either innings your not winning too many games. With SL's attack you need 350+ to have a look in. Next is SL had two game changing opportunities (1) Aus 5 down on the first innings still behind with 6 specialist batters and SL conceded a lead of 138 (2) SL caught up on the 3rd day and were effectively none for 1 with the opportunity to take the game away and self destructed in the batting and this was a result of a weak mental attitude. None of this had to do with Randiv.

SL's bowling will remain an issue but SL's batting needs to fire to give the bowlers any chance. It is unacceptable a batting line consisting two batters with 10,000+ runs and 3 averaging close to 50 would make sub 200 scores on a consistent basis. SL needs to make runs first and then worry about getting 20 wickets.

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