Offically Sri Lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain),Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrema, Angelo Mathews, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage and Dasun Shanaka.
The Best XI from this possible Sri lankan Squad-
1. Dhananjaya de Silva (All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
2. Dimuth Karunaratne(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)
3. Sadeera Samarawickrama (Right-hand Batsman)
4. Dinesh Chandimal (Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)
5. Roshen Sliva (Right-hand Batsman)(Hopefully Sri lanka will finally give Roshen Sliva his debut which he truely deserves as he has been the most consistent performer for the past 5-10 years)
6. Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)(Needs to prove his back to form in the Practice match or else Dasun Shanka should replace him for the First Test)
7. Niroshan Dickwella (Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
8. Dilruwan Perera(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
9. Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)
10. Suranga Lakmal(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
11. Lahiru Gamage (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
12. Lahiru Thirimanne(Right-hand Batsman)
13. Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
14. Vishwa Fernando(Left-Arm Fast-Medium)
15. Dasun Shanaka(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)
- Sri Lankan selectors have to give a more opportunity to players who are Mr.Consistent who are Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama and especially Roshen Sliva.
- Roshen Sliva`s Inclusion in the XI will depend on if Lahiru Thirimanne fails to score runs in the Practice match and Roshen Sliva scores a few runs.
- Sad that Kusal Mendis is not included in the Squad but it is a good opportunity for him to get refreshed and back into form in time for the ODI Leg for the Tour.
- I don`t think the spin attack is going to be that strong other than Rangana Herath
Players Fighting for a position in the XI-
Roshen Sliva- Lahiru Thirimanne-Hope Roshen Sliva Wins due to form and talent
Dasun Shanaka-Angelo Mathews-Hope Dasun Shanaka Wins due Form and the balance he can bring as Angelo Can`t Bowl
Lakshan Sandakan- Dilruwan Perera- Hope Lakshan Sandakan Wins due Variation and uniqueness
All the fights for the position is due Form and Balance of the Team