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SL’s top ranked Test Batters @ No1 to 5 spots must be assigned to plug Holes & bring Wins!

It is worthwhile looking at SL's top ranked Test batters, according to their batting averages during past 18 months, since August 01, 2016 to date (batted at vital No 1-5 spots, where it matters most to the outcome of a Test):

1) LD Chandimal – 19 ing/ 933 @ 54.88 Av/ 45 SR- 3 x 100 / 5 x 50+

2) DKarunaratne – 38 ing/ 1400 @ 38.75 Av/ 46 SR- 4 x 100/ 6 x 50+

3) WU Tharanga –  16 ing / 549 @ 36.60 Av / 56 SR- 2 x 100/ 3 x 50+

4) BKG Mendis-     32 ing/ 1102 @ 34.43 Av /60 SR – 3 x 100 / 3 x 50+

5) DM de Silva –       7 ing / 189 @ 31.50 AV/ 48 SR- 1 x 100*

6) AD Mathews –     23 ing / 677 @ 29.43 AV / 50 SR- 1 x 100/ 4 x 50+

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=5;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=2;qualval1=innings;spanmin2=01+Jul+2016;spanval2=span;team=8;template=results;type=batting.

To have the strongest possible solid batting unit for Tests, Upul Tharanga should be included to OPEN with Dimuth K.  Since Upul was relieved from captaincy responsibilities in ODIs, now he is free to take part in Tests.

Opening position is vital to the side & the newcomer Sadeera Samarawickrema is certainly nowhere near international level, as so much hyped on substandard domestic scene highs.

– Sadeera managed just 125 runs @ 15.62 Average from his 8 consecutive test innings on perfect batting decks, including 2 ducks in his 3 single digit scores. He had gathered 2 consecutive ducks in his 2 Odis as well, causing SL to doom.

– Opener Kaushal Silva is a total failure as well. He managed just 465 runs @ 23 Av from 20 Test innings played during past 18 months.

In form Opener, Tharanga tops the batting rankings in ODIs having scored 944 runs @ 48 Av- 84 SR  with 2 tons & 6 x 50+ and he is ranked as 3rd best SL Test batter as shown above with 2 Tons & 3 x 50+ during the same period (among all SL batters batted at No 1-5 spots).

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=5;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=2;qualval1=innings;spanmin2=01+Jul+2016;spanval2=span;team=8;template=results;type=batting

Therefore the best available strongest Test batting lineup should be:

1) Dimuth K
2) U Tharanga
3) DM de Silva
4) Chandimal
5) Mathews
6) Asela G
7) Roshen S / K Mendis / Dickwella

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?batting_positionmax1=5;batting_positionval1=batting_position;class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=2;qualval1=innings;spanmin2=01+Jul+2016;spanval2=span;team=8;template=results;type=batting.

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