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My Probable Test Squad/Team for Pakistan Tour

Dimuth Karunaratne

MY  PROPOSED SQUAD / TEAM FOR THE PAKISTAN TOUR 

Based on the current form & recent performances during the last two years I propose as follows a probable squad of 16 players consisting of 9 batsmen (including two wkt keeper batsmen), 4 fast bowlers and 3 spinners. 

  • Batsmen’s last 2 years performances

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=batting_average;spanmax1=20+Nov+2019;spanmin1=20+Nov+2017;spanval1=span;team=8;template=results;type=batting

  •  Bowler’s last 2 years performances

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=wickets;spanmax1=20+Nov+2019;spanmin1=20+Nov+2017;spanval1=span;team=8;template=results;type=bowling

 MY PROBABLE SQUAD OF 16

 Batsmen 

  • Dimuth Karunaratna
  • Kusal Mendis
  • Oshada Fernando
  • Kusal Janith (wkt Keeper)
  • Angelo Mathews
  • Dinesh Chandimal (wkt Keeper)
  • Roshen Silva
  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Avishka Fernando

Fast Bowlers

  • Lahiru Kumara
  • Suranga Lakma
  • Vishwa Fernando
  • Nuwan Pradeep

Spinners

  • Dilruwan Perera
  • Sandakan
  • Embuldeniya

Comments

  •   As Avishka is the best right hand opening batsman we have, who has a good technique & always prefers to play a straight bat therefore is a better option to open with Dimuth. However as he has not played previously in any test matches selectors may prefer to open with Kusal Mendis. 
  • Either Kusal Janith or Chandimal can keep the wickets. If only one of them plays in the team, Roshen Silva has to be included to bat at no 6.
  • Chameera was not picked as the 4th fast bowler due to his poor recent performance record. However in the current T10 League he is touching 150 kph speeds so he may have a chance in the squad but at the expense of dropping a batsman which is unlikely to happen.
  • Depending on playing a 7/4 or 6/5 combination, no 7 player will be decided.

MY PROBABLE TEAM (1st & 2nd options given for 3 positions)

  • Dimuth
  • Avishka / Kusal M
  • Oshada
  • Kusal J
  • Angelo M
  • Chandimal / Roshen
  • Dilruwan / Dhananjaya
  • Sandakan
  • Pradeep
  • Lairu K
  • Suranga L
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  • By  Susantha Jayawardena

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