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MY SQUAD FOR THE NZ TESTS

Playing XI 

1.D.Karunaratne (C)

2.L.Thirimanne

3.K.Mendis

4.D.Chandimal

5.A.Mathews

6.D.De Silva

7.K.Perera (Wk)

8.D.Perera

9.S.Lakmal

10.L.Ambuldeniya

11.L.Sandakan

Reserves

12.O.Fernando

13.N.Dickwella

14.A.Dananjaya

15.L.Kumara

I’m certain we are not going to dish out anything less than rank turners for this series and therefore both teams would look to stack up on their spin bowling options .

As for Thirimanne’s inclusion ,I thought he played well in Australia but wasn’t good in South Africa .However , every time he bats he looks like a man in good nick , and I hope the selectors would give him one chance to perform in a series at home and then if he fails they could think of an alternative opening option. 

As for the DDS inclusion he definitely is a must in these conditions .He is a better spinner than he used to be and is one of our best batsmen against spin bowling .

I found it hard to leave Roshen out but I can’t think of a spot for him and the only option maybe to include him for Akila . 

I thought Chandimal was dealt with very unfaily and would have been a significant blow to him to be dropped from the test team .However I hope they include him in the middle order again because he is one of the best test batsmen we have at the moment , and the countless number of times he has bailed us out in test cricket is proof of how good a test batsman he is .Please note that I am not referring to his ODI batting or captaincy whatsoever and believe the right calls were taken by the selectors in that respect .

Oshada is a great young talent , and though I don’t see a place for him in the XI at the moment , I would not be against his inclusion at all. 

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