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.