DDS to lead 50-overs; Kamindu 4-dayers for Aussie ‘A’ tour

Sri Lankan national all-rounder Dhananjaya De Silva has been named Sri Lanka ‘A’ team 50-over skipper for their tour versus the Australian ‘A’ starting this Wednesday. De Silva who failed to earn a place in the national T20 squad will, however play the two 50-over games along with Niroshan Dickwella who was also axed from the T20 side.

Oshada Fernando is also among the 20-players named for the two 50-over games.

In the meantime, for the four-dayer, his fellow national cap Kamindu Mendis has been entrusted with captaincy.

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  1. ODI badly needs Test class batters who have the right temperament and proper skills to survive under difficult circumstances. Mathews, Chandimal & RoshenS together with left-arm leggie MalindaP should be included in both ODIs & Tests. They have proven enough their credentials than any other in the country right now though have been continuously ignored by the management and selectors. Mathews’, Chandimal’s & Roshen’s skilful batting away from home under difficult circumstances in the Delhi Test in 2017 alone is enough to assess their suitability. Playing too many risky stroke-makers & all-rounders [neither proper bowlers nor batsmen] will spoil the soup. Our position in the ODI ranking definitely will go down. After all, a batsman or bowler can’t keep his confidence going in playing one format only. All these players I have mentioned above are outstanding players from a very young age.