Use Kusal as floater at 5 or 6, bat Angelo at No. 4 – Former Sri Lanka Coach Farbrace

Although Sri Lanka had some success in moving Kusal Perera up to open in their second game – his 78 proved vital in setting a competitive total – Farbrace suggested that they might be better served by sticking with Lahiru Thirimanne alongside Karunaratne at the top of the order. This he felt will also put the onus on Mathews, who has so far struggled on his return to the ODI side after being dropping over fitness issues in 2018.

“It doesn’t matter who’s in the XI, it doesn’t matter who’s been left behind in Sri Lanka,” Farbrace said. “In my view, there’s a couple of players who should be here: Dickwella, Chandimal, should definitely be in this team without a shadow of a doubt. But the lads that are here have the chance to do something.

“I would bat Angelo at No. 4. You can keep him away from the new ball down the order, but the best players should face the most amount of balls. So put him at No. 4, I would move Kusal Perera to No. 5-6, give him a floating role – have Dimuth and Thirimanne opening and then move Kusal down. And allow him to play his natural game. If you’ve got a good, solid start at the top from Thirimanne, who is a fantastic player, Dimuth, who are fantastic players – let them give you a good solid start and then let’s use the next 30 overs after that to cash in and score some runs.”

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  1. I couldn’t agree more with what has been said here particularly about LT, one of the top babes of selectors. Politics play a big role in SLan selections, as a result every National Team of SL, one could find at least 3-4 henchmen. Even if a quality player were picked based on his overall performances, he hardly get a chance to make into the final XI because team management being always forced to accommodate babes. After picking them [ babes ] high praises too come from the local media to justify their inclusions, in reality and performance-wise they have nothing to boast about their selections. This has always been the case in SL for the last 2 decades.

  2. (1) Sending Kusal P lower in the batting order could be a good solution for implementing at a later stage, if our failing four middle order batsmen (or at least two of them) will find some form in the coming one or two matches. At present if its done it may create more problems for the team. We must help our middle order batters by getting a good start through inform Dimuth & Kusal P. That will definitely help the struggling middle order batters to get some runs.

    (2) I do not agree with the criticism people make on Thirimanna. He is one of the most suitable batsmen we have for our top order in these difficult batting conditions (other being Dimuth). But best position for him is no 3 and not opening. There is a very good reason for this. Both Dimuth and Thiri are slow scoring batsmen (it has come through their test match experience) so cannot produce a good start, in terms of good RR. Thats why all our badmen should be assigned in a ” Sandwiched Order” to ensure that always a fast scoring batsman is in the middle batting with a slow scoring batsman to always maintain a healthy run rate while keeping wickets intact.

    So Thirimanna should bat at no 3, followed by Mathews (at present & later at no 5) and then Kusal M.

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