New Zealand eye Test dominance amid Sri Lanka's theatre of the absurd

As both teams prepare for this series, they can be sure that the pitch in Galle will take substantial turn, and that the surface at the P Sara Oval for the second Test will give the seamers more bounce than virtually any other South Asian pitch. Beyond that, there is nothing about Sri Lanka’s cricket right now that can be seriously analysed or prophesised about.

New Zealand are professional. They adapt better than arguably any team going around. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are playing under an interim coach for the umpteenth time this decade. So, who can actually bloody work out what they will be like? It hurts your head to even try.

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  1. Can we change the non-Asian beating we have copped at home in recent times. I think Eng beating us 3-0 hurt the most and what was worse was our inability to handle our own conditions. Expect NZ to use the Eng blueprint – score quickly looking for 250 and wait for SL batters to throw their wicket and of course, the SL fielders to drop a few vital catches.

    This will come down to one thing – can SL put enough runs on the Board and we are not looking for 400+ but more like 325.

    Would be interesting to see the team selections, the batting and wicket keeper is an issue.

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