Sri Lanka to field three-pronged seam attack against South Africa


“We will definitely play three fast bowlers. Whether we play four fast bowlers and seven batsmen because Dhananjaya de Silva can bowl spin or whether we play three fast bowlers and someone like Dasun Shanaka who can bowl and bat or Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg- spinner who can bowl and bat. Those are options we have to decide. The fourth bowler can be a fast bowling or spinning all-rounder. Hasaranga is bowling well and with his leg-spin he might be useful on those wickets, which has bounce,” De Mel said.

Sri Lanka have seven fast bowlers in their squad headed by experienced campaigner Suranga Lakmal and comprising Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando and Dilshan Madushanka.

Sri Lanka is going into a Test match after almost a year, the last one took place in Zimbabwe in January and De Mel believes they will be short of Test match practice…

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  1. Hmm…interesting idea of considering an uncapped legspinner against what will be a relatively inexperienced SA batting order. I presume the playing surface will be barely distinguishable from the outfield requiring 4 pace bowlers with DDS holding up an end with spin. For once, we go in with all pace bowlers fit and the question is will Chameera make the playing eleven – this guy had something including pace and hope he still has a role to play.