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Sri Lanka expected to be tested by dangerous Bangladesh

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By Hilal Suhaib | March 4, 2017

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Bangladesh are coached by former Sri Lankan cricketer Chandika Hathurusingha. © Bangladesh Cricket Board

Sri Lanka must not take Bangladesh lightly when the two sides meet for a Test, ODI and T20 series starting this month, former Sri Lanka cricketer turned commentator Russel Arnold has cautioned.

Bangladesh are in Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series, a three-match ODI series and two T20s after enjoying recent successes at home against England and competing above expectations in New Zealand.

"If Sri Lanka do not play to their fullest abilities, they can easily find themselves on the wrong side of the results," Arnold told Island Cricket. "In the past, Bangladesh were a threat in the shorter formats but this team has improved.

"With their recent success at home, they now have more of an understanding of winning, game plans and execution. Their confidence should be high and there should be belief that they can beat Sri Lanka."

Arnold believes Sri Lanka, who are without their regular captain Angelo Mathews, are favourites to win the Test series.

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"Considering Bangladesh's overall record against Sri Lanka in Test cricket and the fact that Sri Lanka whitewashed Australia in their last home Test series, and also taking into account the dangerous Rangana Herath, I pick Sri Lanka as favourites."

Herath will lead Sri Lanka in Mathews's absence for the Test series, which begins with the first Test on March 7 in Galle.

© Island Cricket

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