Mathews should not be counted as a batsman. He is a bowler by trade, Chandimal should only play as an exprienced batter like Younis Khan. Put in Dickwella as captain for all formats and let him take the gloves. The team should have transitioned over to the youngsters with one or two veterans to show them how to play good attritional cricket.
@SHOHANPANDEY: why do we need another guy just for wicket keeping, when we already have 2 excellent keepers in the playing XI? didn't you see the record making 7 superb catches shared by mendis/chandi in the 1st innings of last test? Chandi alone took 7 catches behind the stumps in that Test. we need batters who can score runs, not single digit masters to ruin more series.
January 10, 2017, 21:07 GMT
simple. change the openers.
January 10, 2017, 22:19 GMT
More like the negative captaincy let us down. SA were at 165/5 went on to make over 300!. All because mathews having no clue how to manage the bowling or the fielding. Give the captaincy to Dhananjaya, that guy I got the feeling will do a much better job.
January 10, 2017, 23:37 GMT
January 11, 2017, 0:39 GMT Sanath why are you disappointed now? Your openers are failing tour after tour but you seems to only remember one good opening stand by them! Now in the last game one of them will play a good innings and they will be there for next tour as well. Even at home against Aussies, we were losing a wicket in the first over. How many times we have seen Dimuth is going for his dive when there is huge gap between his bad and pad only to get bowled? Why other talented players back home is not getting any opportunities? I understand you can't always chop and change and need to give a player a decent run to prove themselves. But some of these players have been given more opportunities than they deserve. UT is a lost cause, he should not have been in the squad. Replace him with a young player, replace the openers (at least Dimuth as Kusal seems to be a fighters unfortunately because he is so short, short ball does the job for him), find a new captain and watch how well this team will play!
January 11, 2017, 1:13 GMT Some fools do not Understand what Sanath is saying or read the outcome clearly. Openers in this tour has performed well compared to others. UT and KP chases balls outside off and not suitable for tests in seaming wickets. Hope these UT and KP promoters will have some common sense not blind dreams.
January 11, 2017, 1:14 GMT Mathews though below par has the highest series average for these test with a 50 and a 49.
January 11, 2017, 1:39 GMT SL batsmen always let SL down in South Africa except for Thilan Samaraweera and to some extent Sangakkara. Jayasuriya himself averaged just fifteen in all the test matches he played in South Africa while Marvan Attapattu and legendary Mahela Jayawardena averaged twenty two and twenty eight respectively. This is a pattern that just continues always.. Nothing new.. LATEST ALL