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cricfan27300273
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January 11, 2017, 17:55 GMT
Batsmen who are capable of handlibg rigours of test cricket should have been selected. Open with Dhanajaya as he is comfortable handling pace.
SLHerath34786
on
January 11, 2017, 15:42 GMT
It is a must to bring Tharanga to top order and let him bat one down position (same as opening, since it is a certainty to go down our crumbling openers dimuth/silva combo to fall early). After all he has the most experience (7k international runs, 51x50+ scores with 15 tons, best current form in tests (650 runs at 41 av from 9 random tests) among all in top order. Trying everyone else & blocking this guy from batting in top order since 2015 and providing the failing favorites unlimited opportunities at the cost of series losses is questionable.
cricfan70006450
on
January 11, 2017, 11:50 GMT
Bring in Dikwella and Roshen Silva who are scoring heavily in the domestic scene and good against fast bowling.Kusal Janith is a overated player and Tharanga is not test match material anymore.Give the youth a chance and persist with them if you are serious of building a team for the future
anver777
on
January 11, 2017, 6:41 GMT
3rd test is another test for these young SL batters in SA conditions... wish they come good and perform better than the previous 2 tests and gain much needed confidence before T20s & ODI's !!!
mysay
on
January 11, 2017, 5:04 GMT
There's no question that the batting was simply rigid. In any situation the only way to play good cricket is with a positive mind set, yet from the opener till Mathews I see negativity written all over. Dimuth is an experienced campaigner, and a 100 against Zimbabwe is no excuse to stick on in the team if he cannot pick himself up, and motivate Kaushal in the process. Chandimal should be more attacking, than defensive, as that's his strength. Mathews has the technique and the capability, high time he puts up a big century, if not he does not deserve to lead, if he cannot set the standard for the team to follow suit.
crickexp
on
January 11, 2017, 4:42 GMT
When Chandimal do not score runs nobody does...if you check past 2 years SL batting collapse took place almost all the matches where Chandi didn't score. SL risen up when Chandi score big. It's high time for Mathews to rise up to the occasion
SamRoy
on
January 11, 2017, 4:41 GMT
Jayasuriya talks nonsense. The main reason SL cannot compete in SA is their batsmen have poor defensive techniques. In test cricket there is no substitute for a good defensive batting technique especially in SA, Aus, NZ and Eng. Except Kaushal Silva and Angelo Mathews rest of the batsmen do not have a good defensive batting technique. Even among those two Silva finds it difficult to handle extra bounce as he is too short and Mathews for some unknown reason is taking an off-stump guard instead of his leg-stump one and sometimes playing balls way outside off-stump which he should ideally be leaving. Anyway, how will Jayasuriya ever understand that? Technique and Jayasuriya are two things that should never be mentioned in the same breath. Atapattu needs to be helping the current SL batsmen. He had a fine technique.
cricfan82865468
on
January 11, 2017, 3:08 GMT
Yes...CRICFAN49302113, Yes oir batters have been hopeless in SA for decades. It is time one batter at least Mathews or Chandimal make a century in the last test. SL batting lineip shud hv Chandi at 3 and Mathews at 4. They need to tale responsibility not the new comers. Kusal Mendis shud keep so that Chandi can bat at 3.
cricfan49202113
on
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..
cricfan82865468
on
January 11, 2017, 1:14 GMT
Mathews though below par has the highest series average for these test with a 50 and a 49.
cricfan27300273
on
January 11, 2017, 17:55 GMT
Batsmen who are capable of handlibg rigours of test cricket should have been selected. Open with Dhanajaya as he is comfortable handling pace.
SLHerath34786
on
January 11, 2017, 15:42 GMT
It is a must to bring Tharanga to top order and let him bat one down position (same as opening, since it is a certainty to go down our crumbling openers dimuth/silva combo to fall early). After all he has the most experience (7k international runs, 51x50+ scores with 15 tons, best current form in tests (650 runs at 41 av from 9 random tests) among all in top order. Trying everyone else & blocking this guy from batting in top order since 2015 and providing the failing favorites unlimited opportunities at the cost of series losses is questionable.
cricfan70006450
on
January 11, 2017, 11:50 GMT
Bring in Dikwella and Roshen Silva who are scoring heavily in the domestic scene and good against fast bowling.Kusal Janith is a overated player and Tharanga is not test match material anymore.Give the youth a chance and persist with them if you are serious of building a team for the future
anver777
on
January 11, 2017, 6:41 GMT
3rd test is another test for these young SL batters in SA conditions... wish they come good and perform better than the previous 2 tests and gain much needed confidence before T20s & ODI's !!!
mysay
on
January 11, 2017, 5:04 GMT
There's no question that the batting was simply rigid. In any situation the only way to play good cricket is with a positive mind set, yet from the opener till Mathews I see negativity written all over. Dimuth is an experienced campaigner, and a 100 against Zimbabwe is no excuse to stick on in the team if he cannot pick himself up, and motivate Kaushal in the process. Chandimal should be more attacking, than defensive, as that's his strength. Mathews has the technique and the capability, high time he puts up a big century, if not he does not deserve to lead, if he cannot set the standard for the team to follow suit.
crickexp
on
January 11, 2017, 4:42 GMT
When Chandimal do not score runs nobody does...if you check past 2 years SL batting collapse took place almost all the matches where Chandi didn't score. SL risen up when Chandi score big. It's high time for Mathews to rise up to the occasion
SamRoy
on
January 11, 2017, 4:41 GMT
Jayasuriya talks nonsense. The main reason SL cannot compete in SA is their batsmen have poor defensive techniques. In test cricket there is no substitute for a good defensive batting technique especially in SA, Aus, NZ and Eng. Except Kaushal Silva and Angelo Mathews rest of the batsmen do not have a good defensive batting technique. Even among those two Silva finds it difficult to handle extra bounce as he is too short and Mathews for some unknown reason is taking an off-stump guard instead of his leg-stump one and sometimes playing balls way outside off-stump which he should ideally be leaving. Anyway, how will Jayasuriya ever understand that? Technique and Jayasuriya are two things that should never be mentioned in the same breath. Atapattu needs to be helping the current SL batsmen. He had a fine technique.
cricfan82865468
on
January 11, 2017, 3:08 GMT
Yes...CRICFAN49302113, Yes oir batters have been hopeless in SA for decades. It is time one batter at least Mathews or Chandimal make a century in the last test. SL batting lineip shud hv Chandi at 3 and Mathews at 4. They need to tale responsibility not the new comers. Kusal Mendis shud keep so that Chandi can bat at 3.
cricfan49202113
on
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..
cricfan82865468
on
January 11, 2017, 1:14 GMT
Mathews though below par has the highest series average for these test with a 50 and a 49.
cricfan82865468
on
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.
sl_supporter
on
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!
cricfan27300273
on
January 10, 2017, 23:37 GMT
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.
Cricinfouser
on
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.
  cricfan91667081
on
January 10, 2017, 21:07 GMT
simple. change the openers.
balathenSLc32
on
January 10, 2017, 20:41 GMT
@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.
CRICFAN564789
on
January 10, 2017, 20:27 GMT
Mathews is equally responsible as SL selectors for BLOCKING our best/most experienced top order guy UpulT to bat at any of the top 3 spots, while having a massive problems continuing, 60+ consecutive Test ings over 3y with opening combo DK (33 av, 4 tons/17 ings/Ton) /Silva (30 av, 3 tons/ 21 ings/ton) & having a continuous vacuum @ No3. Since Sanga retired in 2015, there were 6 batters tried out at No3 spot in Tests and Tharanga has the BEST Av 47 among all (Mendis 22 av, Kp 30 av, Thiri 14 av, Jayasun 7 av, Dimuth 3 av), but Upul was immediately BLOCKED as usual. Since 2014, among EIGHT SL guys batted at No: 1,2,3 spots (apart from Sanga & Dilly) in Tests, UpulT has the BEST batting Av 34, despite repeated rhythm shattering layoffs (axed 4 times within 6 tests) among among all 8 batters batted at those spots (Dk & Ks had 30+ tests). This clearly shows the extent of disparity prevails in selections. Don't waste Youngsters Dhan/Mendis & Experienced top-order guy Upul @ WRONG spots :(
sohanpandey578
on
January 10, 2017, 18:40 GMT
Sanath, Kusal Perera should always play as a WK..... No featured comments at the moment.
sohanpandey578 on
January 10, 2017, 18:40 GMT
Sanath, Kusal Perera should always play as a WK.....
CRICFAN564789 on
January 10, 2017, 20:27 GMT
Mathews is equally responsible as SL selectors for BLOCKING our best/most experienced top order guy UpulT to bat at any of the top 3 spots, while having a massive problems continuing, 60+ consecutive Test ings over 3y with opening combo DK (33 av, 4 tons/17 ings/Ton) /Silva (30 av, 3 tons/ 21 ings/ton) & having a continuous vacuum @ No3. Since Sanga retired in 2015, there were 6 batters tried out at No3 spot in Tests and Tharanga has the BEST Av 47 among all (Mendis 22 av, Kp 30 av, Thiri 14 av, Jayasun 7 av, Dimuth 3 av), but Upul was immediately BLOCKED as usual. Since 2014, among EIGHT SL guys batted at No: 1,2,3 spots (apart from Sanga & Dilly) in Tests, UpulT has the BEST batting Av 34, despite repeated rhythm shattering layoffs (axed 4 times within 6 tests) among among all 8 batters batted at those spots (Dk & Ks had 30+ tests). This clearly shows the extent of disparity prevails in selections. Don't waste Youngsters Dhan/Mendis & Experienced top-order guy Upul @ WRONG spots :(
balathenSLc32 on
January 10, 2017, 20:41 GMT
@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.
  cricfan91667081 on
January 10, 2017, 21:07 GMT
simple. change the openers.
Cricinfouser on
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.
cricfan27300273 on
January 10, 2017, 23:37 GMT
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.
sl_supporter on
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!
cricfan82865468 on
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.
cricfan82865468 on
January 11, 2017, 1:14 GMT
Mathews though below par has the highest series average for these test with a 50 and a 49.
cricfan49202113 on
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
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