I'd be tempted to reinforce the batting, lots of bowling already there. Helluva team though. Migara for Sri Lankan selector.
problem is we have only two big hitters (Jaya and Maharoof) and another one mid way (matthews). Unfortunately, Dilhara Lokuhetty has lost his form. This was a Symonds-esque guy who could clear a 80m boundry withe ease.
SL has to be flexible in theor batting line up.It's no point sending Jayawardane when only five overs are available. Maharoof should have the opportunity to play last 5-6 overs in SL innings.
Member of the Sanga fan club. (Ugh! it took me so long to become a real fan of his)
I was just thinking about how I'm not sure Matthews fits into the lineup when Sangakkara, Jayawardene and to a lesser extent Dilshan are already covering the bases for the anchor role (though all can strike the ball). Roofers is a good option for same late over slogging but I can't see Angelo taking to the role with the same gusto.
Expecting big things from De Saram though.
The bowling (MMandM) pretty much secures 12 overs for 72-96 (6rpo-8rpo) expect them never to concede more than 100 between the 3 and if they get going they'll never even come close to it.
160 would be a very good score against Sri Lanka, and I'm pretty sure that these guys can chase it.
Wont start Bracken in a 4-man pace attack. Johnson's batting in this format @ 8, had to be more decisive.
Good points, however I don't value as highly as you the importance of the number 8 batsman, if i did I'd play warner, move haddin to 8 and let Symonds/Dussey/Clarke/?Watson bowl more overs (have equal faith in their bowling as hopes).
I think that we would get more value out of that spot with a better bowler and bracken is the most likely. Aussie tail is pretty good and I think they could do a job ok on the rare occassion in 20-20 that their needed.
agree totally that this would be far more clearcut if Watson could be counted on to bowl.
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I somehow feel Warner would be found out in this tournament. Bring on the spinners.
The danger men are going to be the two allrounders...
He has to bat at number 4 splitting sanga and mahela. I dont believe Sl can set any target above 160 though. Its good they have very good bowling line up.
The warmup match has showed inability of Jayasuriya to handle quick stuff in the face of his dwindling reflexes. Let Sangakkara and Dilshan open, the former technically most able against fast men, and infact loves them early on, and the latter with the sharpest reflexes. Jaya can bat against likes of Hopes, Hussey, Hauritz, Symonds et al. My playing XI would be,
Sangakkara, Dilshan, Saram, Jayasuriya, Jayawardane, Silva, Matthews, Kulasekara, Malinga, Murali and Mendis.
The forecast is for a lot of rain on Saturday in London....
Is there any contingency for the match to be replayed on another day? Or would it be abandoned as a no-result and points shared?
Edit: actually, forecast is for a couple of showers. Fingers crossed should be fine.
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