Originally Posted by Migara
My side for 1st test
Dilshan, Paranavithana, Sangakkara, M. Jayawardane, Samaraweera, Mathews, P. Jayawardane, Prasad, Thushara, Murali, Mendis
My concern with this side would be the lack of depth in the batting department. Probably at this stage of his career Mathews may possibly be a place too high, so too Prasanna Jayawardene. However, we all know the vast amount of runs the middle order has in them, and should they fire, then there would be no reason why the previously mentioned players cannot do a job at 6 and 7, and bat without any great pressure and build on the platform laid by Sanga, Mahela, and Samaraweera. The advantage is obviously Mathews' very handy medium pacers and the fact that they can field a five man attack.
I think it is a very tough call, while I would like to see more depth in the batting, can they afford to go into it with only a four-man attack ?
I also believe Prasanna has to keep wicket, he looks easily the best gloveman on the world circuit at the moment, and it would be nice to know that a specialist wicket-keeper is not a total dying breed.