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    ***Official*** Sri Lanka in England

    Its gonna start on may....My assumption is its gonna be a clean sweep for the English both one day and test, and many Sri Lankan players being dropped after the tour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nookie_lk
    Its gonna start on may....My assumption is its gonna be a clean sweep for the English both one day and test, and many Sri Lankan players being dropped after the tour.
    Not in the ODIs it won't. We suck.

    But yeah, we'll win the Tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble
    Not in the ODIs it won't. We suck.

    But yeah, we'll win the Tests.
    You might suck , but we suck more

    So you'll win both in a clean white wash .

    Murali will continue to struggle and our batsman will be all out for very low scores in seamy English conditions. Freddy could possibly do it single handedly even. First by bowling SL out under 100 then outscoring the SL team score by scoring a century or even a double Century .

    And It will be made easier still if Harper, Davis or Darrell Hair are the Umpires.

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    is it true that Atapattu is never gonna be able to play cricket again because of his back injury ???


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    If we beat Holland we will be lucky
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00
    If we beat Holland we will be lucky

    OK we are bad...but not that bad...

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    Really Bangladesh beating us in one of the ODIs was not a fluke, we are on a downward spiral that doesn't look like stopping anytime soon.

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    Wonder what the England side for the First test will be? Looks like Vaughan and Giles will miss out, I reckon they'll keep Fred as skipper over Tresco now, though that'd remain to be seen. I reckon it'll be something like this

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    Bell
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Flintoff*
    G Jones+
    Udal?
    Hoggard
    Harmison
    S.Jones if fit, otherwise, Anderson
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    I'd say probably something like that - it will indeed be interesting to see who gains the captaincy out of Trescothick and Flintoff.
    Clearly, Giles is never going to be fit and it currently looks extremely unlikely Vaughan will be.
    I'd be surprised if Jones wasn't, though.
    I hope and pray that Udal won't be selected against good players of spin on what's extremely unlikely to be a turning pitch.
    Anderson has to come into serious consideration if he starts the season well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble
    Not in the ODIs it won't. We suck.
    We did in 2002, too - SL still somehow managed to lose 2 out of 3 (albeit 1 was a rain-reduced affair) to us.
    SL have a way of making the simplest of ODI tasks difficult.
    In any case - the ODI side starting next summer is at least likely to be a bit better than the one that is currently getting the treatment.
    In that hopefully we'll at least have seen the last of Prior, and hopefully Mahmood too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero
    Wonder what the England side for the First test will be? Looks like Vaughan and Giles will miss out, I reckon they'll keep Fred as skipper over Tresco now, though that'd remain to be seen. I reckon it'll be something like this

    Trescothick
    Strauss
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Flintoff*
    G Jones+
    Udal?
    Hoggard
    Harmison
    S.Jones if fit, otherwise, Anderson
    I would think:

    Cook
    Trescothick
    Strauss
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Flintoff*
    G Jones+
    Pluckett
    Hoggard
    Harmison
    Monty

    I think this side will smash us the most and force our selectors to make some long awaited changes.

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    What changes can Sri Lanka make, though? I've done a bit of research into the SL setup over the last few weeks as part of CW's preview coverage of WC 2007, and really, what backup is there? Can you really go back to the likes of Kandamby, Gunawardene, Mubarak...?
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    No only really Daniel, Vandort or Kappa deserve a run when its comes to batting.

    Spinners there are a few decent spinners in Weerakoon, Hearth and Suraj but no one really look world class maybe Suraj, but only in a couple season.

    When it comes to fast bowlers Prasad deserves a run infront of Dilhara at least.

    But as you say the depth isn't there.

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    IMO any paceman deserves a run before Dilhara Fernando..

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    I guess Sri Lanka has no choice but to go to Mubarak, Vandort, Ian Daniels ect.. But they are not even close to international standards. specially they are not ready to play in cold English conditions. I hope they will take a experienced side..by saying that Sri Lanka does not have any experience on the bench. atleast Dilshan, Gunawardena, Arnold has SOME experience. I think its wiser to take such players instead of Mubarak, Vandort, Ian Daniels. Maybe Mubarak is an exeption (since he played moderately well in Ausie). Sri Lanka's Test team should look like this

    Sangakkara
    Tharanga
    J'dena
    Samaraweera
    Mubarak / Gunawardena
    Dilshan / Arnold
    Maharoof
    Vass
    Kulasekara
    Lasith Malinga / Ruchira (if not injured)
    Murali

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