India at least have a much brighter future though. They have loads of young batsmen who will be at least decent test bats and guys like Yadav are young.
Really liked Bhanuka Rajapaksa at the u19 WC in NZL in 2010. Surprised he hasn't got more of a look-in for Sri Lanka yet. Struggling domestically ?
They did drop Samaraweera briefly. I think they will have to do it again now. They can't not bleed young middle order batsmen anymore due to the main middle order 3 because guys like Chamdimal and Rajapaksa need to bat with Sangakara's and Jayawardene's before they retire.
They've never had quality seam bowling options. Can only think of Vaas so its nothing new to them. They've always continually chopped and changed there with Fernando, Zoysa, Wickramasignhe etc & Prasad, Lakmal , Pradeep & Eranga now. So their seam bowling situation hasn't changed much over the last 20-30 years. Vaas was a big loss though so they need to try and share work load there more than in the past because they don't have a Vaas now.
The big situation is that they don't have a freak like Murali anymore but its not like Herath has been poor. But they probably need to find another major bowling weapon to share major workload with Hearth and the others must chip in.
Bowling yeah, looks bad for both. We have Yadav who's promising, i guess and you guys have Herath who has improved considerably.
Samaraweera has to be dropped. I'd consider dropping Prassana Jayawardene just to let Chandimal continue and with Sangakarra's eventual retirement from the short forms in mind.
Karunarathne, Thirimanne, Rajapaksa need to play as many games as possible.
Angelo Matthews is a myth. He can't bat. He can't bowl. I'd rather have Thisara Perera be the all arounder in the side. How Matthews succeeds as captain I have no idea.
The bowling stocks are dire.
Eranga will need to be the anchor of the attack. Welegedara will never be anything but a) erratic, and b) injured. If Lakmal can be tought to use his height and bowl a decent length outside off with some semblance of consistency, he'd be handy.
The selectors need to swallow their pride and realise that there is no point picking a third seamer just because it's the norm. Play two spinners. Randiv, as little as I rate him, is infinitely more likely to trouble opposition the world over than our dubious pace merchants.
The coaching is a huge worry. Ford has brought nothing. The game plans seem non-existent. There is no desciplin, nor any desire to comptete.
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Mathews is the only Sri Lankan batsman I've seen who has any remote idea against the swinging ball. Compulsive hooker and throws away after passing fifty but you can't drop the bloke
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Agree that test cricket is horrible right now. So uncompetitive. At any point in time there are only 3-4 good teams. Even before sure Lanka may have been better a while back but maybe Pakistan were **** then, or a while before that England.
Australia and South Africa the only consistent teams.
Tbf, the number five side whitewashed the number one side just a year ago. I'd say South Africa aren't as far ahead of the pack as many think.
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