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    Icon3 Predicting the Sri Lankan squad for the New Zealand test series

    Sri Lanka starts their ICC World Test Championship campaign against New Zealand in a couple of weeks.

    Letís predict the best Sri Lankan squad for this series.

    My view is given in the article. Love to get your feedback

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    Got 11 out of 15 right ��!

    Dilruwan a forced change due to injury. Lahiru Kumara for Kasun Rajitha an acceptable change. Selectors have selected 3 wicket keepers and still don't understand how Thirimanne made to the test unit.

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    JUST IN: Dinesh Chandimal named in ���� squad for first Test against ����

    Karunaratne (c), Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dickwella, Dhananjaya De Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Embuldeniya, Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando

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    my guesses
    XI:
    Karunaratne (C)
    Oshada Fernando
    K Mendis
    Mathews
    K Perrera
    N Dickwella (WK)
    Dhananjaya de Silva
    Akila Dananjaya
    Vishwa Fernando
    Lakmal
    Embuldeniya

    Bench: Thirimanne, Chandimal, Sandakan, Kumara

    Oshada will prolly make the team but is he an opener in FC level? don wanna have Thrimanne in the XI.
    And is Chandimal gonna sit out? I was between him and Dickwella in the line-up but don't think former held gloves in test level in years.
    Don't think Kumara might come in over Lakmal. And I went with Akila (and Embuldeniya) over Sandakan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarun View Post
    my guesses
    XI:
    Karunaratne (C)
    Oshada Fernando
    K Mendis
    Mathews
    K Perrera
    N Dickwella (WK)
    Dhananjaya de Silva
    Akila Dananjaya
    Vishwa Fernando
    Lakmal
    Embuldeniya

    Bench: Thirimanne, Chandimal, Sandakan, Kumara

    Oshada will prolly make the team but is he an opener in FC level? don wanna have Thrimanne in the XI.
    And is Chandimal gonna sit out? I was between him and Dickwella in the line-up but don't think former held gloves in test level in years.
    Don't think Kumara might come in over Lakmal. And I went with Akila (and Embuldeniya) over Sandakan.
    Good choices man!

    Karunaratne (opening), Kusal Mendis (no 4), Angelo (no5) will be certain inclusions.
    KJP will be there but his position will depend a lot on inclusion of Chandimal or Dickwella.
    Lakmal, Embuldeniya are also most probably make the eleven.

    The ideal 11 given the 15 presented would be;

    Karunaratne (c)
    Kusal Perera
    Oshada Fernando
    Kusal Mendis
    Mathews
    Dinesh Chandimal
    Dhananjaya de Silva
    Lakmal
    Embuldeniya
    Akila Dananjaya
    Vishwa Fernando (depending on the pitch it can be Sandakan or Kumara for his extra pace)

    But I have a feeling Thirimanne will be included in this side given De Mel likes him, which means either Chandimal or Oshada has to sit out. Given Chandimals seniority I think it will be Oshada unfortunately. In a proper selection Thiri should not be in the test side


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    Also seems like Dhananjaya de Silva is now considered in the lower middle order. Wasn't that long ago that he came in 3 or 4.



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