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*Official* Sri Lanka in New Zealand 2022/23

Fuller Pilch

Hall of Fame Member
Cricinfos predicted xi is interesting

New Zealand (probable) XI: 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Finn Allen, 3 Chad Bowes, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Glenn Phillips 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Rachin Ravindra/Ish Sodhi, 8 Blair Tickner/Ben Lister, 9 Henry Shipley, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Will Young

First he gets made to open the batting, now will young may open the bowling

That or cricinfo has NFI as usual
And Latham opening the batting and not keeping instead of 4/5? Blair Tickner at 8? Sodhi at 7?!


I can't believe I ate the whole thing
And Latham opening the batting and not keeping instead of 4/5? Blair Tickner at 8? Sodhi at 7?!
I think they've included the entire squad in the XI and just hedged their bets, and just randomly shoved batsman into an order and bowlers into and order and, much like the NZ cricketing management, remembered Young existed at the last minute and threw him into an unfamiliar position.


Bit late with my thoughts but I was pretty disappointed in SL in the second test. Their bowlers have some ability, they should not have conceded 580. Their batsmen are all pretty talented and several have the records to show for it, so their failings were also a let down.

This was their best chance in a while against a depleted NZ attack and a few batsmen out of nick. They really should have won at least one game.

On a more positive note, I haven't praised Dougeh yet and I think he bowled well enough to be retained as a squad bowler. He should definitely have been ahead of Tickner and Kuggeleijn in the queue.

Cricinfo has a nice piece on Chad Bowes. Gotta say I never expected him to play for NZ. Doesn't really have the weight of results and has been hit in the head a few times.


I can't believe I ate the whole thing
Second test was a batsmen friendly pitch. Quite a few SL batsmen got in and then threw their wicket away. Nicholls (and Kane?) were both dropped early on so even after a decent start from Conway we could've easily ended up all out 350. Game of what ifs really.

Could've won the first test though. Few things go the other way and Sri Lanka pull an us vs England from the game prior.


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Yes they have a higher sample but the likes of Cummins (after an injury prone start), Starc, Johnson, & Lee to name a few managed to stay on the park relatively regularly compared to our 145+ guys such as Bond, Gillespie, Milne, Fergo, and now Sears who all seem to be injured more than being available.
Yeah but equally think of guys like Tait, Pattinson, Stanlake, hell young Shane Watson was supposed to have explosive pace until injury eventually reduced him to bowling 130kph wobblers. And there's probably a bunch of other guys we've never heard of who never got to the Australian team because they couldn't stay fit for long enough to force their way in. In NZ, I'd say we produce 1 or 2 guys in that pace bracket every 5 years. Australia probably produces half a dozen.

I'm not dismissing the potential for player management and coaching to tilt the numbers even further. You only have to look at the fast-bowling desert NZ suffered from in the 2003-2011 biomechanics era. And I'm sure Australia has a lot more institutional knowledge around how to manage these blokes purely from their greater experience of them. But I do think a bigger part of the problem is just down to NZ not producing many of these guys in the first place meaning we feel the loss from injuries much more keenly.
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I still think it's because we don't pick them.

Ferguson has 165 @ 24 in FC despite being in almost every white ball squad since 2016. He was never "always injured" he just turned 30 so began picking up injuries like any quick above that age.

Sears has missed as many games due to university commitments and other bowlers being preferred as he has injuries, ditto Matthew Fisher and Jarrod McKay. Kuggeleijn plays week in week out he's just average.

During the green deck renaissance there was no incentive to pick a quicker bowler when a guy who bowled 125ks and landed 6 out of 6 in the corridor was the percentage selection.

I think/hope we're better off than the 00s where Bond, Butler, Sherlock, Bennett and Davis (Te Ahu) were all rekt by lesser player management.

NZC gave the order to develop spin and batting against it in the back end of this season and that's happening. If they gave the order for more quicks I'm sure the Shield would switch to conditions and selection favouring quicks.


I can't believe I ate the whole thing
Newshub reporting that Bowes and Ravindra debut, Bowes opening with Allen and Ravindra at 7. Says rest of the XI will be named at the toss.


I can't believe I ate the whole thing
With Nicholls and Chapman not in the squad until ODI number 2 and 3, I'm guessing the team will look something like:

1. Allen
2. Bowes
3. Young/Blundell
4. Phillips
5. Latham+
6. Mitchell
7. Ravindra
8. Sodhi
9. Shipley
10. Henry
11. Tickner


Hall of Fame Member
Cricinfos predicted xi is interesting

New Zealand (probable) XI: 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Finn Allen, 3 Chad Bowes, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Glenn Phillips 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Rachin Ravindra/Ish Sodhi, 8 Blair Tickner/Ben Lister, 9 Henry Shipley, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Will Young

First he gets made to open the batting, now will young may open the bowling

That or cricinfo has NFI as usual
Nah, they just had the inside running. For a gag in the nets, Will Young decided to roll his arm over with some medium pacers. He managed to land 1 out of 6 without hitting the side netting.

"Will, you never told me you were an allrounder?"

"Uh...Gaz I was just taking the p-"

"This changes everything! Though trouble is... tbf honest we're starting to get a bit of a surplus of allrounders now. We could do with some extra bowlers though with Lockie going down injured. How about it? From now on I expect you to be 100% committed to your bowling. That goes for domestic games as well. Leave your pads and bat at home for practice from now on, you'll be batting at 11."


"Heh, and Gavin said I should start trialling some fresh talent when the solution was here under his nose the whole time! Now if you'll excuse me, I need to have a conversation with Rachin about whether he can start bowling right handed offies from now on. Better balance that way with Ish in the side, you understand. Good luck for tomorrow!"

"Da fuk just happened?"


Cricketer Of The Year
There is something going in SL team. DDS has refused to bat at #7, understandably, and dropped from the XI. This is the problem whenever Mathews comes back to the team.

G. S. Kohli

International Vice-Captain
Bowes & Ravindra debut


1st ODI (D/N), Auckland, March 25
Sri Lanka

6:30 AM

World Cup hopes on the line for Sri Lanka against IPL-weakened New Zealand
Strong showing in Tests gives visitors hopes of springing a surprise in opening fixture

Madushka Balasuriya
23-Mar-2023 • 23 hrs ago

Matt Henry is back in black for New Zealand  •  Getty Images
Matt Henry is back in black for New Zealand • Getty Images

Big picture: Test thrills augur well

Despite the eventual 2-0 scoreline in favour of the hosts, it's safe to say Sri Lanka might have surprised a fair few folks that tuned into the Tests in Christchurch and Wellington - okay, maybe not so much the latter, but certainly over the course of that epic first Test.

In that game, the visitors, in pursuit of an unlikely World Test Championship berth, ran the defending WTC champions as close as pretty much anyone could have imagined. And in the process garnered some well-deserved respect from the wider cricketing world.

That, though, was the Sri Lankan red-ball side, one propelled not through individual exceptionalism but an almost New Zealand-esque sense of collectivism. And while their white-ball outings have also seen a marked improvement in recent times, culminating in a memorable Asia Cup T20 victory last year, their ODI unit has largely underwhelmed.

Since the start of the ODI World Cup Super League, Sri Lanka have lost away to West Indies, Bangladesh and England, while their home record has been marginally better, losing to India, beating South Africa and, most recently, drawing against Afghanistan.

The ODI side's nadir was arguably reached earlier this year during a 3-0 drubbing in India - a particularly tough pill to swallow in a World Cup year in the same country, especially as the T20I series that preceded had seen them take the hosts to series decider. While any silver linings in Sri Lanka's recent one-day history might seem like wizard-level straw-clutching, the record will nevertheless also show a 3-2 series win at home to Australia last year - so, yeah, there is that.

Which brings us to the present, where for Sri Lanka to have any hopes of automatic qualification for the World Cup later this year they need to complete a whitewash of New Zealand in the week or so ahead - and even then, they're heavily dependent on South Africa fluffing their lines in a series against Netherlands.

What they might have going for them is that the hosts won't exactly be at full strength. With World Cup qualification secured, and conditions in India unlikely to be anything like what the likes of Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton have to offer, New Zealand have given clearance for no less than nine ODI regulars to play in the IPL.

Sri Lanka meanwhile have a relatively settled unit and, save for the absence of Dushmantha Chameera, will likely be able to put out their strongest XI. On paper at least they look the stronger side.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

New Zealand: WWWWW
Sri Lanka: LLLWL

In the spotlight: Matt Henry and Angelo Mathews

With 65 ODIs to his name, in terms of experience Matt Henry comfortably eclipses the combined match tally of Blair Tickner (9), Henry Shipley (3) and the uncapped Ben Lister - New Zealand's other seam bowling options for this series - while even the addition of Daryll Mitchell (19) to the list doesn't help all that much. Lockie Ferguson's 53 caps certainly would have evened the scales, but even without his recently picked-up hamstring strain, he was due to play only the first ODI before jetting off to the IPL. Henry is coming in on the back of an excellent Test outing against Sri Lanka, and if this youthful New Zealand outfit are to maintain their excellent home record, Henry will have a key role to play in it.

Angelo Mathews hasn't turned out for a Sri Lankan white-ball side since March 2021, and for much of that time a recall could have been categorised under hopeful at best. But if T20 cricket is a young man's game, well, ODI cricket might still have room for some greying heads, even if Mathews's recall at 35 in a World Cup year certainly does scream 'last dance'. An average of 41.67 and nearly 6,000 runs, of course, is nothing to be scoffed at - not to mention his most recent LPL stint where he played the role of finisher in impressive fashion. Sri Lanka will need him to call on all of that vast experience if they are to have any chance at securing automatic qualification.

Pitch and conditions: Bright conditions in prospect

Eden Park hasn't had much ODI cricket of late, but the last two games have seen 300-plus chased down and 273 defended. The pitch has also been known to aid spin. Weather is expected to be nice and sunny.

Team news: Bowes and Ravindra to debut

On the eve of the match, New Zealand captain Tom Latham announced that Chad Bowes and Rachin Ravindra would make their ODI debuts. He said, however, that the team hadn't yet finalised their full XI, and would make a decision on the bowling attack keeping workloads in mind.

New Zealand (probable) XI: 1 Finn Allen, 2 Chad Bowes, 3 Will Young, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Rachin Ravindra, 8 Blair Tickner/Ben Lister, 9 Henry Shipley/Lockie Ferguson, 10 Matt Henry, 11 Ish Sodhi

Most of Sri Lanka's XI picks itself but a few key areas remain up for grabs. At the top of the order Nuwanidu Fernando is the likely option alongside Pathum Nissanka. Then with five seamers in the squad, Sri Lanka certainly have options, with allrounder Chamika Karunaratne also able come in if Sri Lanka want an additional batter lower down.

Sri Lanka (probable) XI: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Nuwanidu Fernando, 3 Kusal Mendis (wk), 4 Charith Asalanka, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya De Silva, 7 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Lahiru Kumara, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Maheesh Theekshana/Matheesha Pathirana


Sri Lanka last won an ODI series in New Zealand in 2001 (4-1). Since then they've won six of 23 completed ODIs in New Zealand.

Angelo Mathews needs 165 runs to score 6,000 ODI runs. He will become the ninth Sri Lankan to do so.

Since the 2019 World Cup New Zealand have won seven of 10 ODI series home and away.