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Eng V SL

Yorkshire Blue

Super Moderator
Staff member
Oct 27, 2003
Was really looking forward to this summer's series against Sri Lanka but Sri Lanka have pretty much named a second string bowling attack. Murali has of course retired (as did Vaas a year or two back), but Malinga is being kept back for limited overs cricket, as is Angelo Mathews and there is no Kulsakera or Maharoof (who may both be more suited to limited overs cricket anyway). That doesn't leave much.

Am pretty excited to see how Welegedara fares - a left-armer who bowls at a sharpish pace and swings it, and I suppose Herath and Mendis isn't a bad spin attack (although I'd have thought green pitches for the Lankans would be the order of the day, so they wouldn't want to pick both) but Dilhara Fernando isn't really a bowler for a top tier test side and I don't know anything about Lakmal and Pradeep other than their first class figures are non-descript.

At least the peerless Kumar Sangakkara will be a worthy test for England's attack and it will be interesting to see how much Samraweera's test average plummets if the ball swings. But this series could have been so much more with a stronger Lankan side.