After a long break, the Sri Lanka Test team will tour West Indies for 3 Tests starting 6th of June 2018 at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.
To start with, the Sri Lankan squad will play a tour match at the Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad from May 30 to June 1, 2018. A limited over series has not been included in the tour schedule.
The recently concluded Sri Lanka Cricket Super Provincial Four-day Test tournament has made it easier for the national selectors who will name the final squad to West Indies in the 2nd week of May.
However, we have listed down a number of players who we feel are favorites to make it to the first XI.
- Dimuth Karunaratne
- Kusal Janith Perera
- Kusal Mendis
- Angelo Mathews
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Roshen Silva
- Dilruwan Perera
- Rangana Herath
- Akila Dhananjaya
- Suranga Lakmal
- Lahiru Gamage
Roshen Silva after making over 500 runs in just 5 innings will definitely find a place in the first XI. But if Karunaratne fails, Sri Lanka may opt to go with Dhananjaya De Silva on top of the order. Similarly, Niroshan Dickwella has a good chance of replacing Kusal Janith Perera if the player fails to deliver in the 1st Test.
In the bowling department, Lahiru Gamage is in close competition with Dammika Prasad and Nisala Tharaka. However, the final decision will depend on nature of the wicket. If the wicket offers pace, Sri Lanka might go with three quickies and two spinners instead.
Prasad, yet to bounce back to his best, will have to wait, especially after Gamage’s performance in the Super Provincial Tournament.
Chandika Hathurusingha and the selectors will heavily rely on the outcome of the tour match. The three-day test will decide who starts and who doesn’t.
Sri Lanka has the edge over West Indies in Test Cricket and a series win will definitely give them confidence ahead of the home series against South Africa.
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