Sri Lanka will lock horns with West Indies in the Carribean after almost a decade and the 1st Test is scheduled to be played at Port of Spain on the 6th of June 2018. The side from the sub continent has the edge but West Indies has just lost one of out six played between the two sides in the Carribean.
However, with a much better starting XI, Sri Lanka will be disappointed with anything but a win in the 1st Test. The three-match Test series was in a cloud of doubt, particularly due to financial issues concerning Cricket Windies. Later, CWI chief executive officer Johnny Grave assured the tour is not in danger of being cancelled or reduced.
“We will lose a significant amount hosting Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. We knew 2018 would be a tough financial year and the back to back surpluses over the last three years would never be enough to take us through this year,” Grave said.
All-rounder Dhananjaya De Silva was forced to stay back after his father’s tragic death but he has willingly returned to the 17-man squad in the Caribbean. He may not be a part of the 1st Test but we think he’s a top contender to open the innings for Sri Lanka.
Players in contention for place on top of the order
- Dhananjaya De Silva
- Kusal Mendis
- Kusal Janith Perera
- Niroshan Dickwella
- Mahela Udawatte
With Dhana in doubt for the 1st Test, we think Sri Lanka should go with Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Janith Perera on top of the other. Kusal Mendis was successful opening the innings in T20 and ODI Cricket but he’s more of a No.3 batsman in five-day cricket.
Mahela Udawatte despite doing well in the Super Provincial Tournament will have to wait a bit longer for his Test debut. However, if Dhana plays, he’ll surely open the innings and Dickwella will have to settle in the lower middle order.
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