Today, the Sri Lanka Test Squad will take on West Indies in a three-day tour match before the all-important 1st test between the two sides on the 6th of June at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain.
It has been almost a decade since the two teams last played each other in a bilateral series in the Caribbean.
With a better Test record, Sri Lanka will have the edge but Windies will not hesitate to fight back playing in home conditions.
“You know, we have heard great stories about how WI dominated world cricket for decades and most Sri Lankans looked up to the great West Indies sides in our formative years. It is a good opportunity for us to go there, compete and win a series. We have not played a Test series there in ten years. We are all looking forward to the challenge. West Indies will be playing in their home conditions and we need to stick to our strengths and game plans,” said Dinesh Chandimal who will be playing his maiden Test in the Caribbean. (Cricbuzz)
Sri Lanka has a very good record over Windies in Tests but with just one win, the side from the subcontinent should look to change things around in the Caribbean.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies (Head to Head)
Matches – 17
Sri Lanka – 8
West Indies – 3
Draw – 6
Sri Lanka vs West Indies (In West Indies)
Matches – 6
West Indies – 3
Sri Lanka – 1
Draw – 2
However, with Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal back, the visitors are way stronger in terms of experience. Devon Smith’s return will help the home team on top of the order. It has been nearly 3 years since he last played Test Cricket for the West Indies.
West Indies Test Squad
Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Devon Smith.
Dhananjaya De Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne’s absence will most likely prompt Kusal Perera to open with Niroshan Dickwella or Mahela Udawatte.
Kusal Mendis can also open the batting but Sri Lanka will like to use him in the No.3 position.
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