The Mystery behind White Ball On Sri Lankan Spinners To Get Test Debut, Australia insists that their white-ball experience gives them the best chance to pick Sri Lankan mystery spinner Maheesh Thekshana as a young star firm for Test debut They will get a chance.
The Embuldenia was ruled out after a poor first Test:-
The hosts confirmed on Tuesday that they had dropped spinner Lasith Embuldeniya after a poor first Test, despite starting the year as Sri Lanka’s premier turner.
Theekshana has been included in Sri Lanka’s squad in place of Ambuldeniya, along with teenager Dunith Wellalage after reserve spinner Praveen Jayawickrama was infected with covid-19.
Wellalage and Thekshana are seen as the future of the Sri Lankan spinners, with the 19- and 21-year-olds now having a chance to make their debuts after the hosts’ best in the white-ball series.
Has the ability to spin it both ways:-
Thekshana in particular has the ability to Sri Lankan Spinners it both ways with a carrom delivery, as well as the ability to drive the ball quickly.
The right-hander took eight wickets at 17.12 in last year’s T20 World Cup, though dominated against lower-order nations.
But Australia insisted they would be ready on a Galle wicket that is expected to turn again.
Wicketkeeper Alex Carey said, “That’s the advantage of having an ODI series before a Test series. You take a look at them.”
Let’s take a closer look at the ball in an innings:-
“Every time you play against him everything calms down and you watch the ball a little closer in an innings.
“Theekshana has its own challenges, which ball is he going to bowl?
“He is an excellent bowler, he is going to be difficult in these conditions, we have seen in one-day cricket how good he can be.”
Ramesh Mendis Sri Lanka’s ever-best spinning all-rounder Dhananjay de Silva was underused and debutant Jeffrey Vandersay took 2-68.
Meanwhile, Jayavikrama’s COVID case came after Angelo Mathews also contracted the virus in the first Test.
Mathews is free to play in the second match, while all teammates have come negative.
A Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka:-
Sri Lanka Test Squad: 1. Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), 2. Pathum Nisanka, 3. Oshada Fernando, 4. Angelo Mathews, 5. Kusal Mendis, 6. Dhananjaya de Silva, 7. Kamindu Mendis, 8. Niroshan Dickwella, 9. Dinesh Chandimal, 10. Ramesh Mendis, 11. Chamika Karunaratne, 12. Kasun Rajitha, 13. Vishwa Fernando, 14. Asitha, 15. Dilshan Madushanka, 16. Praveen Jayavikrama, 18. Jeffrey Vandersay, 19. Mahesh Thekshana, 20. Lakshya Mansinghe, 21. Dunith Wellalage.
Australia Test squad: 1. Pat Cummins (capt), 2. Ashton Agar, 3. Scott Boland, 4. Alex Carey, 5. Cameron Green, 6. Josh Hazlewood, 7. Travis Head, 8. John Holland, 9. Josh Inglis, 10. Usman Khawaja, 11. Marnus Labuschagne, 11. Nathan Lyon, 12. Mitchell Marsh, 13. Glenn Maxwell, 14. Steve Smith, 15. Mitchell Starc, 16. Mitchell Swepson, 17. David Warner. Standby players: 1. Matthew Kuhneman, 2. Todd Murphy.