Sri Lanka Cricket in a Media release said that the following players, selected to play the test series vs South Africa left the Island this morning. (02.45 A.M)
They will join with the rest of the team members, who left for South Africa yesterday, following the completion of the test series in Australia. While Angelo Perera and Lasith Embuldeniya is expected to join the team later in the week.
In the meantime, Batting Coach, Jon Lewis, who went on leave due to a family commitment; during the Australian Test Series; will join with the National team in Durban South Africa.
Dimuth Karunaratne has replaced Dinesh Chandimal as Captain of Sri Lanka and will look to its young side to show more maturity and body language which could be the way in which Sri Lanka can be up against a yet a nother had core test team. Sri Lanka in the resent past did loose to England 3/0 at home, lost to New Zealand followed by that series in Australia where Sri Lanka lost the opening day-night Test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs inside three days followed by a 366-run thrashing in the Canberra Test.
For Sri Lanka who is going through a tough patch this could be a real test as often good Test teams bounce back generally after 3 consecutive losses just as what is expected from a top order batsman in test cricket who has failed in 3 test matches, where he / she is expected to get runs on the 4th.
the 1st test is scheduled for the 13th to the 17th Feb, played at Kingsmead, Durban where the temperature is expected to be that of Kandy in Sri Lanka ranging from 22 to 24 degrees centigrade.
Little more than a stone’s throw from the ocean, Kingsmead is located in humid Durban, home to sandy beaches and surfing. The ground has played host to tests since January 1923 when England and South Africa played to out a draw. In 1939 England and South Africa played a timeless Test, which also ended in a draw when England had to catch the boat home.
Highlights in the history of Kingsmead include South Africa’s innings and 129-run demolition of Australia, in February 1970, when Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, thrashed the Australian bowling to all parts of the ground as they scored 274 and 140 respectively.
The ground certainly has had its highs and lows. South Africa amassed 658 for 9 against West Indies in 2003, but India were skittled for just 66 in 1996. In 2003 Kingsmead staged the World Cup semi-final between India and Kenya.
Kingsmead’s easterly location – but within the same timezone as the rest of South Africa – means it is prone to bad light and the humid climate can result in powerful thunderstorms. The ground still incorporates traditional grass banks, as well as towering modern stands.(Andrew McGlashan espncrickinfo.com)
25,000 capacity ground with its Grassy pitch conditions said to have remained unchanged for the past 25 Years, conducive for fast bowlers would be a real testing ground for Sri Lanka where only a positive cricketing approach can lead them reach their objective.