Dav Whatmore's Present Dilema.

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The illustrious Sri Lankan Coach Dav Whatmore must surely be pondering upon his available options in bewilderment as to what needs to be done to get the Sri Lankan Cricketers to be consistent performers.

A star studded side equipped to take on the best and beat them yet careless and lacksadaisical at times and prone to drop their concentration, lending colour to the adage "Oh! Those Glorious Uncertainties of Cricket" and an air of unpredictability.

The remedy probably lies in their approach to the longer game as opposed to the limited over game as at times they seem to play Test Cricket in the same hurried manner they would an ODI.

Sri Lanka needs an unhurried approach to the longer game without a doubt,Sanath Jayasuriya explosive as he may have been as an opener in the ODI's probably is better off batting lower down leaving the job of opening the innings to Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara and the importance of being able to stem a collapse is paramount considering the many recent ones such as 5 wickets for 10 runs at the end of the first innings when we looked set for at least 350 and the current 98 for 6!! "We Need To Pull This One Out Of The Fire Dav!" with the two 'princes (Kumars) still batting.

Finally, it it can be said with a fair measure of confidence that Sri Lanka has a plethora of talent and variety in the kinds of world class cricketers available to the selectors and it probably is about time for considerations towards setting up two alternate squads, one for Test Matches and the other for ODIs with a provision for interchanging players depending on their merits and attributes towards participating in both versions of the game though this may sound far fetched to the critics.

In the bowling department the dependance on Muralis ability to bring home the bacon is heavily depended upon single handedly although great spinners have been known to operate in pairs. The brilliance of Upul Chandana,Bandaratillaka and the rest of the young blood has yet to be really proven and Chaminda Vaas does need an accurate speedster as part of the opening battery with Upashantha and Sajeewa knocking on the door once more.

All things considered, Sri Lanka should be demolishing all opposition in both versions of the game if their focus is directed at consolidating their strengths, mixing it up with variety and believing in what awaits their future as a great cricketing nation.The Classy Dav Whatmore deserves to see an end to his dilema permanently.


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