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Mickey Arthur responsible for Sri Lanka’s debacle in SA

Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur in conversation with the Sri Lanka players
Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur in conversation with the Sri Lanka players

Sri Lanka Head Coach Mickey Arthur should take the blame for Sri Lankas debacle in South Africa where his team performed miserably, losing the Test series two nil recently. as it was he who selected the 22-member touring squad and four frontline players suffered injuries in the first Test in Centurion.

Sri Lanka’s batting line-up looked in shambles with top order batsmen like Kusal Mendis (three successive ducks), Minod Bhanuka (5 and 1), and Dimuth Karunaratne (22, 6, and 2) failing to make an impact.

Only number four batsman, Dinesh Chandimal (85 and 25), Dhananjaya de Silva (79 retired hurt), Kusal Perera (64 and 60), Dimuth Karunaratne 103 (in his last innings), Lahiru Thirimanne (17 and 31) and Wanindu Hasaranga (59 and 29) batted well with sheer guts to restore some pride. During the Test series, South African fast bowlers overall, moved the ball 78 percent off the pitch into and away from the batsmen getting them out neck and crop.

But the Sri Lankan fast bowlers overall, moved the ball both ways only 19 percent thus, showing the huge comparison the Lankan fast bowlers lacked moving the ball when compared to the South African pacemen

Kusal Mendis should be dropped or rested from the upcoming England Test series until he corrected his technical faults as well as regain his mental stability before he could cement his place again. So is out of form Minod Bhanuka, who has a huge challenge in playing Test cricket.