‘Hungry’ West Indies eye maiden Test win in Sri Lanka | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE: A resurgent West Indies are aiming for his or her first Test victory in Sri Lanka from Sunday, having did not win on the island in three many years of attempting.
In 11 makes an attempt they’ve misplaced seven video games and drawn 4. Even when Brian Lara hammered 688 runs in a 3 Test sequence in 2001, they nonetheless misplaced 3-0.
But the West Indies have had a good 12 months in Test cricket, having overwhelmed Bangladesh away and drawn residence sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Their win over Pakistan in Jamaica in August gave them the primary factors in the World Test Championship, whereas Sri Lanka are but to open their account.
Jermaine Blackwood, one of essentially the most skilled gamers in the aspect with 41 Test appearances, was assured of recording the elusive Test win in the 2-match sequence.
Both video games are in Galle, however with out spectators.

“We came here to win. Our guys are hungry and you can see that in their eyes,” Blackwood instructed reporters. “We are a decent team and we are ready to break the shackles and win games this time around,” he stated.
They beat Bangladesh in February the place circumstances have been related, with tracks that saved low and turned, permitting spinners to return on early.
“Sri Lanka have quality spinners but we are ready for the challenge. If you see the series in Bangladesh when we won, it was played on similar conditions and we tackled their spinners well. Most of the guys who played in that series are here and we know what to expect,” Blackwood stated.
In white ball, Sri Lanka have axed half a dozen senior gamers however for Tests, the Lions are sticking with expertise, notably with a troublesome tour of India due in February.
Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, former captains Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Suranga Lakmal are again in the squad and they’re anticipated to play in each matches.

“(Karunaratne’s) last knock in Test cricket was a double hundred. Angelo is one of the great players in the game. Suranga Lakmal is so crucial for us with the new ball and he is a wonderful player,” coach Mickey Arthur instructed AFP.
“It’s great to have them back and their experience is going to be vital.”
Former Sri Lanka Under-19 captain Charith Asalanka is tipped to make his Test debut at his hometown after a formidable T-20 World Cup.
Arthur will need to log out on a excessive observe as that is his final project with Sri Lanka.
He is immensely fashionable in the island after he introduced the most effective out of a younger workforce in the course of the T20 World Cup and was looking for an extension for his two 12 months contract.
But Sri Lanka Cricket had different concepts, and Arthur is upping sticks for English county Derbyshire beginning subsequent season.
“I am happy I am leaving the team in a far better place than I found it. I see our players getting better and exciting times are ahead,” Arthur stated.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Joshua Da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Veerasammy Permaul, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jeremy Solozano and Jomel Warrican
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kamil Mishara, Minod Bhanuka, Roshen Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan, Suminda Lakshan, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Chamika Gunasekara

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