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Who to pick - strokemakers or stodgy accumulators? Or keepers who can more than just get by with the bat?
March 2, 2010
In Sri Lanka's cricket history one area where they have never been short of talent is the middle-order batting. Sri Lanka have been blessed with some of the most exciting batsmen the game has ever seen.
From Mahadevan Sathasivam, regarded as the country's best batsman in the pre-Test era, to Aravinda de Silva, arguably the best in the Test age, Sri Lanka have produced an array of exciting stroke-makers the likes of whom cricket has been fortunate to witness.
Amaong those during the pre-Test years who could probably have made it to this shortlist were Frederick C de Saram, Sargo Jayawickrama, Michael Tissera, Anura Tennekoon, Ievers Gunasekara and Stanley Jayasinghe, whose cricketing talents were not fully exposed due to the lack of international competition. These players were unfortunate to belong to an era when Sri Lanka was still struggling to attain Test status. They played purely for the love of the game, in an age where cricket was accepted as a gentleman's game and was not influenced by money.
Those who missed out in the list in the Test era include Duleep Mendis, the dashing batsman and former captain who was nicknamed the "Moratuwa Mauler", and Russel Arnold, whose level-headed batting provided a calming influence to the middle-order.
If picking the openers is going to cause a headache to the selectors of this all-time XI, naming the middle-order is an even bigger task because of the abundance of talent on offer.
We'll be publishing an all-time Sri Lanka XI based on readers' votes to go with our jury's XI. To pick your middle order click here
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