South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Cape Town January 2, 2012

Sri Lanka take another shot at history

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Match facts

January 3-7, Cape Town
Start time 10:30 (08:30 GMT)

The Big Picture

South Africa haven't won their previous four home Test series, but a failure to close out this one will cause the most criticism. While the other contests were against teams near the top of the rankings, this one is against a side that was struggling to find its feet in Test cricket after the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan. A series that was expected to be all one-way traffic is now level at one-all, with Sri Lanka having already achieved their pre-tour ambition of winning a Test in South Africa.

After basking in one of their greatest Test victories, Sri Lanka have now scaled up their goal to a series win in South Africa. The Durban success came about through significant contributions from many of their players - Thilan Samaraweera and Kumar Sangakkara making hundreds, Chanaka Welegedera and Rangana Herath taking five-fors, and Dinesh Chandimal scoring vital half-centuries in each innings. That's something they need to repeat in Cape Town if they are to pose a challenge to South Africa, who remain favourites despite the Durban debacle.

The return of Vernon Philander, whose accurate swing bowling has brought him four five-wicket hauls in three Tests, is a cause of cheer for the home side. Sri Lanka, though, have several injury worries - Chandimal is struggling with an elbow problem and a final call on his availability will be taken on Tuesday, while their quickest bowler Dilhara Fernando is also doubtful after suffering knee pain.

It has been more than a decade since Sri Lanka played a Test in Cape Town, but their previous match at the venue remains their biggest defeat in Tests. However, as they did memorably in Durban, Sri Lanka need to forget the past and set about taking a shot at history.

Form guide

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Watch out for...

Only once in the past nine seasons has Jacques Kallis gone through an entire home season without making a Test century. The Cape Town Test is the last one of the South African summer and Kallis is yet to score a hundred, and what is more - he has picked up three ducks in his past four Tests. Luckily for him, the next match is at Newlands, his home ground and one where he has an outstanding record - 1874 runs at 72.07 with eight centuries. No better place then for him to regain form, that too in his 150th Test.

Tillakaratne Dilshan is another batsman struggling for form - he has only two half-centuries in his previous 15 Test innings. After a miserable first seven months as leader, Dilshan had little to show in terms of results, but the Durban victory should give his captaincy a fresh lease. Now that the team is showing signs of a turnaround, he'll hope his own form too will improve.

Team news

The Durban debacle has prompted immediate action from South Africa. Ashwell Prince has been axed, and the in-form Alviro Petersen returns. He slots in as an opener, pushing the out-of-sorts Jacques Rudolph down the order. The other change to the XI is that Vernon Philander returns to take the place of Marchant de Lange.

South Africa: 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Hashim Amla, 4 Jacques Kallis, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Jacques Rudolph, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Imran Tahir

The only changes to the Sri Lankan side are likely to be due to injuries. Decisions on Chandimal and Fernando will be taken on Tuesday morning, and in case they aren't fit, Kaushal Silva and Dhammika Prasad are the likely replacements.

Sri Lanka: (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), 2 Tharanga Paranavitana, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dinesh Chandimal / Kaushal Silva (wk), 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Dilhara Fernando / Dhammika Prasad, 11 Chanaka Welegedara

Pitch and conditions

It rained in Cape Town on Monday but the forecast is better for the rest of the week. Smith believes the pitch is dry though there is a tinge of green on it. The Newlands track is usually a good Test wicket, so we can expect a bit for the bowlers early on, and a decent batting strip.

Stats and trivia

  • Since South Africa's post-apartheid return to cricket, Australia are the only visiting team to have won Tests at Newlands. South Africa's record at the ground in that period is a formidable 15 wins and three losses in 23 matches
  • Daryl Cullinan is the only South African batsman to have made more than one Test century against Sri Lanka. Surprisingly, the only batsman in the current squad to make have made a Test hundred against Sri Lanka is Jacques Rudolph
  • Thilan Samaraweera is 22 short of becoming Sri Lanka's highest run-getter in a Test series in South Africa.

Click here for the detailed stats preview to the Test.

Quotes

"We have the capabilities to be at the top and we won't get there with the way we played in Durban. We need to step it up a little bit and we understand that."
Graeme Smith says South Africa will come back stronger in Cape Town

"If we can win the series, it will be a great achievement as a team. We believe we can perform in any conditions and it would be a big achievement for Sri Lanka if we win."
Tillakaratne Dilshan looks forward to making history, again

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Lord.emsworth on January 3, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Dilshans may have got it wrong by bowling first. And replacing one slow scoring, edging opener Paranavitana with a similar copycat Tirimanne, isnt brilliant thinking. Probably Duleep Mendis wanted this. He is the man who didnt want Samaraweera and kept out brilliant Chandimal for so long.

  • shark77 on January 3, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    sri lanka should play the winning side exempt for injuries....

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    This Time SL Will Win.......

  • on January 3, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I would like to say that South Africa can do well at Newlands in Cape Town as the home team will get huge advantage to shine against the visiting team and the team's performance against the Asian team has been impressive as South Africa has lost here only to Australia and it's last defeat was in 2008 when the team heavily went down to the Aussie juggernauts. So, luck will be on South Africa's side. However, the home team can't remain quiet but should perform to it's potential to give Sri Lanka a deadly response. All the best to South Africa for it's special performance in this deciding match.

  • Charles_Fortune_Favours_the_Brave on January 3, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @ HankasHarry: Or just perhaps Kirsten is persisting with Boucher because he is far and away the best wicketkeeper in the world (538 dismissals, compared to the next best of 416, and a respectable batting average of more than 5000 runs at a little over 30), and Kallis is simply the best South African cricketer there has ever been (over 12000 runs at an average of over 56, 271 wickets at 32.74 and that small matter of 174 catches, mostly at slip)!!!!

  • on January 3, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Good luck for Sri Lanka Cricket team win the 3rd test and the series ......

  • on January 3, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    To my team (SA): Batsmen, know where your off stump is, and improve your shot selection. This is not T20 cricket.

  • Lionation on January 3, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    go sl hope chandimals fine south africa are a strong side on this ground and it woul be a wonderful milestone for sri lanka but south africa are favoured

  • ShehanJay on January 3, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Australia's quicks roll India for 191. Something similar could happen later in the day, if South Africa win the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat. Remember that even though they lost the second test to SL, SA is still playing in home conditions, and I don't see the likes of Sangakara or Samaraweera scoring back to back centuries.

  • heshan666 on January 3, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Well,SL have to be carefull.No doubt about that capetown is going 2 be a green tint pitch.It''ll be lucky if dilshan lose the toss.If SA win the toss,it's will be tough for SL.But mentally SL in a good position .Whatever ,SA will charge with VERNON PHILANDER's arrive.A boxing day & lots of thoughts ,it's going to be a spectacular test match

  • Lord.emsworth on January 3, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Dilshans may have got it wrong by bowling first. And replacing one slow scoring, edging opener Paranavitana with a similar copycat Tirimanne, isnt brilliant thinking. Probably Duleep Mendis wanted this. He is the man who didnt want Samaraweera and kept out brilliant Chandimal for so long.

  • shark77 on January 3, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    sri lanka should play the winning side exempt for injuries....

  • on January 3, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    This Time SL Will Win.......

  • on January 3, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I would like to say that South Africa can do well at Newlands in Cape Town as the home team will get huge advantage to shine against the visiting team and the team's performance against the Asian team has been impressive as South Africa has lost here only to Australia and it's last defeat was in 2008 when the team heavily went down to the Aussie juggernauts. So, luck will be on South Africa's side. However, the home team can't remain quiet but should perform to it's potential to give Sri Lanka a deadly response. All the best to South Africa for it's special performance in this deciding match.

  • Charles_Fortune_Favours_the_Brave on January 3, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @ HankasHarry: Or just perhaps Kirsten is persisting with Boucher because he is far and away the best wicketkeeper in the world (538 dismissals, compared to the next best of 416, and a respectable batting average of more than 5000 runs at a little over 30), and Kallis is simply the best South African cricketer there has ever been (over 12000 runs at an average of over 56, 271 wickets at 32.74 and that small matter of 174 catches, mostly at slip)!!!!

  • on January 3, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Good luck for Sri Lanka Cricket team win the 3rd test and the series ......

  • on January 3, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    To my team (SA): Batsmen, know where your off stump is, and improve your shot selection. This is not T20 cricket.

  • Lionation on January 3, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    go sl hope chandimals fine south africa are a strong side on this ground and it woul be a wonderful milestone for sri lanka but south africa are favoured

  • ShehanJay on January 3, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Australia's quicks roll India for 191. Something similar could happen later in the day, if South Africa win the toss and put Sri Lanka in to bat. Remember that even though they lost the second test to SL, SA is still playing in home conditions, and I don't see the likes of Sangakara or Samaraweera scoring back to back centuries.

  • heshan666 on January 3, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Well,SL have to be carefull.No doubt about that capetown is going 2 be a green tint pitch.It''ll be lucky if dilshan lose the toss.If SA win the toss,it's will be tough for SL.But mentally SL in a good position .Whatever ,SA will charge with VERNON PHILANDER's arrive.A boxing day & lots of thoughts ,it's going to be a spectacular test match

  • on January 3, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    come on Sri Lanka,SA is going to build their all strenth,now SL should get tacticle advantage bringing Ajantha Mendis for the 3rd test, I know & I like to watch the collapsing of SA wickets very cheaply,pls SL selectors must get this dicission,if we want to win this test & the series.

  • on January 3, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    winning in south africa has become easier nowdays!!!!! everyone thought south africa will go top of the world after aussies dominaton!! but india forced the way to the top and now england at the top! but in the recent past south africans have played better than all other teams away the home!!! most of their defeats are coming only in their home!!!!! they really deserved the No.1 ranking,they have won everywhere outside their home !!! but the poor south africans is made to stay as a second best team forever!!!!!!!

  • on January 3, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Don't expect for miracles. SL have pure abilities to beat SA. Time up for SL to BE SL AGAIN. And Chandimal will play big part again. Lions are roaring and love u Sri Lanka.

  • on January 3, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    looking forword to see fantastic biginig for 2012 for srilankan cricket....sanga backt with run.. samaraweera doing well....hope chanimal will play this game to young to be stop playing due to injury.... Mahela ...need to do more to get back in to who is he ....Mathews ( what are you doing ??? ) is Tisara prera will remain his spot ? How long ..?

    do we need real allrownder ? some one siting on the bench .. how is he ?

    any way ...wish we see good test match and good resault ..

  • on January 3, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    "Surprisingly, the only batsman in the current squad to make have made a Test hundred against Sri Lanka is Jacques Rudolph " ??

  • PW-Roolz on January 2, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Fantastic win, with the exception of Dilshans batting throw caution to the wind. Win the toss bat first and post a mammoth total. A win for SL and a century for Sachin in OZ, will be an excellent start for 2012

  • Zahidsaltin on January 2, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Without CHANDIMAL? No way

  • Vista12 on January 2, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    The changes SA have made have been perfect and I can see a comprehensive win for SA to start 2012. De Lange is unlucky but his turn will come. Rudolph and Alviro to score tons...

  • JG2704 on January 2, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    My inclin says that SA will come back stronger but then again I've never seen Stein and Morkel look so ineffective

  • Mahaanama on January 2, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka have outplayed in last few months & lost all recent test series. But no one can survive when SL come to form. Now they have come to form so no way SA can survive now. I feel really sorry for SA. They should play for a draw

  • on January 2, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    sl go on bozzz...dinesh in

  • on January 2, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    This is typical of the excuses and poor attitude brought by Smith as captain, and latched onto the the rest of the team. The correct words are "We realise that we need to bring EVERYTHING WE HAVE GOT to every game, or die trying, because that is what champions do."

    Not "step it up a little bit". nnnnnngggg his attitude SUCKS man! His promotion to captain was the start of SA's mental weaknesses. He is also a useless batsman, living off his 200 at Lords last CENTURY. Honestly when last has he made consistent centuries? He makes poor on field decisions, and buckles under pressure. Drop him until he regains his batting form, and make a player with a professional attitude the captain. Someone who will grow to fill the shoes properly - like AB de Villiers.

  • Shahul74 on January 2, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    What a great victory for test cricket when the trend perhaps was the other way around. The intensity of this match is at least equal to a world cup final at least for us Sri Lankans. Not just since the Proteas are a great side or since we have not won a series in SA before, but mainly because the verbal abuse we received before and after the first test. Kepler had no hesitation in underrating the Lion's batting technique and hinted that we did not deserve the tour. The Durban test proved to me the mental strength of the Lion's and in Cricket nothing is more important than the that. However the Cape town test will demand brilliant performances from the Lions who are more than capable delivering. I hope they take it session at a time. We should concentrate on what we can do rather than jump in to conclusions about the opponents... which has already been proven unfruitful.

  • on January 2, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    No contest - SA by an innings and plenty. They are awake now.

  • on January 2, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    srilanka shold not bring prasana as the wicketkeeper even thought out he is one of the best .srilankans need to stick with chandimal for future of srilankan cricket and if they do so i have no dout he will be next sangakkara.

  • mr.truth on January 2, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    go ahead

  • moBlue on January 2, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    i am an IND fan who stood by SL when they got walloped in T1, and said - right here on cricinfo! - that as long as SL batters showed some self-belief and SL bowlers bowled to their potential, SL could kick SA's behind at durban, much like IND had last year!!! i am so happy that SL did just that!!! :) now i hope SL can be wary of SA at cape town, a tough venue for all visitors! fighting fire with fire is the only option left, yet SL should prefer caution to bold aggression in order to get themselves into a winning position, much like IND did a year ago [though kallis thwarted IND single-handedly]. SL, remember: even a draw at cape town would be creditable to SL... because a draw in an away series is better than a draw! [in other words, it would be a moral victory for SL, and their ranking would improve, and SA would/should regard it as a moral defeat, if the series ended 1-1].

  • yorkslanka on January 2, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    we sri lankan fans need to remember that the only team to have beaten SA at cape town in Australia so lets not get beyond ourselves..I would be overjoyed if we did win, but a draw would be a good result and as i said before this series, if we manage to draw this series, that would be a good result...beofre i get accused of not being patriotic, I still want us to win but just being realistic...

  • tennakoon63 on January 2, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    I wish Dinesh Chandimal is fit by Tuesday. We need him. I believe Sri Lanka will put up a good fight. With the Durban win their morale is boosted. One thing they should remember is that Philander is back. I presume they have studied video footage of his swing bowling and can cope up with his bowling. Good luck guys! You can do it. Cheers!

  • mgsperera on January 2, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Pls dnt include PARANAWITHANA..He has given lot of chances & seems he is misusing . shud be given a chance to a Youngster.Hope Chandimal will clear his fitness.if we can use Ajantha Mendis then SA has to change thier all plans...Anyway all the best for both teams..As a SL love to see SL wins or tie the series ...

  • WaldermaltCricketer on January 2, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    If Chandimal is not fit enough to play, Sanga should keep wickest while another batsman come to the side. Kaushal Silva is neither a clever batsman nor a good wicket keeper.

  • on January 2, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    best of luck SL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 2, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Can't understand how Morne Morkel escaped the 'drop' when Marchant de Lange got 7 wickets in his debut innings-must be a record of sort for any one,not necessarily a debutant,am sure (getting dropped in the next Test ,that is,after getting 7 wickets in an innings in the previous Test).Paul Harris should be given a chance instead of the profligate Imran Tahir-Harris performed the 'holding' role admirably over the past few years. Strange are the ways of the South African cricket selectors-remember poor Pat Symcox getting dropped immediately after scoring a valiant,rearguard Test century as a no.10 batsman some 16/17 years ago.

  • Sachwid on January 2, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    All the best to sri lankan team!..

  • on January 2, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I think if Chandimal is not fit then Sangakkara need to take the gloves and Thirimanne should be the replacement for Chandimal.I don't think Silva is in good form even.Who agrees with me ??

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    GO SL GO....WIN THE SERIES....AND YOU WILL BE ON YOUR WAY TO BE THE BEST SL TEAM EVER....Also will help us guys to protect our ranking.....

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Go Lankans! Make it count.

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Surprising that the South African selectors would not drop Morne Morkel and pick Marchant de Lange. That amateur really bowled a good spell. He picked up 7 wickets but he still finds himself in the substitutes in the next game he is playing.

  • ShehanJay on January 2, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    After the winning the the world cup in1996, Sri Lanka had 2 chances to make history once again. One was in the 2007 World Cup Final and the the other was in the 2011 World Cup Final. But they messed up both opportunities. So lets see what they do in the course of the next 5 days.

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I guess Lions are in a higher moral than Proteas after their historical win at Durban. But I expect couple of changes in the line up. My team for tomorrow match is as below. T Paranavithana TM Dilshan (C) K Sangakkara M Jayawardhane T Samaraweera A Mathews D Chandimal/K Silva R Herath C Welagedara A Mendis D Fernando/ S Lakmal

    All the Best Lions

  • bdsmaruf on January 2, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    i am bd's fan. i want sl win . if chandimal is not available, sanga should keeping and take one more batsman.good luck sl.

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Guys, for the rest of your life , remember DURBAN

  • Sinhaya on January 2, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka are well on track to win in Cape Town and create history by becoming the first ever South Asian team to win a test series in South Africa!

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    no matter what happen, sri lanka definitely gonna win this match and the series.... come on sri lanka you can do it..its time to make a history :)

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I m an Indian but I want Sri lanka to desperately won the series.it unusual how the fortune turns in the matter of five days,Srilanka never won the Test in SA before Durban test now if they mange to repeat that same dose to SA in the final test than they will become the first Asian Teams to win the Test series in SA,Even India with powerful batting line up and Paksitan with World class bowlers failed to do that since last Two decades

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    After a superb win against Sri lankans, South Africa shouldn't had lost their momentum. Failing top & middle order is the main reason for loosing this match. Players like Jaques kallis,ashwell prince, devilliers should bat more sensitively. Meanwhile, Amla should try to convert his half centuries into bigger ones, because he's the one, on whom the team relies the most. And of-course, should open with captain in order to build a better partnership as he did in his previous matches & batted well.Rudolph should bat lower in the order, say 4 or 5. Obviously South Africans have to come back strongly in the next match in order to protect themselves from any criticism.

  • Herath-UK on January 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    If Chandimal is not available,add another batsman and keeping should go to Dilshan or another.The Team will be bouyant knowing that they can win without Murali or Vass. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • bMike on January 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka will thrush South Africa again for sure!

  • IanJF on January 2, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    The decision on Chandimal's situation might decide this match... He is the very backbone of the SL middle-order strength & on-field spirit !

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Sitting here i would have been more inclined to leave morkel out and pick de lange, he looks a fine prospect, with philander and steyne that is a deadly pace trio with kallis not to shabby as the 4th quick, tahir has fair ability, best attack along with england in test cricket

  • HankasHarry on January 2, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I don't understand why Morkel has not been sent to gain back his form in franchise cricket, as Peterson did before. The big problem with Mark Boucher is his friendship with ex-teammate Gary Kirsten. I do not think that there is a player-coach relationship between Kallis, Boucher & Kirsten. Add to that ex team-mate Allan Donald & its almost like a reunion. With India, Kirsten could apply himself as coach for a "neutral" bunch of cricketers, not ex team-mates. Kirsten will back Boucher & Kallis for as long as he can, at least for as long as he can handle the pressure from Hudson & co.

  • on January 2, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Best of luck to Srilanka....... hopefully a test series win in south africa would prove as a benchmark for pakistani and other asian teams

  • on January 2, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    will see, who is going to win this match, congratulations sri lankan LIONS...

  • Sinhaya on January 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Scores will be as follows. Sri Lanka batting first 408 all out and SA in reply 227 all out. In the 2nd innings, Sri Lanka 330 all out and SA in reply 255 all out.

  • on January 2, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    As a lankan fan I dont want bt i'm ready to watch a heavy defeat for dilshan & co.

  • very_stupid_point on January 2, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Well, SL proved me wrong by winning the 2nd test, hats off to them. South Africa continue their worrying trend of looking brittle when placed under pressure. I don't see them beating England this summer, maybe a draw though.

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  • very_stupid_point on January 2, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Well, SL proved me wrong by winning the 2nd test, hats off to them. South Africa continue their worrying trend of looking brittle when placed under pressure. I don't see them beating England this summer, maybe a draw though.

  • on January 2, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    As a lankan fan I dont want bt i'm ready to watch a heavy defeat for dilshan & co.

  • Sinhaya on January 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Scores will be as follows. Sri Lanka batting first 408 all out and SA in reply 227 all out. In the 2nd innings, Sri Lanka 330 all out and SA in reply 255 all out.

  • on January 2, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    will see, who is going to win this match, congratulations sri lankan LIONS...

  • on January 2, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Best of luck to Srilanka....... hopefully a test series win in south africa would prove as a benchmark for pakistani and other asian teams

  • HankasHarry on January 2, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I don't understand why Morkel has not been sent to gain back his form in franchise cricket, as Peterson did before. The big problem with Mark Boucher is his friendship with ex-teammate Gary Kirsten. I do not think that there is a player-coach relationship between Kallis, Boucher & Kirsten. Add to that ex team-mate Allan Donald & its almost like a reunion. With India, Kirsten could apply himself as coach for a "neutral" bunch of cricketers, not ex team-mates. Kirsten will back Boucher & Kallis for as long as he can, at least for as long as he can handle the pressure from Hudson & co.

  • on January 2, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Sitting here i would have been more inclined to leave morkel out and pick de lange, he looks a fine prospect, with philander and steyne that is a deadly pace trio with kallis not to shabby as the 4th quick, tahir has fair ability, best attack along with england in test cricket

  • IanJF on January 2, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    The decision on Chandimal's situation might decide this match... He is the very backbone of the SL middle-order strength & on-field spirit !

  • bMike on January 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka will thrush South Africa again for sure!

  • Herath-UK on January 2, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    If Chandimal is not available,add another batsman and keeping should go to Dilshan or another.The Team will be bouyant knowing that they can win without Murali or Vass. Ranil Herath - Kent