Hindustan Times – West Indies and Sri Lanka commence one of the most infrequent of international cricket assignments when the first match of a three-Test series begins tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

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  • West Indies and Sri Lanka commence one of the most infrequent of international cricket assignments when the first match of a three-Test series begins tomorrow at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
  • READ | Dhananjaya de Silva to join Sri Lanka squad in West Indies following father’s funeralIt is unlikely that he will be considered for the first Test although he is expected to be back in the key number three position come the second Test in St Lucia and the final match in Barbados, the first-ever day/night Test to be played in the West Indies.
  • Of the trio of senior statesmen in their side — left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, former captain Angelo Mathews and fast-medium bowler Suranga Lakmal — only Mathews featured in the lone warm-up match ahead of the Tests, a drawn three-day fixture against a Cricket West Indies President’s XI highlighted by captain Dinesh Chandimal’s assured hundred.
  • All three are expected to play key roles in the quest for a first Test series triumph in the West Indies although Sri Lanka’s selectors have already indicated that concerns over their long-term fitness are likely to result in their being rested for at least one of the three matches.
  • READ | Rohit Sharma throws the ‘first pitch’ at Seattle Mariners gameDespite a poor showing in their most recent Test series in New Zealand last December, the West Indies selectors have retained the bulk of that squad in the expectation of returning to the level of competitiveness they showed in earlier Test campaigns in 2017 against Pakistan, England and Zimbabwe.


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