Windies ready for battle in 2nd Test
West Indies vs Sri Lanka
2nd ERI Test Match
Tuesday, November 23 to Saturday, November 27
Galle, Sri Lanka – West Indies will enter the 2nd ERI Test match against Sri Lanka with confidence. The two sides will meet at the Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday and the Windies will be eager to repeat the good showing from last week's 1st ERI Test at the Galle International Stadium. First ball is 10 am (12.30 am Eastern Caribbean Time/11.30 am Jamaica Time).
The Windies had a full training session on Monday afternoon and according to skipper Darren Sammy they got great value for the time they spent in the nets at the Max Cricket Academy in the Khettarama suburb, just outside the Premadasa.
Speaking ahead of the match skipper Darren Sammy said: “We did many good things in the first Test and we want to maintain that. We came in as the underdogs but we set high standards and we aim to maintain those standards. We want to get better and look to make strides forward. The work ethic has been good and I have no doubt the guys will be coming out to do even better than we did in the 1st Test.”
The Windies are expected to welcome back left-arm spinner and he could partner off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who got five wickets in the draw at Galle. “Benn has been our best bowler in the last year and having him back in the team will most certainly be a boost for the team and a boost to our chances of recording a victory. The way Shane bowled in the first Test ... we know Benn is also capable of doing the job and with them as a pair we can put more pressure on the Sri Lankans. It is great to have our best bowler back playing Test cricket for us,” Sammy added.
The pitch at the Premadasa is devoid of live grass but it is expected to bounce more that the one the two teams encountered at Galle. The forecast suggests there could be some inclement weather on the opening day, so the ball might move around in the early stages. Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara is expecting another brave showing from the Windies. In the opening match, Chris Gayle was the hero with a monumental 333 and all the other team members played their part.
“Shillingford is an interesting bowler the lines he bowls and the little bit of variation that he has in pace. He is a bowler who can probably change direction at the very last minute the way he bowls. We had a good chat about him. We got a few plans in a few different areas to try and defend and then attack him as well,” the experienced Sangakkara said.
“Benn is also quite a good bowler when the conditions suit him. He is coming back after a long break so whatever combination they play it will be a tough challenge. We have also to think about their fast bowlers who bowled exceptionally well and how to combat that. They’ve got a very good bowling attack and we got stay a step ahead as far as we can.”
West Indies: Darren Sammy (Captain), Brendan Nash (vice Captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh Jr, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chris Gayle, , Nelon Pascal, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Shane Shillingford, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas
Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), T.M Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Dilhara Fernando, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardene, Thilina Kandamby, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Tharanga Paranavitana, Suraj Randiv, Thilan Samaraweera, Kaushal Silva
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Richard Kettleborough (England), Television umpire: Steve Davis (Australia)
ICC Match Referee: Alan Hurst (Australia)