After play ended on day four of the recently concluded second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss delivered the most scathing indictment of the wicket in use, saying "Even Murali would have struggled to get wickets on this strip."
Fair assessment, and the game provided Sri Lanka with an early, unnerving insight into what its future holds in the wake of Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement and for that matter even the exit of Chaminda Vaas. Equally, that statement points to the need, at some point in the immediate future, for Sri Lanka has to introspect and come up with a complete overhaul of a home strategy that has in the past contributed more wins than losses.
At one level, wickets like the one we saw at the Sinhalese Sports Club are killing Test cricket, especially in a country where the format is not exactly the most popular - but that said, you can see where the urge to produce such wickets is coming from. For the SriRead More »from Sri Lanka after Murali needs fresh approach