• So MS Dhoni thinks India need a rotation policy for players in the national team. He is right, of course, for either you play less cricket or have more cricketers. It is not that difficult to follow. And since it is unlikely that India will play less cricket - nobody does these days - you need to rest players occasionally to ensure they are fit for the biggest contests.

     

    But at the heart of a rotation policy lies trust. A player will never agree to be rested if he is insecure; if he worries that his absence would give someone else the opportunity that could ultimately unseat him, he will never take a break. And for that trust to be established, while there must be complete honesty and openness in selection, there must also be a plan for each cricketer.

     

    The two players who need rest more than anyone else are Dhoni himself and Suresh Raina. At least Dhoni asks for rest, and he knows his place is secure, but Raina is like one of those Energizer bunnies...just going on and on and on.

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    Kumar Sangakkara
    will become the fifth Sri Lankan cricketer to play 100 Tests during the third
    and final match against
    Australia
    . He'll join the giants of the island, Muttiah Muralitharan {133
    matches}, Mahela Jayawardene {121}, Chaminda Vaas {111} and Sanath Jayasuriya
    {110}, in passing the milestone.

     

    The great thing about Sangakkara's record is that
    he has missed only two Tests since his debut. Sri Lanka won one and lost one in
    those two matches.

     

    Sri Lanka's Most
    Capped Test Cricketers

     

    Here's a list of all Sri Lankan Test players with
    50 or more Test caps.

     

    Interestingly, three cricketers of these 12 - Jayawardene,
    Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera - will play alongside Sangakkara in
    his 100th Test.

     

     

    No

    Player

    Mat

    Runs

    Wkts

    Ct

    St

    1

    M
    Muralitharan

    133

    1261

    800

    72

    0

    2

    DPMD
    Jayawardene

    121

    9801

    6

    170

    0

    3

    WPUJC Vaas

    111

    3089

    355

    31

    0

    4

    ST
    Jayasuriya

    110

    6973

    98

    78

    0

    5

    KC
    Sangakkara

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  • Australia capped SE Marsh for this test. He became the 422nd
    cricketer to represent Australia
    in tests. He also became the ninth Australian cricketer to make his test debut
    against Sri Lanka.

     

     

    Sri Lanka capped S Prasanna for this test. He became the 117th cricketer
    to represent Sri Lanka
    in tests. He also became the 12th Sri Lankan cricketer to make his
    test debut against Australia.

     

     

    DPMD
    Jayawardene became the fifth fieldsman in the annals of test cricket to pouch
    170 plus catches. He accomplished the feat when he caught Australian skipper MJ
    Clarke of the bowling of Welegedera in Australian first innings which was his
    170th catches, Other fieldsmen to pouch 170 plus catches are - R Dravid
    {207}, ME Waugh {187}, RT Ponting {180} and SP Fleming {171}.

     

     

    DPMD
    Jayawardene holds the record for most catches in the annals of cricket on home
    soil with 107 catches to his credit. JH Kallis of South Africa {101| is the other
    fieldsman to pouch 100 plus catches on home soil.

     

     

    Sri

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