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    New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2019



    Recalls for Patel, Somerville – welcome back for Santner

    There will be no shortage of spin bowling options for the BLACKCAPS Test side on next month’s tour of Sri Lanka – which doubles as the start of their ICC World Test Championship campaign.

    Schedule

    The 15-strong squad includes no less than four front-line spinners for a tour that historically and statistically favours the tweakers and twirlers.

    That means recalls for left-arm orthodox Ajaz Patel and off-spinner Will Somerville, who will join Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle in a Test squad well-equipped for expected conditions at Galle and Colombo.

    Patel and Somerville last played for the BLACKCAPS eight months ago in the United Arab Emirates, while Santner – though active in white-ball cricket, is returning from a knee injury that has ruled him out of the Test arena since late 2017.

    BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead said the composition of the squad followed a “horses-for courses” type strategy and took into account the recent history of touring teams visiting Sri Lanka – particularly England and South Africa.

    “Playing three spinners is an option in Sri Lankan conditions and we believe this group provides the best variations and skill mix on offer.

    “England were playing three spinners against Sri Lanka on their successful visit there last year and the slow bowlers also dominated the previous series against South Africa.”

    The concentration of spin bowling reserves leaves Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme as the pace bowling options.

    Tom Blundell will act as wicket-keeping and batting cover.

    Stead said the BLACKCAPS squad and coaching staff were looking forward to the start of the World Test Championship and the challenges presented by the new structure for Test cricket.

    “It’s good timing for us after the World Cup,” he said.

    “It was an incredible time for the team and the country, but we’re now excited to move forward as a group and sink our teeth into another opportunity.”

    BLACKCAPS Test squad for Sri Lanka

    Kane Williamson (c)
    Todd Astle
    Tom Blundell
    Trent Boult
    Colin de Grandhomme
    Tom Latham
    Henry Nicholls
    Ajaz Patel
    Jeet Raval
    Will Somerville
    Mitchell Santner
    Tim Southee
    Ross Taylor
    Neil Wagner
    BJ Watling (wk)

    Following the Test series, the BLACKCAPS will take on Sri Lanka in a three-match T20 International series.

    Key Dates

    August 2: BLACKCAPS departure from Auckland
    August 8-10: Three-day warm-up game (Colombo)
    August 14-18: First Test (Galle)
    August 22-26: Second Test (Colombo)

    August 31: First T20I (Colombo)
    September 2: Second T20I (Colombo)
    September 6: Third T20I (Pallekele)


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    Should be a good series, hopefully we can win the series.

    Not quite sure where SL are ATM, they lost to England emphatically at home and beat SA away. So not quite sure what to expect and hope for other than a series win.


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    Series is in SL and hence SL have a good chance of winning this.

    This is a massive series for SL. I would say this would be the litmus test for them. If they can win this, they are on the right track. If they lose, they are back to square one.


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    Can't remember the last time NZ toured SL. Should be a good series.

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    What can be NZ XI?

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    Is this part of rest championship? If yes then nz should not take this lightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AamchiMumbaikar View Post
    Is this part of rest championship? If yes then nz should not take this lightly.
    All test matches comming up are now part of the test championship.

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    SL are pretty strong at home. Williamson should do well.

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    so no more security concerns in SL?

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    Not sure how to feel about the numbers and names on the back of shirts.


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    Good to see the return of Ajaz Patel.

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    Thilan Samaraweera to assist BLACKCAPS in Sri Lanka

    Former Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera will join the BLACKCAPS coaching staff for the upcoming Test series in the island nation.

    Boasting an impressive playing record, Samaraweera scored 14 Test centuries in his 81-match career (two of which were made against New Zealand on the tour of Sri Lanka in 2009), ending with an average of 48.76 and a top score of 231 against Pakistan in Karachi.

    Since retiring from international cricket in 2013, the 42-year-old has coached extensively around the world, including stints as the batting coach of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, along with his role as fielding coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 IPL.

    BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead said Samaraweera would bring great experience and skills to the group.

    “We’re delighted to welcome Thilan into our environment for the Test phase of the tour,” he said.

    “His knowledge of Sri Lankan conditions will be invaluable and he’ll offer great assistance to Peter Fulton on his first tour.

    “Having an extra support coach worked really well for us at the World Cup where we had Luke Ronchi on board, and we’re sure Thilan will also offer a lot to the group.”

    Samaraweera links up with the Test squad on arrival in Colombo this weekend.

    The BLACKCAPS play Sri Lanka in two Tests to begin their World Test Championship campaign.


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    Quote Originally Posted by szundercover View Post
    All test matches comming up are now part of the test championship.
    Not correct.

    The upcoming series between Eng and NZ will not be part of the test championship.

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    New Zealand haven't toured Sri Lanka in a while. Should be a interesting test series.

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    I can't remember when was the last NZ toured SL. I only remember that it ended in 1-1.

    NZ won 1 test last time. This SL team is much weaker so probably NZ will win the series this time.


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    Will be interesting series but NZ favourites here. Will do well to get a series win in SL after UAE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trickyone View Post
    so no more security concerns in SL?
    Cricket in SL was always played even during civil war. I think target is not cricketers so it was always safe and SL always have commandos with automatic rifle everywhere. But not sure about this ISIS thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Realromeo View Post
    Cricket in SL was always played even during civil war. I think target is not cricketers so it was always safe and SL always have commandos with automatic rifle everywhere. But not sure about this ISIS thing.
    Australia and West Indies didn't play in SL during 1996 World Cup. SL won those 2 games by default.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Australia and West Indies didn't play in SL during 1996 World Cup. SL won those 2 games by default.
    Yeah, but SL also had worst attacks and India out of all travelled. Few months after getting an airport attack SL hosted 2002 Champions Trophy. Again, targets were never foriegner or cricketers so teams were fine afterwards. Also If i remember correctly, SL also had air raids.......did you hear that ? Air raids ? and teams still travelled. Considering ISIS love foreigner maybe Bangladesh were never targets ?

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    New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2019 – Itinerary revised

    Media Release

    02nd August, 2019

    The New Zealand National Team will arrive in Sri Lanka tonight (03rd August, 2019) to take part in a cricket series.

    During the tour, New Zealand will play 02 Test Matches and 03 T20 Games.

    The revised tour schedule is given below.

    DATE MATCH VENUE
    03rd August, 2019 New Zealand Team Arrives
    08th to 10th August, 2019 03 Day Warm Up Game MCG – Katunayake
    14th to 18th August, 2019 01st Test Galle Intl. Cricket Stadium
    22nd to 26th August, 2019 02nd Test P. Sara Oval, Colombo
    29th August 2019 T20 Warm Up MCG – Katunayake
    01st September, 2019 01st T20 ( Night) PICS, Kandy
    03rd September, 2019 02nd T20 ( Night) PICS, Kandy
    06th September, 2019 03rd T20 ( Night) PICS, Kandy
    07th September, 2019 New Zealand Team Departs


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    This NZ-SL Test series is part of the World Test Championship. Very important.

    NZ are favorites to win because they are #2 currently.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    I can't remember when was the last NZ toured SL. I only remember that it ended in 1-1.

    NZ won 1 test last time. This SL team is much weaker so probably NZ will win the series this time.
    November 2012 was the last time they played each other in test matches in Sri Lanka.

    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...-lanka-2012-13

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    Media Release

    07th August, 2019

    The Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando approved the following 22 member Sri Lanka squad to play the Test Series vs New Zealand. The final 15 will be selected out of the given squad. The 02 Test Match Series will commence on the 14th August, 2019 at the Galle Cricket Stadium.

    1. Dimuth Karunaratne – Captain

    2. Angelo Mathews

    3. Dinesh Chandimal

    4. Lahiru Thirimanne

    5. Kusal Mendis

    6. Kusal Janith Perera

    7. Niroshan Dickwella

    8. Dhananjaya De Silva

    9. Angelo Perera

    10. Oshada Fernando

    11. Danushka Gunathilaka

    12. Shehan Jayasuriya

    13. Chamika Karunaratne

    14. Dilruwan Perera

    15. Akila Dananjaya

    16. Lasith Embuldeniya

    17. Lakshan Sandakan

    18. Suranga Lakmal

    19. Lahiru Kumara

    20. Vishwa Fernando

    21. Kasun Rajitha

    22. Asitha Fernando


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    Chandika Hathurusingha has been suspended as Sri Lanka's head coach for New Zealand's visit. Rumesh Ratnayake will take his place on an interim basis ahead of the series.

    "Hathurusingha will not be involved in this (New Zealand) series," Sri Lanka Cricket board chairman Shammi Silvatold reporters in Colombo. "We can't tell you details because this might end up being a legal issue."

    Sri Lanka Sports Minister Harin Fernando had hoped that Hathurusingha would quit voluntarily by the start of Sri Lanka's home Test series against New Zealand. "If Hathurusingha does not leave, we may have to consider legal action or offer him a different job at the board," he said.

    Ratnayake is a former international cricketer who played 23 Tests and 70 ODIs for Sri Lanka between 1982 and 1993. He has held several administrative positions within Sri Lankan cricket and the Asian Cricket Council, and served as head coach for a time from August 2011. Since 8 August 2017, he has served as Sri Lanka's fast bowling coach.

    The first of two Tests between Sri Lanka and New Zealand begins in Galle on Wednesday, 14 August.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1301461


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    New Zealand have a chance of securing the top spot in Test cricket when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-match series from Wednesday, exactly a month after their cruel World Cup defeat to England.

    New Zealand, with 109 points in Test cricket, are ranked behind India on 113 points, but a 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka will see the Kiwis leapfrog the Asian heavyweights.

    Test rankings have added relevance with the new, two-year ICC World Test Championship now under way, culminating in a 2021 final at Lord's between the top two teams.

    Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka will be wary of providing a rank turning wicket in the first Test in Galle after being outsmarted by England in the most recent encounter at the venue.

    England overcame the battle with a variety of off-, leg- and left-arm spin as the trio of Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jack Leach played a key role in a 3-0 series sweep.

    The Kiwis too are carrying plenty of spin options and are likely to play two of them. Bombay-born left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed five wickets in the warm-up game in Negombo and he is likely to be the second spinner to leggie Todd Astle.

    Although seam is New Zealand's strength, they are likely to stick to two seamers with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme coming in as the third option.

    Trent Boult will be the number one pick while they will have to make a call between Tim Southee and Neil Wagner, possibly the latter, who picked up nine wickets in New Zealand’s last Test match.

    But the hosts will be no pushover, as they showed by winning their recent 2-0 series in South Africa -- becoming the first Asian nation to do so.

    "They are a strong team. They will come into this series with lot of confidence behind them after what happened in South Africa," said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.

    - Tough choices -

    But Sri Lanka have some tough choices, and in all departments.

    The hosts have dumped head coach Chandika Hathurusingha halfway through his three-year tenure, with former fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake now filling in on an interim basis.

    When they trounced South Africa five months ago, rookie Oshada Fernando played a key role posting an unbeaten 75 in Port Elizabeth in what was his second Test match.

    He became an instant hero and his subsequent snubbing from the World Cup squad earned the wrath of former players.

    There will be more disappointment as Fernando, one of the brightest prospects to emerge in recent times, is set to miss both Tests with the return of Angelo Mathews, who was injured for South Africa.

    "New Zealand will be tough to beat. We have got guys who were not part of the series in South Africa, so we have got to make some tough calls," said Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne.

    Former captain Dinesh Chandimal, who also missed out on touring South Africa, is back in the squad and the wicketkeeper's slot will be a toss up between him and Niroshan Dickwella.

    Lahiru Kumara, another player who didn't go to South Africa, will be Sri Lanka’s lead fast bowler and it remains to be seen with whom he will share the new ball.

    Both Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando were main architects during the win in South Africa.

    Squads

    New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, William Somerville, Mitchell Santner, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, B.J. Watling, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Neil Wagner

    Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando

    Umpire: Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth (England)

    Third umpire: Bruce Oxenford (Australia)

    Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

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    Tim Southee will captain the BLACKCAPS Twenty20 team in next month’s three-game series against Sri Lanka.

    With regular skipper Kane Williamson and paceman Trent Boult returning home for pre-planned rest following the current Test series, the squad features a blend of experience and emerging T20 talent.

    Selector Gavin Larsen said the series represented the start of a new T20 cycle, with nine Twenty20 International series scheduled for the side ahead of next October’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

    “Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it’s exciting to begin setting our sights on another world event,” Larsen said.

    “The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions.

    “Our T20 team has been pretty consistent over the past couple of years and we’re really happy with the power and versatility we have in this squad.

    “Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our recent World Cup campaign and with a big summer ahead, we see it as a good opportunity to give them a rest.”

    Southee, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi represent the experienced core of the side with a combined 307 T20 International matches between them.

    Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle are the three specialist spin options for the three-game series that starts in Kandy on September 1.

    BLACKCAPS T20 Squad v Sri Lanka

    Tim Southee (c)
    Todd Astle

    Tom Bruce

    Colin de Grandhomme

    Lockie Ferguson

    Martin Guptill

    Scott Kuggeleijn

    Daryl Mitchell

    Colin Munro

    Seth Rance

    Mitchell Santner

    Tim Seifert (wk)

    Ish Sodhi

    Ross Taylor
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    There are supposed to be two T20 World Cups (2020 and 2021) soon. Great opportunity for NZ to try out different combinations.


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    New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka bowler Akila Dananjaya have both been reported with a suspect bowling action following the first Test.

    New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Sri Lanka bowler Akila Dananjaya have both been reported with a suspect bowling action following the first Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Galle from 14-18 August 2019.

    The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the management of both teams, cited concerns about the legality of the bowling actions of both players.

    Williamson and Dananjaya will now undergo testing within 14 days from the reporting date (18 August), and, during this period both will be permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.

    Details of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions can be found here.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/1318027


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    Black Caps coach Gary Stead will wait for skipper Kane Williamson's action to be re-tested in Brisbane before they consider their next move on his international bowling future.

    Williamson leads New Zealand into the second and final test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Thursday (4.30pm NZT) with his part-time offspin under a cloud for a second time in five years.

    He and Sri Lanka's offspinner Akila Dananjaya were both reported by match officials for "suspect bowling actions" after the first test in Galle, won by the hosts by six wickets on Sunday.

    Both are free to bowl at P Sara Stadium over the next five days but then must undergo independent testing before September 1 to check if they are within the permitted 15deg of elbow flexion. If so they can continue bowling; if not they will be stood down and required to undergo remedial work.

    Williamson was banned for what's known as 'chucking' in 2014 then returned to bowling with a more side-on action, while Dananjaya was banned as recently as December before he was cleared to return in March. The Sri Lankan - who was his side's best in Galle with 6-164 off 62 overs - faces one year on the sidelines after his second report within 24 months.

    The New Zealand coach said: "Kane bowled three overs at the end and there were three or four balls they looked at that they thought may need more scrutinising from a bending of the elbow point of view.

    "Kane will go home after the test series - which was planned anyway - and he'll get re-tested, probably in Brisbane, and from there we'll know the process of a) rectifying an action or b) carry on as it is. Until we get the numbers we won't know for sure."

    Any ban for Williamson would be nuisance value for New Zealand rather than a major setback, given his reluctance to bowl in recent years. Since taking over the captaincy from Brendon McCullum in 2016, Williamson has wheeled down just 20 wicketless overs in test cricket.

    Williamson aside, spin will be a major focus again as New Zealand seek to repeat their 2012 feat of recovering from 1-0 down in Galle to level the series at P Sara.

    Back then, in what was Ross Taylor's final test of his captaincy stint, the big four stood up for New Zealand with Taylor and Williamson scoring first innings centuries and swing duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee snaring 15 wickets between them.

    While the spotlight will be on Taylor and Williamson after cheap second innings dismissals in Galle, Stead thought spin would again dominate in Colombo where the temperature was noticeably warmer.

    He felt New Zealand were 5-10 per cent off the pace in all facets in Galle, coming off minimal match practice in the heat and humidity, and were taught a lesson in patience by Sri Lanka's captain and centurymaker Dimuth Karunaratne.

    "For us it's about starting against spin and being clear on our plans against them, and from a bowling point of view understanding when they go hard at us how we're going to defend ourselves and make Sri Lanka take some tough options.

    "I don't imagine there's going to be too many changes from what we saw at Galle, we expect a pitch that will turn and offer more to the spinners than the seamers."

    Stead reported 15 fit players in his squad and didn't rule out personnel changes.

    If the Black Caps play three spinners again, Todd Astle puts a strong case to replace Mitchell Santner at the scene of his test debut in 2012, while Colin de Grandhomme and Neil Wagner are in the mix too if there's a bowling reshuffle.

    "We only played the two pace bowlers in the last game so we'll see how they've scrubbed up. The likes of Neil Wagner in the wings and he's champing at the bit and we've got other spin options with Todd Astle so we'll consider all options."

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