Faster and bouncier pitch awaits SL

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-01-10 12:39:16

Sri Lanka may look to avoid a white wash when they fly to Johannesburg where they will meet South Africa in the third Test, but the pitch they will get there will be the faster and bouncier in the series. To top that SA would most probably go with four pacemen and the recent rain will further spice up the conditions.

Sri Lanka struggled even at the slow and low pitch in Port Elizabeth as they collapsed for 205 in the first inning and when they went to Cape Town and played on a pitch with even more pace, they could only manage 110 in the first inning, before eventually succumbing to a heavy defeat.

Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg will be the ultimate green top they will receive and will be their biggest test and for most of the fans the outcome isn't that hard to figure out.

South Africa has already lost paceman Kyle Abbott due to a Kolpak deal and rookie paceman Duanne Olivier has been called-up as replacement. According to South African sources the selectors may choose to include both quicks on the faster, bouncier strip of the series.

The Wanderers surface is generally spicy, but heavy rain in the lead-up to the match could see it offer even more spice in the third Test. On Sunday, the pitch was being prepared under a tent and with showers forecast throughout the week it may not see any sunlight at all. South Africa also fielded an all-pace attack against England at the venue last year.

Unlike on many other tours Sri Lanka has four fit pacemen at the moment when they walk into the third Test of the series, with two guys in Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera capable of bowling at 140 kmph plus. Also, skipper Angelo Mathews could come in handy with bouncy and swinging conditions, even though his lack of pace does not help him to get wickets. Same as SA, SL has the option of going with an all pace attack and Mathews will make it a five pace option. But it's highly unlikely SL will drop their top ranked spinner Rangana Herath for a Test in any condition.

Bowling has not really been the problem for Sri Lanka during this tour, it's the batting that has let them down, which could easily happen again at the Wanderers which we will all find out in three days time.

If rain disrupts play on all five days then Sri Lanka can look to avoid the complete white wash.

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