Dinesh Chandimal is a genuine keeper/batsmen and a core part of this team moving forward. At 26, he has shown that he has the ability and mental game to build a solid test innings. Six centuries and 10 half centuries prove he is a test level batsmen. He became Sri Lanka’s youngest ever captain at 23 when he filled in the top job for the T20 side. Since then he has progressed to become the permanent vice-captain to Angelo Matthews. With Sri Lanka rebuilding this team for the next few years, it will be important that he can lead and steady this team from the middle order.
He wasn’t alone, but he had disappointing returns in the first test against England. Unfortunately, he followed it up with another poor result in the first innings of the second test. Matthews moved him from four to six in the second innings, with immediate results. Chandimal anchored the innings putting on a 90 odd run partnership with Siriwardana and then followed up with a further 116 run partnership with Herath. He finished with 126 (207) and more importantly got Sri Lanka to a score of 475. The big problem was that they were bowled out for 101 in the first innings and were made to follow on. But at least he showed the metal required to lead the team.
It will be good to watch the match up between Chandimal and Nevill. Despite Nevill batting lower, it will be good for him to watch a genuine keeper batsmen at work. Nevill might be able to pick up a thing or two about keeping in foreign conditions, which will only help when it comes to the India tour in February.
Prediction: A thorn in the side of the Aussies, probably pulling Sri Lanka out of at least one hole, maybe more. Averaging 40 for series, one stumping and 10 catches.
Statistics Source: ESPNCricinfo