38 years old and 304 test wickets! This guy is Australia’s most significant threat and Sri Lanka’s biggest chance. Experienced and wily with his spin, I think Australia would have been building plans to combat him since the end of the New Zealand tour.
In the past, Australia has spent so much time denying their weaknesses against spin. It seems like their tune has changed in the slightest recently, finally saying enough is enough and facing up to it. That’s all well and good, but doing it is another.
Enter Herath at home in Sri Lanka…
Herath did a long spell as Murali’s understudy. Since Murali’s retirement, Herath has been able to show his skills. He has 23 five wicket hauls. Five ten wicket hauls. Career best figures of 9/127. He is no mug. Single handily, he could make the Aussie bats looks silly.
Prediction: Expect long controlled spells to combat the sometimes wayward quicks. I’d put a cheeky $20 on him for leading wicket taker for the series.
Statistics Source: ESPNCricinfo
Herath is the most recent in our ‘Under the Microscope’ series. Have a look back at the Jackson Bird, Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal and Shaminda Eranga.