Just before Christmas the first test between South Africa and Sri Lanka has come. The Centurion will be a pitch Sri Lanka are not fond of the Centurion pitch and might struggle after looking at recent results. South Africa endured a hard fought series against Australia and will take many positives out of it. The pace bowlers will be crucial in this match and so will both teams’ openers against the new ball. South Africa will be favourites at this stage with Sri Lanka sweating on Sangakkara’s fitness and the bowling attack’s short experience in South African conditions.
Match Information :
December 15, Centurion
Starting Time: 1030 LocaL Time
How the Teams Stand:
South Africa have been in the major debate about who the best team in the world is but the only thing that would separate them from the top is the ability to win series at home. This has been a major issue for South Africa because they have not won a home series 2008 in the test match arena but have a great chance against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka have lost a large number of veterans and are currently rebuilding their squad but ever since the World Cup where Sri Lanka reached the final everything from then on has been on the decline. Although Sri Lanka have only lost recent series by one game it is still not good enough for a cricket nation like Sri Lanka who do have talent but are not using it.