Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene shakes hands with
New Zealand's captain Ross Taylor after the first test.
New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor is looking at changes to
his side ahead of their second cricket test against Sri Lanka
in Colombo that gets underway on Sunday.
The Black Caps were hammered by 10 wickets in their opening
test inside three days at the Galle International Stadium
yesterday after a listless second innings batting performance
saw them bowled out for 118.
The visitors lost seven wickets in the opening session on day
three after they began the morning on 35-1 but went to lunch
at 96-8, which was effectively 70-8 because Sri Lanka had a
26-run lead from the first innings.
Sri Lanka were eventually left with a chase of 93 and openers
Dimuth Karunaratne (60 not out) and Tharanga Paranavitana (31
not out) ticked off the runs in 18.3 overs.
Taylor said in the post-match presentation that changes were
probable for the test at the P Sara Oval, which is likely to
take more turn than the wicket in Galle.
"I'm sure there'll be a couple of changes," Taylor said.
"We'll have to see what the wicket's like but I guess when
you finish a test match inside the third day you've got an
extra couple of days for training and we'll certainly need
that. We need to pick ourselves up and not be too down. But,
in a two-match series we are still in it and we just need to
fight a lot harder than we did in the last couple of days."
Leg-spinner Todd Astle looks a good bet to come in to the
side for the second test and could potentially replace James
Franklin given his ability to bat at No 6 if required.
Astle could form a tandem spin act with Jeetan Patel who was
employed largely in a defensive role in the test but managed
to take 3-55 in Sri Lanka's first innings.
A test debut would cap a remarkable career transformation for
Astle who began his first-class career as an opening batsman
in late 2005 but more recently has focused on his spin
bowling and now bats in the middle to lower order for
It's hard to see too many other changes, given the squad is
low on batting replacements and the men with the willow were
the culprits that contributed to such a woeful performance in
Veteran seamer Chris Martin could be called upon to replace
Tim Southee given the latter didn't take the field during Sri
Lanka's brief run chase as he sat out with a leg injury but
it wasn't thought to be serious.
If New Zealand coach Mike Hesson wanted to plump for the
experienced Martin, he could leave Doug Bracewell out given
he went wicketless in the test and looked slightly off the
But, the major failings came with the bat and the heat must
go on Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and
Taylor to apply themselves at the crease and show more heart
than they did during the first test.
Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath was the player New Zealand
struggled to get on top of and the 34-year-old left-armer
finished with 11-108 in his 41st test match.
Off-spinner Suraj Randiv didn't pick up as many wickets but
was also a thorn in New Zealand's side and Taylor said his
men needed to become more adept at dealing with the turning
"We need to address it as quick as possible leading in to the
next match. We know what it's probably going to turn a little
bit more up in Colombo. I thought Herath bowled really well
and put us under pressure the whole time both in the first
and second innings. I thought we played Randiv well but we
need a plan to know how we are going to combat that in the
- Daniel Richardson of APNZ