SL vs England 2020-21 – Niroshan Dickwella happy to ‘play situation’ for Sri Lanka as wait for Test hundred goes on


Wicketkeeper-batsman says Sri Lanka have a better chance of success against England than in 2018-19

Seventy Test innings in, Niroshan Dickwella is still hunting for that big one.

Way back in 2014, when he had barely graduated from the Under-19 team, Dickwella began his Test career with a sparkling 72 off 116 balls, against a South Africa attack featuring Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. But there have been only 15 half-centuries so far – reflected in an overall average of 30.65, and third place on the list of most runs in Tests without reaching three figures.

Following several years of improvement with the gloves, Dickwella is now considered by many to be the best wicketkeeper in the country. With Sri Lanka recently having batted him at No. 6 instead of No. 7, Dickwella hopes improvements in batting output are on the horizon too.

“I sometimes get 30 or 40, or get past that and get 60 or 70, but haven’t been able to hit a hundred yet,” he said, three days out from the first Test of the series against England. “A lot of times, I’m batting with the tail. In the previous series that changed – Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga were batting below. But I wasn’t able to get many runs there.

“But what I’m thinking of is what kinds of runs the team needs from me in any situation. There have been occasions where I’ve had the chance to hit a 80 or 90, or even get to 100. But there are other times the 40 that I’ve scored helps us win. I will keep playing to those situations.”

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