The first test at Galle signalled New Zealand's first match of the new World Test Championship where points are up for grabs in each test in three home and three away series over the next two years. Kusal Perrera was the star performer in that series for Sri Lanka as he scored 224 runs at an average of 112.
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Kane Williamson and Dimuth Karunaratne have been chosen the captain and vice-captain of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Predictions Team respectively.
Those two Tests are not part of the World Test Championship, because the series was scheduled before the new competition was created. Following that series, New Zealand travel to Australia for three Tests and then return home to host India.
Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka will be wary of providing a rank turning wicket in the first Test in Galle after being outsmarted by England in the most recent encounter at the venue.
Adding to their frustration was the wash out in Katunayake, a suburb of Negombo City, where just 65.5 overs of play were possible against the Sri Lanka Board President's XI.
The Sri Lanka captain further spoke about the importance of drying up runs up in the first Test since the pitch is more batting-friendly than it usually is in Galle. However, the opening duo played late and looked to deal the Sri Lankan mainstay in a diet of singles. Sri Lanka can be a tough nut to crack at home in the longest format of the game.
The Sri Lanka Cricket selectors have named Dinesh Chandimal in a 15-man Test squad for the two-match series.
Former captain Dinesh Chandimal, who also missed out on touring South Africa, is back in the squad and the wicketkeeper's slot will be a toss up between him and Niroshan Dickwella.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.
Both Suranga Lakmal and Vishwa Fernando were main architects during the win in South Africa.