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Sri Lanka equaled their second best winning streak in Tests, which is 5 Tests in a row, winning 2-0 against a spirited Zimbabwe team who were able to drag the both Tests in to the fifth day, having won 3-0 against Australia.

As I had stated in an earlier article, with the absence of a couple of key batsmen and almost all of the frontline pacers, this would have been an opportunity for evaluating the depth of Sri Lankan Cricket and in terms of that aspect I don’t think that was the case considering only two debutants were handed over Test caps and I think both of them had very valuable outings in terms of exposure and performances. Following are five things I would like to focus on from the series.

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Sri Lankans are about to start their first Test tour to Zimbabwe after not so famous, but quite significant 2004 Test series. This tour, 12 years ago, was a landmark one especially for Muttiah Muralitharan, who surpassed Courtney Walsh as the highest wicket taker in Tests while it was an ill-fated affair for the hosts. The hosts had to field a young team of virtually unknowns as senior players had gone on a strike for a number of disputes with Zimbabwe Cricket and thus had to play under a rookie captain in Tatenda Taibu with a handful of Test matches under his name, who was merely 21 by then.

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Nobody gave them a chance at the beginning of the series, including myself, to be honest. But at the end of an exciting series, a young team of Sri Lanka created history by dethroning the world no. 1 Test team in Australia, defying all odds. As we all know, this series win has become one of the best, if not the best, in Sri Lanka Cricketing history.

This post is to introduce some awards for the series, which are imaginary at best, according to the way the series panned out.

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Sri Lanka won only their second Test series since August 2014 and six Test series after the win over Pakistan in our own great Mahela Jayawardena’s farewell series, apart from a Test series win over hapless West Indies in October 2015.

Why this series is of that much of significance is that our SL team was in a dessert going on their journey, which is International Cricket, for almost a year or two, finding their way through, without much success and having rough times on and off the field, found an oasis in the form of a series white wash win over world no. 1 Test team in Australia.

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Dimuth Karunarathne picked up by Mitchell Starc, has been the familiar mention on the three scorecards of Sri Lanka vs Australia Test series so far.

Dimuth, being an opening batsman only have faced 16 balls in the 3 innings so far and 15 of them have been delivered by Mitchell Starc and the other by Josh Hazelwood. All 3 dismissals have one common thing as far as I have seen on television screen which Dimuth is staying deep in his crease and trying to meet the ball only with the bat just as poking at it. Dimuth seems to have a mental barrier against Mitchell Starc and his thunder bolts.

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Sri Lanka finally won a Test match in 2016. Their record in 2016 is so abysmal that this is their 2nd win against a Test playing nation.

The 6 wins in 2016 comprised with a T20I win vs India in February, a T20I win vs UAE in March, a T20I win vs Afghanistan in March, 2 ODI wins over Ireland in June and 1st Test vs Australia in July. This is a pretty poor outing from an International Test side.

Sri Lanka had been a dominant home team over the years but since South Africa toured in 2014 that record is being further tarnished by Pakistan and India in 2015 apart from a consolation 2 Tests vs clueless West Indies.Di

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