I mean't it is obvious that your money would be on Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka haven't won a test series for a while and have been playing a lot of ODI cricket, plus it is a 2 test series played over 2 weeks. Odds should be stacked against them. It remains to be seen how well England play, but I think those odds are fair.
Prior will bat 6 and with a test average of nearly 45, I think he will be fine. Patel is there to bat no. 7 and bowl some overs as the 5th bowler while the seamers can have a rest. It remains to be seen whether he can cut the mustard. I would have played Bresnan as the no. 7 myself but lets see how we go.
As for the odds, I will leave it to the bookmakers. Perhaps you can put a call out to Mukesh Gupta and find out what odds the Indian bookmakers are offering up to see if they are any better.
Why did SL not pick Mendis? He would have bamboozled many of the England batsmen, especially Bell and KP.
England have been lucky with two run-outs...
thx for explaining the role of Patel....bits and pieces?....well there is no role for such people in test matches any more.
patel is not a test match material regardless of what he does here.
disappointed with panessar, although he gave fewer runs. swann failed in taking wickets and controlling runs. he was hit for 3 sixers by mahela.
4 down. Loose strokes are sinking the England ship at the moment.