by Andy H
With the India Test Series now behind us, it looks like Sri Lanka has, at most, two Tests scheduled in the next nine months, those being the end-of-year matches in Bangladesh (these matches haven’t been officially scheduled, but Hilal and I are both under the impression that they are occurring).
Bangladesh has won exactly one Test match in its history (over Zimbabwe in 2005), and there’s little reason to believe they will add to this tally against a Sri Lanka team whose Test form looks as good as it has … well, maybe ever.
However, there is a bit of side drama that could be very interesting indeed, as Mahela Jayawardena has a chance to join a very elite club, achieving something that eluded the likes of Graham Gooch, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad, Viv Richards, Allan Border, and Steve Waugh.
By my count, there are only eight (ed. seven) players who have scored 8,000 runs in their first 100 Tests:
Jacques Kallis (thanks, Damith -- no he did not)
The Sri Lanka captain currently has 7,757 runs in 98 matches. This means he needs 243 in the next two to make it to 8,000. For what it’s worth (and I realize this is a statistic of very limited usefulness), Mahela has averaged 112.7 runs per match over his last 10 Tests.