Test opener Dimuth Karunaratne was one of the in-form batsman lead up to the three Test series against England scoring a century in the warm-up game against Leicester at Grace Road. However, he says that the century was hardly useful as it had come against a lowly opposition.
Sri Lanka’s two warm-up games were against Essex and Leicester, both teams playing in Division 2 of the County Championship and to make things worse both counties rested some of their top performers giving Sri Lankans little useful practice. Karunaratne, one of the sharpest brains in the national side, stressed the need to play quality oppositions rather than mediocre sides.
"I don’t think that century was very satisfying," Karunaratne told espncricinfo. "I don’t think that kind of preparation will do any good ahead of a tough Test series. The oppositions we played were basically second string teams. In our second warm-up game, there were just two fast bowlers and the rest were spinners. I wasn’t too pleased after getting the hundred. In the meantime I worked harder in the nets with the coaches to improve my game," Karunaratne added.
Karunaratne felt that a practice game against a top opposition would have helped the team. "That’s what should have happened. When you play Division 2 teams you are not tested much. The bowlers aren’t fast enough and they don’t ask questions from you and make you think too much."