For – Left handed so he will complement Dilshan
Against – These days this isn’t really that bigger a deal. Bowlers adjust better and quicker. Australia open with two lefties.
For – Could be his breakout series
Against – Could be his last
For – Adds solidity to Dilshans flamboyance
Against – Hardly sticks around long enough to display any sort of solidity
For – Deserves to be persisted with to give him a fair run
Against – Since the England tour in 2011 he has scored 4 half centuries in 5 tours. Not good enough
For – The openers position is a tough place to bat
Against – Sure, if you don’t have the right skill set. And Alistair Cook would say otherwise. Really, how different are these two as players ? Both have similar technique. Both do not score quickly. Both have a similar style and approach to batting. The main differences right now, apart from Cooks form, are that Cook can rotate the strike better and knows exactly where his off stump is. Paranavithana as probably also become complacent given that Sri Lanka have given him a free ride for sometime now. His confidence has whittled away on the back of his poor stretch of runs and walks out with as much assured as poorly made jelly
For – Has some experience which will be useful in Australia
Against – Maybe a fresh mind with no scars is a better option
For – Paranavithana isn’t any good
Against – Not enough of a reason to be first pick
For – Has been in form with runs in SA for the A team and a goodish 60 on test debut
Against – You can’t really argue against form but that 60 was in a small chase when there was no pressure at all on him
For – He is young and has potential
Against – He is young and a tour of Australia isn’t exactly a place to put someone in the deep end
For – More aggressive than Paranavithana
Against – While this is handy, he is still unproven when it comes to pressure situations being able to build an innings at international level, which will be far more valuable given that Dilshan has enough aggro for two players combined.
For – Has risen to scoring runs against top opposition in his short career
Against – This is a great feature to have. Australia in Australia, when they are hurting after the SA loss could be a different proposition
So there it is. You weren’t seriously expecting us to make a decision for you, were you?